Taiwan Youth Day 2008 showed a totally different style of modern youths, says organiser Winnie Su Yu-ying, secretary of the youth desk of the Taiwan episcopal conference.
"This time, the thrust was I Believe: Enthusiasm, Courage, and Attentiveness. With this in mind, I was full of praise for the organizing team that was mainly composed of young Catholics, whom I worked with several months earlier. Various youth groups of Taipei archdiocese agreed on the event's direction and divided tasks among themselves. I saw the youth and laypeople's mission and commitment to evangelization increase," she writes in a UCAN Commentary.
"Receive the Power to Be My Witnesses was the theme, taken from this
year's World Youth Day theme. Indeed, this has been the direction of
the youth ministry of Taipei archdiocese over the past years," Ms Su says.
"It continually invites young Catholics to move from merely "looking" to "engaging" in contemporary situations by adopting a methodology called "Review of Life." This methodology is essentially the "see-judge-act" method promoted by the International Young Christian Students, a Catholic lay movement present in 85 countries."
In his opening mass homily, Bishop Thomas Chung An-zu of Chiayi, chairperson of the Youth Desk, added: "Young Catholics know well their peers' aspirations, language, suffering, expectations and desire for righteousness. Only when young people come forward to take over the baton of spreading the Gospel will the Church be able to proclaim the hope of Christ's resurrection to every corner of the world."