A Jesuit-run Catholic school in Jharkhand was devastated last week by a crowd of 500 people, presumed radical Hindu nationalists, and no one intervened to bring the culprits to justice
The incident was denounced by Fr. Thomas Kuzhively, secretary of the institute, who yesterday released an official statement condemning the inertia of government authorities. The school is the St. John Berchmans Inter College of Mundli and is run by the Jesuits of the Dumka-Raiganj province. The priest complains: “Everything is destroyed. We can’t reopen college “.
The school leadership appeals to the governor of Jharkhand, the Chief minister and the presidents of the National Commission for Human Rights and the National Commission for Minorities. The incident took place last September 3, in a long sequence of discriminatory acts against the state’s Christian minority.
What the Filipino Church will celebrate in 2021 is not colonialism but 500 years of Christian faith, which “the natives of these islands welcomed as a gift, albeit from people who were not necessarily motivated by the purest of motives,” writes Mgr Pablo Virgilio Siongco David (pictured), Bishop of Kalookan and vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Two days ago, Mgr David did not mince his words in his response to Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte. On Friday, the latter had criticised the celebrations for the important anniversary. “Why would I give something for the celebration?” Duterte said. “When Magellan came here, he brought the cannon and the cross,” Duterte said. “But because the cross is there, the natives immediately embraced them,” he added.
The bishop points out that the natives did not equate Christianity with colonialism. Instead, “Our own ancestors were intelligent enough to accept what was good and reject what was evil”. In fact, “At some point, the faith that they had embraced was no longer alien to them. It had succeeded in taking root on the fertile ground of our innate spirituality as a people.”
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“…Be careful when faced with this bitterness! Be careful!
The Lord is the first to tell you no! This is not the way to go. He is alive and he also wants you to be alive. He wants you to share all your gifts and charisms, all your dreams and your talents (cf. ibid., 1). The Lord calls each of us by name and says: Follow me! He does not call us to run after mirages, but to become missionary disciples here and now. He is the first to reject all those voices that would lull you to sleep, make you passive, numb and apathetic, and thus prevent you from seeking new horizons. With Jesus, there are always new horizons to be sought. He wants to change us and to make our lives a mission. But he tells us one thing: he tells us not to be afraid to get our hands dirty.
The Lord is not looking for lone adventurers. He gives us a mission, yes, but he does not send us out alone to the front lines….”
Read the Pope’s address to those present at the prayer vigil with young people during his trip in Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius (4 to 10 September 2019); http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/09/07/190907e.html