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A DAY OF PRAYER FOR INDIA

CP-Cir/177/2016     

CIRCULAR

 

 To the Priests, Religious, Lay Faithful and People of good will

in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman

 

A  DAY  OF  PRAYER  FOR  INDIA

 

Dearly Beloved,

 

Peace has always figured among humanity's highest values, whether it is seen as an absence of conflict or as an abiding state of harmony and tranquility. Ironically, it is one of the most eluding goods in today’s society. The fragile peace along the Indian border with neighbouring Pakistan is regularly disturbed by exchange of fire and other forms of violence, revealing a simmering state of hostility and suspicion between two countries that otherwise share linguistic, cultural, geographic and even economic links.

 

The recent escalation of tension along our borders has been causing serious concern to our respective populations and has prompted the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India to issue a circular asking that a day – the 16th of this month of October – be set aside as a day of PRAYER FOR INDIA and for peace in our subcontinent. Making mine his appeal for prayers, I too would like to call upon the members of the Church in this Archdiocese and other people of good will to join us in praying for one another and for peace in our land.

THE JOY OF THE CANONIZATION OF TERESA OF CALCUTTA

CP-Cir/161/2016

CIRCULAR

To the Priests, Religious, Lay Faithful and People of good will in the

Archdiocese of Goa and Daman

 

THE JOY OF THE CANONIZATION OF TERESA OF CALCUTTA

Dearly Beloved,

            We are privileged to be living in an era when quite a few of our contemporaries – people who have been known for their outstanding sanctity and active contribution in the transformation of human lives and structures – have been canonized.  Many peoples’ lives have been deeply impacted by their close contact with such eminent fellow beings. Some of them, like Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, have visited Goa and we have seen and heard them in person. Incidentally, these two are known not just to the Christian Community but throughout the world and the memory of what they said and did is still fresh in our minds and hearts.

            The Canonization of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta on the 4th of September, 2016 is an occasion of great joy to the Church throughout the world, but especially to the Church in India.  This historic event, which is fittingly taking place in the Jubilee Year of Mercy,  drives home to us the eternal message of Jesus, our Master, that caring for the neglected and the forgotten is the noblest of services;  it places before us the challenge to “go and do likewise” (Lk 10: 37) to the abandoned and the lonely in our homes and neighbourhoods.

Help Nepal with your prayers and financial support.

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 CP-Cir/111/2015

Circular

To the Parish Priests, Heads of Institutions and other Bodies in this Archdiocese

Prayers and Financial Assistance to the Victims of the Nepal Earthquake

Dearly Beloved,

Greetings of Peace !

We are all aware of the devastating earthquake that hit our neighbouring country of Nepal a week ago, leaving presumably some ten thousand dead and several thousands of injured, not to speak of the unprecedented loss of property.  The extent of the devastation, which has flattened thousands of villages, will not be known until the end of the ongoing search and rescue operations. Huge populations are rendered homeless and are living like refugees and the outbreak of an epidemic seems to be imminent. 

CIRCULAR ON THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE

To all our Pastors, Heads of Church Institutions and Communities of the Religious in the Archdiocese

Dearly Beloved,

Greetings of Peace!

We are in the third quarter of the Pastoral Year dedicated in our Archdiocese to Families. And His Holiness Pope Francis has declared a fourteen-month period as the Year of Consecrated Life -- from 30th November, 2014 till 2nd February, 2016. In his Apostolic Letter ‘To all Consecrated People on the Occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life,’ Pope Francis gives a threefold purpose to the Year: ‘to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion, and to embrace the future with hope’. On this occasion the Pope addresses himself also to the laity, who share with those in consecrated life the same ideals, spirit and mission (III,1), to the whole Christian people (III, 2), to the consecrated men and women and to the members of fraternities and communities who belong to Churches of traditions other than the Catholic tradition (III, 3), and to his brother bishops (III, 5), reminding all that journeying together always brings enrichment, and can open new paths to relationships between peoples and cultures, which nowadays appear so difficult.

Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the Priests, Religious, Lay Faithful and People of good will 

in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman

THE JOY OF THE CANONIZATION OF BLESSED JOSEPH VAZ

 

Dearly Beloved,

The Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz on the 14th of January, 2015 is the culmination of more than three centuries of expectation and supplication on the part of his devotees from Goa, Mangalore, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Coming Wednesday  will be, therefore, a unique day in the history of the Church in Goa, a day worth celebrating with special unction and joy, as the Patron of this Archdiocese will be declared a Saint of the Universal Church!

Golden Verse

Efezkarank 6:23

Dev amcho Bap ani Jezu Krist amcho Somi sogllea bhavam-bhoinnink xanti, pritimôg ani bhavarth dium.
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