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posted Sep 6, 2018, 9:21 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 9:22 AM ]

Catechists study Pope's document on holiness

Catechists of Odisha state, eastern India, took time off to study a recent papal encyclical that addressed the universal call to holiness.

As many as 196 catechists, along with five diocesan catechetical directors from six dioceses of the state, attended the August 20-22 catechists' renewal seminar on Pope Francis' 'Rejoice and Be Glad' (Gaudete et Exsultate) held at Utkal Jyoti Pastoral Centre, Jharsuguda.

Addressing the gathering on 'Call to holiness is a basic vocation," Bishop Kishor Kumar Kujur of Rourkela said the sacrifices a catechist makes to proclaim Jesus is authentic missionary work. "Rejoice and be Glad, and be an authentic missionary."

Bishop Niranjan Sualsingh of Sambalpur highlighted in his homily about the holiness of the catechists, and the importance of their role in the Church. In his talk, he stressed that the catechists should give importance to Mass.


Catholic priest addresses Muslims at Kottayam mosque

For a change, a Catholic priest in Kerala chose a mosque to deliver his sermon. Fr Joseph (Sanu) Puthussery visited the Juma Masjid at Vechoor in Kottayam district on August 31 during Jum'ah (Friday prayers) and delivered a thanksgiving speech at the masjid prayer hall.

The Muslims had fed the flood victims who had taken shelter at his church that comes under Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese. St Antony's Church at Achinakom in Kottayam district had sheltered more than 580 people rendered homeless by unprecedented floods that affected 12 of Kerala's 14 districts mid-August. The church authorities had faced shortage of food and water to feed them.

"I straightaway went to the masjid, appraised the Maulvi about our difficulty and requested his help. After the day's prayers, Muslim brothers came to the church with a large quantity of food and water as per his direction," Fr Puthussery told media persons.

The Muslims supplied essential articles to the relief camp at the church for several days. Besides food and water, essential medicines were also brought by the youth attached to the Masjid. The mosque authorities have reportedly showcased a rare model of togetherness in post-flood Kerala, by offering a Christian priest the same platform a 'Maulvi' (Muslim cleric) uses to address his people.


Floods you didn't know about

After the Kerala disaster, there is another flood that India needs to take care of: in Nagaland, where 12 people have died and over 3,000 have been displaced.

More than 13% of the state population, comprising over 48,000 families in 532 villages, is affected by one of the worst monsoon seasons Nagaland has had. Besides floods, the state has witnessed many landslides since July 26.

A series of disasters during this monsoon season have disrupted the roads in multiple locations, rendered many people homeless and damaged agriculture. The state capital Kohima and the districts of Tuensang, Kiphire and Phek have been severely affected. Tuensang, Kiphire and Phek were cut off from the rest of the state for about 15 days, since the rains became incessant from July 26. With the state's road network badly damaged, basic essential commodities are either being air-dropped or shipped on smaller vehicles.


Seminar on HIV/AIDS & Substance Abuse

A seminar on HIV/AIDS and Drug addiction was held at the Paul Bernick Hall of the Salesian College of Higher Education, Dimapur, Nagaland, on August 30, 2018. The Chief resource person was Fr Chacko, Director of Shalom Rehabilitation Centre, Chumukedia and Sr Rose CMC from the HIV/AIDS Rehabilitation Centre, Chavara Home, Purana Bazaar, Dimapur.


India scores at Asiad 2018

India's best-ever Asian Games medal haul at Jakarta has brought much cheer. The Indian contingent raked in 69 medals, including 15 gold. It may have lagged at eighth place on the medals table, way behind China with its 289 medals—but compared to recent Asiads, India registered significant progress in many events, with heroic performances among both women and men. These will go a long way in inspiring others, and also hopefully making the sports administration more responsive to the needs of athletes. Track and field was a happy hunting ground, with India picking up 19 medals, including seven golds. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, whose gold-winning 88.06m makes him among the world's best, particularly shone. >>>