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Nuncio Asks Young Catholics to Give Jesus Time

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SaltHILLONG, OCT. 19 (CBCI News): Apostolic Nuncio to India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, has urged young Catholics to give space to Jesus in their preoccupation with television and computers.

“If Jesus were to visit you today would he find faith in Shillong, in India, in the world?” The Pope’s representatives asked some 200,000 young Catholics, many from the northeastern region, who gathered in the Meghalaya capital for a youth convention.

The nuncio stressed the importance of prayer and asked the participants to place God before everything else.


“How much time do we spend before television sets and computers and how much in prayer and adoration? How much time do we spend talking to friends and to Jesus?” he asked.


The nuncio wants young Catholics to offer their family, work and friends to God.

“Prayer is effective when it is a relationship with God; persevere in our relationship with God,” he added.


He reminded the young that Christ is the “greatest treasure” that they can share with others.


Archbishop Pennacchio singled out the youths from northeastern India for special praises.


“You are the star of the North East. You are the strength, joy of the North East.


Above all you are the dynamic presence of Jesus in the world,” he said amid thunderous claps from the massive crowd that filled city streets, lanes and rooftops.


The eighth national convention of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement ended with the launch of a web portal for young people with multimedia and social networking facilities, claiming it to be the first Church site to link its content to cell phones.


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