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posted Apr 30, 2019, 5:56 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 5:56 AM ]

Latin Catholics offer special prayers for Sri Lanka

Latin rite dioceses across India organised special prayers to show solidarity with the Church and people of Sri Lanka. "To pledge our closeness and solidarity with the victims of the multiple bomb blasts that took place in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, I would like to propose that we observe coming Sunday, April 28, 2019 – Divine Mercy Sunday — as a day of prayer and solidarity," said an April 24 circular from the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) addressed to all the Latin rite prelates in the country.


Human chain in India honours Sri Lankan blast victims

About 100 people, including Muslims, held hands to form a human chain in front of New Delhi's Sacred Heart Cathedral to pay homage to the victims of suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 359 people, mostly Christians. Leaders from Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths joined hands on April 23 to express solidarity with families of victims of the Easter Sunday blasts.

"Here we are praying for grieving families, and for Christians to have courage and hope after this most dastardly attack. I can't recall such a large number of martyrs in recent history," said Islamic scholar and politician, Maulana Mahmood Madani. The violence in Sri Lanka "is an attack on all of us. We must, and we can, fight against those who want to destroy us or tear us apart," said Fr Felix Jones, secretary of Delhi Archdiocese's Commission for Interfaith Dialogue.


Miscreants burn second oldest Catholic School

A group of miscreants burned down the second oldest Catholic school in Manipur over disciplinary action taken against some students. St Joseph Higher Secondary School at Sugnu in Chandel district of the northeastern Indian state lost all its files and records of the past 55 years, after the miscreants set it on fire around 9 pm on April 25.

Fr Jacob Chapao, the director of the Manipur Catholic Youth Organisation, has issued a condemnation letter, slamming the miscreants for the barbaric act. "Such a barbaric act of vandalism on an educational institution is against the cause of humanity," the priest said. The school, which has some 1400 students in the current academic year, took disciplinary action on six students a week ago, but they were allowed to attend the class as usual.


Plastic Brick Campaign marks 50th Earth Day

The Vice-Principal of Salesian College, Sonada, Fr C.M. Paul, launched a plastic waste management campaign to make plastic bricks, and mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2019. The campaign consisted of students and faculty collecting plastic waste from their villages and towns, shops and restaurants, and create awareness by showing how they could make plastic bricks by stuffing plastic waste into plastic water bottles. These brick bottles could later be used for construction.


First Youth Pasch in Nashik

Nashik experienced the riches of the first Youth Pasch held at Divyadaan from April 17-21. The Youth Pasch is a popular Salesian spiritual experience, conducted for youth, to help them grow in their Catholic faith, from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, through the participation, enacting, and re-living of the crowning events of the life of Jesus Christ— His Passion, Death and Resurrection. The 14 senior youth participants went through the traditional Youth Pasch Exodus experience, labyrinth garden, and the empty tomb occurrence. The new elements added to the Youth Pasch of 2019 were sessions on relationship, forgiveness, brokenness, conflict, the Emmaus experience, and learning to imitate the Heart of Christ.


Diocesan Health Professionals' Annual Meet

The Health Commission of Udupi diocese organised 'Diocesan Health Professionals' Meet-2019' at Mount Rosary Church hall, Kallianpur, Santhekatte on Sunday, April 28.

The chief guest of the event, Fr Richard Coelho, director, Father Muller Charitable Institutions, Mangaluru, inaugurated the programme. In his inaugural address, he said, "Father Muller Hospital is serving patients since many years with quality service. We have been following medical ethics. Patients come to our hospital not only from neighboring districts but also from faraway places in north Karnataka. One must follow certain ethics in service sector. There are lots of difficulties while running a hospital and the administration is always under pressure. Even then, physicians must work in stable mind set and need to tackle things carefully."