32 Letters

posted Aug 21, 2018, 11:08 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 21, 2018, 11:08 AM ]

Freedom from hunger

Sir, It is excellent news that the Cathedral of the Holy Name in the Archdiocese of Bombay, under the leadership of Cardinal Oswald Gracias, has installed a Community Fridge on this year's Independence Day in the premises of the Cathedral to assure "freedom from hunger" to the have-nots, with the call to people of good will to 'not only put left-overs, but also freshly cooked food which could be picked up by street dwellers' and the hungry who go to sleep on empty stomachs on the footpaths of this financial capital of our beloved country.

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Kerala's worst floods in a century

Sir, Kerala's worst floods in a century have claimed the lives of over 324 people. Over 2.2 lakh people have been displaced and are in relief camps, while the number of those affected is over two crore, as of August 17. The real magnitude of the disaster will hit the people of Kerala only after the flood waters have receded. It could be mind-boggling. Pray God, it is not.

In times of calamities, one gets to see the real spirit of India. In such times, we see the common man, unmindful of caste and creed (not the mantriji or the netaji), standing shoulder to shoulder, helping in rescue and relief work. People in other parts of the country are keen to help and donate generously. But many times, they are assailed by doubts, and for good reasons. Will their hard earned money reach the needy people? Will their donation in kind be useful to the people of Kerala?

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Land, Lives and Livelihood

Sir, If we work in unison, even now we can save our land, lives and livelihood! I have just returned from a short break in Goa. The plight of Kerala will soon be the plight of Goa, and the whole Indian nation. We urgently need to respect and protect the Western Ghats, stop promoting concrete jungles and the destruction of hills, forests, rivers, valleys and mountains! Illegal quarrying, illegal occupation of forest lands, sand mining from rivers and filling up of paddy fields are a disaster! Such activities are bound to cause landslides in every hilly region. >>>

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St Andrew's Zonals

Sir, Every year, beginning in August and ending in the first week of September, there is a much awaited cultural and social event which gives Catholics of the Bandra parishes a chance to display their skills in singing, playing musical instruments and acting in a drama or stage performance. It is referred to as "The Zonals". Anybody who is somebody in their knowledge of music (mostly western classical and popular), can display their forte as a singer or a player of the piano or violin, these being the most popular instruments. There are various age groups in which the artistes, children and adults compete. Besides music, there are also groups (zones) which compete in dramas or stage plays. The group or groups which perform the best in singing or acting are greatly lauded. The standards are quite high for these amateur groups. Prominent actors from city professional groups are usually invited to be the judges. >>>

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USCCB honours three People of Life

Sir, More than 125 prominent USA Catholics attended the 2018 'People of Life' awards in Phoenix, Arizona, July 29 to August 1, as part of the Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference, sponsored by the US Catholic Bishops Conference (USCCB) on Pro-Life Activities.

These awards are given to men and women who have made significant and longtime contributions to the 'Pro-Life Movement' by promoting a culture of life and respect for the dignity of the human person.

The 'People of Life' award was established in 2007, and is a tribute to St John Paul II's 1995 Encyclical on the value and inviolability of human life – Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life)! This year, three persons have been honoured:

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The importance of the Media Cell

Sir, With reference to Mr Anthony Henriques' letter titled 'Media Cell required' in The Examiner dated Saturday, August 18, 2018, besides a Media Cell, a press conference by concerned people must be called to address problems in the media like communalism, commercialisation, corruption and partiality, etc. to help bring it closer to the people who can benefit from it when it performs its roles of informing, educating and entertaining the people on various issues that concern them.

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