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posted Nov 20, 2018, 6:51 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 6:51 AM ]

Communication Sunday celebrated

"In today"s world, where communication technology is a need in all fields, let us invoke the help of the Creator of these means of communication, that God may guide us towards a true and just updating of our use of them." This was part of the Prayer of the Faithful on Communication Day organised in various parishes in India, by the Daughters of St Paul.

The third Sunday in November has been commemorated as Communications Day in India for some years now, and this year too, the Pauline Sisters decided to make known the Pope"s message for the 52nd World Communication Day - "The Truth will set you free (Jn 8:32): Fake News and Journalism for Peace" in and around the parishes they serve. In the archdiocese of Bombay, a Symposium on the same theme was held at their Bandra premises earlier this month, organised in collaboration with the Bandra Deanery. It was graced by the presence of Bishop Barthol Barretto, Western Region Chairman for Social Communications. Talks by Fr Nigel Barett, Fr Franklin Joseph and Sr Joeyanna D"Souza, fsp made the participants aware of the detriment of fake news, and also the possibilities of using journalism for peace in their daily lives.


4,916 children rehabilitated through 'Khoya Paya': WCD

The Women and Child Development Ministry said recently that 4,916 children have been rehabilitated through the missing children track portal 'Khoya Paya' till November 8.

Launched in 2015, the Khoya Paya portal is a citizen-based website which has been developed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) and the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).


Popular hermit attacked, arrested

A Catholic priest was arrested on false charges after being beaten up by a hard-line Hindu youth group in Uttar Pradesh.

Fr Vineet Vincent Pereira of Varanasi said that members of Hindu Yuva Vahini came to his ashram in Gohana town in Mau district on Nov. 15, and attacked some of the elderly people living there with him.

"When I objected, they beat me. One pulled me down, holding my hair and dragged me out. Then they hit me," he said. Those gathered around rescued him. Soon after the attack, police arrived and arrested him, based on a complaint made by his attackers, on charges of rioting and disturbing public peace. If found guilty, each charge carries a maximum jail term of two years.


Morning Star Seminary completes 50 years

The Morning Star Seminary in Kolkata celebrated 50 years of preparing Catholic priests for the Bengal and North eastern regions, with prayers, cultural programmes and an alumni meet. 800 people attended the Jubilee Mass concelebrated by more than 250 priests and 13 bishops, including Archbishop Thomas D"Souza of Kolkata on Nov. 8. Archbishop Anil Joseph Couto of Delhi was the main celebrant.

"The composition of the seminary reflects the unity and diversity of India," said seminary Rector Fr J.A. Santhanam.

The jubilee programmes included an alumni gathering of 100 priests on Nov. 7. Besides sports, games and interaction with students, a seminar was held to discuss pastoral challenges in India"s changing socio-cultural realities.


CBCI action plan to foster unity

The Catholic Bishops" Conference of India (CBCI) will undertake various activities to foster unity and seek support of the laity in the light of various challenges faced by the Church. The CBCI Council for Laity said an action plan is being formulated for the purpose of unity in Church and to foster support and protection of the faithful.

"This is needed in the light of the various challenges faced by the Church in India, to exercise and propagate her freedom as enshrined in the Constitution," said a statement from Shaiju Chacko, office secretary of the Council for Laity.