Feb 20, 2012
We have quite a heavy snow in northern Japan this winter. Though Niigata is well known as heavy snowfall area in Japan, Niigata city itself usually does not have much snow. But this year is special. Most of northern part of Japan has been covered by very cold air coming down from Siberia. it is said to be an effect of earth warming and climate change. We have to dedicate quite a lot of our time to clear the road and area from snow so that vehicles are able to move around. It takes time.
Feb 12, 2012
The ceremony was held in a Catholic School next to the cathedral of New Delhi. The secretariat of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India is also located in the same premises and Caritas India's head office is in that building.
Minister Ramesh praised Caritas India for its contribution to national development and express his and the government hope that the Government agencies would have much more chance to work together with Caritas. He said he does not recognise Caritas as religious organisation but humanitarian organisation based on Catholic faith and, thus, it will be possible for the government to work together. However he also asked Catholic Church not to take specific political position which is against to national development such as saying No to nuclear development policy.
At least for this particular comment of the minister, Mr. Roy of Caritas Internationalis explained the position of Catholic Social Teachings during his own speech.