Food and Nutrition Security in Railaco

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Timor – Leste is one of the developing countries that is still food insecure. Many people in the rural areas of Timor are still living in poverty and around seventy percent of the population rely on subsistence farming for their livelihoods.

This situation is a direct result of low agricultural and livestock productivity and lack of knowledge about essential nutrients for growth and health (Source : https://www.aciar.gov.au/node/12701 , Food security in Timor-Leste through crop production – PR146 / Seeds-of-Life). When visiting rural and remote areas of Timor, this situation is evident. In Railaco,a parish administered by the Jesuits, has been facing the of food insecurity incidence. Fortunately, the Railaco Mission of the Jesuits is there to help alleviate this situation through social programs and also other plans to address this situation.

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Madonna della Strada Chapel – Blessing & Inauguration

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We are happy to announce the inauguration of the newly built The Chapel of Madonna della Strada located in the Colégio Santo Inacio de Loiola (CSIL), a new spiritual and sacred space for the students at Colégio de Loiola and Instituto de Brito. On the occasion of the feast of St. Francis Xavier, December 3rd, 2018, a holy mass was celebrated to inaugurate this Chapel in Kasait.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of Jesuit priests, Brothers, Scholastics, Lay people, Sisters from several different congregations, teachers, Institute of São João de Brito (ISJB) students, parents, and the students of CSIL. The ceremony started with the ribbon cutting by the Regional Superior of Jesuits in Timor – Leste, Fr. Joaquim Sarmento SJ and continued with the blessing of the chapel and the mass which was presided by him.

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Inauguration of St. Inacio de Loiola Chapel of Railaco Kraik

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“My fellow Timorese, move forward and love your lives. Life is beautiful and it is a blessing. So, each and every one of you should live your life to the fullest. You should fight to promote the value of your lives and seek in yourself to be the best you can, to be able to respect others, to serve justice, and also to fight against evils that may come to your lives”. This is the message of encouragement from Pope Francis to Timorese and reiterated by Bishop Virgilio do Carmo SDB in his sermon during the inauguration of the Chapel of Railaco Kraik on November 9th, 2018.

The inaugural ceremony that was presided by Bishop Virgilio do Carmo SDB and concelebrated by other Jesuit priests was a blessing for the communities in Railaco Kraik who had been waiting enthusiastically to celebrate that very day.

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