|1 Jul 2003 @ 22:36, by Quidnovi|
"In the fights in my life, I have always watched never to sever the fight for faith from the fight for justice and for the poor.
Otherwise, the deeds deny the faith and the faith is sterile."
---Father Pierre Ceyrac
Father Ceyrac needs action. "In the fights in my life, I have always watched never to sever the fight for faith from the fight for justice and for the poor. Otherwise, the deeds deny the faith and the faith is sterile." Following the steps of Mahatma Gandhi, whom he knew well, he exposes the cast system and demonstrates in favour of integration of the Dalits (the Untouchables). Under his impulse, a large net of over 100,000 Indian students is born to set up humanitarian works such as building houses and villages for the poor and the leprous living on the Madras pavements... More>
Frontline article (India's National Magazine)
At the age of 62, Sister Emmanuelle decided to leave her home in France to work with the "Garbage people of Cairo" (the "Zabblin") the approximately 40,000 strong "pariahs" of Egyptian society who make their living collecting and sorting the 16,000 tons of trash produced daily in Cairo. Sister Emmanuelle didn't just work with the garbage pickers, she lived with them and through her ministry tried to lessen their suffering---especially the children.
She realized that education was the only means of escape for these youngsters and so in the middle of the garbage dump she has opened kindergartens, schools and hospitals. At first the garbage pickers and the residents of Cairo thought she was crazy but when she stuck around, the citizens, and ultimately the government of Cairo took notice and provided support.