18 February 2018
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 03/07/2005, 00.00

    INDIA – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

    Women, like Mary, to save the world, says Cardinal Toppo

    Nirmala Carvalho

    India might be affected by all the threats that the family faces in the West. Mgr Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Agra, is elected chairman of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.

    lRanchi (AsiaNews) – Card Telesphore Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi, told AsiaNews that "the role of women [. . .] in the Church is identical to the role of Mary in the History of Salvation: save the world from the spiral of depravation that afflicts it".

    Archbishop Toppo is currently attending the 17th assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) in Ranchi (Jharkhand state); its main theme: 'Family: Good News for India'.

    The CCBI elected Mgr Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Agra (Uttar Pradesh) as its new chairman.

    For Cardinal Toppo the role of women in the family is central despite threats from modernisation. "Can you imagine any family without a woman?" he asks. "Can even the most primitive unit of co-existence be called a family without the presence and collaboration of a woman?

    With the Mother of Christ in mind, the Cardinal proposes Mary as model for women. "The role of women in the Church today is the same as that of Mary," he said.

    "Like Mary, women are called to exercise forbearance and fortitude vis-à-vis crisis situations, [embody] the virtue of reflection, [display] leadership qualities such as those Mary showed in Cana, [adopt] her virtue of service at personal risks. This is the fundamental vocation of the woman which can save the world with its rapidly downward spiralling trends".

    As to the family, the conference's main theme, Cardinal Toppo said the Church considers it a 'gift of God' even though in India "it is under attack from all parts and threatened by serious dangers".

    "In this age of rapid communication, we in India cannot remain aloof from 'unhealthy trends' seen in families elsewhere in . . . a world [that] has shrunk to a global village," he said in reference to single parent and same-sex families, which in his view threaten "established social norms".

    "The Church has a duty to work and speak out boldly against such disturbing trends," he added. "We have to be on our guard against the moral deprivations that are invading our families and society".

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    07/03/2005 PAKISTAN – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
    Education as a weapon to boost women's dignity


    07/03/2004 india - women's day
    Sister Nirmala witnesses to Christianity in her Hindu home town


    19/05/2010 BANGLADESH
    Dhaka, female murder victim laid to rest in Christian cemetery
    The identity of the victim, whose body was found April 30 at the edge of a road, is unknown. The authorities have entrusted the task of burial to the Catholic Church because she wore a medallion with the image of the Virgin Mary. The body showed signs of violence.

    07/09/2008 VATICAN
    Pope: laypeople needed to evangelize the world of work, the economy, politics
    On a pastoral visit to Sardinia for the hundredth anniversary of the shrine of Our Lady of Bonaria, on the eve of the feast of the birth of Mary, Benedict XVI stresses her role in the divine plan of Redemption. May Mary give "suppport, comfort, hope" to all the mothers of the world.

    31/01/2018 14:11:00 INDIA
    Indian bishop calls for a women’s political movement to support women's rights

    Preference for boys is widespread in the country. Girls are considered an "economic burden”; however, in some tribes, women are “in charge”. The Syro-Malankara Church hands out prizes to women who evangelise. Mgr Jacob Mar Barnabas, chairman of the CBCI Council for Women, speaks on the issue.





    Editor's choices

    CHINA-VATICAN
    The tears of Chinese bishops. A portrait of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou

    Padre Pietro

    A priest of the official Church, recalls the 88 year old bishop that the Vatican wants to replace with an illegitimate bishop, to please the regime. Mons. Zhuang Jianjian became an underground bishop at the behest of the Vatican in 2006. Card. Zen and Msgr. Zhuang, image of the faithful Church, "which provokes an immense sadness and a sense of impotence". The hopes of card. Parolin to console "the past and present sufferings of Chinese Catholics".


    CHINA - VATICAN - HONG KONG
    Card. Zen on the bishops of Shantou and Mindong

    Card. Joseph Zen

    The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong confirms the information published in recent days by AsiaNews and reveals details of his conversation with Pope Francis on these topics: "Do not create another Mindszenty case", the primate of Hungary whom the Vatican forced to leave the country, appointing a successor in Budapest, at the will of the communist government of the time. 


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSSRSS channel 









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®