To encourage and accompany young people in Asia to live and promote a "culture of solidarity and encounter with the other, in the multicultural and multireligious societies of Asia", and increase the awareness of the contribution to give to the Church and society: this is the intent of the seventh Asia Youth Day, which in 2017 will be held in Yogyakarta in central Java, from July 30 to August 9, 2017.
chosen for the event which will bring over 3,000 young Catholics from
29 Asian countries to Indonesia is "Joyful Asian Youth! Living The
Gospel In Multicultural Asia".
Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo presented the content and objectives of the
Day who, as Fides learns, during the conference presentation said: "It
is an honor for Indonesia to host Asian Youth Day 2017. We expect all
the Catholic youth in Indonesia and other Asian countries to participate
and get involved in the spirit of the central theme: understand and
experience the importance of unity among differences".
The head of the Episcopal Commission for Youth, Mgr. Pius Riana Prapdi,
remarked: "We want to accompany young people and help them in being
sensitive towards the challenges that the peoples of Asia live today,
such as poverty, degraded environment, human rights abuses, drugs,
intolerance and injustice".
He added, "Through the meeting, one hopes
that young Catholics from different countries can share experiences,
reflections and insights of faith, so as to boost their confidence for a
As Fides learns, Asian Youth Day will be divided into three phases: a
phase in the dioceses; a few days in the city’s headquarters; and the
meeting of the leaders of the youth ministry will follow.
In the first
phase, participants will be spread across 11 dioceses in Indonesia,
where they will live a special sharing of experiences. Then everybody
will move to Yogyakarta and live moments of catechesis, liturgy, sharing
their stories, according to the different origins, finding the common
element of faith in Christ.
The meeting of the Youth Ministry animators
then is a special occasion for those who accompany young Catholics: they
must be able to guide and encourage the young people entrusted to them.
Father Antonio Haryanto, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission
for Youth, as president and chief executive of the organizing committee
of the Asian Youth Day, told Fides: "To directly see and listen to
other cultures and languages gives the figure of the complexity of
living in a pluralistic society. It also increases mutual tolerance and a
sense of brotherhood and solidarity, in the commitment to create a
better global future".
In order to involve the inhabitants of Indonesia, Asia Youth Day 2017
will be preceded by a marathon, sporting event to be held in Jakarta on
May 7, 2017 with approximately 5,000 participants. "Here, young people
from Jakarta and its surroundings will be able to feel and infect people
with the spirit of Asian Youth Day", notes Fr. Haryanto.
The event features an advanced online platform and social networks: one
can access on the web site: www.asianyouthday.org; via Facebook:
asianyouthday; on Twitter: AYD2017; Instagram: asianyouthday2017.