Church in Kerala getting young back to its fold

Church authorities say there are around 1.6 million youngsters, in the age group of 17-30, who are either working or studying in places away from their native places.

Kochi:

To bring together its young faithful, the Syro-Malabar Church is launching a program aimed at the spiritual and social uplift of generation next.

All dioceses under the Church will be involved in the project which is being implemented under the aegis of the Syro-Malabar Youth Apostolate.

Church authorities say there are around 1.6 million youngsters, in the age group of 17-30, who are either working or studying in places away from their native places.

Away from home, family and Church, the youngsters are reportedly losing their interest in spiritual matters and straying away from the Church, they say.

“The group of youngsters is an unorganized one, and we plan to bring them together,” says Fr Sebastian Kaippanplackel, co-ordinator of the project.

The first phase includes collection of details of all such youngsters. Specially-prepared forms have been sent to all dioceses, churches outside the state, and also to mission centres, he said.

The Church feels that the influence of the cyber world has lessened the grip of religion in these youngsters.

The guidelines for the project will be submitted to the synod of bishops soon, and it is expected to begin in August this year.