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National Youth Conference – Hyderabad
Theme: “I am the servant of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word” Lk 1:38
Venue: CHAI Training Centre, Medchal, Hyderabad
17 October 2019, Hyderabad: Indian Catholic Youth Movement under the banner of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) organised the 2nd National Conference at CHAI Training Centre in Hyderabad from 11th -17th  October 2019. Four hundred and twenty five delegates from all over the country attended this Conference to discuss on strategies to serve the youth of India effectively.

Most Rev Thumma Bala, Archbishop of Hyderabad celebrated the inaugural mass and inaugurated the Conference in the presence of many youth directors and animators. During the conference there were workshops on various topics concerning young people and group work on the recent exhortation, ‘çhristus vivit’ by Pope Francis.  Most Rev Anil Couto, Secretary General of CCBI, Most Rev Anthony Poola, Bishop of Kurnool and Fr. Stephen Alathara, Deputy Secretary General of the Bishops Conference addressed the young people on different days. Fr. Mathew Abraham, Director of the CHAI gave the key note address. The conference focused on various study sessions, group discussions, panel discussions where young people shared their dreams, aspirations and expectations from the church and the society. An effective action plan was prepared to minister the youth effectively.



The young people in the church are actively involved in the social issues like environment, poverty, addictions, youth unrest, communalism etc… The National Youth Conference is one such programme where a lot of issues are discussed every year and deliberations are made. This conference is going to help the youth leaders and the youth directors in India to be effective in creating a better society where there is righteousness, justice, peace and harmony.  

Prior to the Conference young people were sent to families to have cultural exchange in and around Hyderabad from 11th and 12th October and the Conference began on 13th October 2019.

The event concluded with the national young achievers award ceremony, conferred by ICYM, part of the conference of the Catholic bishops of India (CCBI) who recognise national young achievers who have made a change in their lives and society. These young people have achieved a lot in the fields of politics, sports, healthcare etc.

Archdiocese of Hyderabad hosted this Conference and welcomed the delegates to Telangana.

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