Columban Flame Videos

22nd March 2017 - by Ellen Teague

Flame 2017 HOPE
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The Columban JPIC team, mission office and lay missionaries were represented at the gathering of 10,000 young people and their youth leaders at Flame 2017 at Wembley Arena, North London, on Saturday.

We listened to witness stories, joined in the joyful singing along to the music of Matt Redman and participated in a vibrant Mexican wave encircling the Wembley Arena. The Redmond song, ‘10,000 Reasons’ was a theme of the day, referring to God’s blessings and reasons to be hopeful for the future.

The largest gathering of Catholic youth happens every two years and is organised by the Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed). Young people come from every diocese in England and Wales and from Scotland. Many were joined by their diocesan bishops who were there in force to accompany their young people and youth leaders.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols brought a message from Pope Francis, who was cheered every time his name was mentioned, and especially when he called on the young people “to help vulnerable migrants and our neighbours who feel abandoned”. Cardinal Charles Bo from Myanmar was warmly received when he urged the young people to “carry the flame of hope” in today’s world, particularly bringing hope to those less fortunate.

The Columbans were involved in providing opportunities for the young people at Flame to deepen their understanding about challenges faced by refugees.

Two Columban video clips:

Flame 2017 – 10,000 Reasons to Hope

A Columban Interview with Cardinal Bo of Myanmar

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