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 Contents - Oct 2001AD2000 October 2001 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Liturgy: light at the end of the tunnel - Michael Gilchrist
Archbishop George Pell: 'The strong family is a religious family' - Archbishop George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
Events: Gerry Matatics Visit / Catholic Homeschooling Conference, Parramatta - AD2000
Anglican General Synod 2001 - moves towards women bishops delayed - Nigel Zimmermann
Cardinal George of Chicago sacks leading 'progressive' liturgist - Michael Gilchrist
Can US bishops enforce Papal teaching on Catholic universities? - Zenit News Service
Archbishop Hart opens Thomas More Centre Bookroom - Catherine Sheehan
Salesian Archbishop from India visits Australia - Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil SDB
Education: Mass attendance: a key measure of Catholic schools' effectiveness - Br John Moylan CFC
Eternal Word Television Network's missionary outreach - Michael Daniel
Letters: Liturgy translation (letter) - Jack R. Nyman
Letters: Church leadership (letter) - Mary Daly
Letters: True picture (letter) - Christine Slagter
Letters: Homosexuality (letter) - Arnold Jago (Dr)
Letters: Papal teaching (letter) - John Young
Letters: First parents (letter) - Scot Chaston
Letters: Non-Christian gods (letter) - Jane Wilks
Letters: Cult (letter) - Wal Maggs
Books: 'Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine', Archbishop Sheehan, Fr Peter Joseph - Br Christian Moe FSC (reviewer)
Books: 'The One Minute Philosopher' by Montague Brown - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: 'The Spirit of the Liturgy' by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - Christopher Quinn (reviewer)
Books: Tales Without Reason: Forgotten Heroes of the Apostolate in 1840s Australia - Michael Daniel
Books: Seeds of Life: Early Christian Martyrs; Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Poetry: Feast of St Francis of Assisi (4 October) - A. Muir
Reflection: Christ's Real Presence in the Eucharist - Bishop Kevin Manning

Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, of Guwahati (Assam), North-East India, was in Melbourne between 24 and 31 August to thank those who have supported development projects in his archdiocese. He gave the following account of his archdiocese and its needs.

Our Archdiocese is just eight years old. It covers five districts of Assam (Nagaon, Morigaon, Kamrup, Nalbari and Goalpara) with a population of about 6.5 million, mostly tribals - most of them subsistence farmers with very little land.

While the soil is quite fertile, most farmers are limited to just one crop a year because of climatic conditions, although a few have a second cash crop of jute, oil seeds, etc. The weather patterns are highly erratic. We depend on the monsoons for rain, but floods often occur, resulting in many villages being cut off from outside contact for months. And we also suffer droughts.

Most of the tribal people are illiterate and very poor. There are few primary schools provided by the Government and throughout the region there are many health problems with thousands dying each year from malaria, cholera, TB, dysentery, typhoid and scabies.

Our work is aimed at helping people to help themselves. For it is only through education that individuals will acquire the skills to care for themselves and their families, as well as to gain employment.

I have several dreams. In the town of Goalpara I would love to establish a hospital staffed by doctors and nurses which would then be able to support the dispensaries in the surrounding villages. It remains most important to continue to build schools, train teachers and provide hostel accommodation for students from remote areas.

I trust the Lord will continue to bless our efforts. Nevertheless I am realistic enough to know that if my dreams are to become a reality I need help from friends abroad.

To help the Archbishop, contact Salesian Mission Officer, Br Michael Lynch, Don Bosco Centre, 715 Sydney Road, Brunswick Vic 3056, tel +61 (03) 9386 6302.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 14 No 9 (October 2001), p. 9

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