A total of 246 young people representing the different dioceses in the country had gathered to participate at this time of prayer, reflection and growth in faith.
The National Youth Convention, which started on December 8th, concluded on the 12th with a Eucharistic celebration at the Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Apostolic Nuncio to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, Archbishop Mathew Kurian Vayalunkal, expressed his joy at being present for the celebration.
He reminded the youths of the Pope’s words to young people at the World Youth Day of 2016 in Krakow, saying to find fulfilment, to gain new strength, there is a way.
He reminded the participants of the call to holiness and that God is present through our pains, suffering, joy and happiness.
Archbishop Kurian also told participants that God does not promise us a smooth voyage across life, but He does promise that He will calm the storm, rebuke the waves and help us reach the other side.
A high point and a very important part of the celebration then followed, where young women and men stepped forward with lighted candles held aloft.
They pledged to ‘live pure’ lives, till they commit themselves in the Sacrament of Marriage.
Prayers were offered by the different dioceses for the needs of their communities.
Meantime, Archbishop Kurian congratulated the organisers and the members on a magnificent event around a meaningful theme of life and love.
He reminded the young people that they are not merely the future, but the present and invited them to be agents of change.