#Synod2018 invited two representatives of the Idente Youth to participate in the pre-synodal meeting.

Jesus Cevallos and Joaquín Pardo will be representing the Idente Youth and WYP in this unique event in the history of the church.

Just a week to go for the Pre-Synodal Meeting where (19- 24 March) 315 young people from around the world meet #PopeFrancis in #Rome!

What do they want to tell us about this extraordinary mission and opportunity?

Jesus Cevallos – “Cada vez que un #jovenidente decide ser generoso con los demás, empezando con cosas sencillas, como la mirada, alguna comodidad se le va de las manos, por ejemplo sus prejuicios, sus esquemas, sus seguridades, etc. Pero poco a poco descubrimos, saboreamos y logramos sacar a la luz algo mucho más valioso y nuestro: el parecido que desde siempre hemos tenido con #Cristo y que tanto enorgullece a nuestro Padre Celeste y a la humanidad.
Me encantaría ir al pre-sínodo representando a los jóvenes #identes para compartir este mensaje”.

Joaquín Pardo – “¿Qué es para mí participar en la Reunión? Un sueño que se está haciendo realidad. Y digo: ¿de verdad merezco yo todo esto?
Desde que me dieron la noticia de que iba a participar, todavía sigo intentando ser consciente. Hasta que no aterrice en Roma, no acabaré de creerme este gran regalo del Padre Celestial.
Es una oportunidad increíble para vivir y ser iglesia… para aprender y al mismo tiempo ayudar con nuestras más altas ilusiones, experiencias, ideas… Junto con Jesus Cevallos podremos dar a conocer el #WYP que un día soñó nuestro fundador, #FernandoRielo; compartir con los demás la forma de trabajo y diálogo que hemos ido poniendo en práctica en los últimos años y lo que hemos podido vivir este verano pasado en la última sesión plenaria del World Youth Parliament en Pekín, con el tema del #perdón”.

Palabras vestidas de gracias,
llaman a la puerta y se presentan.
Emocionadas me anuncian ellas,
que debo acompañarlas con cautela.
Me han dicho ilusionadas
que las maletas debo armar,
y sin dos veces pestañear
en Roma me voy a encontrar.
Con más jóvenes estaré,
acompañado de mis palabras
podré trabajar y aprender,
y de su mano no me soltaré.

We present you our pride and joy J&J!!!

The World Youth Parliament celebrated the IV International Plenary Session on Forgiveness in China

One hundred young adults from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, came together in Peking, China from August 6th to August 11th, for the international plenary session of the World Youth Parliament (www.wyparliament.org), an international forum organized by Idente Youth (www.identeyouth.org). The topic was, “A Journey called Forgiveness; Interpersonal Relationships: Keys for a New Civilization.” It’s goal was to propose the experience of forgiveness as restorative to human relationships and as a key piece to a more just and fraternal society. The event was co-organized and co-sponsored by the Fernando Rielo Foundation and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

Within a rich atmosphere of cultural and religious diversity, the young people concluded that forgiveness is key for human co-existence in a society that is full of hatred and individualism. Forgiveness provides human dignity and restores broken bonds, because it requires empathy and an authentic encounter between people. Therefore, it is applicable between countries and cultures.

Starting in 2014, about 3,000 young people from Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the United States worked on the topic of forgiveness as a key to all types of relationships. One hundred of these approximately 3,000 young people traveled to China this summer, to represent their country. In the WYP international plenary sessions, the representatives of various countries came together to collect the contributions of each and every young person that worked on the project. Their goal was to compose a manifest on forgiveness that embraced the experiences of all the youth. In order to compose the final document, the young people of WYP followed a unique methodology titled, “Field of Ideas”. At its core, is the following: the more a person wishes to sustain the strength of an idea, the more they sustain the positive elements of the ideas of others. This is accomplished through a series of rules and guidelines for parliamentary dialogue which the participants work to follow. These are simple rules, yet are not easy to follow. They help to avoid tensions, useless or unpleasant debate, and, primarily, creates an experience in and from peace. Thanks to this truly collegial collaboration and starting with the ideas of others, a sense of unity is achieved, founded in ideas that evolve, are creative, and cooperative. This creates an environment conducive to listening, encounter, respect, and personal commitment to make decisions and create proposals together. All of this is a great challenge, given that the World Youth Parliament is open to all young adults, regardless of their beliefs, religion, or culture.

Its worldwide journey began in 2009 in Rome. Afterwards, it took place in 2010 in the United Nations Headquarters in NY, where the “Magna Carta of Values for a New Civilization” was presented. In 2014, at Humboldt University in Berlin, the “Magna Carta on the School of Hope” was then presented.

The WYP was designed in 1981 by Fernando Rielo Pardal, whom also founded Idente Youth. WYP is a permanent forum for dialogue and for the elaboration of ideas, where young adults from around the world share their reflections and worries regarding important topics of human coexistence. Its purpose: to restore humanity, beginning with oneself. The fact that this last plenary session was held in China is a sign of WYP’s universality: one hundred young adults from different parts of the world whom have shared the richness of the humanity that unites them.

New WYP’s edition: A journey called forgiveness

After presenting “The Magna Charta of Values for a New Civilization,” on August 13, 2010 at the UN headquarters in New York, the World Youth Parliament (WYP) has continued its work going deeper into the different sections of the Magna Charta. In the biennium 2012-2014 we have developed the Chapter VIII on Education. In the international plenary session of the WYP in Berlin on August 13, 2014, the young people presented the Manifesto “Magna Charta of youth in the school of hope”.

After the plenary session a new edition of the WYP has begun, on the topic “Interpersonal relationships: keys for a new civilization”. Since this is a very broad topic that includes fundamental aspects related to the purposes of the WYP, the International Scientific Committee has decided to divide this topic into sub-topics, in order to treat some of these issues separately. The first topic is forgiveness and this edition will be developed until the next international plenary session, to be held in the second week of August 2016.

This workbook aims to be the guide for developing local WYP sessions, in order to facilitate the development, by the various groups, of their contributions to the Manifesto about the topic of forgiveness.

Throughout the document, we will go deeper into the importance of forgiveness for the restoration of interpersonal and social relationships and its role in strengthening the links between people and institutions. The different working sessions will address particular nuances about the process of forgiveness, going from the time the person realizes the need to forgive, in order to have a full life in relation to herself and to others, until the moment of reaping some of its fruit, which are sometimes much greater than expected.