Angela Markas, a member of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Melbourne, is a young Australian woman with a deep faith and strong sense of social justice - and she has been chosen to represent young Australian Catholics at an important Vatican meeting next year.
They say happiness is contagious and, after witnessing the joy of 20,000 young people at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, I know it’s true.
Tens of thousands of young Australian Catholics have spent three days celebrating their faith in Sydney. The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) welcomed participants from all over Australia and invited them to concerts, workshops, fun activities and prayer.
Bishop Mark Edwards OMI got the final day of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival under way by leading Morning Mass. Bishop Edwards is the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Melbourne and is the Episcopal Vicar for Tertiary Education and Youth.
With day one of the Australian Catholic Youth Festival done and dusted, you might think the vibrant energy of the 20,000 attendees would begin to quell. You would be mistaken. If anything, day two of the festival was filled with even more joy and jubilation than the previous day.
We have more than 200 young people of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle among the 20,000 Catholic youths from across Australia at the Australian Catholic Youth Festival which started on 7 December.
The theme song - ‘Joyful Generation’ sung by Tim Hart - and musical entertainment by Canadian-born, Christian singer/songwriter, Matt Maher has set the scene for the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney.