On the solemn occasion of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, traditionally celebrated as the Pope’s Day, Don Bosco College, Aluva held an Academy in honour of the Holy Father. Responding to the exhortation of the United Nations to conscientize the public on the need to preserve the world and reduce global warming, Nurturing the Nature: Ecology from Christian Perspective was chosen as the theme for the day.
The Academy began with a stage presentation, bringing out the message, ‘Respect the Creator and the creation’. Fr. Alex Kalathikattil SDB, the Rector of Don Bosco College, welcomed the gathering. Borrowing ideas from the late Pope John Paul II and the present Pope Benedict XVI, he spoke of three levels of Ecology: Environmental Ecology, Human Ecology and Spiritual Ecology. “Human beings,” he said, “need not only healthy natural environment, but also sound human environment and spiritual environment.”
The students of the College from the Sisters of the Destitute and the Dorothean Sisters put up two dances basing on Nature and the Bible. The Bosco Band was also an attraction of the Academy. The Josephites of Murialdo paid their homage to the Pope through a song. The Salesian students, through a message programme, Don’t Kill the World, invited the audience to nurture the nature.
Br. Sachin Mundakkal SDB delivered an inspiring and factual talk on the Pope’s stand concerning the allegations of the Abuse of children and others by the members of the clergy and the religious orders.
Fr. Ittira Mondoth, besides giving the vote of thanks, summed up the message of the day.
‘An Inconvenient Truth’, a documentary film by Al Gore (former US Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party) which again tries to create awareness among the people to save the world from an imminent death, was also shown on this occasion.
Bro. Edwin Kurisinkal SDB