Cardinal Bo of Myanmar insists on investing in young people
By Deborah Castellano Lubov
Investing in the young and cultivating their relationship with Christ, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, Myanmar, and President of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), maintains, has incredible value and impact.
The Salesian Cardinal stressed this ahead of the World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, for which Pope Francis will make his 42nd Apostolic Journey abroad to the European nation, 2-6 August.
The Cardinal was addressing Jesuits on the occasion of the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola on 31 July.
In addition to recalling the rich history of the Society of Jesus in Myanmar, and its great contributions to the turmoil-ridden nation over the centuries, Cardinal Bo praised the Jesuits for always promoting and supporting the youth, as demanded by Pope Francis.
Jesuit schools and structures, especially those aimed at young people, Cardinal Bo reaffirmed, "have brought great solace to youth in Myanmar."
Commending their perseverance and effectiveness, the leader of the Asian Bishops said "a Jesuit is defined by his ability to push boundaries and work miracles where others saw only nightmares."
Regenerate young people's dreams
Given this talent, the Asian Cardinal called on them to “provide great spaces for the youth to re-generate their dreams.”
If the Jesuits wish "to fulfil their mandate of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth," the Asian Cardinal directed them to increasingly invest their "great energies" in the dreams of the youth.
What more can be done for Myanmar's young people
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Cardinal Bo continued, will be praising God for your presence and work in this country, saying “all for the greater glory of God.”
Cardinal Bo said he would leave them to answer that question before they gather together again next year.
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