» 09/15/2012 TAIWAN Taiwan, hundreds of young people at summer camp in the name of Card. Shan by Xin Yage Young people participated in defiance of the typhoons that hit the island this week. The initiative entitled: "camp to the discover life" is now in its second edition. Its aim is to develop young people's creativity and help them share their experiences of daily life with each other in the light of the teachings of the Gospel.
Taipei (AsiaNews) - More than one hundred young people between the ages of 15 and 22 took part in a summer camp called "shen ming his tan ying" (生命 探索 营), "a camp to discover life", in its second edition. The initiative was proposed for the first time in August 2011. This year's experience was offered three times to different groups of young people. The first week, gathered about eighty people and coincided with the arrival of typhoons. But even the winds and torrential rain failed to stop activities. Heavy rainfall hit Tainan and Kaohsiung, but the weather remained stable on the Mount of Beatitudes "(" Zen was shan "真 福山), the place where the initiative was held.
The "Mount of Beatitudes" is a special place built by Cardinal Shan Kuo-hsi, bishop emeritus of Kaohsiung who died on August 22 last. Throughout his life as a priest and bishop, he was an experienced educator and promoter of many initiatives for young people in Taiwan and conceived the Mount of the Beatitudes as a meeting place where young and old could develop their creative activities. With this new structure, first the cardinal and now his colleagues hope to especially help the youth from the south of the island. Card. Shan was personally promoted participation in the camp in schools across the country. Courses include: communicating with others (人际关系 中 重要 的 沟通), trusting in others (信任), forgiveness (宽恕), empathy with people (体谅), working with one's neighbors (合作等 元素).
The 2011 edition was a great success eve among high profile Taiwanese personalities. One of his main sponsors Lian Chan (连战), former vice-president, supports the initiative with enthusiasm, helping many young people with financial difficulties to take part.