Indonesian governor asks young Catholics to deepen faith

(UCAN) Olly Dondokambey, governor of North Sulawesi province in Indonesia, told thousands of Catholic youth to use Indonesian Youth Day as an opportunity to deepen their faith.

He addressed a crowd gathered in Kalabat football stadium as part of Indonesian Youth Day (IYD) activities Oct. 1-6 in Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi. He said it was an opportunity to “bring Christ to youths and bring youths to Christ.”

It is in accordance with the word of God, that “the Gospel must be conveyed to everyone, including the youth,” Dondokambey said.

IYD is an opportunity to unite young people from every diocese and community to exchange thoughts, ideas, information and experience in an atmosphere of solidarity, the governor said.

It is important “for the construction of the church, community and nation.”

This year’s IYD event was being attended by about 2,500 young Catholics from 37 dioceses across the country as well as guest participants from Malaysia’s Kota Kinabalu Archdiocese.

IYD’s official opening Mass was attended by 22 bishops, including Indonesian nuncio Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi and Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta, Chairman of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference.

Archbishop Suharyo, who preached at the opening Mass, invited young Catholics to reconcile with God, others, themselves and the universe.

“True peace would be acceptable if people want to share what they have as Jesus did,” he said. [More]