Celebrating 300 years of Catholic faith in Hyderabad
Christians from AP and Telangana celebrated 300 years of Catholic faith in the city on Sunday at Loyola Academy. It was in 1715 when the Catholic faith was introduced in the region. It was Fr Le Gac SJ, the leader of the Carnatic Mission from France, who renamed himself as Sanjeevanatha Swamy.
Christians from AP and Telangana celebrated 300 years of Catholic faith in the city on Sunday at Loyola Academy. It was in 1715 when the Catholic faith was introduced in the region. It was Fr Le Gac SJ, the leader of the Carnatic Mission from France, who renamed himself as Sanjeevanatha Swamy. He baptised Thumma Hanumantha Reddy of the Madigubba village of Ananthapur district, who accepted the faith and was renamed Thumma Rayapa Reddy.
Former Lok Sabha Speaker PA Sangma, his daughter Agatha Sangma and Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya were part of the occasion. “Catholics though are a small community in India, contributed a lot for the development of the country. Many veterans like LK Advani, Jyothi Basu and former President Venkataram are the products of Christian educational institutions. Every Christian must be proud of their contribution to the nation,” he said. Sangma added that he would revive Christian MPs Forum in Parliament soon and would work towards solving the problems faced by the community.
Bandaru Dattatreya said that the services provided by Christian missionaries, educational and health institutions were laudable. He said that his ministry was planning to set up a National Workers Vocational University to ensure skill development in the country. “It will provide skills from Level 1 to Level 10. The details are being worked out,” he said.
Member of Parliament AP Jitender Reddy also graced and spoke on the occasion. Many Christian leaders and others Y.S. Vivekananda Reddy, Former nominated MLA Mrs. Christine Lazarus, Stephenson, present appointed MLA, Gopu Bala Reddy, President, Arogya Reddy and Vijay Paul Reddy office bearers of Catholic Reddy Association and others graced function.
Catholic Reddy Association (CRA) president Gopu Bala Reddy put up eight demands of the community which included granting minority status(permanent) to Catholics, removal of property tax burden on 1,000 plus catholic educational institutions and organisations, extend SC status to the Dalit Christians, old age pensions to nuns and fathers, separate burial grounds for Catholics, reconstitution of State Christian (Minority) Finance Corporation and allocating at least 25 per cent of the funds and declaring Loyola Academy as a Catholic Minority University.
A history book on the community and its journey was also released on the occasion. Sangma met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday and submitted the demands. He will meet the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao soon and submit the memorandum.