Fr. Edmund Lo, SJ, based in Regina, has just been named National Coordinator of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (PWPN). This network addresses the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the Church, expressed in the monthly prayer intentions of the Pope.Praying for the intentions of the Pope opens our eyes and our hearts to the reality of the world, making our own the joys and the hopes, the pains and suffering of all our brothers and sisters. The PWPN is available in a mobile app called Click to Pray (also available in French) and includes an explanation by the Pope of the current prayer intention.
The Network also has a branch called the Eucharistic Movement for Youth (EMY), aimed at young people from 5 to 25. This movement encourages them to build a “heart-to-heart” friendship with Jesus and to conform their lives more and more to his. It brings together more than 1 million children and young people in 56 countries, which makes it the second most important youth movement in the Catholic Church. It is structured around well defined plans of action, stages of Christian growth and national coordination. Sr. Lourdes Varquez, RJM, of Quebec, has been named National Coordinator of the EMY for Canada.
“This responsibility is tied to our ministry to young adults, people who are sometimes overlooked among all of our apostolic priorities,” explains Edmund Lo. “The EMY groups are popular within different ethnic communities and it’s a way for us to serve immigrant populations in the Church, groups that greatly contribute to the vitality of the parishes in Canada.”
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