Photos: Young people should play an important role in the Church – Galea-Curmi

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi said that, ‘young people should not only be in the church, they should play an important role.’ He said this while taking part in the annual Malta Catholic Youth Network (MCYN) conference within the Archdiocese of Malta, last week. The event is organised to with leaders who work with youths and young people within the church. The name of this year’s conference is Plexus19.

He added that when young people participate in Church, what they learn can help them throughout different stages of life right up to adulthood. He said that young people should be given more responsibilities and be trusted, to develop their abilities.

The theme of Plexus this year was ‘One More Step’. The conference allowed the participants to discuss several issues while they were encouraged to new initiatives when planning pastoral youth work. He reminded them to put the gospel at the centre and as a leading message. Each participant was given a copy of ‘Viviti Christus (Christ lives), the last apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis on young people and people’s connection to God.

The main speakers at this conference were Dr. Nadia Delicata, an episcopal delegate for Evangelization and lecturer at the University of Malta; Rev. Dr. John Berry, Dean of the Faculty of Theology; Dr Nicholas Briffa, psychologist and sexologist; Fr Reuben Gauci, delegate for spiritual development in schools; and Fr Martin Cilia MSSP, Director of the oratory MSSP Birkirkara.

Several activities were held during the conference giving young people various technical and social tools to lead a team. These activities were lead by the NGO STEPS. The conference was concluded with a mass celebrated by Bishop Galea-Curmi at St Julian’s Parish Church.