The Catholic Youth Movement of Kerala dates back to the second half of the 1960s. Although there were some youth origanisations in the parish level at different parts of Kerala, the spread of the organization of the youth movements in the diocesan took place rather late. Two reasons seems to be of prime importance for the foundation of the youth organizations in the late 1960s.First of all in the church there was a great enthusiasm both in the Kerala region and National level discussions and study programs of the Second Vatican Council. From different topics the role of laity in the life of Church has become one of the important points that attracted the laity all over India. Secondly, in Kerala the Christian communities along with other social and religious organizations started fighting against the second communist regime in 1967.In particular the fight was against the educational policy of the Government. The former has already given the ideological basis for the organization of the laity at various levels and the latter has given an immediate reason to join with the Church in its for justice. It is in this background that the youth gathering at Vennikulam, on November 27, 1967 under Presidentship of Msgr Mathew Nedungad the then Vicar General of Thiruvalla Diocese decided to start a youth organization. Under the able leadership of Mr Varghese Karippayil an adhoc committee was formed and and later on February 28 , 1968 it was formally launched. Fr Chacko Elavumparampil was appointed as its first director. .To the great enthusiasm of the youth, the dean of the oriental congregation Cardinal Feuston Berg inaugurated the youth organization in which H.E Zacharias Mar Athanasios presided . In the beginning the organization was known as ôKerala Katholikka Yuvajana Sanghadana.
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