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Carmelite priest honored for his healing work

March 30 2010

NEW DELHI (UCAN) -- A unit of Rotary International in New Delhi has honored a Carmelite priest for his efforts to heal people through a system using herbs and prayers.

The Rotary Club of Delhi East End awarded Father Aji Sebastian on March 28 at a function in New Delhi. The priest heads Darsanalaya Ashram at Faridabad in neighboring Haryana state.

Father Sebastian introduced the system of "Sheethali Chikitsa," a heat reduction therapy, to heal chronic diseases. He began the ashram on the outskirts of the national capital some five years ago.

Rotary president Gurpreet Singh said the club considers the priest's work in the villages of India and in other Asian countries as an expression of humanitarian concern.

The healing system has followers and branches in some Asian nations such as the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates.

The Rotary citation recognized Father Sebastian's contribution for promoting international peace and understanding through his pioneering efforts in finding cures for diseases through the unique system.

It said the priest reached out "to poor people in rural areas in India and beyond borders offering effective treatment using herbal combinations."