News from the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman
Seminar on the recent Synod on New Evangelization
Fr.Nelson Siqueiradefended his doctoral thesis entitledTowards Participation in the Administration of Temporal Goods of the Parish, Study based on the Code of Canon Law and the Particular norms of the Archdiocese of Goa and Damão, India, at the Pontifical UrbanianaUniversity,Rome, on the 6th December 2012.Fr.Nelson, in his work, speaks about the variousprinciples, processes and pragmatics that encourage the Church to proclaim, practice and promote the participation of the Laity in the life of the Church and more specifically in the administration of the temporal affairs of the Parish. Inthe introduction, Fr.Siqueira speaks about the phenomenal changes that has occurred in the life and the ministry of the Church during the past fifty years, so called the Golden Era of the Vatican Council II.The indispensable role of the laity in the life of the Church is clear in the teachings of this Ecumenical Council.
Council for Social Justice and Peace
Institute Piedade, D. B. Marg, Panjim Goa
Ref. No. : CSJP/Govt. Cor. 93/Gen. 652/12 11th December, 2012
The Chief Engineer,
Water Resources Department,
Second Floor, Junta House (Annexe),
Panaji, Goa 403 001
Subject: With reference to PUBLIC NOTICE, No-137-1/CE-CPO/WRD/2012-13/851
dated 29.10.2012, Draft Bill of Goa Khazan Land Development Board Act, 2012.Sir,
The Government of Goa through the Office of the Superintending Engineer Central Planning Organisation Water Resources Department, issued a PUBLIC NOTICE, No-137-1/CE-CPO/WRD/2012-13/851 dated 29.10.2012 proposing to introduce the Goa Khazan Land Development Board Act in the Goa Legislative Assembly for enactment. All concerned citizens were invited to offer opinions, suggestions, comments, etc. on the draft bill within 45 days of the publication of the Notice.
The call to be a Christian is a grace
“The call to be a Christian is a grace bestowed on us by God the Father through his Son and our Saviour Jesus Christ in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit”, said the Archbishop Designate of Delhi, M. Rev. Anil Couto to more than 10.000 faithful at Old Goa. He was addressing his homily at the high concelebrated Mass on the occasion of the feast of St. Francis Xavier on December 3, this year.
Speaking about the journey of faith the faithful were called to make during the nine days of preparation the Archbishop added: “The nine days of spiritual preparation for this feast (the Novena) afforded us opportunities to reflect on the challenge of the Kingdom of God of which we are called to be witnesses. It was a Spirit-filled journey in the power of the Word through the various aspects of our Christian vocation in the midst of the world. We have focused our attention on the conflict between the pragmatism of the secular culture and the values of the Kingdom of God to which we adhere as Christians.”
INTER-RELIGIOUS MEETING AT BOM JESUS BASILICA, OLD GOA: STRIVE TOWARDS INTEGRAL DEVELOPMENT
The Committee for the Apostolate of Inter-Religious Dialogue organized its annual Inter-Religious meeting at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, on 29th November, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Focusing on the theme chosen for the day: Religious Values, Towards Integral Development (Dhormik Totvam, Vikas Panvlam), the meeting highlighted the need of striving towards integral development of every human person by living the values enshrined in every religion.