Indian priests in Australia pray for their homeland

Fr Dantus Thottathil and a COVID-19 patient in India (The Catholic Leader and CNS)

As India struggles with a record surge in COVID-19 deaths, Indian priests in Brisbane are praying for the sick and suffering, and for the work of the Church to continue in their homeland. Source: The Catholic Leader.

“Even if the situation is terrible there is hope,” Fr Dantus Thottathil, parish priest at Manly and Birkdale said.

Fr Thottathil, 39, is one of more than 30 Indian priests working in the Brisbane Archdiocese, and he is in regular contact with relatives in his home state of Kerala.

He said Kerala, which is where most of Brisbane’s Indian priests come from, had escaped the worst of a COVID-19 second wave, even if the pandemic had caused record deaths across the Indian sub-continent, and there is widespread reporting of a lack of medical supplies to treat the sick.

Catholic hospital directors in India have reported “the situation is very bad” with few beds available for the sick.

“Patients are on the corridors and many are dying because there are no beds, no oxygen,” Fr P.A. George, director of the Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi, told the Catholic News Service.

“I have no place even in emergency (area) to give oxygen. Patients are just dying in front of my eyes. Feeling so distressed and frustrated and helpless. It is horrible and the disaster is beyond the imagination.”

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India’s suffering sparks prayers from Brisbane priests (By Mark Bowling, The Catholic Leader

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