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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has decided to set up a “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which will be celebrated on September 1st annually.

He made the announcement in a letter to the heads of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

 

 

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Below in English is Pope Francis' letter announcing the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” 

 

To my Venerable Brothers

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah TURKSON, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Cardinal Kurt KOCH, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity

Sharing with my beloved brother the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew his concerns for the future of creation (cfr Encylical Letter. Laudato Si, 7-9) and taking up the suggestion by his representative, the Metropolitan Ioannis of Pergamum who took part in the presentation of the Encyclical Laudato Si on the care of our common home, I wish to inform you that I have decided to set up also in the Catholic Church, the “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation” which, beginning this year, will be celebrated on the 1st of September, as the Orthodox Church has done for some time now.   

As Christians we wish to offer our contribution towards overcoming the ecological crisis which humanity is living through.  Therefore, first of all we must draw from our rich spiritual heritage the reasons which feed our passion for the care of creation, always remembering that for believers in Jesus Christ, the Word of God who became man for us, “the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us.” (ibid., 216).   The ecological crisis therefore calls us to a profound spiritual conversion: Christians are called to “an ecological conversion whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.” (ibid., 217).  Thus, “living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.”(ibid).

The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.  The celebration of the Day on the same date as the Orthodox Church will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our orthodox brothers.   We live in a time where all Christians are faced with identical and important challenges and we must give common replies to these in order to appear more credible and effective.  Therefore it is my hope that this Day can involve, in some way, other Churches and ecclesial Communities and be celebrated in union with the initiatives that the World Council of Churches is promoting on this issue.

Cardinal Turkson, as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,  I asking you to inform the Justice and Peace Commissions of the Bishops’ Conferences, as well as the national and international Organizations involved in environmental issues about the establishment of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, so that in union with the needs and the local situation , this celebration can be rightly marked with the participation of the entire People of God: priests, men and women religious and the lay faithful.  For this reason, it will be the task of this Dicastery, in collaboration with the Episcopal Conferences to set up relevant initiatives to promote and illustrate this Day, so that this annual celebration becomes a powerful moment of prayer, reflection, conversion and the adoption of appropriate life styles.  

Cardinal Koch, as President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, I’m asking you to make the necessary contacts with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and with the other ecumenical organisations so that this World Day can become the sign of a path along all believers in Christ walk together.  It will also be your Dicastery’s task to take care of the coordination with similar initiatives set up by the World Council of Churches. 

Whilst I look forward to the widest possible cooperation for the best start and development of the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, I invoke the intercession of Mary, the Mother of God and of St. Francis of Assisi, whose Canticle of the Creatures inspires so many men and women of goodwill to live in praise of the Creator and with respect for creation.  I support this pledge along with my Apostolic Blessing which I impart with all my heart to you, my dear Cardinals, and to all those who collaborate in your ministry.  

 

From the Vatican, 6th August 2015

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.

Source: Vatican Radio

26 Aug 2015 - 11:27

The government is, however, silent on how much time would the process take.

Posted on August 21, 2015, 8:28 AM

 

New Delhi: 

The federal government yesteray said changes to a century-old divorce act governing Christians could be made only in consultation with state governments, and not before necessary initiatives come from a sizable section of the community.

A case challenging a clause in the law is pending before the court. The clause says a two-year separation period is mandatory for Christian couples wanting divorce by mutual consent. The government responded favoring doing away with the clause.

In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the federal law ministry said any decision to amend the Indian Divorce Act, 1869 under which Christians move the court for divorce, has to be preceded by consultation with the state governments. It would then be introduced in the Parliament.

The government is, however, silent on how much time would the process take.

The government also clarified that it “does not interfere with the personal laws of the minority communities unless the necessary initiatives for such changes come from a sizeable section of such communities”.

The Centre gave its affidavit in response to a petition in the SC that wants the separation period to be reduced to one year.

According to the petitioner, Albert Anthony the provision in the Indian Divorce Act, 1869 which prescribes a minimum two-year period of separation for Christian couples is discriminatory.

He said the personal laws governing divorce for couples of other religion has limited this period to just a year. The petitioner stated the provision discriminated against the Christian community from Hindus, Parsis and those who get married under the Special Marriage Act as they can file a divorce suit within a year of living separately.

Asking the government for its stand, a bench headed by Justice Vikramjit Sen had termed the issue raised by Anthony as valid.

Though the Kerala and Karnataka high courts have read down the section, the ruling is applicable to the two states only. Anthony said the respective high courts have held that divorce can be sought within a year of separation.

However, Christians residing in other states are unable to take benefit of the verdicts, he said.

Source: Hindustan Times


21 Aug 2015 - 08:08
Police inactivity encourages further crimes, bishop declares.
Parish priest Father Nitish Jacob inspecting the collection box with other
parish leaders (UCAN Photo by Saji Thomas)

 

Bhopal: 

A parish church in India's Madhya Pradesh state has been robbed, prompting Church leaders to accuse state authorities of allowing criminals to commit crimes against Christians with impunity.
 

Thieves used the cover of darkness to break into St. Joseph Church in Ganj Basoda in Sagar diocese Aug. 13 and steal an unspecified amount of cash from the collection box, parish officials said.

“This is the third theft or attempted theft from this church” in less than a year, parish priest Nitish Jacob told ucanews.com on Aug. 16.

The first was on Dec. 3 when thieves entered the presbytery and stole about 100,000 rupees (US$1,500).

A second attempt took place on Feb. 15, but was foiled when people inside presbytery woke up, he said.

Bishop Anthony Chirayath of Sagar bemoaned what he said was a complete lack of police action in trying to stop attacks on Christians in the state, which encourages criminals to commit further acts.

"They [the police] are inactive, and don’t take any action when churches are attacked. They don’t take seriously our complaints. What can we do? It is the duty of the police to investigate and take action against the culprits," he told ucanews.com.

Christians have faced a series of attacks since the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in the state in December 2003, Church leaders say.

Local police chief R K Bansaldenied denied accusations that the police were doing nothing. He told ucanews.com that his men were investigating the latest case with the help of CCTV footage.

The footage shows the suspect stayed on the premises for almost one hour, he said.

Although the images are unclear, police believe “the robber is a local person who is aware of the workings of the Church," the officer said.

Bishop Chirayath and other Christian leaders say there have been at least 100 attacks on Christians since the BJP came to power 12 years ago, with more than 20 occurring in the last six months.

Not one prosecution has taken place, they say.

"The Church has been continuously denied justice even after proper complaints to the authorities about assaults, attacks and other illegal cases leveled against it and its members, but to date there isn’t a single example in which the administration has acted properly to boost the trust and confidence of the people," State Bishops' Council spokesperson Father Maria Stephen said.

"Since we believe in the rule of law, we are going to meet the district collector [the highest government authority in the district]. We will also approach the courts for protection and safety, if need be," he said.

Source: UCAN   

Posted on August 17, 2015, 8:02 PM

19 Aug 2015 - 09:05

Jesuit Madurai Province

Offers

1. DISCERNMENT FOR DECISION MAKING

THROUGH THE DYNAMICS OF THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

A programme based on the need to understand one’s legitimate self-interest of one’s total dedication to Christ : Individuals will be assisted to concentrate on understanding the rules of the Discernment of Spirits through the Spiritual

Exercises of St. Ignatius.  Inner dynamics of key mediations for firm decision making - personal and communitarian discernment for decision making will be covered.

 

Resource Person: Rev. Fr. Dr. Pavulraj, SJ, Gregorian University, Rome.

Date : 15 - 16 August 2015 (9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

Course fee : Rs. 1000 (Board & Lodge) for residentials;  Rs. 500  for day scholars

Venue : Dhyana Ashram, 25 Mada Church Road, Chennai - 600 028, Tamilnadu

Tel: 044-2493 4414 / 2495 2210

 

2. PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESSES IN RETREATS

Do you find yourself at the same juncture in spite of a number of retreats?

Do you struggle with the same issues over and over again?

 

This course will offer understanding and insights about your psychological stagnation at various levels on the spiritual way, with possibilities for a breakthrough. Further, you will begin to recognise how psychological wounds unconsciously impact the quest for spirituality. Finally, it is by entering into the healing of one’s psyche that the Divine Spirit is experienced and lived out - proportionate to one’s healing processes.

 

Resource Person : Rev. Fr. Dr. Dudley Mendonca, SJ, Maryland University, USA

(Former Director of Sadhana Institute, Lonavla, Pune).

Date : 26 -30 September 2015 (9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

Course fee : `Rs. 2500 (Board and lodge) for residentials; Rs. 1500 for day scholars

Venue : Dhyana Ashram, 25 Mada Church Road, Chennai - 600 028, Tamilnadu

Tel: 044-2493 4414 / 2495 2210

Please contact:

Coordinator: Spirituality & Dialogue Commission, Fr. M. Devadhas, SJ

E-mail: devadhasm@gmail.com, Mobile: 94875 80952


 

19 Aug 2015 - 08:06

National workshop on Peace and Harmony

INDIA: Delhi -

 

The Department of Tribal Studies (Centre for Research, Training and Action for Socio-Economic Development and Human Rights) organized a two-day Workshop on Peace and Harmony for the state representatives of the project Social Healing through Holistic Development at the Indian Social Institute on 29-30 June. Thirty-four representatives from eight states who have been associated with the project and Indian Social Institute for the last several years participated in the workshop. The objectives of the workshop were: (1) to learn from the experiences of the past three phases of the project; (2) to understand the importance of peace and harmony in schools and villages in the challenging multi socio-cultural, religious and caste and ethnic context, (3) to prepare a complete programme for the 4th phase of the project, and (4) to promote and strengthen co-operation between different states in the target area. As a way forward, the next phase of the project aims to prepare 5,000 student and youth leaders for peace and harmony through 320 Peace and Harmony Match in 8 states.

 

Courtesy: Jesuits Around the World 

Vol. XIX, No. 13 July 23, 2015

 


26 Jul 2015 - 20:33

Award for Jesuit Linguist

 

GREAT BRITAIN: 

 

Indian Jesuit Fr Vijay D'Souza SJ - based in Oxford - has been awarded graduate funding by the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Foundation. It will help him undertake three years of research on and documentation of the Hrusso Aka language of Arunachal Pradesh in North East India. Fr Vijay is a member of the Kohima Region of the Society of Jesus, an area known for its linguistic and cultural diversity: it is estimated that it is home to more than 200 distinct and indigenous cultures and languages. Kohima Jesuits work mainly in extremely remote areas and among some of the most neglected people in the country, running schools and parishes, a research centre and a centre for legal aid."Hrusso Aka is an endangered language of Arunachal Pradesh, a remote Indian state in the Himalayan foothills," Fr Vijay explains. "At present, it's spoken by only about 3,000 people, and more and more younger members of the Hrusso Aka tribe are switching over to Hindi. Hrusso Aka is staring at extinction in a matter of a couple of generations if the present trend continues."

 

courtesy : Jesuits Around the World: 

Vol. XIX, No. 13, July 23, 2015

 

 


26 Jul 2015 - 20:28

Father General has appointed:

 

 - Fr. Tomasz Kot (PMA) as Regional Assistant for Central and Eastern Europe and General Counselor. He replaces Fr Severin Leitner (ASR) who until his tragic death in a mountain climbing accident on June 7, 2015, was Regional Assistant for Central and Eastern Europe and General Counselor. Fr Kot will commence his service on October 1, 2015. He is currently the Provincial of Northern Poland and Mazovia Province (PMA). Earlier, he served as Scripture professor in our Theology Faculty at Bobolanum in Warsaw, as Secretary of the same Faculty, as Director of the publishing house, Rhetos and as Editor of Przeglad Powszechny (Universal Journal).

 


 

26 Jul 2015 - 20:20

(07-Jun-2015)

 

 

It was shocking to receive the news this evening that Fr. Severin Leitner, the Regional Assistant and council member of Fr. General for Central and Eastern Europe, passed away while trekking on the Gran Sasso mountains in Aquila, Italy.  According to the message received, he fell off the mountain while reaching a height of 2800 meters. Details of the incident are awaited. 

http://www.blitzquotidiano.it/cronaca-italia/severin-leitner-gesuita-di-...

8 Jun 2015 - 19:56

 

CHINA: Millions Tune in to Life of Jesuit Painter

 

More than 360 million viewers in China tuned in for the premiere of a three-part documentary about the imperial painter, Giuseppe Castiglione SJ, by Xin Yage. Castiglione (1688-1766) was a Jesuit painter from Milan who became one of the greatest and most admired in the history of Chinese art. On the weekend of 10 April the documentary aired on Channel 10 of the giant Chinese National Television network and attracted a huge number of viewers. The documentary is a co-production of the Kuangchi Program Service in Taipei and Jiangsu TV. 'In view of the main character and theme, we knew it would be a success, but we did not expect that the number of viewers would be of these proportions', said the film's Jesuit producers, Frs Jerry Martinson SJ and Emilio Zanetti SJ. The film will air on other provincial networks during May and will be repeated on the national channel, before premiering in Europe later in the year, beginning with Italy on 30 September.

[www.sjweb.info/news:  Jesuits Around the World: Vol. XIX, No. 10 ,        May 20, 2015]

 


 

 

1 Jun 2015 - 07:10

 

 

POSA'S PROGRAM: 2015-2016

                          

Date

 Programme

Place

Status

July 20-22

 Bros Delegates Meet

Lonavla

Confirmed

July 23-24

JCSA Commissions Meet

Lonavla

Confirmed

July 25 (afternoon)

GB Meeting-ISI-B

Bangalore

Confirmed

August 3-15

 Theology of Spirituality

JDV, Pune.

Confirmed

Aug 14-16

 Restruct. Comm Meet

JDV, Pune

Confirmed

August 17

 JFFSA Meet

PG Block

Confirmed

Aug 28 – 20 Sept

 Presidents’ Meet

Rome

Confirmed

Sept 25-27

 POSA Consult

Jor Bagh: Delhi

Confirmed

Sept 30-4 Oct

 Formation Comm Meet

Jamshedpur

Confirmed

Oct 9 - 11

 Jigsa meet – Navjivan

O. Delhi

Confirmed

Oct 17-22

 SatyaNilayam Visitation

Chennai

Confirmed

Oct 23 JHEASA Meet Bhubaneswar Confirmed

Oct 24-28

 COJET Meet

Secunderabad

Confirmed

Oct 30-31

 Tertianship Visitation

Shembagannur

Confirmed

Nov 3-13

 JCSA-GC Delegates

PG Block, Pune

Confirmed

Nov 14-16

 POSA Consult

PB Block, Pune

Confirmed

Nov 17-23

 Papal Sem -Visitation

Pune

Confirmed

Nov 24-27

 JDV Jubilee

Pune

Confirmed

Nov 30-3 Dec

 Tertianship visitation

Hazaribagh

Confirmed

Dec 4-6

 Tertianship Visitation

Kandy (Sri Lanka)

Confirmed

Dec 8-9

 POSA Consult

Jor Bagh Delhi

Confirmed

Dec 10-15

 ISI-D Visitation

Delhi

Confirmed

Dec 17-18

 Jor Bagh Coms Meet

Jor Bagh Delhi

Confirmed

Jan 5-7

 Tertianship visitation

Raia

Confirmed

Jan 10-17 

 DNC Visitation

Pune

Confirmed

Jan 19-23

 JDV Visitation

Pune

Confirmed

Jan 24-30

 VJ Visitation

Delhi

Confirmed

Feb 1-4

 CIP Meet

Rome

Confirmed

Feb 8-15

 Sadhana: Cour/Visitat

Lonavla

Confirmed

Feb 21-27

 JCSA

Hyderabad

Confirmed

Feb 28

 POSA Consult

Hyderabad

Confirmed

March 1-5

 ISI B-Visitation

Bangalore

Confirmed

March 7

 S.N. Senate Meeting

Chennai

Confirmed

March 12 ISI Bangalore GB Meet Bangalore Confirmed

March 13-16

 Jor Bagh Visitation

Delhi

Confirmed

March 17

 Jor Bagh Tempo Forte

Delhi

Confirmed

March 18

 V.J. Senate Meeting

Delhi

Confirmed

 

 

14 May 2015 - 20:52

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