Thursday, August 14, 2014

BIS # 4076 DBYS INDO PAK YOUTH DIALOGUE

by Judeline Rodrigues

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, AUGUST 14, 2014: The Youth of Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS), Matunga and the Youth of Sacred Heart Parish, Sahiwal had a skype meet on August 10, 2014.  There were twelve youth and one priest from Pakistan and six youth and two priests from India. The meeting began with a prayer said by Fr. Raphael followed by briefing the youth in India about the history of the parish in Sahiwal. Fr. Glenford then introduced the works done at Don Bosco.


After this basic introduction, each youth from both countries came forward and introduced themselves. The introduction was like an ice breaker, where the youth were getting to know each other and expressing their joy with a big smile and laughing over things mutually. It was indeed a new experience for youth on both sides. The youth then shared the activities that they did in their respective youth groups. The challenges in terms of education and employment were discussed. There was also an exchange of culture in relation to festivals and freedom of expression. The youth answered each other's questions one by one. 


They were touched to find a common platform in faith and expressed their ideas on being committed to their faith. The youth showed solidarity with each other and exchanged a message on peace. The meeting ended with a prayer said by Fr. Cleophas and both the groups decided to continue to build their solidarity with each other. This skype meet encouraged youth to network with other youth movements and share the spirit of humanity and stand up for human rights.

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