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The IYCW present in the WYD through its movements PDF Print E-mail

“The WYD is a space to reflect upon the young workers’ reality”

Guilherme Junior – Brazil YCW


altFaith and participation to change reality. It is with that principle in mind that the YCW took part in the World Youth Day (WYD) held in Rio de Janeiro from 22 to 28 July 2013. The WYD is celebrated annually at the diocesan level on Palm Sunday in Rome and at a week-long event internationally every two to three years. The first WYD was held in Rome in 1986. The theme of WYD Rio 2013 was: "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28: 19).

 

The YCW was in Rio from 24 to 26 July. Before that, the Brazil YCW hosted Bridget Flood and Eliza Cruze, two young activists from YCW Australia, who took part in an exchange in several cities where the movement is present. For those activists, the visits were also opportunities to try identifying the expectations of the pilgrims regarding the WYD and the new pope.

 

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Taking Part in a Youth Hearing

 

A “Youth Hearing” was organized on 24 July. Its aim was to allow young people to take a position on issues such as political participation, the church, or work and education. Alessandra Lazzari, from the Brazil YCW, and Orlando Machado, an IYCW continental coordinator for the Americas (JOCA), were part of the Education and Work panel. After a round of presentations, participants, the majority of whom were young people, could ask questions and discuss the topics in greater depth. They were also invited to write down their demands regarding each theme. For this they used cloth banners which were later handed to Pope Francis. The activity was organized by Adveniat, Misereor and BDKJ, Catholic development agencies based in Germany.

 

Building Common Means of Action in an International Youth Seminar


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The activity promoted by the Brazil YCW together with CEDAC (Community Action Center) took place on 25 July. The objective of this “International Youth Seminar 2013” was to get young people from different cities and realities together in order to build common means of action. There were presentations by several youth groups, Levante Popular de la Juventud, Movimiento Passe Livre and the YCW, among others, as well as by the CWM (Christian Worker Movement), the Worker Pastoral, and young Belgian students who also took part in the meeting. 84 young people in total participated in the activity.

 

altThe seminar focused on the issue of food and nutritional security and on public youth policies. The YCW presented a booklet, “Public Youth Policies: What are they?” which was launched in 2012 and uses the See-Judge-Act method to explain the topic. Finally, working groups could reflect upon positive and negative aspects and put forward suggestions for the organizations and all the groups that attended the seminar.

 

Welcoming the Pope on Copacabana Beach

 

altAware of the importance of the pope’s visit, the activists took part in the papal welcoming ceremony organized on Copacabana beach on 25 July in the evening. Over one million people coming from all continents were there to welcome Pope Francis. Despite a lot of difficulties, including the lack of transport, the rain and the cold, it was a great moment to get closer to those young people who have the Christian faith as a reference. With faith and the courage to fight, we will change the world! Let’s do it!

 
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