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posted Mar 6, 2019, 8:39 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 6, 2019, 8:39 AM ]

SCCs to be prophetic communities in society

As many as 70 diocesan SCC coordinators, six bishops and 12 lay representatives from various parts of India met February 25-28 at Pallottine Animation Centre in Nagpur to reflect on the prophetic role of SCCs in India. Besides the SCC Coordinators of the dioceses, the Regional SCC Coordinators, Chairman Bishops for SCCs and National Service Team members for SCCs also attended the meeting.

Fr Joseph Justus, Regional SCC Coordinator of Tamil Nadu, shared how the communities in Tuticorin and Kottar dioceses in southern India collaborate with like minded NGOs for environmental protection and human rights issues. The SCCs are trained to do advocacy and lobbying with the officials and to network with people in the neighborhood, added Fr Justus who has been involved in SCC promotion for three decades. The SCCs have learnt to study the issue scientifically, discuss with experts before planning any action, and work in collaboration with other NGOs.

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Dibrugarh gets Northeast India's youngest bishop

Rev. Fr Albert Hemrom became the youngest bishop of Northeastern India on February 24. The 49-year-old was ordained the Co-adjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Dibrugarh, Assam, watched by a large number of people at the Bishop's House, Dibrugarh.

Archbishop Emeritus Thomas Menamparampil, who led the ceremony, was joined by 24 other bishops from various parts of India. Msgr Mitja Leskovar, the First Counsellor to the Apostolic Nunciature in India and Nepal, was present. Over 2,000 women religious from across the Northeast, 400 priests and around 35,000 people from the region attended.


Church joins campaign to end violence against women

The Catholic Church in Odisha has joined other groups to prevent violence against women and girl children in the eastern Indian state.

The Odisha Regional Organisation for Social Action (OROSA) organised a meeting on Feb. 26 to foster participation and dialogue among government officials, members of civil society organisations, scientific and academic communities, so as to promote sustainable policies for preventing violence against women and girl children, and address gaps in educational facilities in schools in the state.

OROSA is the coordinating body of social work in six Catholic dioceses under the aegis of the Odisha Regional Catholic Bishops' Council. More than 80 participants attended the State-level Convention at the Centre for Youth and Social Development, Bhubaneswar.


Careno Award for Akkara

Anto Akkara has won this year's Louis Careno Award for his relentless campaign for justice for the survivors of anti-Christian violence in Odisha's Kandhamal. "It is befitting to honor Akkara for his crusade for Kandhamal," said St Paul Fr Alfonso Elengikal, president of the Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) that chose the veteran journalist for the annual award. The award ceremony was held on March 1, at the end of the ICPA-organised National Convention of Christian Journalists at Jharsuguda, Odisha.


Catholic doctor honoured at World Diabetes Congress

Dr Mary D'Cruz from Kolkata was felicitated at the 9th World Congress of Diabetes India held at Jaipur from Feb. 28 - March 3, 2019. Before the inaugural ceremony, the entire galaxy of doctors and the audience stood in silence to pay homage to the martyrs of Pulwama. The 9th World Congress of Diabetes India was declared open with a lively Rajasthani dance by students with Type 1 diabetes. The conference was unique, as 145 research papers were presented. Doctors from various states in India who have done outstanding work in spreading awareness about diabetes and its prevention were honoured. Dr D'Cruz, selected from the state of West Bengal, was one of the 14 doctors felicitated.


Delhi screens Kandhamal film

An extensive documentary film on the Kandhamal genocide was screened at various places in the national capital from March 3-6. The 95-minute 'Voices from the Ruins', directed by noted film maker K P Sasi, is the complete account of the anti-Christian violence that took place in 2007 and 2008 in the Kandhamal district of Odisha.

On March 3, it was screened at St Martin Church, Delhi Cantonment. On March 4, it was shown at JNU Union Room; on March 5 at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Civil Lines, and at the Church of St Theresa of the Child Jesus, Pushpa Vihar, and on March 6 at Ambedkar University.