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New Delhi, May, 2012: It is a user-friendly software providing easy search facilities.

The first ever digital Catholic Hindi Bible hit the Android market today.

Free downloads from the full Bible can be obtained from the application titled Divya Vachan (divine word), said Fr. Stanley Kozhichira of Jesus Youth of Delhi.It is a user-friendly software providing easy search facilities. There is a pull up screen which displays both the New Testament and Old Testament.

The screen shots give grid view of all the books. With a click of the mouse any book can be opened. The font size can be adjusted as per requirement. It provides for continued reading through the auto save system which ensures the app opens at the same point in the book at which it was closed.

The android version is the first of its kind in the smartphone series, Divya Vachan will be available soon on iPhone and Blackberry as well, said Fr Kozhichira.It is a combined effort of Jesus Youth International and Delhi Catholic Archdiocese. The data has been supplied by the Bible.Mitr.com, the first online  Hindi Catholic Bible from the Bhopal Archdiocese.The software has been developed by Ethic Coders.The initiative, by Fr. Kozhichira, is based on the Malayalam POC Bible.The priest said he wanted to do something for the Hindi speaking Catholic community.

Kerala Catholic priests build new housing for the poor of Changanassery

Kerala, May, 2012: The St. Mary Athirampuzha (Syro-Malabar Church) will host three buildings on its land for 21 families. People will use it for 15 years, after paying a nominal rent. The goal is to educate young people to make them self reliant. The project is funded by the parishioners of the archdiocese.

The church of St. Mary Athirampuzha (Archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church of Changanassery, Kerala) is building apartments to house the poorest families in the area, without discrimination of caste or creed. To finance the Daiva Paripalana Bhavan project, the Church has sought free contributions of the parishioners, about 2,400 families. Guests of the new homes will pay a nominal rent and can stay there for 15 years, a period in which the Church will commit to educating and teaching children to make them self-sufficient in the future. On 27 May (first Sunday of Pentecost), the Archbishop Mgr. Mar Joseph Perumthottam will bless the launch of the construction

The project is expected to cost 12 million rupees (about 170 thousand euros) and involves the construction of three buildings on land owned by St. Mary, for a total of 21 apartments. Each of these will have two bedrooms, a kitchen, a dining room and terrace. The ground floor will house a chapel and a common kitchen, to gather during the holidays. Once the 15 year term limit expires, the family will be replaced by another occupant.

Fr. Hands Puthiyidam, pastor of the church and the mind behind the project, tells AsiaNews: “The basic purpose is to assist, together with the whole community, the children, to help them make new and creative choices for their future. For this, Bhavan’s children will go to school at St. Aloysius or St. Mary, both run by the Church. ”

The priest, who earned a doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University, adds: “Currently, we have already received 50 requests, from which we will select people who really need it. We will ask the families a small amount of rent, to make them feel part of this project and to encourage respect for themselves and the property. ”

Erected in 1887, the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Changanassery has a total population of about 9.4 million people, of which 385 thousand (4%) are Catholics. In total counts it 267 parishes, 575 priests and 2,700 religious.

- asianews.it

Tamil and war widows abandoned by the Sri Lankan government

Sri Lanka, May , 2012: Catholic priests participate in a meeting in Jaffna (Northern Province) where they criticise the government for violating the fundamental rights of Tamils in the north. In Batticaloa (Eastern Province), 184 war widows are still living in temporary housing without running water, electricity, toilet facilities or government financial assistance.

In Sri Lanka’s predominantly Tamil north, religious celebrations are restricted, freedom of association is violated and the traditional culture is being undermined, this according to Catholic priests from the southern part of the country, members of the Christian Solidarity Movement (CSM). At a meeting in Jaffna (Northern Province), local prelates said, “There is a need for a political solution so that that the Tamil people are recognised as part of the nation.” In the island’s eastern region, serious problems also persist, especially for war widows.

For almost 30 years (1983-2009), the island nation was the scene of civil war between the government and the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE), a rebel group fighting for an independent state in the northern and eastern provinces of the country, where a majority of the population is Tamil.

Rapidly, the conflict took on an ethnic character until its conclusion with the rebel’s defeat (following the killing of their leader). The war caused heavy losses, and created a huge cleavage between the impoverished Tamil north and east (with more than 200,000 internally displaced people) and the rich and prosperous Sinhalese south.

Since the end of the war, religious leaders and national and international NGOs have denounced on several occasions the situation in which Tamils still find themselves.

New concerns were also voiced at the meeting in Jaffna. “There are attempts to Sinhalese Tamil areas,” southern priests told AsiaNews. “Buddhist statutes are put up in places where there are no Buddhists. Sinhalese physicians are brought in even though they cannot communicate with most of their patients because they cannot speak the Tamil language.”

People in the Eastern Province are not faring much better. In the district of Batticaloa, 184 war widows in five villages, Weligahakandiya, Kopawali, Thumpalochcholai, Kithul and Urukaamam, are still forced to live in temporary housing without running water, electricity and toilet facilities.

“These are major problems and they need an urgent solution,” said Laveena, coordinator of North and East Women program of Nafso. “We told Sivaneshathurai Chandrakanthan, chief minister of the province, about it in a report.”

The report itself documents the overall situation in the five villages. About 250 families do not receive any aid under the Samurdi (prosperity) initiative, a national savings and credit programme for the poor; 647 families are without toilet facilities; 780 have no drinking water; 790 have no electricity; and 584 are in temporary housing.

- asianews.it

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