Church’s social teaching workshop at Ahmedabad

April 2, 2014 by  
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CST Workshop at Gujarat

Ahmedabad, March 30, 2014: Inaugurating a two-day workshop on Catholic Social Teaching and delivering the keynote address, Archbishop Stanislaus insisted on the need for mutual accompaniment of faith and action for justice. He also said that the Christian social activism should be based on preferential option for the poor, protection of human dignity and human rights, solidarity, and common good.

Fr Charles Irudayam, Secretary, CBCI Office for Justice Peace and Development, highlighted the key thrusts of Catholic Social Teaching, and reiterated the Church’s insistence on the participation of Christians in building a world of solidarity and peace founded on justice. He was supported by a team of local facilitators, one of whom was Bishop Thomas Macwan of Ahmedabad Diocese. The other facilitators were: Fr Joseph Appavoo, Director of KSSS, Fr Arock, Director of YCS & YSM, Fr Sandeep, and Ms Shveta from the Centre for Social Justice.

Calling the attention of the participants to the various issues of concern, Bishop Macwan urged the participants to be the prophets of today. The bishop added: “Being prophets today invariably and inevitably means lending voice to the voiceless and the vulnerable and the disadvantaged.”

The 45 participants represented the dioceses of Ahmedabad, Gandhi Nagar, Baroda and Rajkot – the four Catholic dioceses in Gujarat. The participants deliberated on issues related to youth, women and children. The issues of the minorities in Gujarat were given a prioritised focus. The participants chalked out a common action plan for their region, which included awareness education on various issues in the light of the Catholic Social Teaching.

The workshop was held at Hansol, Ahmedabad, in Gujarat. Fr Joseph Appavoo convened the workshop on behalf of the CBCI Office for Justice Peace and Development, and ably managed the two-day event.

– rev dr charles irudayam



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