CBCI-JPD calls for Social Activism in Andhra

October 5, 2013 by  
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Andhra Pradesh, September 27, 2013: The CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development organized a two-day workshop on Catholic Social Teaching at Satyodayam, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, between 26 and 27 September 2013. Fr. Bala, Regional Secretary, Justice and Peace Commission and Director of AP Forum, was the local coordinator and organiser. The Workshop was attended by a group of priests and nuns and lay activists from different dioceses in Andhra Pradesh.


Ms. Sandhya, Founder and President of Progressive Organisation for Women (POW), Bro. Varghese, Human Right Activist, Mr. Philip, Expert in Children Rights and Fr. Charles Irudayam, Secretary, CBCI-JPD Office, were the resource persons for the workshop. Inaugurating the workshop, Fr. Bosco, SJ, said that the Catholic Church has to move beyond doing social charity to social activism. Being inspired and motivated by the best social teaching of the Church and following the example of Pope Francis we need to go to the poor and marginalised in the society, he said.

Fr. John Vattamattam, SVD, while moderating the session insisted on safeguarding the rights of Women and Children and invited Ms. Sandhya who spoke on the rights of Women. As an activist she invited the participants to move from patriarchal family to democratic family. She called for the abolition of power relations at home and in the society. Bro. Varghese presented his paper on “Human Rights and Mission” and said that the foundation of human right is human being. He also quoted a few Vatican II Council documents and called for egalitarian model of society for today.

Mr. Philip, Children rights expert explained the various rights of the children. Referring to 1989 UN Child Rights Convention and charter, he said that Children are the first ones to receive the relief services always. He called to treat children not as properties but as subjects of their own and highlighted the fact that today is as important as tomorrow. He further focused on abuse, exploitation and neglect of different rights of the children.

Fr. Charles Irudayam, Secretary, CBCI-JPD Office, while presenting his paper, “Catholic Social Teaching – A Call to Social Activism” explained why, Catholics are very much involved in human rights issues. It is because human beings are created in the image of God, we have a mandate to respect human dignity and teach others to do so. He pointed out the different principles of Catholic social teaching and asked the participants to put into practice these principles in their daily lives and get involved in social activism more and more in their social mission works.

CBCI- JPD Office organises a series of this kind of workshops in order to make Catholic Social Teaching better known and promote a liberative praxis aiming at the integral human development of all, with a view to creating a just society. JPD Office team strongly believes that such workshops would help generate a new breed of Christian leaders who vivify civil society and its structures with the leaven of the Gospel, the JPD Office hopes.

– press release

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