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'King Money' has failed humanity, Pope Francis says PDF Print E-mail
Written by Living CLAY   
Sunday, 01 December 2013 23:18
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The pope insisted that the Church must reform itself and pay more attention to the poor. He also says that the church needs to abandon the complacent attitude that says "we have always done it this way."

Issuing an 84-page platform for his eight-month-old papacy, Francis blasted unrestrained capitalism as "a new tyranny." Francis linked high European unemployment to its twin problem of neglecting older people who are past their earning prime.

"Today we are living in unjust international system in which 'King Money' is at the center," he said in the interview.

"It's a throwaway culture that discards young people as well as its older people. In some European countries, without mentioning names, there is youth unemployment of 40 percent and higher," he said. "A whole generation of young people does not have the dignity that is brought by work."

European leaders have failed to adequately tackle youth unemployment. There have been no new ideas to confront this problem which is dangerously fueling social unrest.

Nearly six million people under the age of 25 are without work in the European Union, with jobless rates among the young at close to 60 percent in Spain and Greece.

The pope's skepticism of free markets and concern about the lack of ethics in finance were shared by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. The current pope's modesty and rejection of the traditional trappings of office lend his words particular weight.

"A people that cares neither for its youth nor for its older people has no future," the pope said. "Young people take society into the future, while the older generation gives society its memory, its wisdom."

At one time the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis in March became the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years. He is the first South American pope.

Francis has called for a more austere church that sides with the poor, and has promised to clean up the murky finances of the Vatican bank.
 
Fun Day August 19 , 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Living CLAY   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 17:33

 

 

 
Pre Christmas Celebrations at Makkala Jeevodaya -- Dec 11, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pearl Fernandes   
Monday, 12 December 2011 15:57

We are back !!!!!

Makkala Jeevodaya Dec 11, 2011

 

Makkala Jeevodaya

 

Christmas – the very mention of the word brings to mind images of Santa Claus and candy canes, Christmas trees and beautiful wreaths, cake and wine and loads to dine. But in all the merriment and enjoyment, do we ever stop to think of those less fortunate than we are? The true “Christmas spirit” that makes one more selfless, more friendly, more kind and generally, more nicer. This year, Living C.L.A.Y. looked at Christmas as an opportunity to spread the Christmas cheer and brighten the lives of 21 young girls in Makkala Jeevodhaya.

 

Preparations began early on, with shopping for sweaters, stationery, bangles, chocolates – things that would bring a smile on any little girl’s face; meeting up after work and on weekends to practice carols and action songs. The beautiful Sunday dawned clear and bright, we couldn’t have wished for a more amazing start. Carrying our gifts and beaming with joy, we entered the gates of “Makkala Jeevodaya”. This place is home to young girls who’ve been rescued from the red-light areas. The sisters who run the home aim to provide each girl with the ability to fend for herself and to lead a life of dignity.  They have a strong track record, having rehabilitated over 586 women and girl children, with 50 women now married and settled, 17 women professionally trained, well-prepared to face the future.

 

We had visited the place 2 years ago, but we did not expect the children there to remember us. So we were in for a pleasant surprise when they not just recognized us and also inquired about the members of the group who weren’t there for this visit. We sang carols and action songs, followed by introductions for the benefit of the new ones. Those who were initially shy and reclusive, soon warmed up to the other and in no time at all the whole group and kids seemed like a family having fun together, playing, shouting, singing, screaming and clapping. The girls enthusiastically showed us their dance performances that had won them accolades at school. With ear-to-ear grins and enthusiastic leaps, they pounced on each other’s balloons during the game of balloon bursting, and pop-pop-pop went the balloons.

 

But what’s Christmas without Santa, right? To the merry tune of Jingle Bells, Santa Ho-Ho-Hoed his way in, bearing balloons, gifts and chocolates for all the kids. The squeals of joy and delight were reward enough for us. A small cake cutting ceremony ensued and we all gathered in the dining rooms to gorge on delicious plum cake, chips and soft drinks. As we watched the little kids savour the cake and chips, we felt a glow, the spirit of Christmas slowly spreading its warmth through all of us.

 

Tired yet content as we looked at the gleaming eyes of the elated girls, we trudged our way back with a sense of accomplishment, the glow of Christmas now radiating through us. 

 

 

 
LivingCLAY Yearly Magazine PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 31 May 2010 22:46

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Welcome! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Living CLAY   
Monday, 18 May 2009 19:45

Hello generation ‘Y’!

 

Well why not ‘X’…Because this generation is a generation that seeks answers and does not merely want to stop at the ‘X’ (Mysterious & I-don’t-care attitude)that’s why I’m calling you generation ‘Y’! Generation ‘Y’ wants to learn “Why?” and expects answers that are Fresh, Creative and Practical.

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