02/25/2019, 16.05
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Hundreds of young Bangladeshi Catholics against drugs

by Sumon Corraya

Catholic students hold their 34th annual meeting in the Diocese of Barishal. The Youth Commission of the Bishops’ Conference calls for a "deeper relationship with God" against the negative things of life, like drug addiction.

Barishal (AsiaNews) - Following "Mary, who surrendered to God, as an example of life” is the hope that has guided the national meeting of young Catholics in Bangladesh.

The Youth Commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Bangladesh “has encouraged Catholic youth to have a deeper relationship with God and reject negative things," said Brother Ujjal Placid Pereira, the Commission’s secretary, speaking to AsiaNews.

The event, which is at its 34th edition, was held from 21 to 24 February in Padrishibpur, Diocese of Barishal, and saw the participation of 400 Catholic students from all over the country.

This year's theme came from the World Youth Day in Panama, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word" (Lk 1:38).

The Commission proposed topics for discussion are very sensitive in the country, issues like drug addiction, the Internet’s downside, environmental degradation.

The sessions "have helped the kids discover the true meaning of their life and understand what is right and what is wrong,” Brother Ujjal Placid said.

"As a youth leader, I can help other depressed kids and give advice to those involved in drug abuse,” said Jude Flavian Bala, from the Archdiocese of Chattogram (ex Chittagong). “We young people should be more involved in Church initiatives,” so that we can avoid drug use.

For Dina Mrong, a young ethnic Garo woman from the Diocese of Mymensingh, the meeting helped her understand the meaning of life.

"Life is a gift from God’” she said, “and we must take care of it, avoid bad things and realise ourselves through good and thoughtful deeds” towards others.

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