Lisbon, 31 July, 2023 / 9:58 pm (ACI Africa).
Young Catholics from Ethiopia attending the 2023 World Youth Day (WYD) in Lisbon, Portugal, have expressed the joy of being part of a bigger community of people who share their faith.
At only 1 percent of the estimated 120 million people, Catholics are a small community in Ethiopia. And young Catholics in this African country live with the awareness that they are the minority community, according to Yemesrach Assefa who is leading the Ethiopian team attending the WYD in Lisbon.
Interacting with a multitude of other young Catholics in Portugal is therefore reassuring to the Ethiopians attending the event as they feel that they are part of a large group of believers, Ms Assefa who serves as the National Youth Coordinator under the commission for Family, Laity and Youth on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) tells ACI Africa.
“Being a small number, there is always the feeling that you are under the domination of other religions. But being here and seeing such a large community of people that share our faith is very reassuring,” she says in the Sunday, July 30 interview.
Assefa, who led a group of over 90 young Ethiopians to the WYD, and arrived in Portugal on July 26, has described her experience so far as spiritually transformative.