22 Letters

posted Nov 6, 2018, 7:56 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 7:56 AM ]

Success in Youth Ministry

Sir, The Youth Pages of The Examiner (Oct 27-Nov 02 issue) highlighted the amazing activities orchestrated by the youth of Our Lady of Visitation parish, Nerul. While the new methodology in Youth Ministry still continues to be a mammoth challenge to most of the parishes in Mumbai, here is a parish that has left no stone unturned to implement this method, which is producing astounding results. >>>

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Masses for the disabled

Sir, With reference to the report on 'Holy Mass in Sign Language' in THE EXAMINER (Oct. 27 - Nov 2 issue), the blind people who attend Mass throughout the length and breadth of India must be provided with Braille prayer books and hymn books, in addition to volunteers who can bring them to church regularly for Mass. Priests who know sign language must be encouraged to celebrate Mass for speech and hearing challenged people.

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Nikki Haley praises daily Church miracles

Sir, The 29th outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was the guest of honour at the fund-raising dinner for the Archdiocese of New York, held on October 18, 2018. The annual event raises money for the Albert E. Smith Foundation, which serves the most needy children. Each year, the dinner features a prominent politician during the presidential election years. The dinner raised nearly $4 million.

Nikki was born Nimrata Randhawa on 20 January 1972 to an immigrant Sikh family in Bamberg, South Carolina. She is a Methodist married to Michael Haley in 1996. As Republican, she served as Governor of South Carolina, and three terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives. Nikki has consistently supported Bills that gave rights to a foetus, and that restricted abortion.

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No candles please!

Sir, This refers to "Church's no-candle plea becomes a grave issue" (Mumbai Mirror, Oct. 30). It is surprising that a small matter could be blown up and create a controversy, with sentiments playing a major role. It was in good faith and keeping pollution in mind, that the priest might have advised against the use of candles. Most of the candles in the market are made with paraffin wax, derived from petroleum, and scented with synthetic fragrances, also derived from petroleum. In the study by the American Chemical Society, researchers found that the petroleum-based candles emitted varying levels of cancer-causing toluene and benzene, as well as other hydrocarbon chemicals called alkanes and alkenes, which are components of gasoline, and can irritate respiratory tracts and trigger asthma. Not something you want to breathe in. It can also result in soot.

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Pray from the heart

Sir, A few weeks ago, I attended a lavish banquet. It was a gathering of mostly Chinese businessmen and their families, all millionaires and multi-millionaires. The air was thick with the competitive spirit, designer outfits and jewels.

As we were seated and the endless dishes started to arrive, a thought popped into my head: 'Who is the most powerful man in the room?' The answer I thought was: 'the one who prays, who prays from the heart.'

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Protect Journalists & Mass Media Workers

Sir, The United Nations on November 2 annually celebrates 'International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists'. The Resolution urges Member States (193) to implement definite measures countering the present culture of impunity or immunity from punishment. Impunity often leads to more killings, and is a symptom of a worsening conflict and a breakdown of law and order, and even failure of the judicial system.

This landmark resolution condemns all attacks and violence against journalists and mass media workers. It ensures that victims and their families have access to appropriate remedies. It calls upon Member States to promote a safe and enabling environment for journalists and media industry workers to perform their work fearlessly and independently, without interference.

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