Genfest 2012: IUS students will also be at Budapest

Genfest  2012: IUS students will also be at Budapest

“Let’s bridge”

Flash Mob at Budapest


From August 30 to September 2, more than 12 thousand young people will be in Budapest for the 2012 Genfest,  a global laboratory that casts bridges of solidarity, peace and dialogue between generations, faiths, and people from different nations. There will be stories, music and choreography, moments of prayer, projects and experiences already taking place to change the world; and the proposal to the UN to establish an Observatory on Universal Fraternity. 
There will also be numerous students from Sophia participating.


“Let’s Bridge,” is the title of the manifestation, having a precise objective.

Mabi Nji Bih from Cameroon describes it like this:  “It isn’t only an occasion for an exchange or a meeting on the great social and environmental challenges of today.  We want to accelerate the building of universal fraternity between individuals, groups, and different peoples...The Genfest was born in 1975 and it has always been an important step for thousands of young people.  This year its our turn and we want to involve many, many others, both Christians and those of other religions and convictions, languages and cultures….  The bridges we commit to building will open the way to the culture of unity between peoples, about which one feels a growing need for in every angle of the world.”


At the Budapest Sports Arena we will find Gabriel de Almeida, from Brazil, a student of the IUS who has put in many hours in preparing for this event.  Collaborating with other youth of the Genfest network, Gabriel has worked on a specific project which will be presented on that day:  “Fraternity is much more than an individual choice…..it is also a social principle in the destinies of peoples.  This is why we wish to bring about an ‘Observatory on Universal Fraternity.’ It will monitor and bring into evidence choices made for fraternity, individual and collective, happening in our countries.  We young people will act as ‘sensors’ of positive politics and activities.  We also want to promote this idea in as many ways as we can, until it becomes more visible and recognizable even by international institutions.”  


A new round table of research is being opened, of great interest for many young people and others.  Sophia students are already candidates in giving their contribution.


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