It has been a busy year for all of us, particularly over the last couple of months with lots of news and developments.
Congratulations to CCI India for the success of their inaugural Training of Trainers program at Salem, Tamil Nadu earlier this month.
CCI India is also organising its first Youth 4 Change Conference in Goa from 6-8 January 2011. There are already 80 registrations for the program and enrolments are now closed as the venue is at its maximum. This is really a fantastic achievement and augurs well for the work of CCI in 2011.
Thanks to the CCI India Team and International Convenor MJ Ruben for all their work on these events.
Meanwhile, I was in Paris to take part in the 8th Young People for Development International Exchange and Training Program in October. YPD is emerging as a genuine new See- Judge-Act movement working in 7-8 countries across Asia. Excellent work by the French YPD team.
I also took part in a seminar organised by the Institute Marc Sangnier to mark the centenary of Pope Pius X's letter to the French bishops which tragically led to the closure of the Sillon (Furrow) movement.
The Sillon movement was the prototype of the Cardijn movements and was largely responsible for the development of the method that we now know as the See Judge Act. Read my history of the links between the Sillon and the YCW here.
During my visit to France I was also able to take part in an event commemorating the life of French YCW, Fr George Guerin. A formal process for his beatification has already started. And many people in France were asking when will the process for Cardijn also begin.
In November, I also took part in a coordination meeting of the Cardijn Community Australia. This network is also taking shape and is in the planning process for a major national conference in late 2011.
Check out some of our recent news including a South Asian YCS meeting in Sri Lanka and a memorial for a Sudan YCS 'martyr',
We are also proud to welcome a new CCI network emerging in Indonesia. Founded by Lutheran Pastor Batara Sihombing, CCI Indonesia has launched among a group of Lutheran seminarians and pastors in North Sumatra. We are grateful to Batara and his colleagues for opening up this new frontier of ecumenical cooperation for us.
In another important initiative, a group of friends and colleagues of Belgian priest Fr Francois Houtart launched a process to have him nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Humbly, Francois however requested the group to withdraw their initiative. Meanwhile, there is a nice interview (in French) with Francois here in which he pays tribute to the YCW.
Condolences also on the recent deaths of Cardijn movement friend, Bishop Bunluen Mansap of Thailand and ex-Thailand YCW chaplain, Fr Pitak, ex-YCW and Cardijn Community member, Geraldine Crane in Australia and British socialist and ex-YCW John Toomey. Coimbatore ex-YCW leader and CCI India member,.S. Mariadoss also passed away last month.
Well, as you can see, much has been happening over the last couple of months.
We expect even more in 2011, beginning with the Y4C Conference in Goa.
Please join us also for the CCI 10th Anniversary International Forum and General Assembly slated for Bangkok on 23-24 July 2010. We expect this to be a great occasion. Start planning your trip now.
Meanwhile, we wish all our members and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in the Spirit of Cardijn.
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