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

in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman




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.


Parish Priests, Religious and Lay Leaders, therefore, are requested to conduct special prayers for the nation on Sunday, the 16th October. I call upon members of other religious communities in our Archdiocese to join us in praying for our Mother India.  It is significant that, beginning with Gandhi Jayanti, our nation will be celebrating during this month various festivals, promoted by different religious communities, and geared for the achievement of peace among peoples. May all these festivals, celebrated in the right spirit of praising God, the source of all peace, help us to be ever greater witnesses of peace, harmony, understanding and reconciliation.


Archbishop’s House, Panjim, Goa,  October 6, 2016. 




                                                                   ( + Filipe Neri Ferrão)                                                                   Archbishop of Goa and Daman

Golden Verse

1Korintkarank 7:38

Mhonnttôch aplê ankvar hoklê lagim logn zata to borem korta; ani logn zaina to odik borem korta.