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posted Jun 27, 2018, 7:39 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 7:39 AM ]

New Delhi
CBCI marks World Refugees Day

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) Office for Labour and Workers India Federation (WIF) marked the World Refugees Day with a workshop - 'The Gift of Refugees to our Community and Nation' at CBCI Centre on June 20.

Fr Jervis D'Souza, Deputy Secretary General of CBCI, delivered an inspiring message on the importance of the day.

More than 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.


'Ending hunger by 2030'

Safbin is the name and the goal is a bold one: ending hunger in South Asia by 2030. It is the new programme launched by the Caritas Asia Regional Conference meeting held in Bangkok. The acronym stands for 'Smallholder Adaptive Farming and Biodiversity Network' and the initiative is aimed at the development of agriculture and the improvement of the conditions of rural populations. The final aim, the promoters maintain, is to eliminate hunger for 7,500 families and 40,000 people.

The project was launched last June, and involves four countries of the Indian subcontinent: Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. It will be coordinated by Caritas Austria, with the strategic partnership of Caritas Switzerland and Caritas Asia, which will provide the necessary resources for the whole project. It wants to transmit "good practices" and support small landowners.

Speaking at the presentation, Christoph Schweifer, general secretary of Caritas Austria, said: "Safbin is a one-of-a-kind programme. This is really challenging, but it is achievable, through hard work, cooperation and collaboration of all actors together. We all need to focus on a partnership of shared responsibility for a big goal, and we all will have to act as enablers in the service of farmers."


Jharkhand rapes condemned

The Council of Catholic Women of India (CCWI) has condemned the gang-rape of five NGO workers in India's Jharkhand state.

"We condemn the increasing incidents of brutality against women and children, and resolve to raise the issue at all fora, demanding protection and justice," Juliet Ramamurthy, Council President told Matters India.

She said the Council discussed various issues affecting women, especially violence against women spreading in the country, during the Council's June 23-24 annual general body meeting at Bengaluru, southern India. The CCWI is one of the premier women's organisations in the Catholic Church in India. Established in 1964, it has undertaken manifold empowerment programs for women. It advocates gender justice in society and the Church.


New Archbishop of Ranchi

His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Eminence, Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo, from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, according to Canon Law 401 § 1, and has appointed His Lordship Rt. Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, until now Bishop of Jamshedpur, as the new Archbishop of Ranchi.

This ecclesiastical provision was made public in Rome on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

His Lordship, Rt Rev. Felix Toppo, SJ, was born on November 21, 1947, in Tongo, Diocese of Gumla. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1968, and was ordained priest on April 14, 1982. He obtained a Masters in Psychology from the Gregorian University, Rome, in 1990. After serving the Jesuit Congregation in various capacities, as Director of Pre-Novices, Novice Master and Superior, he was elected Bishop of Jamshedpur on June 14, 1997 and was consecrated on September 27, 1997.


Bestseller released in Assamese

AKASEI SEEMA, the Assamese translation of the English Best Seller You are destined for the skies by the popular motivational author, Fr Alfonso Elengikal, was released in Guwahati by Most Rev. John Moolachira, Archbishop of Guwahati, at a special function, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Padma Shri Dr Laksmi Nandan Bora, renowned Assamese author and editor of GARIOSHI, Assam Tribune Group of publications, received the first copy of the book from the Archbishop. Rev. Fr Januarius S. Sangma, sdb, Salesian Provincial, Guwahati Province, was the Guest of Honour.


ICYM - Environment Day

The members of Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) Bantwal unit observed Environment Day at Infant Jesus Church, Modankap on Sunday, June 24.

Fr Maxim Noronha, Parish Priest in his address, emphasised the need for protecting the environment and to start at the individual level. He highlighted the need of traditional over synthetic medicines. Varieties of medicinal plants were planted around the church premises, and herbal medicines were distributed to all.