Kroonstad, 15 June, 2021 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of South Africa’s Catholic Diocese of Kroonstad has called upon young people in the country to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in their families and society and to stand up for justice and peace ahead of the country’s Youth Day on Wednesday, June 16.
In his message circulated on Monday, June 14, Bishop Peter Holiday urged young people especially in the Diocese of Kroonstad to adhere to the call by Pope Francis who he said has urged the youth to live their Catholic faith in the society.
“What Pope Francis is saying to our youth is ‘Let your faith as young and beautiful Catholics be shown in your lives in your belief in the resurrection of Jesus Our Lord and Saviour. Be young and proud to be Catholics as witnesses of Jesus in your families, communities and friendships,” the South African Bishop says.
He adds, in reference to Pope Francis' message to the youth, “In other words, have the courage to stand up for Jesus, the way, the truth and the life.”
June 16 is an important day in South Africa when the country commemorates a protest which resulted in a wave of protests across the country known as the Soweto uprising of 1976. It is celebrated as a public holiday across South Africa to remember the brave students who protested against apartheid regime in the country.