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posted Mar 1, 2018, 7:01 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 7:01 PM ]

Tamil Nadu
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Rural India

International Women's Day celebration with the inauguration of women empowerment centre was held at Don Bosco Keela Eral in the Province of Tiruchy on Feb. 20.

There were 1200 women from 60 villages gathered at Don Bosco Keela Eral to celebrate International Women's Day. It was a day of interaction, discussion and sharing of experiences with experts and social activists. Mrs Viji Palanisamy, a leading social activist, animated the gathering on 'Women and Media'. Fr Antony Joseph, the INT Provincial, addressed the gathering and motivated the women to be change-makers in society.


New Delhi
Indians support Pope's Day of Prayer, Fasting for Peace

The Indian Church supported the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace proclaimed by Pope Francis on February 23.

Reacting to the Pope's call, John Dayal, a senior journalist and former President of the All India Catholic Union, said, "While a fast on that day may be of great spiritual benefit as a way of self-actualisation and internalising the issue, there can be no minimising the importance of peace, particularly in the political environment in which India finds itself."

Pope Francis called Catholics to pray for peace, particularly for people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan and Africa.

He also invited the members of other religions to join in the initiative, in the forms they consider most suitable: moments of prayer, fasting and reflection. He pointed out that religions can contribute greatly to obtaining and consolidating peace.


Holy Spirit Sisters support women's development

In India, "women have the same right as men to learn, and must use every opportunity to train and become independent," said S R Gajre, director of Star Swarojgar Yojna, an NGO based in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh.

On Feb. 25, he took part in an event organised by Uday Community Development Programme of the Uday Social Development Society. The group was established more than 15 years ago by the Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit to help women and girls living in local slums.

The event was held in Sirpur, about 35 km from the city of Khandwa. At least 100 women, teenagers and female leaders participated, including from self-help groups. The goal was to stress the importance of motivating women to get professional training which can provide them with the skills to enter the labour market, earn a living, and support their family.

Gajre said that at least 16 girls in the Uday programmes have decided to enrol in the Association's courses on cosmetic treatment, sewing and computer literacy. The courses are a minimum of 15 days to a maximum of one month, depending on the chosen field.


Arthunkal church: HC refuses to quash case

The Kerala High Court dismissed BJP leader TG Mohandas' petition to quash the case alleging promoting religious enmity for tweeting that St Andrew's Basilica at Arthunkal was once a Shiva temple and that Hindus should reclaim it.

While dismissing the plea, Kustice B Kemal Pasha said it is a matter that requires a careful and proper investigation, as it would otherwise lead to spreading of communal tensions or other serious issues. The truth of the matter has to be brought out through investigation, the court said. However, the court has directed that there is no need to take Mohandas' phone into custody for the purpose of investigation.

Mohandas, who is presently the state Convenor of the intellectual wing of BJP, had tweeted seven times on August 22 about the church, and Arthunkal police had registered a case based on a complaint filed by TT Jismon, secretary of AIYF's Alappuzha district committee.


Fr Stanely Kozhichira elected President of SIGNIS India

Fr Stanely Kozhichira was elected President of SIGNIS India during the General Assembly held at DBI Guwahati, on February 23, 2018 for the period from 2018-2022. The former President of SIGNIS, Mr Sunil Lucas, handed over the baton to him in the presence of all the members attending the SIGNIS India General Assembly.

Fr Stanley Kozhichira is a diocesan priest from the Archdiocese of Delhi, who holds a national record. He has won the prestigious Limca World Record for his theatrical production ARS KE KRANTIBAI, a cine-drama based on the life of the St John Mary Vianney in 2012, which was enacted by priests of the archdiocese of Delhi. He has conducted workshops in street theatre for the past 22 years. He has produced documentaries and telefilms, and documentaries for Doordarshan and many other productions.