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Young people of Timor-Leste are keepers of peace

DILI (UCAN): Bishop Virgilio do Carmo da Silva of Dili, reminded young people of their special role in maintaining peace in Timor-Leste, particularly as the country prepares for polls in May.
During a special Passion Sunday Mass to mark the annual passing round of the so-called university cross Bishop Da Silva said young people should look up to Jesus’ cross as a source of inspiration in daily life.
The university cross is a initiative of Dili Diocese that was started in 2013 where a image of crucified Jesus is passed from one university to another to be venerated by students.
“The presence of the cross at a university is not for public view or a decoration. It symbolises Christ as the bearer of light and peace,” the bishop said during the Mass.
“Young people must stay closer to Christ’s cross and his resurrection,” he said.
He called on young people to keep the peace, particularly as the country prepares for elections on May 12. The country experienced deadly violence during parliamentary elections in 2007.
Father Angelo Salsinha, president of Our Lady of Fatima Minor Seminary in Dili, explained that the idea of a cross being passed between universities has its origins in the World Youth Day Cross that stopped in Timor-Leste for three days on its way from Germany to Australia in 2007.
“By having a university cross and seeing it, young people can reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ suffering, which was to save all people,” Father Salsinha said.

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