Saturday, January 8, 2011

Vanessa Kachadurian-CNN International Explores the Secrets of Armenia's Stone Henge

Vanessa Kachadurian- Armenians of Calcutta celebrate Christmas

Saco Stephen in front of alter of the Armenian Holy Church of Nazareth
Christmas unites Kolkata’s Armenian community

Posted By jessy On January 7, 2011 @ 3:02 pm In Indian News | No Comments

Celebration of the Armenian Christmas on Jan. 6 brought together some 200 Armenians scattered around Kolkata.

They came together to celebrate Christmas at the Armenian Holy Church of Nazareth, and later gathered at the Armenian Sports Club to continue the festivities, Paul Stephen, 63, who looks after the 285-year-old church, told

“We still follow the Julian calendar, and believe Jesus was born not on Dec. 25, but on Jan. 6, and hence we celebrate Christmas 12 days after customary celebrations of the birth of the Savior,” Stephen explained.

The Armenian community in Kolkata includes some 90 students, studying at the city’s Armenian school and college.

“They prefer to come to India to do their studies, and learn English and several Indian languages,” Stephen said.

However, the community is dwindling, as young people get married and leave the country. Many wealthy Armenian businessmen also donate money to poor Armenians who migrate back to Armenia, he said.

According to Father Khoren Hovhannisyan, who is based at the Armenian College, they celebrate Christmas following an extensive period of fasting and prayer.

The Armenian Church appointed the priest to look after its members in India and he led the Christmas liturgy at midnight on Jan. 5.

At the gathering at the sports club the Armenians exchanged gifts and had dinner that included special Armenian dishes.

Saco Vaha Hipe Stephen, 47, said the community feels a sense of unity during the liturgy and at the dinner on Christmas Day.

The celebration helps reinforce their Armenian identity and a community spirit, he added.

Church records show that the first Armenian was buried there in 1630.

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Commemorating 100th Anniversary of the Life of Mother Teresa US Resolution 1615 IH

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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the life and legacy of Mother Teresa (Catholic Caucus)
The Library of Congress ^ | September 14, 2010 | Rep. Jeff Fortenberry

Posted on Friday, December 17, 2010 6:12:52 PM by Coleus

H.RES.1615 -- Whereas Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia;
(Introduced in House - IH)
HRES 1615 IH


2d Session

H. RES. 1615
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth, and honoring the life and legacy, of Mother Teresa.

September 14, 2010
Mr. FORTENBERRY submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth, and honoring the life and legacy, of Mother Teresa.

Whereas Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia;

Whereas Mother Teresa was baptized on August 27, the day she considered to be her `true birthday';

Whereas Mother Teresa began her novitiate in Darjeeling, India, in 1929, and took her vows as a nun in 1931, choosing the name Teresa after There.AE2se de Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries;

Whereas Mother Teresa taught at the Loreto convent school in eastern Calcutta during the Bengal famine of 1943 and the outbreak of Hindu and Muslim violence in 1946;

Whereas on September 10, 1946, while traveling from Calcutta, Mother Teresa received `the call within the call' to leave her convent and live and work among the poor;

Whereas on October 7, 1950, Mother Teresa began the small 13-member Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta to care for `the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone,';

Whereas the Missionaries of Charity has grown to more than 4,000 nuns worldwide;

Whereas in 1952 Mother Teresa opened a free hospice for the poor in Calcutta and a hospice for those suffering from leprosy, and in 1955, opened the Children's Home of the Immaculate Heart for orphans and abandoned and homeless children, leading to the opening of similar hospices, orphanages, homes for poor expectant mothers, adoption centers, and homes for lepers around the world, including in the United States;

Whereas Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1979 in `recognition of Mother Teresa's work in bringing help to suffering humanity,' particularly `the plight of children and refugees, . . . for whom Mother Teresa has for many years worked so selflessly';

Whereas during the Lebanon War in 1982, Mother Teresa brokered a temporary ceasefire between the Israeli army and Palestinian Liberation Organization to rescue 37 children trapped in a hospital on the front lines and personally evacuated them;

Whereas in 1985, Mother Teresa opened the first hospice for AIDS victims in New York;

Whereas Mother Teresa ministered to radiation victims following the disaster at Chernobyl, traveled to aid victims of famine in Ethiopia, brought assistance to earthquake victims in Armenia, and organized aid flights in flood-stricken Bangladesh;

Whereas Mother Teresa spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the U.S. Congress in 1994, urging, `Let us make that one point--that no child will be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, or killed and thrown away. And give until it hurts--with a smile.';

Whereas Mother Teresa died in Calcutta at the age of 87 on September 5, 1997;

Whereas by the time of her death, Mother Teresa operated 610 foundations in 123 countries;

Whereas Mother Teresa was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1985, granted honorary U.S. citizenship in 1996, and received the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in 1997;

Whereas on December 20, 2002, Pope John Paul II permitted the opening of Mother Teresa's Cause of Canonization;

Whereas Mother Teresa was beatified on October 19, 2003, as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta; and

Whereas the year-long birth centenary celebration of Mother Teresa began on August 26, 2010; Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives commemorates the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth and her enduring legacy of humility and sacrifice, exemplified by nearly 50 years of actively comforting the poor, the dying, and the unwanted across the globe.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Vanessa Kachadurian-All Aboard!! Mother Teresa Express

Indian Rail Minister Plans “Mother Express”

Mother Express. Photo © Anto Akkara/ENI
The Indian Railways will introduce a new train “Mother Express” named after Mother Teresa to mark her birth centenary on 26th August.
Kolkata resident Federal Railway Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee said in Kolkata, 2 August that, the Railways has decided to launch the new train after Mother Teresa to pay her tribute.
Miss Banerjee said, the coaches of the train will be painted in blue trade mark border as the sarees wore by Mother.
The train will touch 80 important destinations in the country.
The route of the train will be announced later Miss Banerjee added.
Wikipedia reports that the state-owned Indian Railways (IR) operates the country’s rail transport through the Ministry of Railways of the Government of India. It has the largest rail network in Asia and the world’s second largest under one management, transporting over 20 million passengers and more than two million tonnes of freight daily. It is one of the world’s largest commercial or utility employers, with more than 1.6 million employees. The railways traverse the length and breadth of the country, covering 6,909 stations over a total route length of more than 63,327 kilometres (39,350 mi). The IR owns over 200,000 (freight) wagons, 50,000 coaches and 8,000 locomotives.
Railways were first introduced to India in 1853. By 1947, the year of India’s independence, there were forty-two rail systems. In 1951 the systems were nationalised as one unit, becoming one of the largest networks in the world. IR operates both long distance and suburban rail systems on a multi-gauge network of broad, metre and narrow gauges. It also owns locomotive and coach production facilities. Initially, the Indian railways were both designed and built by the British, during their colonial rule of the subcontinent from 1757 to 1947.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vanessa Kachadurian-Armenian Down Syndrome Adoption

Take a look at this great article at Mommy Life

Great example of an American family with no special needs children taking on a life long task of raising a down syndrome child. This family should be thanked by everyone.