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CYCAD reveals the preparation for NYD in Ermera municipality reached 75%

CYCAD reveals the preparation for NYD in Ermera municipality reached 75%

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DILI, july 18, 2023 (TATOLI)- Executive Director of the Catholic Youth Commission of the Archdiocese of Dili (CYCAD), Father Cirílio dos Santos Maia explained the preparation process for National Youth Day (NYD) which will be held in September 2023 in Letefoho, Ermera has reached 75%.

“The preparation for faith is 100%. But physically, YND, which will be held in September, has reached 75% and we target to finish all the preparation in August before it starts,” explained Father Cirílio dos Santos Maia to Tatoli exclusively at Farol.

The main theme of the 2023 National Youth Day event is “Maria woke up and left in a hurry” which follows the international theme of WYD (World Youth Day) 2023 in Lisbon Portugal.

It was stated that the celebration of NWD in Letefoho will participate by 900 young pilgrims from all over the territory of Timor-Leste, where specifically for the Archdiocese of Dili there will be 565 pilgrims from 34 parishes.

“We intend to accommodate over 1.000 pilgrims to participate in the event. The pilgrims will come over from 13 municipalities included of Ermera municipality,” he said.

So far, Timor-Leste Catholic Church has carried out this celebration, which is specifically for young Catholics, under the name ‘Cruz Joven’ or Cross of Youth (Youth Cross), but in 2019 it was agreed to change the name to National Youth Day (NYD).

According to data set by CYCAD, The 2023 NYD event will be carried out for one week starting from 08 to 14 September 2023.

On 08 of September, the young pilgrims will gather at Gleno Ermera for the opening Mass, after which they will be divided at four different places in Ermera such as Ramerhein, Estadu, Eraulo, and Goulolo to make pastoral visits.

After the pastoral visit is completed on September 10, the following day, September 11 to 14, the pilgrims will gather in Letefoho to have preparations for the closing event of NYD 2023.

While the closing Mass will be held at Nossa Senhora do Carmo Letefoho Parish and after that will deliver the Youth Cross (Youth Cross) from Letefoho representing the Archdiocese of Dili to Nossa Senhora do Rosario Fatima Lifau Laleia Parish, municipality of Manatuto representing Baucau Diocese.

Previously in 2022, the Parish of Nossa Senhora do Carmo Letefoho representing the Archdiocese of Dili received the Youth Cross (Youth Cross) which was sent by the Parish of Nossa Senhora de Fátima Lolotoe representing the Diocese of Bobonaro.

 

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.

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