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Yitachu calls youth as agent for social transformation

(L) Yitachu addressing the NCYM delegates and leaders. (R) St. Xavier’s parishioners presenting a folk dance at the inaugural programme of 6th NCYM convention at Meluri on Saturday. (NP)
Staff Reporter MELURI/PHEK JAN 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Jan. 2011 12:34 AM IST
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Multitude of youth representing different parishes in Nagaland arrived Meluri for the 6th Nagaland Catholic Youth Movement (NCYM) convention hosted by St. Xavier’s Parish, Meluri, the headquarter of Pochury tribe.
Gracing the inaugural function as chief guest, Yitachu, parliamentary secretary, law and justice and tourism encouraged the youth to have faith in Christ in transforming the society and the world.
Stressing on the theme of the convention “Transformed by faith; transforming the youth’, Yitachu said one needs to transform oneself in order to transform others and society.
Emphasizing on the challenges faced by today’s youth, the chief guest said the youth in Nagaland have reached a point where there is so much confusion, division, fragmentation and challenges, and further encouraged the youth to realize and grab the opportunity lying in front of them.
The chief guest observed if the youth attending the convention pledged to transform oneself and change their attitude, then the society would be transformed and God would do wonders through NCYM.
He urged the congregation not to let failure destroy their aspirations but to toughen up when confronted with failures and problems.
Earlier, the chief guest inaugurated the library centre at St. Xavier’s School, Meluri and hoisted the 6th NCYM flag.
Speaking as guest of honour-Lichamo Peter, ADC Meluri on behalf of civil administration welcomed the youth attending the conference from all over the state.
In his key note address, Rev. CP Anto, director, NCYM expressed satisfaction to the community regardless of denomination, civil society of Meluri for the help rendered in making the rogramme a success.
He also said the goal of the convention was to bring together youth from different Parishes in the state to interact, share with each other and to mould the youth into prayerful, purpose driven youth.
In his message, Rev. Fr. Mathew Keemattam, Parish Priest, Meluri expressed youth must come together, know and love each other and work for the goal.
NCYM president, Robert Solo delivered the welcome address. NCYM former directors were also felicitated by the youth.
The inaugural function was graced by the presence of fathers, sisters, EAC Phor, Pochury Public Forum president, Meluri Area Public Organization president, Pochury youth president, VCC Meluri, GBs, women leaders, Church leaders and various public leaders of Pochury area.
In the morning session, president Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN), Charles Nosazol spoke on the theme of the 6th convention “Transformed by faith; transforming the world”.
The first day of the convention was marked by group discussion on various topics and cultural fiesta.
It may be mentioned the 6th NCYM convention started Friday evening, with the blessing of the conference hall and unveiling of the convention cross by Rev. Fr. Mathew Keemattam, Parish priest, St. Xavier’s Parish, Meluri.
The valedictory function on Sunday would be held with Naiba Konyak, parliamentary secretary for youth resources and sports as chief guest and Most. Rev. Dominic Lumon, Arch Bishop Imphal as guest of honour.

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