26 Letters

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:15 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:16 PM ]

Pope Francis: We can't ignore Climate Change!

Sir, Pope Francis sent a message to the United Nations COP-23 Climate Change conference held November 16-17, in Bonn, Germany.

"Climate Change can't be ignored, but must be met with a proactive desire to develop effective solutions… Environmental challenges and its human roots involve and touch us all. But unfortunately, many of the efforts to seek concrete solutions are often frustrated by various motives that range from negating the problem, to indifference, resignation or blind trust in technical solutions." 


Air Pollution

Sir, Pollution is now a common term that our ears are attuned to. We hear about various forms of pollution and read about it in the mass media. Air pollution is one such form that refers to the contamination of the air, irrespective of indoors or outside. A physical, biological or chemical alteration to the air in the atmosphere can be termed as pollution. It occurs when any harmful gases, dust, smoke enter the atmosphere, and makes it difficult for plants, animals and humans to survive. For an enlightening educational and awareness PowerPoint Presentation on AIR POLLUTION, visit the link http://infantjesusjogeshwari.in/gem-ppt-32-air-pollution/


Clean-up drives: a collective responsibility!

Sir, There have been several ‘clean-up' drives undertaken in the city of Mumbai, whether it is on the beaches or the streets of the city, throughout the year. We have been seeing several movements, initiatives being undertaken by citizen groups to clean up the beaches. Take for instance, the initiative undertaken by Advocate Afroz Shah who started the Versova weekend clean-up some time in 2015, and has managed to remove tonnes of garbage from the beach. It has turned out to become one of the biggest citizen initiatives in the world, and in the process, has won praise from the United Nations. 


Beyond words through actions - World Day of the Poor

Sir, Our Lord gave us the First Beatitude: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Keeping in mind the recommendations of the Holy Father and the Archbishop of Bombay, I was fortunate to be a volunteer of a specially organised lunch by the Conference of Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP), Holy Family Church, Chakala, Andheri (East) for the families of the Kingdom School, which is a special initiative of Holy Family Parish, Chakala, for street children to give them basic education with fun and food. I experienced the love of God in serving an estimated 200 participants—children and their parents—with food cooked by our very own SSVP members. The expressions of happiness and joy reflected on the faces of each special guest having a happy meal will always be etched in my memory. 


Unity in diversity

Sir, Immaculate Conception parish (popularly known as IC Parish), Borivli West, Mumbai celebrated the Feast of Christ the King on the theme of Unity. In his homily, the main celebrant, Fr Andrew Aranha, Dean of Studies at St Pius X College (Goregaon Seminary), echoed the words of Pope Francis' three-pronged message to foster unity – removing prejudices and stereotypes, biting the tongue rather than spewing venom like an arrow, and bringing the spirit of Christ to the community. India is a diverse country, and we vouch for unity in diversity. 


An Appeal

Sir, We the people from Kharghar would like to appeal to you for our new church building. We have no place of our own for worship. Now we have been blessed with a plot allotted by CIDCO for building our church. We are presently in serious need of funds for building our church. We humbly request you to help us in reaching our goal of building our church in Kharghar.