PAROPPADY, INDIA – A parish in southern India is making its catechism students practise what they learn in class.

Catholic students of St Antony’s Church, Paroppady, on June 12 distributed books to over 600 students of poor families, mostly belonging to other religions.

The parish belongs to Thamarassery diocese. Parish priest Fr Jose Manimalatharappil asked students to donate their old textbooks to help poor children when the academic year opened on June 1.

“Within a week we collected books worth 100,000 rupees (S$2,710),” said the priest.

Local legislator A. Pradeepkumar, who launched the book-donation ceremony, hailed the parish move as a good way to educate students about their responsibility to help the poor.

Ms Ponnamm, a Hindu and mother of a second-grader who received the books, said the Church’s gesture would help her to achieve her dream of giving good education to her children.  - UCANEWS.COM

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