“Do not underestimate the youth, their capacity, their wisdom, their passion and their enthusiasm!” Bishop Crispin Varquez said this emphatically in his holy at the 31st Diocesan Pentecost Vigil held at the Parish of St. Lawrence the Deacon and Martyr in Balangiga on June 8, 2019. He was echoing what the Holy Father told the Bishops of the Visayas during their Ad Limina Apostolorum Visit to Rome lately regarding the important role of the youth in the transmission of the faith in the family and in society.
The Blessed Mother was young when she accepted to be the Mother of God; and so were the prominent figures of the Church throughout history, such as St. Lorenzo, the deacon and martyr—the patron saint of Balangiga, the bishop said. He also pointed out that the Diocese of Borongan has made use of the latest tools of the New Evangelization in order to catch up with the changing landscape of young people, namely, social media. He appealed to everybody to take an active part in the work of evangelization. (Allyssa Celada / ESTE News)