The third international workshop of the Youth for a United World of the Focolare Movement has been launched in Mumbai, at the United World Week 2015. We share the suspension of Nepalis young people attended the meeting, which saw on television their country destroyed and the families displaced
"Fabric, Flavour, Festival ... discovering fraternity". This is the title chosen, along with an attractive graphic, for the third step of the international workshop of the young people from the Focolare, inside the United World Project. The location of 2015 is India. More than 120 young people present and 25 countries represented. From Japan to Italy, from Korea to Colombia, from Nepal to Romania: a global laboratory that, as part of the United World Week, shows that cultural and religious differences are not an obstacle to dialogue between peoples, but act as a springboard for a more united and fraternal world, as written right in the title.
A concrete example was the Mass celebrated by the auxiliary bishop of Mombay, John Rodriguez. The ceremony was also attended by two Buddhist monks and some Hindus. This multiculturalism will be the leitmotif of these days. Representatives of the Shanti Ashram (Hindu movement) and the Rissho Kosei-Kai (Buddhist movement), join together young Catholics to live togheter moments of fraternity also serving the Indian young people and the community.
Lawrence, a representative of Religions for Peace, tells us that he's here because "we need to show the world positive things, beautiful things. We must show the world that fraternity can change history. " Crisfan, a young Indian, said that he met the Youth for a United World a few years ago and "since then, I feel the desire to continue building bridges of fraternity. In India, religion is never a barrier. Each one follows a path but we are all brothers. " Married for a few months, he also involved his wife in this adventure.
Maria Chiara, an Italian, sitting in a lounge in a moment of relax, tells us that from a long time she wanted to experience something like this. "When Christian asked me, I felt that I could not miss this opportunity. I'm here to meet other young people and to learn how to live the culture of the other as mine. " Christian is Romanian and he study at the Sophia University Institute. After being in the Holy Land in 2013 and in Kenya in 2014, this year he decided to close the books "to find out how fraternity it's lived a culture different from mine."
They're intense days, where we also share tragedies like the one in neighboring Nepal, where the earthquake caused thousands of victims. Here in Mumbai there are also Sana and Roshan that from a fmany hours can't reach their families. Yet they seem calm, "we are confident that God will take care of them," they told to us. And, meanwhile, everyone is already praying. At the end of the day, here is the good news: their families are well. Displaced, but the love of God is not long in coming.
There are many stories that we could tell. Such as the one of Luca, that instead of rest after the lunch break decided to help to eat a Muslim guy born without arms. Concretely lived fraternity is already the experience of these first days of workshop.