Iloilo to host 2nd International YOUCAT Congress

Iloilo to host 2nd International YOUCAT Congress

By CBCP News

August 8, 2019

Manila, Philippines

An international conference of young Catholics will take place in Iloilo City to explore new ways of the new evangelization.

Hundreds of young missionaries from different countries are expected to attend the 2nd International YOUCAT Congress at the Iloilo Convention Center on Nov. 7-10.

Organized by YOUCAT Philippines, the congress is their response to the church’s call for the new evangelization in the Year of the Youth.

YOUCAT is a youthful version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church released in different languages in 2011.

Pope Benedict XVI personally endorsed the book as a tool for evangelization among youth.

The congress dubbed as “Arise,” recalls the episodes in the Gospel of Luke (7: 11-17) when Jesus raised back to life the young son of the widow of Naim.

Guided by the words of Jesus, the congress aims to be an occasion for rediscovering Christ’s particular love for the young and his challenge for them to “arise” from their present conditions and become enthusiastic servant leaders, with the help of YOUCAT.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila invites lay organizations, youth ministers, catechetical directors, and the different religious congregations to join the event.

“I highly endorse this momentous event in the life of the Church in this part of Asia,” Cardinal Tagle said.

The bishops’ Episcopal Commission on Youth also endorsed the congress as part of its many youthful ecclesial activities of the Year of the Youth.

Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, ECY chairman, encourages participation “to make more meaningful and fruitful our journey of preparation for the 5th Centenary of Christianity in the Philippines”.

The first international YOUCAT Congress was also held in the Philippines in 2015. CBCPNEWS