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Kerala parish organizes “total eye donation” campaign

June 28, 2011 by  
Filed under India, Kerala, Persecution

Kerala parish organizes “total eye donation” campaign

“Total Eye Donation” Campaign in progress

A Catholic parish in Kerala has created history when all its families agreed to donate their eyes.

St. Francis Xavier’s Church of Kannankara, a parish under Kottayam archdiocese, organized a program on June 26 to help the parishioners pledge their eyes.

The program was part of the archdiocese’s centenary celebrations.

The Kannankara unit of Knanaya Catholic Congress organized the “Vision 2011″ in collaboration with the Kerala Eye Donation Association of the Little Flower Hospital in Angamaly.

Archbishop Mathew Moolakkatt of Kottayam led the Mass that preceded the “Total Eye Donation” campaign.

The archdiocese was erected in 1911 to cater to the section of Syro-Malabar Catholics known as Suddhist, or purists. They are descendents of 72 Jewish-Christian families who settled down in Kerala in the year 345 under the leadership of Thomas Kynai.

– Ucan

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