WARSAW, Poland, July 21, 2016 – What’s your reason for not going to World Youth Day (WYD) Krakow? For many faceless, young people, the reason is war, geopolitics, hunger or downright persecution.
A petition launched by the Center for Thought of John Paul II (Centrum Mysli Jana Paula II) specially for the WYD calls for the promotion of young Christians’ right to practice their faith without fear.
“We pray and appeal for young Christians who couldn’t go to Poland… We want to show that we care about the other youth who couldn’t come to Poland because of war, persecution, hunger, and other problems,” said Ursula Adamowicz, coordinator of the City of Mercy, a project for by the Center for Thought of John Paul II that aims to show different aspects of mercy during the days leading to the WYD.
According to her, the appeal, which has gathered 38, 000 signatures since its launch on CitizenGo a few days ago, is addressed to Pope Francis and world leaders calling for an end to war, harassment, and killings of Christians in various parts of the world.
“We call for protection of our friends who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. We speak in the name of those who couldn’t come to Poland, because of poverty, wars, violence, and social inequality,” reads the appeal, which is being distributed to delegates in major languages during the WYD, which will be held in Krakow, Poland from July 25 to 31.
Those interested to find out more about the petition may go to the campaign description and help spread the word.
Adamowicz, who helps oversee the City of Mercy initiative with the help of some 150 volunteers from the Warsaw-based institution, said an initial target of 100,000 signatures is the group’s goal for the signature campaign.
Christian persecution in countries like Pakistan, Egypt, Bangladesh, and notably in Syria and Iraq, is on the rise. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCPNews)