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 GOA AND DAMAN                                           Panjim - 403 001

                          GOA - INDIA

PATRIARCHATE OF THE EAST INDIES           Tel: (0832) 2223353, 2225291

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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. 

The Church has always risen to such occasions and gone out of her way to extend all possible help to the affected populations. The Apostolic Vicar of Nepal – the only Catholic Bishop in that country -- has requested Caritas India to support and assist Caritas Nepal in carrying forward the mammoth task of rescue and relief operations. Caritas India has already begun sending human and material resources to provide succour to the affected people. 

Further, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has made an earnest appeal to the Bishops of India to encourage Catholic faithful, institutions and people of goodwill to express their solidarity and support and to make voluntary donations to this humanitarian cause.

The Church in Goa has been generous in the past, when natural calamities of this nature have created havoc in the lives of entire populations. Time has come to rise up again to the call of distress. Recalling the exhortation of St. Paul, “Let love be genuine” (Rom. 12:9), let us respond to this great challenge and help the surviving victims of the Nepal earthquake to reconstruct their lives and strengthen their faith in humankind.

We welcome your generous monetary contributions. Cheques and demand drafts may be drawn in favour of Caritas-Goa, A/c 025900101018046 Corporation Bank, Panaji Branch (with a note that the amount is towards the Nepal Disaster). They, along with cash donations, may be handed over to the respective parish priests or at the Caritas-Goa office, Instituto N.S. Piedade, Panjim, which will also receive any collections made in our churches, chapels or institutions.

We call upon our Pastors as well as Superiors of religious institutions to announce the contents of this Circular at Sunday masses and regular meetings and thus enable everyone to take part in this drive of the Church in Goa to bring relief to our suffering brethren in Nepal.

 

May the Lord inspire us to be generous and thus share in a special way in His ongoing Mission of Liberation.

 

Archbishop’s House, Panjim, Goa, May 2, 2015.

 

                                                                                              Sd/-

 ( + 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.