Bishops pledge pro-poor stand *News from Darjeeling Sikkim cri unit

February 10, 2012 by  
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Bishops pledge pro-poor standKarnataka, February 08, 2012: Plenary ends with vow to do more for poor, marginalized, environment. Catholic bishops wrapped up their biennial plenary today by pledging to become advocates of the poor and the marginalized.

“The Church will strive to be a voice of the voiceless,” the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) said in a statement at the end of the week-long event held at St John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, in Bangalore.

Some 161 bishops and 20 CBCI officials attended the gathering with its theme: “the Church’s role for a better India.”

The bishops said they sensed “in our hearts” the country’s unfulfilled yearning for a better India where globalization had failed millions of “our countrymen” despite bringing “tremendous” economic and technological progress.

They have seen “a betrayal of the poor and marginalized” and have not been able to make the Church “sufficiently sensitive” to human rights violations and atrocities against women, tribal people, dalits and other groups who live in “dehumanizing and oppressive poverty.”

They will encourage their people to resist “unbridled consumerism” by adopting a simpler lifestyle.

The prelates also resolved to “eradicate any vestiges of discrimination and corruption in the Church” to make it more transparent and accountable.

They resolved to make the Church’s network of educational institutions agents of social transformation and create citizens who will serve the country with honesty and integrity.

“To strive for a better India, she herself must become a better India,” the statement read.

The bishops said the plenary has convinced them of the need to protest “not only when our interests are infringed upon, but also when the rights of others are trampled upon.”

They resolved to make the Church’s network of educational institutions agents of social transformation and create a “critical citizenry” that would demand political transparency and good governance.

The Catholic leaders said the Church remains undaunted by recent attacks on its workers and institutions and would continue its work among the poor by enlisting the help of more doctors, lawyers and experts.

It would also engage with like-minded groups and individuals to help the poor benefit from various government welfare schemes.

The bishops said they would also take the lead to resist deforestation, displacement of people and polluting natural resources.

– ucan

News from Darjeeling Sikkim cri unit

 

News from Darjeeling SikkimThe Diocese of Darjeeling-Sikkim is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year and various programs are lined up for all round renewal of the Clergy, Religious and Laity. The fist program in this New Year was to celebrate the WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE. The celebration began on 1st February with our first  CRI meeting of the New Year  attended by 165 Religious Priests, Brothers and Sisters from 5 Men’s and 13 Women’s Congregations at Kenny Hall, St. Joseph’s Convent, Kalimpong. In the meeting we decided each Congregation will choose one of the social evils that beset our society in the hills, namely, Child Labour, Human Trafficking, Migration for work and drug/alcohol abuse. We will evaluate our ministry in these areas in the coming CRI meeting to be held on 8th Sept. at Don Bosco Joti, Kalimpong. In the previous meeting the Bishop had expressed his desire that we take up catechesis in the Diocese. Accordingly representatives from various Congregations were elected to make a Committee which will make an Action Plan within three months and execute it with the help of the Bishop and the catechetical Commission of the Diocese. This will be our Golden Jubilee Gift to the Diocese.
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After the lunch, Fr. Jerry Rosario SJ of Madurai Province took over. Jerry is a barefoot theologian, social activist, pastor and writer. From 1.00 P.M. to 6.45 P.M. he kept us spellbound with the theme ‘How Religious can make a difference in the lives of people and be a protestant within the Church. ‘The topic was serious one but he put it across so humorously and with real gusto that all of us were fired up with his zeal and courage. His life was an example par excellence!
The next day, Feb. 2nd, a Power Point Presentation was given regarding all the Congregations working in the Diocese followed by the Blessing of the candles and Mass celebrated by our Bishop Stephen Lepcha along with 56 Religious and Diocesan priests. Lay people from various Parishes too participated in it. After this the Bishop presented each Religious with a memento and 26 Religious Sisters and Fathers were felicitated for their dedicated service to the Diocese.
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The Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Sr. Anna, the Provincial, Sr. Sujan, Vice Provincial, Sr. Francesca, the Convent Superior were our generous and kind hosts who saw to our food and accommodation and also the wonderful decoration of the Hall with the help of Fr. David and Bro. Gabriel from Jesuit Novitiate, Srs. Charlotte and Christina SJC and the beautiful choir comprising of the novices of Cluny and Jesuits Novitiates and Minor Seminarians of John the XXIII, Kalimpong under the guidance of Fr. Joachim Lepcha and Sr. Leonie Lepcha SJC.

– jagdish parmar sj

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