CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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Raising social awareness in the Year of Youth

HONG KONG (SE): Responding to the diocesan Year of Youth, the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students is joining hands with the Diocesan Youth Commission and Commission for Justice and Peace to promote the social awareness among the young people through a series of formation activities. 
The series of activities, targeting working young adults and university students, kicked off with a two-day camp in mid-March. A one-day programme, scheduled for April 28, will focus on the life of people affected by different social issues. The youth groups will also undertake a study tour to South Korea in June. 
Rock Li Cheuk-yin, a pastoral worker of the Hong Kong Federation of Catholic Students told the Kung Kao Po on January 31 that he hopes that these activities serve as a starting point for developing social awareness among young people.
Li said a number of international activities scheduled for this year such as the East Asia Programme, held by the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS) as well as the Taizé meeting in Hong Kong, will encourage young people to think about social issues in the city and to share their views with delegates worldwide.
Agnes Lo Tsz-ching, former social affairs officer of the Catholic Society of the University of Hong Kong, said that social awareness can only be enhanced when young people actually take part in activities about social issues. 
She said while she appreciates the strong faith of Catholic students when they focus on deepening their spirituality, they fail to develop a strong sense of awareness on social issues because they believe these problems are not related to their own lives, or feel they can do little to help. 
She hopes that the formation activities will be an opportunity for young people to think about what they can do for society.

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