» 03/23/2012, 00.00
INDIA - El SALVADOR
New Delhi: Way of the Cross for Msgr. Romero, against Indian corruption
Tomorrow, March 24 marks the 32nd anniversary of the death of the "martyr of El Salvador" and the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Missionary Martyrs. Archbishop of New Delhi: "The ministry of truth and justice of Archbishop Romero is crucial for the Indian Church."
New Delhi (AsiaNews) - A special liturgy and a Way of the Cross in New
Delhi to commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the martyrdom of Mgr. Oscar Romero, archbishop of
San Salvador. Thus
the Commission Justice, Peace and Development Conference of Catholic Bishops
and the Consulate of El Salvador will remember the death of the prelate, who
was killed by a sniper March 24, 1980 while celebrating mass. Msgr. Vincent
Concessao, Archbishop of New Delhi will celebrate the liturgy. He points out that: "The prophetic
ministry of truth and justice of Archbishop Romero is crucial for the Indian
March 24th will be the 19th World Day of Prayer and Fasting for Missionary
- said the prelate - is a national evil that is destroying the country,
producing injustice, exploitation and violations of human rights. For this, the
Church is committed to bringing ethics and morality to public life. Archbishop
always opposed injustices, the point of giving his life for the cause. He is a
great example for all of us. "
a case of injustice has directly involved the Catholic Church. The
Government of Tamil Nadu has frozen the bank accounts of four NGOs, accusing
them of illegally using foreign funding to support the protests against the
construction of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. Among
these, there are also two diocesan NGOs, directed by Archbishop Yvon Ambroise
of Tuticorin (see 01/03/2012, Tamil
Nadu: two Catholic NGOs blamed in anti-nuclear protest).
According to Msgr. Concessao,
it is an act unthinkable: "The Church has always carefully and precisely followed
the laws put in place by the government. The foreign funds are directed
exclusively to programs for the poor, sick, orphans. Blocking those accounts
means depriving these people of an important support. Across
the country religious organizations working to alleviate the sufferings of the
needy, help the government in what it actually should do. "
in 1993 by the youth movement of the Pontifical Mission Societies, the Day of
Prayer and Fasting for Missionary Martyrs recalls the assassination of
Romero, of San Salvador, murdered because of his Christian witness and his
commitment to justice and the poor.
Church marks ‘Romero Day’ against injustice and human rights violations in India
Celebrations are set to begin this Thursday in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata to commemorate the “Martyrdom of the Great Prophet”. For the president of the Commission for Justice, Peace and Development, “we are emphasising the need to follow his example by fighting for the rights of the marginalised through non-violent methods of protest. We need to be increasingly taking a stand for the poor, and not be afraid of the results.”
Orissa remembers Fr Bernard Digal a year after his death
The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, recalls the priest who died of serious wounds sustained during the attack by Hindu fundamentalists. Fr. Bernard died "to support the faith of Christians today, and nourish the seeds of faith for future generations." But "for the defenceless Christian community danger is always around the corner."
The Churches dream: the “triumph of truth”, which brings Justice
Two days from the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence the President of the Indian bishops conference reflects with AsiaNews on the Union’s economic and social situation and indicates “demon corruption” as the ill that needs to be uprooted in order to create a truly just society, where “Truth Alone Triumphs”.
Archbishop of Delhi: Anna Hazare Anti-Corruption Commission "Victory of the People”
The government accepts the Gandhian activist demands, after days on hunger strike. The Indian Church supported her battle to expose widespread corruption affecting the country. The joint body approved by the Executive – 1st members, including Hazara - proposes a bill providing for harsher penalties and protection for the poor.
Church against corruption in society
The 2006 Justice and Peace Sunday seminar took place yesterday; its topic was: "Towards a corruption-free society". From Mumbai Bishop Bosco Penha urges the faithful to keep eyes open to changes in society and educate the new generations to a new model of humanity.
Pope tells young people to remember the past, to have courage in the present and hope for the future
The Message for the 32nd World Youth Day was issued today centred on “The ‘great things’ that the Almighty accomplished’.” In her meeting with Elizabeth, Mary becomes a model. The pontiff calls on young people to avoid being couch potatoes, safe and cosy, urges them to rediscover the relationship with seniors. The Church experience is not a flash mob. The future should be experienced in a constructive way, and “the institutions of marriage, consecrated life and priestly mission” should not be devalued.
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.