2016-10-13 15:00:00

Indonesia's Merauke Archdiocese at the IYD2016

The Catholic Church of Indonesia last week concluded its Second Indonesian Youth Day (IYD2) in ‎Manado, the capital of the northern province of North Sulawesi, with nearly 2,460 young men and ‎women from all of the nation’s 37 dioceses taking part in it.  After six days of prayer, reflection, ‎testimonies, catechesis that kicked off with a 3-day live-in programme in local families, the Second ‎Indonesian Youth Day (IYD2) ended with a highly animated evening Mass Oct. 6 at the ‎‎‘Amphitheatre’ of the Emmanuel Catholic Youth Centre at Lotta, a suburb of Manado.   After the ‎Mass ‎followed a variety programme that included the final declaration by the nation’s Catholic youth,  ‎speeches, songs, dances and entertainment by the various diocesan regional groups with fireworks to ‎cap it all close to midnight.‎

The IYD, Oct. 1-6, had as its theme, “The Joy of Gospel ‎amidst a Plural Society in Indonesia”.  ‎ It was ‎the follow-up of the First Indonesian Youth Day that took place in October 2012 in Sanggau Diocese, on the theme “Rooted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Strengthened in the Faith.” The ‎Indonesian Youth Day 2016 in Manado, held during the current Jubilee Year of Mercy, was in ‎preparation for the 6th Asian Youth Day that is to be hosted by Indonesia in Yogyakarta, in the ‎Diocese of Semarang, July 30 ‎‎– August 6, in 2017. ‎

The first 3 days of the Oct. 1-6 Indonesian Youth Day in Manado began with the young men and ‎women living with local families of Manado Diocese’s 37 parishes, intending to demonstrate that ‎young Catholics can carry the joy of the Gospel anywhere they may be placed in the world’s largest ‎archipelagic nation.   On the fourth day, all the participants and their guides and mentors, many of ‎whom were nuns and priests, came together for the first time at Manado’s Klabat Stadium where the ‎Second Indonesian Youth Day was officially inaugurated with Holy Mass, led by host Bishop Joseph ‎Suwatan of Manado.  The opening event was a festival of colours, dances, songs and yells, with each ‎contingent from the 37 dioceses displaying their cultural wealth and variety that Indonesia is well ‎known for. Day 5 and 6 were dedicated  to catechesis, interactive talks and sessions on some 15 ‎different issues, involving bishops, priests, nuns, young people, experts, politicians and government ‎officials.   The afternoon of day 5 was set aside for the sacrament of reconciliation, to which the youth ‎responded in great numbers.  ‎

Well, in our edition of 'THE BACKGROUNDER' today, we bring you an interview with Missionary of ‎the Sacred Heart priest, Fr. Aloysius Batmyanik of the Archdiocese of Merauke, one of Indonesia’s ‎easternmost cities, in Papua province.   Fr. Aloysius, who is the moderator of the youth of his ‎archdiocese, accompanied 110 Catholic men and women to the Indonesian Youth Day in Manado.   ‎Speaking to Vatican Radio on Oct. 5, the penultimate day of the event, he first explained about the ‎preparation of his young people for the Indonesian Youth Day. ‎


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