“Giving chances – youth wants responsibility”

Adveniat fundraising campaign © Rolf Vennenbernd

On the third Sunday of Advent, the German bishops call for support for the Christmas campaign of the Latin American relief organization Adveniat. The youth of Latin America and the Caribbean are the focus of this year's Christmas campaign.

Under the motto "Giving opportunities – youth wants responsibility", Adveniat is placing the youth of Latin America and the Caribbean at the center of its Christmas campaign shortly before World Youth Day in Panama. In their appeal, which will be read at all Masses, the bishops ask for a generous donation during the Christmas collection on 24. and helping 25. December for Adveniat.

Setting an example

"Young people of indigenous or African-American origin in particular suffer from difficult social conditions and lack of educational opportunities," the bishops write. "With the collection at Christmas, we can set an example by supporting the commitment of Adveniat and the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean."

Adveniat partner Regina Leao from the Pastoral do Menor for minors at risk reports from Rio de Janeiro: "We are witnessing a mass murder of our youth here." 78 percent of the 60.000 victims of violence in the poor neighborhoods of the Brazilian metropolis are black youth and young adults. For 28 years, she has worked for the pastoral care of minors at risk of the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, which is supported by the Latin American relief agency Adveniat.

It offers children and young people a way out of the spiral of violence. The educational center of the Pastoral do Menor is one of the few places where they can spend their free time in safety, in the midst of the war between drug gangs and the police. In addition, they receive tutoring here – in view of the precarious situation of the public school system, their only chance for a good education.

Traditional Christmas collection

The Adveniat campaign is the Christmas campaign of the Catholic Church in Germany. It includes a series of events organized by Adveniat during Advent in collaboration with dioceses in Germany. As part of the campaign, the Latin American relief organization draws attention to the needs of the poor and disadvantaged in Latin America and the Caribbean and solicits donations.

During Advent 2018, church services, benefit concerts, exhibitions, discussion forums and lectures will take place throughout Germany. The highlight of the Adveniat campaign is the traditional Christmas collection for all of Latin America and the Caribbean on 24. and 25. December in all Catholic church services and Nativity celebrations.

Wording of the appeal of the German bishops for the Christmas campaign Adveniat 2018:

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Many children and young people in Latin America and the Caribbean are born into great poverty. To ensure the survival of their families, they often have to work hard from a young age. Especially young people of indigenous or African-American origin suffer from difficult social conditions and lack of educational opportunities. Yet many dream of a good future, want to go to school, learn a trade and take on responsibility.

The Church in Latin America is committed to the "Option for the Poor" and the "Option for Youth". This obligates them to help young people build self-determined, dignified lives. Adveniat supports the Church in this endeavor and is placing this year's Christmas campaign under the motto "Giving opportunities – youth want responsibility".

At Christmas, we celebrate the incarnation of God and his message of hope for us humans. We are invited to pass on this message to others in word and deed. With the collection on Christmas we can set a sign by supporting the commitment of Adveniat and the church in Latin America and the Caribbean. We ask you to stay connected to the people there in prayer!

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