Youth urged to pray, use social media for Nepal quake appeal

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MANILA, May 5, 2015—You’re a young person with a desire to help survivors of the quake in Nepal, but don’t have the financial means to donate?

A priest said reaching out is just a prayer and a password away.

Fr. Conegundo B. Garganta,, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) celebrates Mass for young people. (Photo: YouthPinoy)

Fr. Conegundo B. Garganta, who serves as executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY), told Church-run Radio Veritas in a recent report that young people can do much for the Nepal relief efforts in their own little way by praying for the survivors, as well as by exploiting the almost limitless potentials social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter present.

Moral support

“Given that almost all young people today have access to Facebook, Twitter, and Messenger, they have all the resources at their disposal which they can readily use to express moral support for the relief initiatives in Nepal,” he explained.

“With the help of social media, they can post simple messages online to raise awareness, inviting more people to join and help survivors of the quake,” he added.

Due to their strong online presence, Garganta believes that the youth can be effective information disseminators.

Young prayer warriors

Moreover, the Catholic priest stressed that through their prayers, young people can also raise up to God the needs of their fellow youth, members of their families, relatives, and other people who suffer from homelessness and unemployment.

Meanwhile, the Diocese of Sorsogon and the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) each conducted second collections recently to raise donations which will be sent to the thousands affected by the natural calamity.


Caritas Manila and Radio Veritas have an ongoing campaign for the quake survivors.

Those interested to donate are requested to contact Radio Veritas at (02) 925-79-31 to 39 or Caritas Manila at (02) 562-00-20 to 25. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News with reports from Roxanne dela Rosa)

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