Kampala, 29 January, 2021 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
The suffering brought about by several months of COVID-19 has pushed young people to desperation, a Catholic Cleric ministering among refugees in Uganda has observed and called upon the youth in the East African country to rise above their frustrations and to start caring for others who are equally living in devastation.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Thursday, January 28, Fr. Lazar Arasu who oversee Don Bosco Refugee Services, Palabek in Uganda’s Archdiocese of Gulu reflects on the message that was given by Fr. Angel Artime, the Superior General of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), to the young people, encouraging them to be “Good Christians and honest citizens of the world”.
It is a message purposely given to youth who have been pushed to loneliness, desperation, loss of education and loss of livelihood, Fr. Arasu says.
“Fr. Angel calls young people themselves to rise above the troubles and desperation and be a beacon of hope to others. This time and this situation will no doubt be conducive to being aware of the suffering of many people and paying attention to the many silent epidemics such as the hunger that so many suffer,” he says.
The Indian-born Cleric says that Fr. Angel’s message titled “Moved by hope: See, I am making all things new” is given to the youth of the world and to the caregivers of the youth at the time of untold sufferings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.