Zway: "Listening and Moving", was the title of the one day encounter organised for young people in the north (Makelle) and south (Zway) by the Youth Ministry Department of AET.  Abba Isidoro Apostoli the provincial vicar and Abba Lijo Vadakken the Youth Ministry delegate were the responsible behind the organisation of such a meet.  The meeting focused on meeting with young people from various walks of life of different religious backgrounds to discuss the various questions proposed in the pre-synodal final document. 

An email was sent by the Provincial vicar to all the various houses of the province asking them to send three to four representatives of young people to the meeting. The meeting witnessed an active participation of the young people both in the north and in the south.   The young people were invited to speak on various topics like formation of personal identity, relationship with others, relationship with technology, preoccupations of the future, relationship with Jesus and with the Church, vocational sense of life etc.  In the south, there was also the presence of Abba Samuel Abreha, the in charge for the youth centers and oratories which added special tone to the meeting.  Apart for an initial resistance in regard to sharing of personal issues, the young people later showed a remarkable openness in discussing various issues.  The afternoon session was meant for answering the questionnaire that was made for the occasion.  The questionnaire was also used at the Youth Festival that was conducted in the vicariate of Gambella.  The overall impression of the youth meet was very positive and all of them expressed the opinion to have these kind of meetings more often in the future.  The results of the meetings will be gathered together and sent to the Pope through Abuna Roberto Bergamaschi who will be the official representative of Bishops to the Synod in the Vatican.     

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