Tripura, March 2, 2012: Tripura’s Minister for Rural Development Jitendra Choudhury has said that it is ‘the healing touch of love’ that distinguishes the Catholic Church’s social development work from that of the government.
The Marxist minister was speaking at the diocesan-level celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of Caritas India in Agartala on February 29.
Impressed by the confidence and contentment of a group of BRU beneficiaries from the Refugee Camps of Naisingpara in North Tripura, he said such transformation did not usually come about solely from receiving monetary help.
He explained it as the result of the healing touch of love that the Church is able to impart along with its humanitarian works.
The welfare of the BRU camp dwellers is one of the many programs taken up by Caritas India through its diocesan counterpart Jana Unnayan Samiti Tripura (JUST).
Choudhury, the chief guest at the program said there was need of more Caritas-like interventions in the state.
He also expressed hope that if all such benevolent organizations and government worked hand in hand, one could usher in “not only spiritual transformation but also the much-needed changes in the living conditions of the people of the State”.
Bishop Lumen Monteiro of Agartala described the occasion as a “celebration of 50 years of Church`s engagement with the poor, hungry, illiterate and powerless.”
Caritas, the social development wing of the Catholic Church, operates in 168 countries and is the largest humanitarian network in the world after the Red Cross.
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Tripura, November 7, 2011: The first priest from the tribal Tripura group was ordained in southeastern Chittagong on November 4.
Holy Cross Bishop Moses M. Costa of Chittagong ordained Gabriel Lawrence Tripura to the priesthood at Holy Rosary Cathedral in the port city earlier Monday.
About 800 Catholics including three bishops and 25 priests attended the event.
According to local Church sources the program was shifted to Chittagong from the priest’s home parish at Thanchi in Bandarban district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts for security, political and financial concerns. However, the home parish was set to offer a reception to the newly ordained priest yesterday.
The local Church sees the ordination as a milestone in more than 50 years of evangelization among the tribal people in Chittagong Hill Tracts.