- May 23, 2020
The Catholic Church agency Caritas has launched a project that aims to end hunger across South Asia by 2030.
In the middle of the 20th century, a French Jesuit and missionary in Madagascar named Father Henri de Laulanié pioneered an approach to expanding rice crops called “System of Rice Intensification.” It’s derided by some others in the field as a collection of folk practices rather than real science, but it lives on, including in a Nepal project by “World Neighbors,” a non-profit organization devoted to promoting sustainable agriculture.
Over 1,000 people have died in monsoon floods in South Asia, while the death toll in the United States from Hurricane Harvey has risen to 44. Pope Francis has expressed his “spiritual closeness” to everyone affected by these natural disasters.
The Assumption Cathedral, the first public Catholic worship place in Hindu-majority Nepal, was once again the target of attacks as an arsonist tried to set fire to the Church. Ultimately, the attempt failed. In 2009 a bomb was set off in the Church killing three people, one of which was a schoolgirl.