A Christian couple were burnt alive by the Kiln Owner and Enraged Mob on 4th Nov, 2014 . Shahzed Masih and His wife Shama Bibi were the resident of Chack-No-59 near Kot Rada kishan .
 
Shahzad took the loan from the Kiln owner and started working with his family in the Kiln of Muhammad Yousaf Gujjar. However on 3rd Nov, 2014 at night the announcement was made from different mosques in Kasur district that Shahzed Masih and Shama Bibi have torn the pages of Quran and they have committed Blasphemy against the Koran.

Pakistan jointly celebrated the International Peace Day in Sacred Heart Parish Sahiwal. Fr. Raphael Mehnga led the event and offered prayers for the peace in whole world. SundaySchools kids sung the peace Songs and made the Peace sign.

 Growing up as a member of the Christian minority in Pakistan, I have often observed how the laws provide inadequate protection for our community, and those inadequacies have dramatically increased. Another incident of vandalism and madness against Christians over allegations of blasphemy has resulted in the burning of houses and more injured innocents. The list of persecutions against minorities in Pakistan is endless and horrible, as I have often witnessed first hand.

One such ruthless incident happened in Joseph Colony, a Christian enclave southwest of Lahore, where a mob set fire to hundreds of homes and two churches on March 9 last year after rumors spread that a young Christian had insulted the Prophet Mohammed. Police officer Multan Khan said the incident started on a Friday when a young Muslim man accused Sawan Masih of committing blasphemy.

People long for peace says cross border peace activist Fr Joe Kalathil SJ. Joe narrates his hope filled experience of travel in Pakistan to Victor Edwin SJ.

I went to Lahore, Pakistan, in November, 2012. The purpose of my visit was to establish people to people contact between Indians and Pakistanis. First step was to help both the people of India and Pakistan to abandon the ‘inimical attitude’ they have for one another and start thinking of building bridges not walls between them. This people to people contact was initiated through the senior school students. I took with me 35 letters from 35 Indian students, addressed to ‘unknown friends of Pakistan. In Pakistan I spoke to the students of five schools in Lahore and brought back 92 letters for their Indian friends! A beautiful miracle! Not only students, the teachers also joined in this movement. Some of the trade union activists from Lahore also extended their co-operation for this movement. The positive response I received from the people of Pakistan to this plan was much beyond my expectations.

It is to inform you that due to some reason the Seminar on "Rights of Christians in Pakistan" is been cancelled and is also informed that the upcoming activities of CYDM (Christian Youth Development Movement) are also stopped for an unknown period of time. As soon there will be any update regarding the activities of CYDM you will be notified.

Stay Blessed!

Best Regards,

Shamiel Saleem

Founder/President 

Christian Youth Development Movement


                 - Shamiel Saleem

Christian Youth Development Movement (CYDM) and International Christian Concern (ICC) visited an Orphanage Home for Girls called "ABBA HOME" situated in Youhanabad (Lahore – Pakistan) on 27th October 2013 (Sunday) at 12:00 pm. Abba Home is place where 35 orphan Christian girls are being raised with all the basic needs and facilities needed by any normal growing up girl.

These girls get education, food, recreational facilities, religious education, awareness on child rights and how to live as responsible citizens knowing their rights and responsibilities towards society; they are being empowered and build capacities from the beginning so they can live a healthy strong life being a girl/woman.

 

Christian Youth Development Movement (CYDM) is a group of qualified and dedicated Christian Catholic students who have started working voluntarily for the uplift of Christian youth in Pakistan through various means and different activities of Informal Education, creating awareness of their role and importance as a minority, how they have to live as minority, spiritual formations, peace makers and how to resolve conflicts at their level/peer groups/communities and CYDM is ecumenical, welcoming people from all Christian traditions and encouraging dialogue between students of different traditions. It was founded in 2011 and since then all team made the effort to take the community and students go in the positive direction where they can set and achieve their own targets. All team put their best and do according to their capacities and the courage given by the almighty God.

 

Vision

Our Vision is to provide a platform to the Christian youth so they can uplift themselves socially, economically and spiritually.

 

Mission

Our Mission is to help Christian youth to develop their insights and to create an environment which will promote Education, Sports, Peace/Peace Education and voluntarism. The basic aim is to encourage, train, aware Youth of themselves and make them confident so they make a difference and build bridges around the world.

 

CYDM objectives are:

ž  To spread the word of God and strengthen individual’s own faith

ž   To identify measures to promote intercultural and interreligious tolerance and acceptance

ž  To Empower youth through peace, education and sports 

ž  To eliminate discrimination and respect differences

ž  To promote the spirit of Authentic search for knowledge