World Youth Day: A Powerful Force for Good
For 1 week in July, young people from around the globe will gather in Brazil to celebrate of one of the world's most powerful forces for good.
World Youth Day festivities kick off July 23 and run through July 28. The event theme is "Make Disciples of All Nations." And the special guest: Pope Francis.
But can young people really change the world for the better?
A thousand years ago, a young man turned from a life of partying and adventure to one of material poverty and full service to God. At the same time, a young woman also committed to lifelong poverty and service. The lives of Saints Francis and Clare still captivate imaginations today. They embodied the command to make disciples of all nations and did it with youthful vigor and imagination. Their example is a blessing and challenge to all. An Argentinian bishop recently received praise for choosing "Francis" after he was named pope.
At Catholic Relief Services, we see young people perform astounding feats of love, sacrifice and care every day. The following are stories about how our Church cherishes and is nurturing hope for the future by working with and for the world's next generations.
As millions gather for World Youth Day in Brazil, meet young people from around the world whose lives you have touched through your support of CRS.
In the Philippines, young people break
down barriers to peace.
In U.S. colleges, they rally
for independence and peace in an emerging nation.
In Jordan, they teach
others about HIV.
In Kenya, they strive to remain in school despite pressures to marry early.
In high school, they learn
to live in solidarity with poor people.
Young people are a powerful force for good. We need them to be.