Rome Indians Pray For Orissa Riot Victims


ROME (SAR NEWS) — The Indian Priests, Sisters and Brothers Union (IPSBU) here organised an Eucharistic adoration for the riot-affected people of Kandhamal district in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, January 12.

The Union members gathered at the St. Paul College chapel to pray for the suffering, the hungry, the homeless and the dead in the riots during Christmas week.

Chennai-born Indian Archbishop Peter Prabhu, former Vatican Ambassador to Zimbabwe, participated in the meeting. “We are here not to make speeches but to pray,” said the retired diplomat, encouraging the 150-odd participants who made it to the 90-minute prayer session, braving incessant rain and taking time off preparations for their forthcoming semester examinations.

“These are testing times when the Christian values we cherish, namely love, humility, prayer and forgiveness, are put to test,” said the 80-year-old archbishop. “More things are wrought by prayer than heaven knows,” he added.

“It is not because of conversion that rightwing Hindu outfits attack peace-loving Christians but because missionaries educate and liberate the Dalits and the oppressed classes,” explained Father Santhosh Sebastian Cheruvally.

“We are submitting a memorandum to the Indian ambassador in Rome as well as to the Orissa Chief Minister and the Prime Minister of India,” said IPSBU president, Father Ajay Kumar Sabhsundar, a priest of the riot-affected archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, soliciting signatures of the Union members.

IPSBU co-vice president, Father Julius Kumar MSC, led the short-notice prayer call and also designed the weblog — — to keep the members updated on the Orissa events.

IPSBU Background

There are 1,370 ISPBU members. Of them, 750 sisters from about 150 institutions belong to 133 congregations. Men religious come from about 100 institutions consisting of brothers (150) and priests (470) and belong to 32 congregations.

Besides the students, many members of the 57-year-old association are distinguished professors and teachers in different ecclesiastical universities and Catholic schools, seminaries and convents, or rendering service to their respective congregations as general councillors, superiors or generals.

Others serve in the Vatican Secretariat of State, in different pontifical councils of the Roman Curia and in the Vatican Radio or are engaged in pastoral activities in the Rome parishes.

2 Responses

  1. I am an old friens of Archbishop Peter Prabhu and I have unfortunately lost any contact with him since he left Zimbabwe.
    I have tried to get his address through the Nuntio in Paris and through the Vatican withaout any success.
    He baptised on of our sons, long time ago.
    Could you please send me is email or address if by any chance you know how to contact him.

    With many thanks and best regards

    Bertrand Schneider

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