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, ARKANSAS CATHOLIC NOVEMBER 24. 1991 PAGE 15 how ehome ed Catholic-Lutheran trust g said, "In one instance, a social worker objected to a couple's plan to kill their infant girL The e u~mmla~mi, India (CNS)- Claretian mission- parents got annoyed and asked her to take the Vatican City (CNS) - Pope John Paul H, aries have established a shelter called Mercy baby away. The social worker brought the girl presiding at a vespers service with the Luth- Home to save newborn infant girls from death to us. eran archbishops of Sweden and Finland, in ~e village of Usilampatti. " Another couple had twins, a boy and a girl. said the history of antagonism between an ~rfll you pay for her naming, ear-piercing, They wanted to kill the girl. Lutherans and Roman Catholics is being lies, puberty ceremonies and donate 10,000 rupees "Whenwegot the information, werushedto replaced by hope and mutt~, trust. ~I'he paths traveled separately by the two ents (U.S. $4,000) as'wedding expenses?" fumed one the spot and snatched the baby from the jaws of churches since the 16~ century are draw- nta- mother at a social worker who had asked the death," the nun recalled. liza- woman not to kill her infant girl. The home also keeps track of women from ing progressively closer, the pope said. "The Killing the babies is "the easiestway" to avoid their eighth month of pregnancy, moment has come to declare that the resi- future financial headaches fox" the woman and Arockiadoss said workers at the home now denunciations from the time of the Refer- am- some 5,000 others in this ~llage of Madurai try 'to bring about attitudinal changes through marion no longer are valid," said Lutheran hare district, about 300 miles southwest of Madras, home visits and awareness programs." Archbishop Bertil Werkstrom of Sweden, tter [ the capital of Tamil Nadu state. rod- Social workers say that despite efforts by government and voluntary agencies infanticide 1aft- continues unabated in some villages in Tamil r of Nadu, reported UCA News, an Asian church 3ve- " news agency based in Hong Kong. l its ~ Trying to rescue the infants can be danger- ~: Ous. be i In May, a doctor who informed social work- _mi" / i ers and the media about female infanticide was life / I allegedly assaulted by villagers, according to / ~ Claretian Rev. Arockiadoss, director of Mercy / m Home zhr ] m tics I Jane Taylor/Catholic Relief Sorvines/CNS in / Of every 1,000 children bom in Usilampatfi, "ueg [ A woman sRs in a hospital bell "In 431--most of them girls--die within a year ". / Basra, Iraq, holding her two-month- of birth desoite the "availabilitv of ood orena- sn- old infant, who is suffering from tal, nosmatal'andchildcarefaciiifiesmthe~area," aes / severe malnourishment, dehydration the p'--riest said. .,al, ] and diarrhea. Catholic Relief Ser- He said infanticide is the parents' way of ect / vices is attempting to help Iraqi ci- escaping the payment of a marriage dowry. Besides a do , the l s t] is ler / vilian victims of the Gulf War. " giving wry gir' aruily ' ~re [ required to bear the marriage expenses. ts," | ~"* • ~ i, n "They will kill their infant girls rather than " ] L.i[n Ua~ ,~n- IJ0JJsn undergo mental, physical and financial tensionsMARKE ire | ~ • ~ when their daughters grow up, said Sr. Dyana, 'S /n~rO canonlzec~ aServantofthePoorwhoworksatMercyHome. • es" ] When a leading Indian magazine in 1987 ed | Vatican City (CNS)- At a Mass attended exposed infanticide in some parts of Tami] fie | by the presidents of Poland and Lithuania, Nadu, "I was shocked by the article," said rd [ Pope John Paul II canonized a Carmelite Cfaretian Rev. Francis Dimberger, 75, a Ger- te- | priest who was one of the leaders of the man, missionary in Tamil Nadu. ' ne | failed 1863 Polish-Lithuanian uprising 'As priests, we cannot allow children to be | against C~arist Russia. Jozef Kalinowski was killed because they are the gifts of God and no nt ] born in 1835 in Vilnius, the current capital one has the right to kill them," he said. ae,,| of Lithuania. At the tune Lithuania" " and e Poland were united and under the rule of The Claretians started Mercy Home in 1987 the Russian Empire. After selving ten years to get the infants "out of the clutches of death." re in a Siberian labor camp for his role in the The home now has 28 children and 18 elderly .. I insurrection, he entered the Carmelites, people cared for by five nuns of the Congrega- taking the name ,Raphael. During a Nov. 17 tion of Servants of the Poor. n- .Mass in St. Peter s Basilica, Pope John Paul "We started the home for children but ex- prodaimed him St. Raphael Kalinowski.tended ottr hospitality to the aged, who are ............................................ 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