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India: Telugu Catholic Youth Convention held

The Telugu Catholic Youth Movement held a regional convention for four days in Eluru Diocese, Andhra Pradesh, South India.

Young men and women from both Telugu states reached Eluru Diocese on May 15.

More than 1000 young women and men participated in this program.

On Sunday at 6 pm all the youth gathered at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Amalodbhavi Matha Cathedral) for the orientation.
Later at 6.30 pm, Father Babu George, chancellor, Father Michael, parish priest), and the regional youth directors celebrated Mass.
On the second day, Bishop Jaya Rao Polimera of Eluru, chairman of the Youth Commission presided over the inaugural Mass.

After the Mass, Mrs. Saritha ASP talked about the pros and cons of modern technology on youth.
Later, Bishop Prince Anthony Panengadan of Adilabad explained the impact of moral values on today’s youth's personal and professional life.
A group discussion session was organized by Diocesan Youth Directors and resource persons.

“This convention contributed to improving spiritually and to face the social issues bravely,” says Shekhar, a participant from Visakapatnam Archdiocese.

At 6 pm, adoration and worship were conducted by Bishop Prince Anthony Panengadon of Adilabad.

At 9 pm, cultural programs performed by Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Srikakulam, Nalgonda, Vijayawada, and Guntur Diocesan youth were held.

On the third day, Jesu Ratna Kumar, Judicial Magistrate, talked about the impact of moral values on today’s youth from the viewpoint of society and religion.

In the second talk, Father Badugu Samson explained “Is Christ alive in youth: Belief, Become, Belong to Christ?”

The third talk was by Dr. Ramesh, Dr. Vandana and Dr. M. Suhasini about health.

The fourth talk was by Father Chatla Mariadas about media and youth.

Finally, Father Prakash Sagili discussed the current challenges of youth and possible remedies.

The third day ended with Rosary and Taize prayer conducted by Father Chetan Machado, national youth commission director.

On the fourth day, Father P. Bala, vicar general of Eluru Diocese spoke about the role of the youth in the Synodal Church and the role of the Synodal Church for youth.

The regional youth convention ended with Mass celebrated by Bishop Rayarala Vijaya Kumar of Srikakulam.

Father Sagili Praveen Kumar, regional youth director, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, thanked Bishop Jaya Rao Polimera of Eluru and chairman of the youth commission, youth directors and resource persons. - Muddada Kranthi Swaroop/RVA Telugu


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