“We need models and examples for our lives. Let us look at the life stories and mission of saints during the Year of Youth. Saints are our ‘superheroes’ and will help us to become stronger,” said Cardinal Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi, addressing young people during the inaugural ceremony of the Year of Youth, proclaimed by the entire Pakistani Church for 2020.

The Cardinal showed a large poster with the images of 13 saints including John Paul II, Francis of Assisi, Teresa of the Child Jesus, Domenico Savio, Giovanna d’Arco, St. Sebastiano, Kateri Tekakwitha, reported Fides News Agency.

Together with each image, a special “QR code” will help young people to scan it, with their mobile phone or tablet, to quickly see details on the lives of these saints. The poster, specially created, will tour the parishes of the archdiocese to help young people trace the life, stories, and mission of these saints, to make them a source of inspiration. “During this year, we will learn more about these saints, be inspired by their lives and follow their example”, said the Cardinal who, lighting a candle, declared the Year of Youth open in the Archdiocese of Karachi. The Commission young people of the archdiocese will be responsible for all pastoral and evangelization activities at a local level.

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