Due to rising costs and the drastic decline in funds and donations as a result of the global economic crisis, the hospital that operated in a spirit of Christian charity is now struggling to survive.
The Jesuits belonging to the German Province and hailing from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, had arrived in western India in 1854 to start pioneering works in education, social work and literature.
East Timor’s education system had been ineffective by decades of Indonesian occupation and centuries of Portuguese colonisation.
He lived in India for 67 years, 57 of which in St. Xavier’s, Ranchi alone.
Pope Francis’ message stressed St Francis Xavier's commitment to Japan's evangelisation and the great missionary saint's closeness to the university's founders who "followed in his footsteps."
Director of the Centre, Father Chaisak Thaisonthi, said the Camillian Social Centre raised awareness among 800 adults and children on World AIDS Day.
The scheme, designed in collaboration with the Chotanagpur Migrant Tribal Development (CMTD) Network and Mumbai-based Jesuit social center Seva Niketan, is expected to help over.
The young man lives in Kudagama, a Nomadic village in Anuradhapura District, of some 300 families. Like him, almost all residents are Christians, members of the Assembly of God Church.