(Vatican Radio) European Bishops are encouraging young people to take action and work for the good of their communities.
The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) has given its support for the creation of the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). The program will foster an environment where young people can volunteer and get involved in the community.
In a press statement, the Bishops note that “the ESC can help young people to take up this role in lending their ‘own personal efforts for the good of the community in general and, in particular, for the good of the weakest and neediest’”
The ESC was launched last December, after President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission had pitched the idea. He said during his State of the Union speech: “By voluntarily joining the European Solidarity Corps, these young people will be able to develop their skills and get not only work but also invaluable human experience.”
Pope Francis has stressed the importance of young people’s involvement in society. COMECE is committed to encouraging these people to give of themselves for the good of the community and of those in need.
Rooted in the EU values of solidarity and engagement, participants of the Corps will not only reflect those values, but will gain skills and experiences that will prepare them for future careers, education, and training.
COMECE provided recommendations to the EU on the creation and sustainment of the program. It suggested the EU have a private budget line for the program as well as a legislative framework based on the objective of deeper community involvement and volunteering.
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