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Circulars Issued by the Archbishop of Goa and Daman
We have a new Pope! And this is, undoubtedly, a moment of great joy for the whole Church. The See of Peter, vacant till now due to the resignation of our beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has a new incumbent in the person of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, who took for himself the name of Francis.
To the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of this Archdiocese
Subject: Day of Prayer for the Church
When Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pope almost eight years ago, his first words, which echoed through St. Peter’s Square and throughout the world, were: “The Cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble labourer in the vineyard of the Lord.” The papacy of Benedict XVI was characterized by the simplicity and humility of this labourer of the Lord, as he went on shepherding the Flock under his care and teaching in a way “which let the rays of truth and love of God enlighten and warm our journey, even and especially at times when clouds gathered in the sky,” to use the words of the Pope’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
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During the Year of Faith special acts of penance
will be rewarded with the gift of Sacred Indulgences.
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father Benedict XVI on October 31, 2012 accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Jhansi (India), by His Exc. Mgr. Frederick D'Souza in accordance with can. 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, and appointed Rev.do Peter Parapullil, General Vicar of the same diocese as Bishop of Jhansi (India).
New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - The Indian government "is using the bludgeon with civil society." Is what John Dayal, a lay Catholic intellectual and writer, responsible for the "All India Catholic Union" and collaborator of the Commission "Justice and Peace" of the Indian Bishops says to Fides Agency. Having already withdrawn 4,300 licenses for as many non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), the federal government of India is targeting organizations of European countries and the U.S.A.
O Lord, we acknowledge our impieties, the iniquities of our fathers, that we have sinned against you.