KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The popular author and esteemed friend of Calcutta, Padma Bhushan awardee Mr Dominique Lapierre is critically ill in his home country France.
“I am extremely sad to inform that our friend Dominique is critically ill,” says his long time friend in Kolkata, Jesuit Fr Gaston Roberge.
“Dominique fell down at his home and has been in coma for several days now, and is on ventilator and other artificial life support systems,” he adds.
The doctors, says Fr Roberge, are of the opinion that his illness affecting the brain is terminal.
Long time Mother Teresa collaborator and well wisher of the Missionaries of Charity, Mr Dominique’s Kolkata connection includes his bestseller book ‘The City of JOY,’ which has gone into several language editions and his Mother Teresa film (the first feature film on Mother Teresa, released in 1997) “In the Name of God’s Poor“.
With his maxim, “what is not given is lost,” a large portion of the royalties of his books have been ploughed back into his social service NGO Udayan in Calcutta, and the floating dispensaries in the Sunderbans…
“We need urgently to hold a prayer meet at the tomb of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta for the speedy recovery of her friend,” says Dominique LaPierre adimirer and city film maker Mr Sunil Lucas currently president of SIGNIS India (Catholic Association for Radio, TV & Cinema).
The prayer service in collaboration with Alliance France, Udayan, SIGNIS Bengal and several other well wishers is scheduled for Friday, 29 June.
The interfaith prayer meet for Dominique will be held at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s tomb at 6.00 pm on Friday, 29 June 2012.
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