CSF joins train to Velankanni campaign *Jamaat-e-Islami opposes legalizing same sex

March 6, 2012 by  
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VelankanniTamil Nadu, March 05, 2012: The CSF has taken up a request by P Edward Jeni, secretary of the Kanyakumari District Railway User’s Association (KKDRUA) for a train to Velankanni for catering to pilgrims from southern Kerala and Tamil Nadu and bugeting for the same in the forthcoming Railway budget March- 2012-13. Velankanni is aptly known as the ‘Lourdes of the East’, like Lourdes in France, millions of pilgrims visit the Shrine throughout the year, praying to Our Lady for various needs and thanking her for the favors received through her intercession. It is one of the well known pilgrim center well known by all Christians, situated in the southern part of India in the state of Tamilnadu. As of now pilgrims are finding it extremely difficult to travel by road to Velankanni. Many families belonging to various dioceses/ parishes/ pastorates go to Velankanni regularly.

The Church also contributed for the Velankanni railway project. The project has completed before a year but So far there is no proper train facility to reach pilgrim. The contribution shows the nil result for the railway project. The KKDRUA has therefore urged the following facility to be implement in forthcoming budget.

1. Velankanni to Kochuveli daily overnight express train service (Via. Thanjavur, Trichy, Karaikkudi, Virudhunagar , Tirunelveli, Nagercoil and Trivandrum)

2. Extending Karaikal – Ernakulam (16865/16866) Upto Kollam via. Kottayam

The only daily Malayalam Mass is reportedly at 9:00 a.m. and hence the above trains from Kerala, the KKDRUA has requested should reach the station at 8.00 a.m.

Jamaat-e-Islami opposes legalizing same sex relations


Maulana Syed Jalaluddin UmariNew Delhi, March 04, 2012: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has opposed any move to legalize same-sex relations calling it shameful and unnatural development which will destroy the family system. Syed Jalaluddin Umari, President of JIH has called upon people to oppose it.

“Legalizing such unnatural things will destroy the family system and will result in the disintegration of society,” Maulana Umri said while addressing media today in the national capital.

Terming the genocide of Muslims in 2002 by the Narendra Modi led BJP government as a “naked dance of communalism and fascism” Umri said that the entire country is ashamed of Modi government’s role in the Post-Godhra carnage.

The Jamaat chief demanded that the process of rendering justice to the victims and punishing the perpetrators should be immediately carried out. He demanded from the Union government to pass the Anti-Communal Violence Bill as soon as possible in order to make the administrative machinery accountable.

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