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posted May 30, 2018, 9:44 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 30, 2018, 9:44 AM ]

TET seminar

The Archdiocesan Board of Education, Mumbai will conduct a TET workshop with practice sessions on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Aquinas International School, Rosary Church campus, MG Rd, Goregaon (W). Registration from June 4-8, 2018 from 9 am to 12 noon at the venue.

Early Childhood Teacher Training courses

Vidya Ankur International Education, Mumbai announces its next batch of courses for pre-service and in-service teacher training in Nursery & Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). The emphasis is on the Playway Approach and international strategies for teaching in Nursery, Play-school and Pre-school as full-time/part-time/assistant teachers. The courses are a blend of classroom sessions, online forums and practice teaching. Courses will begin from June 23, 2018; registrations open, limited seats. For further details, contact the Vidya Ankur office at 206, Dalamal Chambers, New Marine Lines, Mumbai 400 020 from Mon-Fri. or the Director, Dr Adelaide Vaz Tel: 88500 17662 /2206 9841. E-mail: vidyankured@gmail.com

Cardinal Gracias: Church responds to threats

The Catholic Church in India "must work for harmony, integration and dialogue." Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and President of the Indian Bishops' Conference (CBCI), commented on the controversy triggered by the initiative of the Archbishop of Delhi, Anil JT Couto.

The prelate aroused the ire of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), the Hindu nationalist party in power, when he asked Catholics in his diocese to pray and fast in view of the General Elections of 2019. In this regard, Cardinal Gracias said, "It is a local pastoral letter, and it must be interpreted in this context. There are 173 bishops throughout India."

The cardinal was interviewed on the sidelines of the meeting with Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh. On May 24, he reported the concerns of the Christian minority to him, complaining that the state authorities do not do enough to guarantee protection. A few days ago, the minister declared that there is no religious discrimination in the country, but then members of his party invited Msgr Couto to "refrain from inciting caste and community."

Cardinal Gracias confirmed the leaks to the press, which claim that he spoke of the attempt to polarize society. "It's true; I feel that the polarization is much stronger than in previous years. People are led to believe that there are threats against a particular community. And this is not good for the country. We must work for harmony, integration and dialogue."

The cardinal told the minister he was "very optimistic about the Church's mission, which continues throughout the nation. The Church in India continues to serve in the most remote rural areas of the country. We selflessly serve the poorest of the poor, the marginalised, the unborn, girls, women, without any kind of discrimination, through the apostolate in medical facilities, education and welfare."

He emphasised that "in India, the Church is not only in the chapels or in the sacristy, but its mission is also in the streets, in speaking of human rights, justice and development. The Church in India is also very involved in the issue of climate change. We support the safety of women; this is an aspect about which we are all concerned, as well as the image of our beloved nation."

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat from Friday, June 8 (7:30 am) to Sunday, June 10 (5 pm) at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E), behind Holy Family Church, Chakala. Conducted by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Mumbai. OPEN TO ALL. Registrations at the CCR Office, Dadar (W) – 2430 3626 / 2421 0881, 99309 40705. Register early.

Jesus Youth Mumbai is conducting FIRE, the annual initial level Retreat for youth from June 7-10, 2018 at Animation & Renewal Centre (ARC), Panvel. The Registration fee is Rs 600/- Inviting all youth (from those who have appeared for Class X exams to working youth) to attend the Retreat and have a blessed start to the new academic year. For more details & registration, please contact +91-90047 78292/ +91-75061 20180.

Inner Healing Retreat for youth from ages 18 to 30, including young married couples, conducted by Anthony Lobo and Team, scheduled for June 7 - 10, at Retreat House Bandra. For details WhatsApp Anthony @ 98198 49997, Audrey @ 98207 61532, Odette @ 98201 42085, Eugenie @ 98202 94413 – subject: ‘Inner Healing Retreat'.

Christian Meditation Programme:
The WCCM Mumbai community invites you to a programme of discourses and Silent meditation on Saturday June 9, 2018 in the meeting room next to the Parish Office, St. Andrew's Church, Bandra, from 9.30 a.m to 12 noon. The discourses will trace the roots of Christian Mysticism through the teachings of Origien and Evagrius of Pontus. There is no charge, but a voluntary contibution to meet the incidental expenses incurred will be gratefully accepted.