DR CONGO: Stay in Africa and Build a Better Continent, Bishop Urges Youth

KINSHASA AUGUST 25, 2015 (CISA) – Bishop Nicolas Djomo of the Catholic Diocese of Tshumbe has called on the African youth not seek solutions to their problems outside their country but instead struggle to build a better society.

“Do not allow false trappings of wealth lure you to move out of your countries in search of non-existent jobs in Europe and America,” said Bishop Djomo the President of the Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bishop Djomo was speaking during the opening ceremony the Pan-African Catholic Youth and Children meeting being held in Kinshasa, DRC from August 21-25, reported Fides.

The bishop urged the youth to be vigilant of the deceptions of the new forms of the destruction of the culture of life, moral, and spiritual values and advised them to use their talents and other resources to “renew and transform our continent and for the promotion of lasting justice, peace, and reconciliation in Africa.”

“You are a treasure for Africa. The Church relies on you, your continent needs you,” he added.

The meeting, organized by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) was attended by 120 delegates from Gabon, Zimbabwe, Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Egypt, Congo, Kenya, Uganda and Cameroon.

According to the organizers, the objective of the meeting was to involve the youth in the celebration of the African Year of Reconciliation; to institute a Pan-African Organization for bringing together at a continental level Catholic Action Movements for the Youth and Children and to consider the possibility of hosting a World Youth Day in Africa.

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