World Youth Day is celebrated in a Synodal Way

Pope Francis wants to hear the voices of the people, especially the youths. World Youth Day was celebrated in a Synodal Process at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart on November 21.

Nov 27, 2021

The youth during the group session.


By Mitchelle George
Pope Francis wants to hear the voices of the people, especially the youths. World Youth Day was celebrated in a Synodal Process at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart on November 21.

The Synodal Process this time is different from the previous process, said Fr Paul Lo, parish priest of Sacred Heart Cathedral. There were 28 participants consisting of three communities in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, namely Ephphatha, Holy Trinity and Sacred Heart Bible Apostolate.

Quoting the Gospel, Fr Paul reminded that Jesus walks with us during difficult times or when we feel hopeless, just as we as the Church walk together in whatever we go through.

Participants were divided into groups to discuss the questionnaires. After the discussion, the groups presented the summary of their discussion. Among the issues discussed was for the Church to walk together in addressing the current issues we are facing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“Although I have not been able to serve in church for a long time, I am very grateful and happy to participate in this Synodal Process” said Vanessa, who serves with the Sacred Heart Bible Apostolate team.

“If we look at the theme chosen by Pope Francis for World Youth Day, “Stand up. I appoint you to be a witness of what you see”, I believe that today, God is calling me and all the youths around the world to rise up to be His witnesses,” said Anisa, who serves with the Holy Trinity Community.

Veronita, who serves with the Ephphatha team, said, “My hope is that I, along with the other parishioners and youths, can walk together with the communities. I also hope that the youth’s voice in this Synodal Process can be taken to a higher level so that the youths know that they are heard and cared for --Catholic Sabah

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