Caracas (Agenzia Fides) - The Department of Adolescence and Youth of the Venezuelan Bishops' Conference, through the National Youth Program and Youth Pastoral Days, invites all young people to joyfully celebrate the 16th National Youth Day (JNJ) 2022, on February 13, with the slogan "Young Venezuelan, be brave and creative!".
The JNJ have been taking place since 2007, but their genesis dates back to 2003, when the Plenary Council of Venezuela approved the document "Jesus Christ, good news for young people". In this document, it is established as a conciliar norm, in number 112, to celebrate this day on the Sunday following February 12: "This Council establishes the Sunday following February 12 for the celebration of Youth Day in Venezuela, and provides that on that day a national collection be made in order to collect resources for the development of youth ministry". The Venezuelan Bishops' Conference will regulate the application of this conciliar norm". The celebration of the JNJ 2022, on Sunday 13, in all the dioceses of the country, is the culmination of a journey of young Venezuelans that began on February 7 following a common path, thus giving life to the "Week of the youth". "Although it seems that evil has the last word and that being a young Venezuelan today is not so exciting - it is written in the aid for animation - we must remember that Jesus Christ, the Lord, continues to walk with each one of us, consider every effort, every dream, every shared idea and every concrete action to build the country we dream of, the gestures of love towards others, the creativity to launch and implement projects...Young people, your courage and your creativity are a sign of hope for Venezuela!" The proposed diagram indicates seven qualities of young people to meditate on during the week, one for each day, and to share on social networks: courageous, hardworking, just, charitable, charismatic, creative, inspiring. Then there will be a preparatory vigil on February 11, the celebration of recreational activities (artistic or sports) on February 12, and the thanksgiving mass on February 13. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 12/2/2022)