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Nearly 2,000 students discuss how to make a difference

03/09/2018: Brazil

Over 1,600 students gathered in the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) for the Meeting of Young Marists from the Province of Brazil Sul-Amazônia, on Aug. 25 in Porto Alegre.

The presentations dealt with topics such as racism, sexism and homophobia.

“It is very important to approach these matters because the PJM is a space for the acceptance of diversity”, affirmed Carolina Oliveira, a student of the Marist School Champagnat. 

Using the slogan ‘Attitude’, the objective of EJM is to help the young people to reflect on the current situation of the country and to motivate them to make a difference. 

Superior General Brother Ernesto Sánchez sent a message to the meeting in which he told the young people that they are “an important part in the dream of Champagnat.”  

“A dream that today could translate as being a beacon of hope in a needy, turbulent world,” Brother Ernesto pointed out. “We could imagine the difference we can make in the world if each one of us becomes a living beacon of hope amongst friends, family and amongst the poor.” 

The meeting, organised by the Marist Youth Ministry of the University, had the support of about 70 collaborators able to offer the young people workshops, moments of celebration and of sharing. 

The province’s ministry coordinator, José Jair Ribeiro, indicated that the great participation of the young people is one of the most important characteristics of the EJM.  

“One can see the commitment of the young people during the meeting,” he pointed out. “Not only do they take part in the organisation, they have a place to speak, and can debate on causes that are very important to them.” 

Care for the environment was taken very seriously as demonstrated by the event where recyclable materials made by the members of the MYM were used, there were no canvases or placards, the use of plastic was restricted and at meals, foods which had little impact on nature were prioritised.  
 

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