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Youth must become pilgrims of peace and justice

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 20/04/2017

Laying a strong and solid foundation for the lives of young people at the beginning of their lives will help reduce the risks they face and instead become blessings to the nation as pilgrims of peace and justice.

Pastor Penisimani Tonga – a young church minister made the statement to  Radio Tonga News after the official opening of the  three day youth dialogue attended by youths from various congregations in Tonga.

It is hoped that these youths are equipped to promote sustainable peace and justice, then spread it to their friends in all walks of life.

Pastor Tonga says, the prevalence of peace and harmony among youth is not only the responsibility of church leaders but everyone in the society.

The cycle begins at home with parents, then the church, school, relatives, friends and the society also.

They are the institutions shaping the lives of young people and they must become effective mechanisms that promote better changes.

Opening the meeting was His Eminence Soane Patita Paini Cardinal Mafi.

He highlighted that Youth need courage to have the ability to promote peace and justice.

He said it is vital that we recognize the miracle of the Resurrection of our Savior from the grave and make it a foundation for building a better tomorrow for youth in Tonga.

Also at the meeting was Rev. Dr. Mele’ana Puloka who highlighted that youth must take the lead in the push for more peace amongst themselves.

The program will end on Saturday.

It is attended by church leaders, youths from various churches, representatives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Tonga Police, Ministry of Education and Training, Health and others.

Meanwhile, the  workshop held at the tonga national cultural center is highlighting  the need to let the voice of youth be heard, because if we do not  allow them to do so – then their voices will be  associated with drugs, alcohol and other crimes.  Many could not detect the problem at an early stage and many times they are recognised at a very late stage when the problem is untreatable.

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