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World AIDS Day: Indian Catholics at the forefront in the care for the sick
About 80% of centres that deal with HIV is run by the Catholic Church. 140 institutes across the country, for the treatment of disease and improvement in quality of life. More than one million children orphaned by HIV, discriminated against at school and abandoned by their family.
Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese Church opens a center for HIV-positive children
The Mai Tam Warm Shelter, opened at the beginning of 2010, accommodates up to 60 patients, who have contracted the virus from their parents. The youngest is six months, the oldest 16. A centre wanted by a centre Card. Pham Minh Man, who in 2004 initiated activities for the sick.
13/12/2016 18:28:00 INDIA
Indian bishops approve action plan for Dalits
Caste discrimination is still evident, even in the Church. A country-wide policy recognises Dalits in their intrinsic human value. Twelve of India’s 19 million Catholics are Dalits. The State does not recognise them the same rights and privileges as other Dalits.
Census of castes underway, a hope for Dalit Christians
The Church and human rights organizations support the tremendous task of collecting data that is beginning in the country. The government "will be forced to open their eyes to the reality of caste discrimination, and do something to resolve the situation."
10/11/2017 13:20:00 INDIA
Indian Church to celebrate Dalit Liberation Sunday on 12 November (Video)
The CBCI Office for Scheduled Castes/Backward Classes is behind the initiative. India’s caste system is rooted in society and Church hierarchies. For Bishop Neethinathan, discrimination has divided Indians for generations.
19/04/2017 17:24:00 INDIA
For Bihar nun, working for Dalit liberation is faith in action
Sister Poonam belongs to the Congregation of Jesus, which was established by Mary Ward. She is part of a movement of consecrated people who are also social activists. In India 70 per cent of Catholics are Dalits. Nuns and priests "must be prophetic voices in the Church and society,” and raise awareness about the marginalised, identify leaders and educate them.
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