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posted Jan 30, 2019, 8:28 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 8:28 AM ]

Hindu radicals vandalise Catholic School

Members of the Yuva Sena, the youth wing of the Shiv Sena, vandalised a Catholic school in Kolhapur, Maharashtra on January 22. About 20 activists broke into the campus, shouting slogans against the school leadership and complaining about school fees. Then they ransacked the office, destroying the windows and damaging the religious symbols, including the Cross and the statue of the Virgin Mary.

The Holy Cross High School for girls, in Nagala Park, is run by the Holy Cross Sisters. The school principal reports that the pupils who, along with the teachers, were witnesses to the attack, are in a state of shock. The incident took place around 1.30 pm (local time), during school hours.

"They complained about the fees and started abusing me and the staff," said Sr Bharati. "When I asked them to stay calm and offered to discuss the issue peacefully, they started breaking the office furniture and the glass windows."


13 killed in road accident en route to ordinations

Prior to the priestly ordination of four deacons of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Archdiocese, a road accident claimed at least 13 lives, including women and children, and left more than 35 critically injured in Kandhamal district of Odisha, January 22.

According to sources, the mishap took place near Bangadadua Ghat, when the mini-truck carrying over 40 passengers was en route to Brahmanigaon from Kalingi. The driver of the truck suddenly lost control over the vehicle, and it plunged into the gorge.


City of Joy all set to host World Day of the Sick

India will host the World Day of the Sick for a second time from February 9 to 11. This time, the City of Joy – Kolkata – will host the gathering.

The tradition of the World Day of the Sick was instituted by St John Paul II on May 13, 1992, designating its celebration to the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - February 11 each year. The first World Day of the Sick was marked in 1993 at the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Since then, the day has been observed each year all over the world, with a special celebration in a particular place. The Holy Father issues a message each year on a particular issue. The first time World Sick Day was celebrated in India was at the Marian Shrine of Vailankanni in southern India in 2003.

The dignitaries expected are papal envoy, Bangladeshi Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario, along with Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development Ghanian Cardinal Peter Kodwo A. Turkson and Catholic Bishops' Conference of India President Cardinal Oswald Gracias, among others. Kolkata was chosen to celebrate the 27th World Day of the Sick to honour mainly "the experience of St Teresa of Calcutta," says Cardinal Turkson.


Catholic Fire Service officer awarded President's Medal

Bosco Ferrao, a 28-year veteran with Goa's Directorate of Fire and Emergency Services, is one of the recipients of the 2019 President's Fire Service Medal for gallantry.

Bosco began his career with the Goa Fire Services as a simple fireman in 1990, but with great determination and hard work, he climbed up the ranks, managing different portfolios in the department, and currently he is the Station Fire Officer of Mapusa Fire Station.


Priest awarded International Fellowship in Psychology

A Catholic Priest from Kerala has received international academic recognition.

Fr John Vayalilkarottu OFM Conv., who works as an assistant priest at St Joseph's Catholic Church, Springvale, in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, and who hails from Poonjar, Kottayam District, Kerala, India, received the honorary Fellowship of the International Institute of Organisational Psychological Medicine. The Fellowship was awarded to him in recognition of his praiseworthy contribution in the field of the Psychology of Religion and Marian Spirituality, as well as human capital potential enhancement and productivity.

The International Institute has its main centre in Florida, USA, and its branches in the UK, Australia, India, Ireland, Canada and Netherlands.