(Vatican Radio) Young Catholics from 21 Asian countries will be celebrating the 7th Asian Youth Day (AYD7) from August 2 to 6 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on the theme, “Joyful Asian Youth: Living the Gospel in Multicultural Asia.” But before they gather in the Javanese city, participants will be hosted by 11 Indonesian dioceses from July 30 to August 2 for what is called “Days in Dioceses” (DID).
In preparation for the AYD7, participants have been asked to prepare themselves together with others, through a series of ‘pre-event’ activities in their countries. These pre-events prepared by the Commission for Youth of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia (KWI) and the host Archdiocese of Semarang, are based on the AYD7 theme.
Part of these pre-events is an exhibition which each country will put up in Yogyakarta, showcasing their countries. Young Filipinos too have been preparing themselves through various pre-event activities, including an exhibition. To know about it we talked to Maria Lea Dasigan, a fulltime youth minister working for the secretariat of the Episcopal Commission on Youth of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). Talking to us on the phone from Manila she briefly explained the exhibition.
Dasigan explained that the country exhibition at the AYD7 will showcase the effort of the Philippines in response to the environmental encyclical of Pope Francis, “Laudato Si”, on caring for our common home. They will include images and various exhibits on the efforts of the various dioceses in caring for the environment.