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posted Jul 14, 2017, 12:02 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 12:03 AM ]

Church official visits Union Home Minister

Msgr Joseph Chinnayyan, deputy Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, on July 5 called on federal Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who sprained his left ankle three weeks ago.

The Church officials visited Singh at his residence and offered prayers for his speedy recovery.

Msgr Chinnayyan said he recalled with gratitude the minister’s “unique gesture of goodwill” shown at the bishops’ conference when he accepted to be the Chief Guest for the 2015 Christmas celebrations at the CBCI Centre. The Minister was the Chief Guest for the celebration of Mother Teresa’s canonisation held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi in August 2016. 

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Press Release on Violence in the Country

It is with great distress and sadness that we have received reports of the dastardly and cowardly attack on a bus carrying pilgrims to the Amarnath Shrine, causing injuries and the loss of precious lives.

This latest attack is another sign of the flames of violence that seem to be unfortunately engulfing the country.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference expresses its profound pain and sorrow at the spiralling violence in our country in recent times.

We have been equally shocked and saddened by the lynching of human beings by mobs calling themselves "gaurakshaks." Violence (in whatever name), be it the name of animals or of God or of religion, is appalling and unacceptable. We also condemn atrocities against Dalits, Tribals and other weaker sections. We condole the death of so many innocents and pray for God's comfort to their families.


Crosses destroyed again; CBI probe demanded

More than 40 crosses, plaques and gravestones were desecrated by unidentified persons at a Goa cemetery in the early hours of July 10, a senior police officer said.

The Congress has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the series of acts of vandalism at religious places in the state since June.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Rupinder Kumar, said that the incident occurred at the Guardian Angel Catholic cemetery in Curchorem in south Goa, where a similar attack had occurred five years ago.

“Policemen were posted outside the cemetery. When they heard sounds inside the cemetery, they went in to check. Several Catholic crosses, granite stone plaques and gravestones were damaged. A CCTV camera and an electric light pole also were damaged,” the police officer said.


Women drive Panchayat to stop liquor sale

A self-help group (SHG) run by Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra (BGVK), a Don Bosco institute in Dhoksal village, Jalna succeeded in prompting the local administration to ban the illicit sale of liquor in the village in a bid to stop cases of domestic violence and abuse.

The women were part of the SHG for the last six years, and participated in rural development projects run by BGVK in 60 villages of the region. Under the guidance of Rekha Shirgole, project coordinator of BGVK in Jalna, an application was drafted and submitted to the taluka police station. 


Two prestigious awards for Fr D'Britto

Fr Francis D'Britto, an environmentalist, social activist and writer has been honoured with two awards in a month. The first one is from Pune, in memory of late Prof. Shivajirao Bhosale, an orator and prolific writer. It consists of Rs 10,000/- and a citation. It is given in recognition of Fr D'Britto's untiring and selfless service to the society, and his mission of public lectures all over Maharashtra. The second award is from Sholapur, in memory of the late Dr Nirmalkumar Fadkule, well known writer and an authority on Jainism, himself a devout Jain. It consists of Rs 25,000 and a citation. It is given in recognition of Fr D'Britto's contribution to Marathi literature, especially the SUBODH BIBLE. 


India’s first Jesuit university opens academic year

The Jesuit-run St Xavier’s College in Kolkata city marked its transformation as India’s first Jesuit university, when it opened its new academic year on July 7, just six months after achieving the new status.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unveiled the plaque of the new building, along with business tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, a former student of St Xavier’s, who funded the building.

Archbishop Thomas blessed the marble statue of St Xavier after a short prayer at the entrance, marking the opening of the first academic session of the university.

The 157-year-old institution was allowed to build a university in New Town, a satellite city of Kolkata, last December when the state legislature unanimously passed a bill – The St Xavier’s University, Kolkata Bill 2016.

Jesuit Fr Felix Raj, Vice Chancellor of the university, told the gathering that they could not have achieved it but for the support of many people. Welcoming the new students, he said: “We shall try our best to form them into men and women for others. It is only the beginning, and we will slowly grow,” he said.