Catholic youths gather in Apia

By Deidre Tautua – Fanene ,

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The Government has donated $10,000 for Catholic youths who marched on Beach Road to commemorate “Aso Tupulaga Samoa” yesterday morning.

Youth members from American Samoa, Tokelau, New Zealand, Australia and Samoa gathered to celebrate this initiative which began in 2009. 

Now into its fourth year, the Catholic Church holds the event every three years to strengthen the faith and highlight the importance of God’s calling to servants and youths.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malilegaoi congratulated the church leaders for the initiative.

“Youths are easily affected by changes happening in Samoa nowadays and it is imperative that the leaders of the Church approach and encourage programs to not only foster the spiritual well-being of young people in the Catholic beliefs, but to also keep the children in the right path,” he said. 

TIME OF REJOICING: Youth members of Falefa Catholic Church enjoying the celebration. Photo/Misiona Simo
TIME OF REJOICING: Youth members of Falefa Catholic Church enjoying the celebration. Photo/Misiona Simo
Youth members during the parade. Photo/Misiona Simo
Youth members during the parade. Photo/Misiona Simo
The Iupeli Band from the village of Leauvaa. Photo/Misiona Simo
The Iupeli Band from the village of Leauvaa. Photo/Misiona Simo

“The word of encouragement in this type of gathering is that ‘faith grows by hearing’. It also encourages a positive attitude towards one another and sharing in various ways to encourage the spirit of co-operation because reluctance is the number one challenge in this type of gathering. That is why we have to keep working and doing what we are supposed to do.”

Tuilaepa added that the youths of today are the leaders of tomorrow.

“The success of our country in the future, the discussions and programmes that you will resolve in the next days of your gathering, these will be great lessons that will fully prepare you from some of the most serious challenges in life that you will face.”

“All of that you need to learn from this sort of gathering to prepare yourselves from other duties that you will called for in the future from God”

He said the regional event was important not only for the Catholic Church but other denominations and is good news for the Government as it teaches moral discipline in the society to compliment the belief that Samoa is founded on God.

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