26 Letters

posted Apr 30, 2019, 5:49 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 30, 2019, 5:50 AM ]

Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Sir, In light of the climate crisis and development inequity, Catholic institutions around the world are divesting from fossil fuels. Both Caritas Internationalis and Caritas India committed to divestment last year, while Austria is the third bishops' conference to announce its divestment from fossil fuels, following Belgium and Ireland. The Global Catholic Climate Movement is one of the convening bodies of an International Conference 'The Common Good on Our Common Sea' being held this May in Copenhagen. They have invited the Archdiocese of Bombay to join in the campaign, as they will be announcing the list of divesting Catholic institutions at this Conference.


More Attacks?

Sir, The recent attack by terrorists on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka reminds us of the attack on Sunday, May 13, 2018, on three churches in Indonesia, where seven bombings in Surabaya revealed a marked escalation of ISIS capabilities. This is probably only the first wave of awaited attacks by ISIS returnees from the Middle East. As per media reports, the ISIS has owned up to having carried out the attacks, claiming it to be revenge for the attacks on mosques in New Zealand. >>>


Big Step in predicting the Weather

Sir, The sun is the brightest object in the sky, and has been studied by scientists for hundreds of years. However, it still hosts several mysteries even today; for example, when and how powerful explosions take place, such as solar flares! These can potentially affect communications, power supply, GPS navigation, etc.

It was announced on April 15, 2019, that a team of space researchers led by Dr Divya Oberoi at NCRA, along with Atul Mohan and Surajit Mondal, have made significant advances by making the deepest ever images of the sun at radio wavelengths!


Charity is God's glory shining through us 

Sir, Money can be something of a conundrum in the Christian life, particularly as one part of the world has vast wealth, the other vast poverty, and the gap is seemingly ever widening. Add to this, the 'natural' tendency towards selfishness and a hostile economic system which encourages a posture of self-preservation; there will be a conflict between compassion and the fear of being irresponsible and winding up in want.

As in all things, though, the Gospel turns this issue on its head, and points towards eternity "Make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings." Furthermore, it encourages us to not be afraid.


Magnet Therapy in Cancer Management

Sir, Dr Ian Pinto, in the feature "The Big C" (The Examiner, Apr 27-May 03), has rightly described immunotherapy as a valuable line of treatment for cancer. The immune system plays a vital role in the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. Holistic systems like homoeopathy, magnet therapy and yoga are aimed at treating the sick person as a whole, and not just the specific disease condition. These systems are immuno-modulatory. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine", had reminded physicians that it is more important to know what sort of patient has a disease, rather than what sort of disease a patient has.