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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
  
5 April 2019
Greg Kandra




Retired Archbishop Vincent Concessao of Delhi blesses the body of Salesian Father Antony Thaiparambil at his funeral. Father Thaiparambil rescued about 80,000 homeless children from the streets of India. (photo: Bijay Kumar Minj/UCANews.com)

Former street children in India mourn their ‘father(UCANews.com) Bimal Das is no more a street child, nor is he Christian. But the 30-year-old stood inside a New Delhi church and wept as he joined funeral prayers for Salesian Father Antony Thaiparambil. Das flew in from Kolkata to attend the funeral of Father Thaiparambil, who rescued him from a street in the eastern Indian city when he was barely six years old. ”I have not seen God, nor have I seen my parents. But if God is there, I am sure he looks like this man,” he said after the ceremony. The 84-year-old priest died in New Delhi of an age-related illness on 19 March. About 500 people including former street children attended his funeral officiated by Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi and retired Archbishop Vincent Cocessao of Delhi…

New schools and clinics for religious minorities targeted by ISIS (The Washington Post) For Iraq’s non-Muslim minorities, in particular Christians whose communities are the Trump administration’s top priority, the protracted pace of reconstruction could push them past a tipping point. Already, barely one-seventh of Iraq’s Christian population before the war remains in the country….

Syria’s refugees begin journey home (Foreign Policy) The families had made their way here from Jordan’s capital city, Amman, and from the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps, where they’ve lived since the conflict in Syria sent them running for their lives. They are the lucky ones—survivors of a war that has killed over half a million people and, as of 15 March, has raged for eight terrible years…

Islamic banking in Ethiopia offers Muslim inclusion (Reuters) Ethiopia’s measured embrace of Islamic banking is offering entrepreneurial-minded Muslims a gateway to financial inclusion. Unlike conventional finance, sharia-compliant financial institutions do not charge interest on loans. Instead, they share in any potential profits or losses of the businesses they underwrite…

Pope asks anti-trafficking nun to write Way of the Cross (CNS) Pope Francis has asked an Italian nun, who has been on the frontlines in the fight against human trafficking, to write this year’s Way of the Cross meditations. Consolata Sister Eugenia Bonetti, 80, will prepare the texts for the evening service 19 April, Good Friday, at Rome’s Colosseum, Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Vatican press office, said…

Survival tales from the Kerala flood on fabric (The Hindu) One after another, saris with coloured borders lined with kasavu, replete with embroidered lilies and lotuses, are being unfurled at Tvam design studio. Woven in Chendamangalam, a small taluk in Paravoor, Ernakulam which was severely affected by the floods, these saris are cultural markers and tells the story of survival…



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