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ASIA/CHINA - Young Catholics bear witness to faith, dedicating themselves to social voluntary

Xi An (Agenzia Fides) - The 60 young Catholic volunteers from the parish of Nan Tang of the Archdiocese of Xi An, in the province of Shaan Xi, have renewed their commitment to devote themselves to volunteering in the year 2012 to witness faith. According to what was reported to Fides by Faith of He Bei, among the young people who have confirmed their intention on March 11, there are journalists, academics, and even employees, and people with disabilities. During the meeting the young people shared their experiences of work over the years: from aid to earthquake victims, to teaching in remote areas, to supporting families financially disadvantaged, the elderly and the disabled .... With these charitable social services "we gave a testimony of faith," said their responsible: "not only many people were converted through our example, but have also become volunteers who offer their help to others." In addition, some volunteers also told their extraordinary experience that allowed them to affirm their faith: the volunteers therefore are not only those who give, but are also those who receive a deep spiritual experience. Finally, they shared together with some personalities, reflections on the development and growth of volunteering in the current Chinese society. (NZ) (Agenzia Fides 22/3/2012)