MANILA, June 26, 2013—Filipino delegates will join in the Asian Youth Gathering (AYG) that will take place within the World Youth Day (WYD) celebration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Themed “Young Asians… Go and make disciples of all nations!” (Matthew 28:19), the 7th AYG will feature dialogues between the youth, strengthen their identity and unity as Asian youth within the Church.
Slated on July 24, the 2nd day of the WYD proper celebration, AYG Rio will be held at the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Paulo de Frontin Avenue, Rio de Janeiro.
In an invitation to all Asian conferences, Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences Chairman on the Office of the Laity and Family Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario, CSC, stressed that AYG is an invitation to Asian youth and Asian Diaspora delegates to come together to reflect further on the WYD theme within the context of Asia.
“This is done through reflecting and sharing on the present realities of their region, prayer and a youthful cultural exchange. With this, the past AYG’s were well attended and appreciated by all Asian delegation,” the archbishop said.
The gathering will help Asian youths understand the message of the WYD theme in the context of their personal lives and in the living realities of Asia and commit themselves to a personal and growing relationship with Christ.
Apart from it, the event aims to respond to the call to make disciples of all nations, to evangelize within their culture and reality, and establish networks and resources that can support them and build relationships with their peers from other Asian countries.
“The AYG has been an effective platform for the youths of Asia to come together to deepen and interiorize the message of the Holy Father, to reflect, to exchange views and to pray together. We most cordially invite and welcome all the youth delegates participating in the WYD to the scheduled AYG,” Archbishop D’Rozario furthered. (Jandel Posion)