The curtain has come down on the Mini World Youth Day gathering in Durban. Thousands of young Catholics from across Southern Africa have committed themselves to the fight against social ills. This year’s theme is: “Young people, faith and vocations”.

Drugs and human trafficking were some of the issues discussed.

“In a very short time the families are going to start noticing differences in their kids because they couldn’t have been here with 3 and a half thousand people exchanging meetings and bumping into each other seeing different points of views and not becoming affected themselves,” said Cardinal Wilfred Napier.

The event forms part of the global build-up to World Youth Day which will be held in Panama in 2019.

“It has been great seeing young people of the Catholic church coming together for the first time to pray and to get to know each other and to learn from each other about vocations in our faith,” said one attendee.

World Youth Day was established in 1985 by Pope John Paul II in Rome.

Cardinal Napier says he is confident South Africa will be able to host this event.