Flame 2, the CYMFed national youth congress held at Wembley on Saturday 7th March, aimed to do just that – to inspire young people with the joy of the Gospel and to go out and share it.
Those present were blessed first of all by the keynote talk from Cardinal Tagle – what an inspiration! His message to everyone was “be the living sign of the joy of the Gospel of mercy”. Throughout the day we saw so much evidence of that joy and mercy. Pope Francis sent his own personal message. Matt Redman inspired us with his personal testimony and beautiful music. We watched some inspirational dance on the Beatitudes. Fr Timothy Radcliffe, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, David Wells and Baroness Sheila Hollins all spoke about how much young people are valued. According to Bernie, one of this year’s CAFOD gappers, the messages confirmed an unconditional love between young people, the church and the joy shared with each other.
During lunch, 35 CAFOD young leaders, including 9 young people from the Hallam Diocese, volunteered as ‘Flame-makers’! Through a fun ‘chatterbox’ challenge, 100s and 100s of those present tweeted, Instagrammed, Facebooked, sang and danced about CAFOD, raising awareness of our One Climate, One World campaign.