Catholic Bishop in Angola Encourages Young People to “keep the faith” amid Challenges

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola has encouraged young people in his Episcopal See to “keep the faith” despite the numerous challenges they face.

In his November 5 homily during Holy Mass at the Good Shepherd Kikolo Parish of Caxito Diocese, Bishop Camuto also encouraged young people to be creative in order to deal with the difficulties that exist in the southern African country.

 “Our concern today for young people is great, because we know the various difficulties that young people face. So it's not easy to remain faithful to your faith, faithful as a disciple of Christ,” the Angolan Catholic Bishop said.

He added, “To remain faithful as a disciple of Christ is not easy, but we encourage young people to always keep the faith, to know above all to look to Christ, who is our hope, He is the one who comforts us, the one who encourages us, to face the difficulties of life and always know how to move forward.”

The Angolan member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CSSp.), also known as the Spiritans or Holy Ghost Fathers underlined the value of entrepreneurship in fighting unemployment.


“Entrepreneurship helps to awaken in young people the capacity to create new things, make a study of their society, their neighborhood, what the needs of their neighborhood are, what people need most in that neighborhood and then look for a solution to it, that is, to look for a solution to this problem that society, that the neighborhood faces,” Bishop Camuto said.

He added, “This is one way of being an entrepreneur. This isn't for everyone, it's for some, but those who have this gift of being creative, some with this gift, should follow this gift, to actually find solutions, ways to help other young people get out of unemployment.”

The Spiritan Bishop, who has been at the helm of Caxito Diocese since his Episcopal Consecration in August 2020 said, “The Church can give clues, it can give guidance, but you can't expect support, financial support from the Church, because we don't have. It is the State that has the money that belongs to everyone. So it's the State that has to create these conditions, to make life easier for young people.”

“Young people should get more involved and form a force, a force capable of demanding their rights, but that we don't stop there in demanding our rights, but that we are also capable of fulfilling our duties,” Bishop Camuto said.

He further said, “It's a duty to be well trained, well educated, well competitive, to be able to stand up to others, to rise to the challenges.”

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João Vissesse is an Angolan Journalist with a passion and rich experience in Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate.