3 August, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 09/05/2008
INDIA
On the feast day of Mother Teresa, 3 camps opened for refugees’ from Orissa
by Nirmala Carvalho
They will host a small part of the 50 thousand people still hiding in the forests in the aftermath of recent violence. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sends a letter to Sr Nirmala Joshi, mother superior of the Missionaries of Charity.

Kolkata (AsiaNews) – News of the violence in Orissa has not quashed the atmosphere of celebrations in the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity.  On the feast day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Archbishop Lucas Sirkar this morning presided over mass in the chapel before a congregation of 500, drawn from diverse religious backgrounds.  10 priests concelebrated.

One of the sisters described the atmosphere as one “filled with joy and peace”.  Throughout the day there will be various encounters and a continuous pilgrimage to Mother Teresa’s tomb.

To mark the feast day of their founder, in Orissa Missionaries of Charity have decided to open 3 refugee camps to gather those who have fled and are still homeless in the wake of the destruction of and violence carried out by radical Hindus.  According to protestant sources there are at least 50 thousand men women and children still in hiding in surrounding forests or in temporary shelters set up by the government of Bhubaneshwar.

At the onset of the violence, Sr Suma, along with a group of Mother Teresa’s sisters, was stoned by a group of fundamentalist youth who destroyed the car they had been travelling in.  They were saved from being lynched thanks to the intervention of a group of village elders.  Sr Suma told AsiaNews: “Today on the Feast of Blessed Mother, we will open 3 relief camps in three villages in Khandamal district of Orissa, we have the permission, but we are praying to Blessed Mother to intercede for the safety of the patients - the victims of the violence- to be brought to these Relief Camps”. Kandhamal district was the epicentre of the recent violence, which left at least 20 people dead, 52 churches destroyed and 4 thousand Christian homes across 300 villages in ruins.

Mother Superior of the Missionaries of Charity, Sr Nirmala Joshi, has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of her concern over events in Orissa. Singh replied with a letter promising government support and protection for Christians.

The central government in Delhi may only intervene at the behest of the Orissa state authorities.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
03/07/2004 india - women's day
Sister Nirmala witnesses to Christianity in her Hindu home town
09/29/2005 INDIA – SYNOD ON THE EUCHARIST
Sister Nirmala Joshi speaks about the importance of the Eucharist in Mother Teresa's life
by Nirmala Carvalho
08/26/2008 VATICAN – INDIA
Orissa: Vatican expresses solidarity to victims; Indian bishop calls events shameful for the state
by Nirmala Carvalho
08/03/2005 INDIA
British journalist makes accusations against the Sisters of Mother Teresa
by Nirmala Carvalho
10/03/2005 CHINA – VATICAN – INDIA
The sisters of Mother Teresa are waiting for Beijing's permission to open a home in China

Editor's choices
CHINA
Unofficial catholic community of Wenzhou speak out against forced demolition of Crosses, whole diocese fasting
by Joseph YuanAfter 90-year-old Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou led 26 priests of the open Church community to protest against the government’s act to demolish Crosses, Coadjutor Bishop James Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou also led his priests to issue an open statement “Strongly demand a halt to demolish Crosses on all churches.
CHINA
Wenzhou: 90-year-old bishop and 26 priests protest against cross demolitions
by Joseph YuanThis is not the first time that the old bishop and his priests speak out against the demolition campaign against crosses and churches, which has touched more than 400 buildings. During the protest, police tried to disperse the group, which sought to submit a petition. The faithful recite a Crown of the Divine Mercy is in support of the Chinese Church. In Lishui, churches are expected to be torn down by 31 August.
ISRAEL - IRAN
After nuclear deal, Israel ought to become Iran’s best ally
by Uri AvneryThis is the thesis of Uri Avnery, leader of Gush Shalom, a major supporter of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. According to the great statesman and peace activist, Iran only wants to be a regional power in the Islamic world, able to trade with everyone, inspired by a sophisticated experience that goes back thousands of years. Iran, which faces backward-looking Gulf monarchies and emirates, could be a great ally against Daesh. Meanwhile in Israel Netanyahu, politicians and the media continue to blunder.

Dossier

Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.