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posted Sep 11, 2018, 10:20 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 11, 2018, 10:20 AM ]

Church donates Mother Mary's ornaments for flood relief

The authorities of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church at Manjummel have decided to donate two gold ornaments used to adorn Mother Mary to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).

The necklaces weighing 25 sovereigns were made two years ago, using gold offered by devotees over 100 years. The necklaces were used to adorn the statue of Mother Mary with baby Jesus in her hand during the annual feast procession in December.


Former Rector of St Xavier's College dies

Belgian Jesuit Fr Albert Huart, who was Vice Principal of St Xavier's College (now University), Calcutta, for a quarter century died in Belgium on September 5. He was 93.

"FrHuart died during the night. In the evening, he had a fatal fall in his room of the La Colombièreresidence, and was immediately taken to the hospital where he died a few hours later. Though (by his own account), he felt weaker day after day,FrHuart kept to his regular routine of meals and Eucharist with the community. His fall was probably due to a cardiac failure. May he rest in peace," said Fr Etienne from Belgium.

FrHuart had spent 75 years in the Society of Jesus. He was St Xavier's VicePrincipal for about 25 years. He was also rector of Dhyan Ashram (formation house and retreat house), Calcutta and Socius to the Provincial for about 12 years.


Kandhamal survivors donate Rs 50,000 to Kerala flood victims

The Kandhamal Survival Association donated Rs 50,000 on September 7 to help the flood victims of Kerala.

"This is a goodwill gesture of the survivors," said Ajaya Kumar Singh, who works among the survivors of the worst anti-Christian violence in modern India, after handing over the money to the Controller of Accounts of Kerala House in New Delhi.

He said a collection for Kerala floods survivors was made during the Kandhamal communal harmony observation in August.


50,000 join Marian procession

More than 50,000 people thronged the minor Basilica of St Mary in Shivajinagar, one of Bengaluru's busiest hubson Sept. 8.Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore blessed and flagged off the chariot procession carrying the statue of Our Mother of Good Health, marking the end of thenine-day novena that preceded the feast of the Nativity of Mother Mary.

Karnataka Minister K J George was also present on the occasion.Traffic movement was closed for a radius of at least two miles to facilitate easy pedestrian movement.A huge boat replica decorated with lights and flowers with the statue of Mother Mary holding the infant Jesus was mounted on a make-shift truck. At least 1,000 volunteers controlled the devotees who included Catholics and people of other faiths.


School students to be taught Gandhi's teachings

School children in Goa are usually introduced to Mahatma Gandhi through his role in India's freedom struggle. However, from the next academic year 2019-20, his wider teachings, like cooperative working and dignity of labour, will be taught to students from Class I to XII.

"On the occasion of the upcoming 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, the Mahatma Gandhi Council of Rural Education, Hyderabad, which is under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development, has come out with a book titled 'Experiential Learning - Gandhiji's NaiTalim'. The curriculum of this book will be introduced in schools," said Nagraj Honnekeri, project director of the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT).