Brasilia (Agenzia Fides) - As a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, the National Youth Day (DNJ) 2020 will be celebrated differently in Brazilian dioceses this year. Although a common date is set for October 25th, each diocese has the opportunity to choose the best time to celebrate Youth Day, taking into account their local situation.
The DNJ was introduced in 1985 by the Brazilian Bishops' Conference (CNBB) in the International Year of Youth proclaimed by the United Nations. According to the President of the CNBB Youth Commission, the Bishop of Valenca, Mgr. Nelson Francelino Ferreira, the DNJ wants to "awaken and promote the active involvement of young people, as Pope Francis describes it in the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Christ vivit". The Pope trusts the young. The Church relies on young people, on their creative power, on the renewal power of youth".
With the theme "Fraternity and Life: Gift and Commitment" and the motto "He himself drew near and walked with them" (Lk 24,15), the DNJ 2020 would like to invite young people to reflect on life, which is the greatest gift from God. The prepared material was developed jointly and contains suggestions for songs, biblical quotes, texts, references to websites and films that can be helpful in organizing the meetings. Meetings, the missionary rosary and the Lectio Divina are also proposed... During the pandemic, the Youth Commission also offers suggestions for meetings and solidarity activities via the Internet.
Meanwhile, in the diocese of Santo André, National Youth Day began on Saturday, October 17th, on the eve of World Mission Sunday as part of World Mission Month and Mission Campaign 2020 with the theme "Life and Mission" and the motto "Here I am, send me!" (Isa 6, 8) was celebrated. In the context of the Diocesan Year of Vocations, the objective of the vigil in question was to awaken and encourage new vocations to the priesthood and to religious life. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 20/10/2020)