ASIA/SRI LANKA - Jesuit churches and communities offer shelter and assistance to 3,000 seaquake survivors in Batticaloa. In India Jesuit school students join rescue workers

Wednesday, 29 December 2004

Rome (Fides Service) - According to information supplied by the General Curia of the Society of Jesus no Jesuits are reported among the casualties in the south Asia seaquake which affected mainly Sri Lanka, India (Madurai) and Indonesia. The major concern now is to provide assistance to thousands of people in need of shelter, food and moral support.
Four Jesuit communities in Sri Lanka, Galle, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Colombo have opened churches and community homes to thousands of survivors. The community in Batticaloa is offering assistance to 3.000 people. In India, Madurai SJ province Jesuit school students have joined rescue workers. The Jesuit Provincial Superior has set up a committee of three to co-ordinate relief work in collaboration with Caritas and Red Cross. (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 29/12/2004 - righe 9 parole 124)