The American missionary, founder of the first Christian cooperative credit bank in the country, died in a car accident in 1988. His intuition to provide small bank loans changed the lives of 10 million poor people. A Foundation that bears his name has been set up to conduct market research and provide scholarships.
The Catholic Nurses Guild of India held its 21st convention in Mumbai. Cardinal urges them to care for the sick who are “an integral part of the Church’s life and mission". Equally, he calls on them to protect “the gift of human life from womb to tomb.”
The event has been in the making since 2018. A eucharistic adoration was held every Sunday; retreats, vigils and cultural and religious competitions were also organised. The parish of 3,000 highlights the faith and fervour of tribal Christians.
India’s majority gets the site. Some 70 people have been arrested for posting hate messages online. Protestant bishop wants action “for peace”. Secular activist, it is depressing for those “who believe in secular values”. Muslim leader laments the victory of religion over the law.
Fr Charles Patrick Burrows, 76, an Irish missionary of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, has been working in Cilacap district since 1973. “Being among people, talking to and working with people regardless of their ethnic and religious background are Fr Carolus’s natural qualities.”
Speaking to the Council for an Inclusive Capitalism, Francis recalled Paul VI's statement that "true development cannot be limited to economic growth alone, but must foster the growth of each person and of the whole person".
“Many times society, through legalistic and inhumane decisions, justified by an alleged search for the good and security, seeks the isolation and detention of those who act against social norms as the final solution to the problems of life in community.” However, no one can change their life if they see nothing on the horizon, even when the they are in for life.
The Catholic school is located in the Alipurduar district, Diocese of Jalpaiguri. It was founded by missionaries from Lombardy (Italy), who first realised that it was necessary to start with education to change society. Later it was transferred to the local Church, which now carries on the PIME charism in the service of marginalised and tribal people.
Fr Peter Geremia, an 80-year-old PIME missionary, is involved in relief operations. Yesterday he carried out a first medical mission at an evacuation centre in Makilala, one of the cities most affected by the seismic swarm in late October. He writes: “We pray that God may give us the strength and determination to reach out to many of our people who are struggling to survive.”
Bangladesh has more than 88,000 prison inmates against a maximum capacity of 40,000. About 175 are Christians, including 40 foreigners. The prison ministry of the Justice and Peace Commission first met yesterday.
Francis tells the International Federation of Catholic Universities that universities must meet the "strong pressure felt in the various areas of socio-economic, political and cultural life", and train "not only qualified professionals in various disciplines, but also protagonists of the common good, creative and responsible leaders in social and civil life with a correct vision of humanity and the world.”
The presidential election is set for 16 November. The Bishops' Conference calls for upstanding candidates to safeguard freedom and rights, support democratic principles and eliminate religious extremism and racism.
2 November Fr. Alex D’Mello celebrated three liturgies in some mountain areas of the Diocese of Sindhudurg. The cemeteries are located near the rivers and were flooded; graves and crosses washed away by the current. "It was a magnificent Eucharist".
In Chhattisgarh, the nun founded an NGO that rescues tribal victims of trafficking. Thanks to the self-help network she set up, she has saved 143 girls and 68 boys from brothels since 2003. The story of two teenage sisters, raped and sold for a few dollars by unscrupulous traffickers, is a case in point.
Rev Bryan Nerren was taken into custody in Siliguri and his passport seized. He is the founder of Asian Children’s Education Fellowship, an NGO that has taught catechists in India and Nepal for 17 years. In 2015, the group raised thousands of dollars for the victims of the earthquake that devastated the Himalayan country.