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8 JY INTERNATIONAL 12 JY INTERNATIONAL GATHERING LEADERS’
TRAINING

16 JY INTERNATIONAL 18 REXBAND 23 GLOBAL ANIMATORS’ NEWSWATCH TRAINING

SEPTEMBER 2008

JESUSYOUTH
International Newsletter

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A MISSIONARY MOVEMENT AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH

REFLECTIONS ON WYD ’08 FROM A YOUTH ANIMATOR’S PERSPECTIVE
THE EVENING STOLE IN QUIETLY OVER BARANGAROO BAY, AS IF RELUCTANT TO DISTURB THE THOUSANDS OF WYD PILGRIMS OVERWHELMED AT THE SIGHT OF A WOUNDED, TORTURED JESUS WALKING AMONG TH
8 JY INTERNATIONAL 12 JY INTERNATIONAL GATHERING LEADERS’
TRAINING

16 JY INTERNATIONAL 18 REXBAND 23 GLOBAL ANIMATORS’ NEWSWATCH TRAINING

SEPTEMBER 2008

JESUSYOUTH
International Newsletter

Stopover in Sydney
A MISSIONARY MOVEMENT AT THE SERVICE OF THE CHURCH

REFLECTIONS ON WYD ’08 FROM A YOUTH ANIMATOR’S PERSPECTIVE
THE EVENING STOLE IN QUIETLY OVER BARANGAROO BAY, AS IF RELUCTANT TO DISTURB THE THOUSANDS OF WYD PILGRIMS OVERWHELMED AT THE SIGHT OF A WOUNDED, TORTURED JESUS WALKING AMONG TH

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THE EVENING STOLE IN QUIETLY OVER BARANGAROO BAY, AS IF RELUCTANT TO DISTURB THETHOUSANDS OF WYD PILGRIMS OVERWHELMED AT THE SIGHT OF A WOUNDED, TORTUREDJESUS WALKING AMONG THEM, DRAGGING A MAKESHIFT CROSS. A chilly wind swept in fromacross the waters. The rays of the evening sun turned the white bandanas of the pilgrims intogold. Heads bowed, they sat, as Jesus, enacted in the Stations of the Cross by a young AlfioStuto, was beaten, whipped and crowned with thorns. A hushed silence descended over theyoung people from over 170 countries as three crosses rose up above the earth, painting apoignant sign of love amidst the indifferent skyscrapers that dot the Sydney skyline.
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HEART TALK
With the World Youth Day, the Jesus Youth International Gathering, formation of thenew International Team, and three training programmes for Fulltime Volunteers,Leaders and Animators, the last few months have been a time of hectic activity,salient change and great blessing for the movement.I am so proud of the new International Team comprising of 12 elected members, 5 ex-officio members (the co-ordinators of Europe, India, Middle East, South East Asia andthe former International Co-ordinator), 3 animators and a Pastor. We have the rightblend of experienced and young leaders in the team, including 4 women and twonon–Indians.We have George Devassy, a very young and committed man as the new co-ordinator of Jesus Youth. George, who has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, wasworking with an MNC for the last few years, and has recently registered for hisdoctoral studies. His parents have been actively involved in the CCR for years, andtheir home has housed several batches of JY fulltime volunteers. His brother, a formerfulltime volunteer, is completing his seminary formation, and his sister is an activeJesus Youth. From the moment I first met George in Thailand a few years back in hisresidence named ‘Jesus Youth House’, I was struck by his faithfulness to his call andhis commitment, and he soon became a dear brother to me. Looking at him today, Ibelieve that the scripture on being “faithful in little things” has come true...Undoubtedly, God has raised him to lead the movement. The new Asst. Co-ordinatorNavin Thomas is another very committed leader, who after resigning his job had beenworking as a part of the International office, heading different projects like the WYDand Formation programmes, particularly that of the Fulltime Volunteers. I am sure thatthis duo will do us proud in the coming years.As I retrace my steps while writing this my last ‘Heart talk,’ I am simply amazed atthe way the Spirit has been at work, building up the movement, particularly over thepast decade. How things have changed from the time when I had to sell my computerto make one of my first international trips, and the many days when I survived onbread alone, especially while travelling in Europe. What a transformation from the timewhen the first International team was formed and Jesus Youth had a presence in just acouple of countries, to the present, when the number has grown to 22 countries...I want to take this opportunity to thank the International team members, the countryco-ordinators and many other leaders who worked tirelessly to build the movement. Ispecially thank two persons from outside the Jesus Youth, who have played a veryimportant role in making this movement an International one – Msgr. AntonyKollamparampil from Rome and Henry Cappello from USA. Msgr. Antony was pivotal inguiding and helping us to build a relationship with the hierarchy of the Church.Henry, being the President of Youth Arise International, created a platform for us toknow and work with other international movements. I especially thank all my brothersand sisters for their support and love over the last 6 years. During this period I havestayed in many of your families for more days than I have spent with my own family.You received me as your elder brother with love – a gift that I shall cherish always.Above all, I bow my head to the Spirit, for the numerous times I have witnessed Hispower in action (particularly when we had no resources, no money, no contacts),creating from nothing! He is the Lord of impossible things. And I look forward toseeing the same action of the Spirit in the movement in the years to come...
Manoj Sunny
DEAR FRIENDS, INYOUR HOMES, SCHOOLS ANDUNIVERSITIES, IN YOURPLACES OF WORK ANDRECREATION, REMEMBERTHAT YOU ARE A NEWCREATION! AS CHRISTIANSYOU STAND IN THIS WORLDKNOWING THAT GOD HAS AHUMAN FACE - JESUSCHRIST - THE “WAY” WHOSATISFIES ALL HUMANYEARNING, AND THE “LIFE”TO WHICH WE ARE CALLEDTO BEAR WITNESS, WALKINGALWAYS IN HIS LIGHT.
ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESSBENEDICT XVI AT THEWELCOMING CELEBRATIONBY THE YOUNG PEOPLE,
Barangaroo, Sydney Harbour,17 July 2008
As I write my first words after our receiving this responsibility of serving the movement, I would like to start byrequesting your continual intercession for me and for the new team. I pray that the Holy Spirit who has beenguiding this movement may bless us with all the gifts and wisdom we need to steer the mission.Looking back at how the Almighty God has blessed us over the years, I praise Him for being with us and thankMother Mary for her powerful intercession. And the fact that the Mighty One is with us reminds me of the wordsof Pope John Paul II, “Do not be afraid.”So let us give Jesus with all that we have. I would go to the extent of hoping that as we spread like fire to moreand more areas of the world, our missionary zeal will form this movement to be a “Factory of Saints” in thismodern world. We pray together as a team that the Mercy of our Lord may always be with us to help us do ourbest to serve this holy mission for the glory of God.
George Devassy
Jesus Youth International Co-ordinator
 
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SEPTEMBER 2008 PAGE 3
A Youth Icon with aDifference
“ Pope gets rock star treatment!”screamed The Daily Telegraph as itdescribed the millions of cheering youngpeople who turned up to welcome the HolyFather. The young people knew that theHoly Father desired to be with them somuch that he travelled over nineteen hours- the longest journey in his life - to reachAustralia. The world may not understandwhy millions of young people go gaga overan 81-year old man in a pristine whitecassock and red suede shoes.Yet the pilgrims knew that he carried amessage for their lives; and that themessage of the Holy Father, unlike thesuperficial exhortations of the worldwould make a real difference to theirlives. “Life is not just a succession of events or experiences ...” he declared.“It is a search for the true, the good andthe beautiful. It is to this end that wemake our choices; it is for this that weexercise our freedom; it is in this – intruth, in goodness, and in beauty – thatwe find happiness and joy”.In Sydney Harbour, in Barangaroo, inRandwick; the pilgrims followed himeverywhere. They carried his pictures,wore T-shirts with images of the Pope andlistened with all their heart as he spoketo him. This excitement opens our eyes tothe beauty of the Church as a family - thePope uniting us as Children of God. Thisalso tears at the root of severalassumptions about young people - thatthey are too enamoured by glamour, thatthey are averse to religion, that they donot care for values or sacrifice and thatthey lack depth in life. If they seem so, itcould only be because our witnessingneeds the power of the Holy Spirit.
One Church. A MillionExpressions
Having born, grown, lived and prayed inour respective cultural environments,each one of us have come to express ourfaith in ways that we feel are mostnatural. Which is perhaps why we need aplatform like the WYD celebrations toopen our eyes to the diverse expressionsof faith through which the Holy Spiritenriches the Universal Church.Perhaps these young people themselves, likethe crosses raised high, I mused, are a signunto the world. Their celebrations, laughter,contemplation, passion for the Church, love forthe Pope and desire to set themselves aside forGod are indeed radical challenges to ourruthlessly self-centred world. For the 500 JesusYouth from around the world including youthanimators like me, this gathering was truly anaffirmation of our call to reach out to youth, a joyous sign that the Church is young andthrobbing, a challenge to be different amidstthis world and a reminder that the Church isbeautiful in its amazing diversity.The following vignettes that I share with youare neither a comprehensive account nor anorganized report of the event. They are at best,a few scattered reflections on the largestyouth gathering on the planet from theperspective of a Jesus Youth.
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YET THE PILGRIMSKNEW THAT HECARRIED AMESSAGE FORTHEIR LIVES; ANDTHAT THE MESSAGEOF THE HOLYFATHER, UNLIKE THESUPERFICIALEXHORTATIONS OFTHE WORLD WOULDMAKE A REALDIFFERENCE TOTHEIR LIVES.

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