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posted Jul 5, 2018, 8:52 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 5, 2018, 8:53 AM ]

New Delhi
Caritas’ response to floods

In the field with patience and dedication to reach even the most distant villages; this is what Caritas India is doing to respond to the flood emergency that has devastated the states of the north-east and Kerala.

It is estimated that at least 1,064 villages in 21 districts are under water, with houses swept away by the torrential rains of the monsoon period, and about 650,000 people were left with nothing. Speaking to AsiaNews, Fr Paul Moonjely, Executive Director of Caritas, said: “We have already provided immediate assistance to 3,925 families, and we plan to reach 15,425, and even beyond.”

The priest explained that the population “is desperate. Anguish is visible in their eyes. Most of them work as agricultural labourers or in tea plantations, so they have lost all means to live.” There are about 40 volunteers at work. “When we arrived, we found a devastated territory. Houses partially or completely damaged, people forced to live outdoors or in relatives’ homes. The biggest danger comes from the fact that people use contaminated water to drink, wash and cook.”


Saint's statue, Marian grotto vandalized in Goa

A statue of St Joseph Vaz, Goa’s first saint, and a grotto of Mother Mary were desecrated at the St Clara Church at Assanora village, located 20 km from Panaji on June 29 morning, allegedly by a labourer believed to be “mentally unstable,” police said.

“We have arrested one migrant labourer. We suspect he is mentally unstable and is not in a proper frame of mind. After filing an FIR, the accused has been sent to the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour for examination,” Police Inspector Chetan Patil told reporters.


New Delhi
India's elderly shunned in internet age

The technology boom means more seniors are suffering abuse, as their children focus on mobile phones and computers.

Widower Shahzada Bano sobbed as she recounted how her son, whom she raised with her hard-earned money, turned against her a decade ago. "My son and daughter-in-law began to openly abuse me whenever I would raise an objection to any of their wrongdoing." Bano's story is all too common. Indians are becoming increasingly hostile to their elderly relatives, with one in four seniors facing neglect and verbal or physical abuse.

A study conducted by Help Age India found that 25 per cent of Indians above 60 years of age experience some form of abuse. The study revealed that most abusers are sons (52 per cent) and daughters-in-law (34 per cent) and abuse happens equally across both genders, said the study published recently.

Most victims did not report the abuse, because they wanted to maintain the confidentiality of a family matter, while others did not know how to deal with the issue.

The study covered 5,014 elders across 23 cities. The most common forms of abuse were disrespect (56 per cent), verbal abuse (49 per cent) and neglect (33 per cent).

Most seniors (60 per cent) agreed that quality time spent with their children and grandchildren had decreased with the increased use of mobile phones or computers. At least 65 per cent said extreme attention is given to devices, and they considered it disrespectful.


NVSC - Coordinating Vocation Ministry

The National Vocation Service Centre was established as a result of the All India Church Seminar in 1969 held at Bangalore with a view to renew the Church in India in the spirit of Vatican II. Fr Engelbert Zeitler, SVD took the bold initiative to start NVSC as a centre for Inspiration, Coordination and Assistance in the ministry of Vocation Promotion. In January 1966 as President of the CRI, Fr Zeitler held a meeting at Bangalore and drew up a policy for a Joint Commission of CBCI and CRI. A need was felt to have a national secretariat to coordinate the vocation ministry of each diocese and congregation. A national survey on vocations highlighting the problem of personnel and resources of the Church in India was conducted, and an orientation paper on this survey was presented at the All India Seminar in 1969. A proposal to establish the National Vocation Service Centre was made and the centre was inaugurated in Pune on August 1, 1969. It was given the twofold mandate: