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Middle East to host Catholic youth conference {Ecumenical}
Catholic News agency ^ | 7 Nov 2012 | CNA

Posted on 11/13/2012 6:34:05 AM PST by Cronos

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Nov 7, 2012 / 02:02 am (CNA).-

At least 1,500 Catholic youth from across the Middle East will gather at Abu Dhabi’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral for Arabia’s second Catholic youth conference this Nov. 15-17.

“The future of a community lies in its youth, and we have placed paramount importance in our parishes to events and activities that foster and strengthen the faith of our youth and young adults,” said Bishop Paul Hinder of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, which is based in the United Arab Emirates.

He said many youth in the region cannot participate in international gatherings like World Youth Day and Youth Arise because of the expense.

Because of the conference, he said, “we have now ensured that the Catholic youth in Arabia don’t miss out on the fellowship with other Catholic youth.”

The conference’s theme is Jesus Christ’s words from the Gospel of Mark: “All things are possible for the one who believes.” The sessions at the conference are intended to respond to the unique facing Catholic youth and young adults in the region.

Speakers include Catholic apologist Matt Fradd, Franciscan friar and musician Father Stan Fortuna of New York, Brother George Gabriel from the Philippines-based Preacher in Blue Jeans Ministry and Father Michael Senfuma of the Ugandan band Anawim.

The conference will have a musical concert called reJOYce, featuring Fr. Fortuna, Anawim and Alphons Joseph of the India music group RexBand. The local bands Light of Jesus and MasterPlan will also perform.

The concert is expected to attract more than 5,000 people.

Bishop Hinder and Bishop Camillo Ballin of the Bahrain-based Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia will preside over the conference.

Catholics in the Arabian vicariates are mainly expatriates from other parts of the world who work in the region. The expatriates are mainly from the Philippines, Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and from Syria and Lebanon.

The first Catholic youth conference in the region took place in November 2009 in Dubai.

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ecumenism
the Middle East can be Christian again... we must work to it
1 posted on 11/13/2012 6:34:15 AM PST by Cronos
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To: Cronos

Already they are busy erecting the “Welcome, Infidels!” sign at the airport...

2 posted on 11/13/2012 6:38:04 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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Pope visits Lebanon amid Syria war, Libya protest - Reuters 9-13-2012

“Even the militant Shi’ite movement Hezbollah has hung banners along the airport highway greeting Benedict with a picture of him and texts in Arabic and French saying: “Hezbollah welcomes the pope in the homeland of coexistence”.

Nearby, the movement - which Israel and the United States consider a terrorist group - put up Arabic-only banners for local consumption with a different message: “Welcome to you in the homeland of resistance.””

3 posted on 11/13/2012 7:11:55 AM PST by haffast
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To: haffast

Benedict XVI’s astounding heresies on Islam and other false religions

Benedict XVI’s September 16, 2012 Address at Farewell Ceremony at Beirut’s Rafiq Hariri International Airport in Lebanon:

4 posted on 11/13/2012 7:44:58 AM PST by haffast
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To: Cronos

This is a dumb move and an unnecessary risk.

Missionary work is one thing, but scheduling a conference in an Emirate that refuses entry to holders of Israeli passports, is embracing the unrepentant.

5 posted on 11/13/2012 8:32:33 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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