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1000 people at RivEspérance 2018 in Namur - Belgium.

Between the 2nd and 4th November, RivEspérance, the "citizen and Christian" gathering, brought together more than 1000 people in Namur. Dedicated to families, this edition welcomed a large number of children, youth and young adults. It is good news after the recent Synod called for the "cry of the young" to be heard.

In addition to the conferences, round tables, workshops, concerts and Eucharist, this edition offered a high-quality programme for children and young people: the film-debate with Anne-Dauphine Julliand brought together 140 young people aged 12 to 18; the RIVx forum welcomed 150 young adults (20-40 years old) with the powerful testimony of 4 speakers. Children were treated to puppet shows, tales, dance and music. Such an event would not have been possible without the participation of more than 150 volunteers, including scouts, students and people present on the stands of partner associations, all aided by the 15 members of the supporting team.

Organized in partnership with the University of Namur, the gathering welcomed a large number of speakers, including Jesuits and partners: Xavier Dijon SJ led a workshop on transhumanism and two workshops were devoted to Amoris Laetitia, one by Tommy Scholtes, the other by Denis Joassart, National Chaplain of CLC French-speaking Belgium. José Davin spoke on "Homosexuals and married life", while André Fossion of the Lumen Vitae International Centre proposed ways to help young people who try to give meaning to their life by living their faith.

The Centre Avec presented a workshop on voluntary simplicity in the family, led by Claire Brandeleer who is in charge of study and animation.

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