In May, a meeting was held in Rome, organized by the Union of General Superiors (UGS) of all catholic religious congregations. The main topic was about Youth as a preparation to the coming Synod of bishops in October. Our General superior, Fr. Fernando Gracia, sx attended the meeting. Here are some useful data he retained from the talk of Prof. Mesa on the topic: “The Youth in the intercultural world of today”.
Pope Benedict XVI says that “Young people should be loved, esteemed and respected. Whatever their possible ambiguities, they have a profound longing for those genuine values which find their fullness in Christ.” In rural areas, the youth are always there, waiting for someone who can give them hope and help them to get rid of their multiple problems among others: lack of education, unemployment, teenage pregnancy, drugs, the weight of the culture etc. They need to be helped spiritually as well as materially. They need somebody who can look at them like Jesus in the Gospel according to Mark: “When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things” (Mk 6:34).
In this in this interview with Fr. Louis Bira sx, towards the coming synod of bishops, Sr. Magdalene Philip Umoh, the University Chaplain of the University of Makeni (UNIMAK)- a catholic university of the diocese of Makeni/ Sierra Leone shares with us what she considers being the challenges shaping the young generation, “the digital natives”. She shows herself as “female happy and proud” to work in a ‘male-dominated’ country and institution.