A Jakarta based NGO of Legal Institute Aid (LBH Jakarta) reported that 1.783 West Papuans were unlawfully arrested from 25 April to 2 May 2016. On 2 May 2016, thousands of West Papuans conducted peaceful demonstrations simultaneously in Jayapura, Sorong, Merauke, Wamena, Semarang, Makassar and Manokwari.

The reforestation in Quingeo parish was initiated in 1998. Quingeo is one of the parishes whereby majority of the land is eroded, due to bad use of the soil, felling of trees, frequent fires, the disappearance of shrub-oaks due to the extension of agriculture and over-herding, abandonment of the fields due to immigration, etc. and above all the lack of orientation and consciousness of the population about respect and living in harmony with nature. Today the communities in the parish have a big percentage of eroded land that is useless for agriculture.

 "We must break the stories of slavery in order to inspire a process of resilience -the capacity to overcome negative conditions with love."

On 22nd February 2001, two of us from Divine Word Missionaries went to Mother Theresa of Calcutta home to share our lives and mission. Mother Theresa of Calcutta homes were founded in 1988 by an SVD bishop, Jorge Novak, in Quilmes, South of the great Buenos Aires in Argentina.

The National March for Life was held in Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America on Thursday and Friday, 21-22 January 2016. It gathered people from everywhere in USA with an average of 75% of youth, most of whom were college and high school students.

Republic Day of our country was celebrated by Janvikas Society with Rag Pickers on 26th Janurary 2016. Six hundred Rag Pickers, some working at dumping ground and others from the neighboring slums gathered at Devguradia for the flag hoisting. Mr. Jhaganlal Ajnar (85) a waste picker himself was the chief guest of the program and hoisted the national flag. He has been working in the dumping ground for past 25 years.

About 150 mission scholars, practitioners and interested people gathered in Melbourne last October for the International Mission Symposium – an event aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s decree on Mission, Ad Gentes.

SVD commitment
Pope Francis calls Christians to take action for mother earth. “If the simple fact of being human moves people to care for the environment of which they are a part, Christians in their turn “realize that their responsibility within creation, and their duty towards nature and the Creator, are an essential part of their faith”. (LS 64)

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Kids from KinderGardens in slums run by Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai gathered at St. Arnold’s Hall, Andheri (E) on Saturday 5th December 2015.

Children's Day was celebrated at Janvikas, Indore (INC-India) with the children from the Bridge Course Centers (Non-Formal Education centres for the working and drop out children) situated in different slums of Indore city. Around 150 children gathered for the celebration. Ms. Seema Virang, Councillor, Indore Municipal Corporation was the Chief Guest and Fr. Nicholas Martis, Rector, Catholic Ashram Palda was the Guest of Honour.

By:Daisuke Narui, SVD

There were so many refugees sitting on benches, floor, outside the station at the Vienna Central Station. Literally, the station was flooded with refugee people. At that time, most of refugees arriving at Vienna station do not remain in Austria, but proceed to Germany or other northern countries next morning. An SVD parish, Pfarre zum Göttlichen Wort, which is located near the station, has been helping those people and I could see a part of their activity on 14th September, 2015.

Open-pit megamines, deforestation, eviction of families and whole communities. Indigenous peoples and traditional communities threatened by those interested in mining their territories. Pollution of the water, the land, and the air.

Mining transportation channels impact hundreds of communities living along the pipelines or railways that export the vast majority of our minerals.

In the new normal after COVID-19, the Christian community has found a new normal of spreading bliss and devotion. In first such initiative, two brothers - Father John Paul and Father Norbert Herman have launched a youtube channel ‘The Hermans’ where they are posting one self-composed devotional song every day. They already have a collection of 400 self-composed devotional songs, which will be posted on the channel in the coming days.

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