Inspire youth to be like ‘Pedro’, CBCP urges ministers

MANILA—The CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) has challenged religious and lay youth ministers to inspire young Catholics under their care to be like St. Pedro Calungsod, especially in this Year of Faith.

In his message for the nationwide observance of the Youth Ministry Awareness Week and National Youth Day this year, ECY chairman and Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon urged bishops, priests and religious nuns, and organization leaders to commit themselves to the Church like what the Filipino saint has done during his youth.

“On this Year of Faith, may we ardently and joyfully profess Christ’s love to our young people, inspiring them to commit themselves fully to Him and His Church, as our very own St. Pedro Calungsod has done,” Baylon said.

The ECY has formulated and circulated a formation program for the National Youth Day, which is being observed today, December 16, after the Youth Ministry Awareness Week, which started last December 9.

“With the theme ‘Rejoice in the Lord always!’ [Phil 4:4], this formation program hopes to provide young people with a special moment of grace to become instruments of joy, hope, and new life.

“I kindly enjoin Your Excellency, through your diocesan youth ministry office, to gather and lead our young people in a meaningful celebration of the NYD 2012 with this Formation Program as a helpful guide,” he said.

The NYD 2012 Formation Program, together with the message of Pope Benedict XVI for the upcoming World Youth Day on August in Brazil are available online at the ECY’s official website, http://cbcp-ecy.ph.(YouthPinoy)