Fundamentalists call off Strike on Christmas Day

KANDHAMAL, India –The expected strike on Christmas day  in Orissa has been called off. The Government has permitted to celebrate Christmas even in those refusee camps. Still  the people have fear and anxiety. They pray for safety

Elizabeth gives Birth to a Son

IPSBU wishes Happy Christmas to Everybody

happy-christmas-2008Our world is broken : terror and violence continue unabated
innocent, vulnerable, poor and marginalized
are hounded out of their homes and lands
State-sponsored terrorism
in the world around…

Our world is broken dramatic climatic changes due to
global warming…..consumerism and over-consumption…..
Special Economic Zones and Mega projects.

Our world is broken : the Loss of a loved one
the bitter cry for justice the terrible dilemma of not knowing where to go…..

Into this broken world Christ is Born with his message of hope, justice,
non-violence, reconciliation, peace, love, joy…..
to heal us….to heal our broken world.

All blessings to you today and every day of
the International Year of Reconciliation 2009 !

May you have the courage to be a fire that kindles
other fires and to live the message of Christmas!

HAPPY CHRISTMAS ! HAPPY NEW YEAR !

White Doves acts out the Birth of Jesus

praj_141208_maid5MANGALORE, India – White Doves has been organizing this street play since 14 years during Christmas.  A similar  show was performed near Kadri Park later.

White Doves had  performed the same show at Shirva Junction and Shankerpur Junction on 12th December 2008 and at Kasargod and Kumble bus stand on 13 December.

Mr. Rajiv Joseph fasts to protect the Rights of the Minority

mrjosphhungerstrikNEW DELHI, India – Mr. Rajiv Joseph, President of the ‘Indian Minority & Dalits Front” has began a hunger strike from December 10, on the International Human Rights Day, at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi to demand in support of the Christians in Orissa. Mr. Joseph announced that his hunger strike would is unto death if the demands are not conceded by the government. The demands include stopping of the bandh in Orissa on Christmas day called by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, sending more paramilitary forces to Kandhamal, ensuring no further attacks against Christians take place in Orissa, and to implement rehabilitation of victims in Kandhamal attack immediately. Several religious and political organizations have extended support to the issues championed by Mr. Joseph.

‘Indian Minority & Dalit Front is a new political party formed by the enthusiastic members of minority communities, dalits and tribes in India with the objective of protecting, ensuring and fighting for their rights. The party wants to expose the double stand of state and central governments with regard to the recent attacks on minority communities. Mr. Rajiv Joseph said the reluctance from the part of the government authorities is clearly because of the fear of the majority vote bank.

He drew the attention of all to the plight of suffering Christians in Kandhamal in Orissa and said even the United Progressive Alliance led government at the centre is scared of the ‘majority vote bank’ to take action against the unjust actions of the Orissa government.

UN Marks Rights Declaration’s 60th Birthday

NEW YORK, United States – The 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a celebration that puts man at the center of the international community and its laws, says a Holy See representative.

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, affirmed this today in his address before the 63rd session of the U.N. General Assembly, which commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“By this declaration,” he said, “people, states, international institutions can even today rediscover the true significance of the person, his concrete humanity, the individual and communitarian dimensions of his rights, and in particular the universal value of human dignity.”

The Holy See representative pointed out that human rights are not only an expression of legality, “but find their source and ends in ethics and natural reason common to all men.”

Archbishop Migliore recalled Benedict XVI’s visit to U.N. headquarters on April 18, and his words linking human rights to the promotion of the common good and the safeguarding of human freedom.

He affirmed, “[W]e see how much the idea of the common good is the essential condition to adopt effective decisions in the realm of security, of cooperation for development, as well as special humanitarian action that the organization is all the more called to carry out in the face of events and situations that gravely affect the person, his dignity and therefore his rights.”

Freedom’s preconditions

The archbishop went on to speak about protecting human freedom, in particular faced to the modern day’s “evident negations of rights that violate the order of creation, contradict the sacred character of life, deprive the human person, the family, [and] communities of their natural identity.”

He added: “Protecting rights means, therefore, to respect ethical imperatives that are the necessary precondition for freedom.

“Human rights express the unity of the human creature, of his aspiration at satisfying his essential needs while attaining at the same time freedom, human relations and spiritual values.”

Archbishop Migliore pointed out that rights are an “instrument through which the person manifests his relationship with the truth, protects his conscience, his dimension of faith and his most profound convictions.”

Speaking in particular on religious liberty, he underlined the fact that the declaration “does not set the dimension of the citizen against that of the believer, recognizing instead the full freedom of the relationship between the person and his Creator.”
He added: “No principle, no national or international law can cancel or limit this relationship if it wants to recognize with coherence the rights proclaimed 60 years ago. The free relationship between the person and his Creator, today as then, should not be limited to the exercise of religious belief, but open to the public expression of religious worship through the channels of formation, instruction and full participation in all decision making within a given country.”

The archbishop concluded by affirming that human rights are “the result of the responsible deeds of everyone.” He mentioned in particular the need to focus these deeds on ending hunger and poverty, providing security to all, and safeguarding life.

“To celebrate this day,” he said, “means to place the person in the heart of the international community and of its law and to overcome present obstacles on the path of humanity.”

President of IPSBU Father Marottipparayil OCD addresses the Gathering on December 7 on Christmas of IPSBU