Catholic Youth Commissariat of West Papua Holds a Conference for Catholic Youth around West Papua – The West Papua Catholic Youth Commissariat held a conference for  Catholic Youth throughout West Papua with the theme ‘Building solidarity and solidity of Catholic youth towards a real role for the Catholic Church, the Government, and the people in the Land of Papua’.

This conference will be held on 27-29 September 2021 at the Aston Niu  Hotel Manokwari and has been approved by the hierarchy, in this case the Bishop of Manokwari-Sorong Mgr. Hilarion Datus Lega and the Governor of West Papua Drs. Dominggus Mandacan M.Si.

More than 100 people attended this conference, including PMKRI (Catholic Student Association of the Republic of Indonesia), OMK (Catholic Young People), and even WKRI (Catholic Women of the Republic of Indonesia).

A Head of Komda Yosepha Faan said the conference was in line with the vision and mission of the Catholic Youth organization which was stated in the motto ‘pro ecclesia et patria’.

“West Papuan Catholic youth have a moral obligation to be involved and take role in socio-political life, the Church in Indonesia and especially, in West Papua,” said Yosepha, in his statement, Monday (27/9/2021).

Meanwhile, a Chairman of the Committee for the West Papua Catholic Youth Conference Aloysius Paulus Siep emphasized that this conference was important for the unity, solidarity and solidity of all elements of the organization or community of the Catholic Church in West Papua.

“With this unity of solidity, Catholic Youth and other Catholic communities can build one-of-a-kind communication, brotherhood across tribes, religions, cultures, even with the government in West Papua,” said Aloysius.

The West Papua Governor, Dominggus Mandacan, said that youth and the future are like ‘humans and air’, namely two things that cannot be separated because they have become the nature of the youth themselves who are often touted as the future, the nation’s buds, and the next generation. Because history has proven that young people take part in a series of nation-building efforts.

“I invite all young Catholics, especially those in regencies/cities throughout the province of West Papua, to be aware of their responsibilities as youth, to realize their vocation in the midst of the government, church and society to realize social justice, humanity and true brotherhood. in Papua,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bishop of Monokwari-Sorong Mgr. Hilarion Datus Lega explained about the theological-christological basis of Christian leaders; where God the Father is the ultimate leader of God the Son, the true leader. The leadership of Jesus Christ is diakonia (ministry) leadership, the leadership is essentially about serving.

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