India - “The voice of the young”: a project of the Provinces of Madras and Tiruchy

18 August 2020

(ANS - Chennai) - On the occasion of the International Youth Day, celebrated last 12 August, the Salesian Provinces of Madras (INM) and Tiruchy (INT) organized an online forum to listen to young people from different social classes of the State of Tamil Nadu. The forum was held from 6 to 9 pm and gave a voice to many young people and was managed by the Youth Ministry.

The young people who took part in it actively demonstrated their love for God, for their neighbors and for Nature; they expressed, in 6 minutes each, their various experiences during this pandemic period.

The idea comes directly from Pope Francis, who defined young people as "God's present [time]" and who constantly invites us to listen to them, because listening to the voice of young people is listening to God.

In the online forum, many young people - Catholics and non-Catholics - expressed their inspiration that comes from Jesus Christ and from Don Bosco's educational system. They talked about their personal experiences of faith, hope and love experienced in this time of pandemic. The 23 participants then expressed their willingness to commit themselves to create a better world, for themselves and for others.

As already mentioned, the voices heard in this forum were those of young people from the most diverse social backgrounds. A voice has been given to young people from rural and urban areas, to those who are going through a crisis of faith and to those who feel weak and oppressed; to those who live in difficult family situations, to those in search of social justice, to young migrants, to people committed to the protection of the planet and to many others.

It was an enriching experience, both for the Salesians who listened and for the children. It was a special moment for the whole Salesian Family, which had the opportunity to hear from young people who are so proactive and full of hope, who desire a just and peaceful society.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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