10 Movements related to workers - Fr John Almeida

posted Apr 25, 2018, 8:43 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 8:44 AM ]
The early Church was known as the 'Sect of the Nazarenes' (Acts 24:5), and even as the 'Followers of the Way' (Acts 9:2). This was the early beginnings long before the gigantic institution of the Church came to be as we have it today. So it is with most beginnings; the start is small, triggered by new shoots breaking ground to infuse life and fresh breath into an existing 'drab' and 'decaying' scenario.

Restricting ourselves to Church- related circles, Joseph Cardinal Cardijn (November 13, 1882 – July 24, 1967), with his finger on the pulse of his diocese, and in tune with the youth under his pastoral care, realised that they (youth) needed to be catered to in a special way. People, then working in the mines and mills, felt that the Church had neglected them. The working class was the most affected. World War I and its aftermath made things worse. Cardijn knew he had to reach out to his people, especially the weakest section of them. In 1919, he started the 'Young Trade Unionists' which in 1924, was changed to 'Young Christian Workers' (YCW) and further, those in the upper age bracket were known as 'Christian Workers Movement' (CWM).