During the First Congress for Catholic Youth in Guatemala, more than 7,000 young people, together with Mexican actor Eduardo Verastegui, promised “to work for the virtue of purity” and "lead a chaste life.”
According to a press release, young people packed the Domo Coliseum in Guatemala City and began the event with a procession, followed by a Marian consecration.
The thousands of young people then spent time in Eucharistic adoration, led by Congress chaplain Father Axel Sanchez, who “blessed brown scapulars and rosaries that were later distributed to participants.” Afterwards, “Eduardo Verastegui, kneeling in front of the Blessed Sacrament, said the chastity promise prayer with the young people.”
The Mexican actor then shared his conversion story, his personal commitment to live in purity, and challenged the young people to “follow God’s commandments and be saints of the third millennium.” He also recalled the words of Mother Teresa who said, “God does not ask us to be successful, he asks to be faithful.”
Likewise, Mexican soap-opera actress, Karyme Lozano, shared her own conversion experience and why she “abandoned her successful career to live a consistent Christian life according to the teachings of the Church.”
The young people celebrated Mass with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Apostolic Nuncio to Guatemala, who was joined by various Guatemalan bishops.