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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
REMEMBERING AN EVENT
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We are in the year 2015. Exactly a hundred years ago, there was an event that in great measure shaped the twentieth century history of India.
MAY. 17. INS #A.210
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THARAKAN John, Hyderabad says,
Planting seeds of Leadership
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I am Katherine Christy, a visitor from the US, at Don Bosco Navajeevan, Ramanthapur (Hyderabad). Here`s my viewpoint of a rather enriching day involving children engaged in making the world a better place through their membership in the Human Rights Clubs. 27 April 2015 marked the conclusion of the Human Rights Clubs summer camp for Government school children hosted by PARA (People`s Action for Rural Awakening) and partnered by Don Bosco Mondo. In the past year, PARA has initiated 428 human rights clubs spread across 7 districts in 366 state run schools of the two states for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. There is total membership of 20,259 students in the clubs.
MAY. 11. INH #A.209
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
HIDDEN AGENDA OR OPEN AGENDA
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Earlier when the Hindu nationalists were in power in India there was frequent talk by political commentators of a hidden agenda.
APR. 16. INS #A.208
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
THE CONFUSION CALLED CONVERSION  - 2 Comments
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The Confusion called Conversion was the title of an interesting book that appeared thirty years ago ( Sunder Raj, New Delhi: TRACI, 1985).
FEB. 28. INS #A.207
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
SIGNS AND BEARERS, NOT WORKERS AND FUNCTIONARIES
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The Year 2015 is dedicated in a special way to consecrated life.
OCT. 6. INS #A.206
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
MODERNISE THEIR MADRASAS CHRISTIANISE OUR SCHOOLS
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Recently the Prime Minister made a statement that caught my attention. He suggested that madrasas ought to be modernised.
AUG. 30. INS #A.205
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
THINKING OUT OF THE BOX WITH POPE FRANCIS
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It is seldom that a papal document is an interesting read, even an entertaining one. Over and above its immense spiritual wealth. Evangelii Gaudium of Pope Francis is one such. Read on:
JUN. 7. INS #A.204
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
ST. PAUL`S LIST OF CHARISMS UPDATED
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``And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.`` This is how St. Paul enumerates charisms in the church (1 Cor 12:28)
MAY. 7. INS #A.203
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
NEED FOR HEALING CENTRES: WILL THE CONGREGATION RISE TO THE (RADICAL) CHALLENGE? Holding Up to the Light - 24
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My intervention in the General Assembly of GC 27 for a Statement (supported by other Chapter members as well) expressing regret for abuses by Salesians and commitment to caring for the survivors did not carry through, as mentioned in an earlier SpeakUp. However the need for providing support and care for those involved in abuse found some expression in the early drafts of the Final Document of the Chapter. I intervened during the discussion on these, pleading for the Congregation`s support for setting up Healing Centres.
APR. 30. INN #A.202
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
PARETO PRINCIPLE
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Vilfredo Pareto was a renowned Italian economist who lived from 1848 to 1923.
APR. 27. INS #A.201
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
A CONDESCENDING PROPOSAL THAT DEMEANS THE BROTHERS AS WELL AS THE SENSIBILITIES OF OTHER SALESIANS. Holding Up to the Light - 23.
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This is the Intervention I made in the General Assembly of GC 27 about the Juridical Commission`s Proposal regarding Representation of Salesian Brothers at the General Chapter.
APR. 23. INN #A.200
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
A NOT-SO-WISE MOVE TO SUPPRESS THE POST OF COUNCILLOR FOR THE MISSIONS AT GC 27 - Holding Up to the Light 22  - 1 Comments
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Intervention I made at GC 27 on the Judicial Commission`s Proposal to suppress the post of the General Councillor for the Missions.
APR. 17. INN #A.199
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
THE TIMES, THEY ARE`A CHANGING! BUT VERY .... SLOW........................LY!! Holding Up to the Light 21  - 1 Comments
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The election of Angel Artime Fernandes as Rector Major, I believe, is ushering in a refreshing and hopeful new era in the history of the Salesian Congregation.
APR. 13. INN #A.198
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
GC Document Preparation - A Frustrating Exercise! Holding Up to the Light 20
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This is an intervention I made at the GC 27 on how frustrating it is to work on the Drafts prepared by the Redaction Committee.
APR. 13. INN #A.197
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
TIME FOR HALF MEASURES IS OVER! Holding Up to the Light - 19
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This is an intervention I made in the General Assembly of the 27th General Chapter on the issue of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from abuse.
APR. 9. INN #A.196
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
Holding Up to the Light - 18 Intervention at GC 27
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Here is my intervention on the Rector Major`s Report on the State of the Congregation.
MAR. 23. INN #A.194
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
HABEMUS PAPAS SANCTOS
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On 27 April 2014, Pope Francis will canonize two of his predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII.
MAR. 5. INS #A.193
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
NEWS AND VIEWS FROM ROME!
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Timely reports of the General Chapter-27
FEB. 21. INN #A.192
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
SPIRITUAL WORLDLINESS  - 1 Comments
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Spiritual worldliness sounds like a contradiction, like loyal deserter and selfish generosity.
JAN. 9. INS #A.191
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Fr Maliekal Jose, Hyderabad says,
Salesian Lay Brothers` Congress 2014: Holiness as Partnership
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Jai Ho! Salesian Brothers` Congress is yet here again, with the usual panoply and fanfare? Perhaps, No. I noticed something different from the conventional, this time over, about the Congress. To start with, there is something fascinating with the theme appearing on the Logo: ``Salesians, be Holy.`` It gives me a hunch that the forthcoming Congress is not going to be a predictable copybook repeat, with the customary ingredients of Brochure, Beverage, Tour, T-Shirt and Topi, smacking of a corporate mega-show. I have a feeling from within, that this Congress is going to break new ground. A Paradigm Shift is on the horizon, in the way, the Brothers` Congress has been imagined and going to be executed, with also a Survey on Salesianity, served, as we were running up to the Congress.
DEC. 19. INH #A.190
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