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Pakistan: Jesus Youth movement trains youth to be missionaries of God’s love

Participants of the Jesus Youth Movement in Pakistan (Photo by Fides)

The Pakistan branch of Jesus Youth International (JYI) organized a week-long training for its members to have a personal encounter with Jesus.

"As young Catholics, we are missionary disciples of Jesus, called to a mission of healing and renewal of life," said Father Qaisar Feroz (OFM Cap), national chaplain of the JYI in Pakistan.

"We are Jesus' hands and feet." We walk with zeal and commitment to youth, proclaiming God's love and mercy and spreading the Good News of Jesus, to be a helping hand for them to grow and live the Catholic faith," he added.

The priest organized a week-long training entitled "Lead 2022: Discipleship Training Programme" in Ayubia in Abbottabad District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The program included an evangelization training course based on the six points of the ‘kerygma’ (proclamation), to assist new members of the movement in experiencing a personal encounter with Jesus, the starting point of the mission.

Welcoming the participants, Ayyaz Gulzar, coordinator of Jesus Youth in Pakistan, said, "We thank God for another group of young people who have joined Jesus Youth International."

"This week is a wonderful blessing because it allows us to meet Jesus and welcome Him as our Lord and Savior. God addresses us by name. And God has called us to be young missionary disciples of Jesus in His vineyard," he added.

According to Gulzar, "Jesus Youth is not just a lay Catholic movement, but it is a way of life, a school for the formation of lay people for the Church and society."

Since the movement was recognized by the Vatican in 2016, it has also been growing in Pakistan.

After the successful completion of the training course, the participants, who came from the dioceses of Karachi, Hyderabad, Multan, Faisalabad, and Lahore, took part in further specific training courses on topics such as discipleship, being a synodal church, mission and evangelization, spirituality, and charisma of the Jesus Youth.

Jesus Youth International ( is a lay Catholic movement currently present in more than 40 countries on the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Australia. The JY movement also has active groups in Middle Eastern countries, including the United Arab Emirates. – With input from Agenzia Fides 


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