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posted Sep 19, 2018, 8:46 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 8:47 AM ]

Clarification regarding the developments connected to the accusations against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar

We wish to express our distress regarding the developments connected to the accusations against Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar. Many have been asking why the CBCI is silent on the issue. We wish to reiterate what we have said earlier: The CBCI has no jurisdiction in the issue of individual Bishops. Besides, a police probe is on, and one party has also approached the High Court. The law should take its course, and once the police file their definitive report after their investigations, the competent Church authorities will definitely make necessary decisions. Silence should in no way be construed as siding with either of the two parties.


Muslim-Christian dialogue

The Aligarh Muslim University, a Muslim university in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, has awarded German Jesuit theologian Fr Christian W. Troll the 'Sir Syed Excellence Award' - a prestigious award for his excellent work in the field of Islamic studies and Muslim-Christian relations.

Prof. Abdul Kidwai, Head of the Department of Koranic Studies at Aligarh Muslim University, announced that the award will be given on October 17, 2018 during a special celebration organised at Aligarh Muslim University.


National Catechetics Conference

The training for Regional and Diocesan Secretaries of Commission for Catechetics on 'Youth Catechesis in Church in India' was organised under the auspices of the CCBI Commission for Catechetics from September 11-13, 2018 at Gyanodaya Pastoral Centre of the Diocese of Jalandhar. It began with the Pontifical Holy Eucharistic Celebration officiated by the CCBI Secretary General, Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto of Delhi. The inaugural session was chaired by the Chairman of the CCBI Commission for Catechetics, Archbishop Thomas Macwan. 130 priests, sisters and laypersons from all over India participated in this conference. The report of the Commission was presented by the Secretary, Fr Duming Gonsalves, and the reports of the various regions were presented by the respective secretaries.


'Emergency Life Support' workshop

An 'Emergency Life Support' workshop was held on Sept. 15 at Fr Muller Medical College Hospital with the theme 'Time Saved is Life Saved'. The workshop was conducted as part of the conference 'Pre-Hospital Care and Medical Emergencies'. About 30 delegates of various professions were beneficiaries of the training programme.

The workshop was an initiative taken to train first responders on life-saving techniques, and especially to encourage the layman's role in life-saving in cases of emergency.


37% of women committing suicide are Indians

Suicide is the leading cause of death in the 15-39 years age group in India. Thirty-seven per cent of such deaths among women globally occur in India, and the suicide rate among the elderly has increased over the past quarter century.

The data was released on Sept. 12 by the India State-level Disease Burden Initiative, a joint study of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and other institutes, including the Public Health Foundation of India and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

"India's proportional contribution to global suicide deaths is high, and increasing. Suicide Death Rate (SDR) in India is higher than expected for its socio-demographic index level, especially for women, with substantial variations in the magnitude and men-to-women ratio between the states," the study noted.


CCBI Youth Directors' meeting

The sixth CCBI National Youth Directors' Meeting, organised by the CCBI National Youth Commission, was held from August 24-25, at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Ajmer (Rajasthan). The participants were predominantly Regional and Diocesan Youth Directors from the Catholic Church in India. Also invited were Directors and representatives from Youth Movements – YCS/YSM India, Don Bosco Youth, AICUF, Idente, Focolare Movement - represented by Marco Cardilli, Suzen Pao and Vivek Coutinho.

The main objective of the meeting was to share reports, best practices and activities carried out in the various regions by the Movements and CCBI Youth Commission. The other youth movements were given a time slot to share about their movements, their animating charisms and spirituality, and various activities.