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Pastoral Letter 2016 -2017

 Pastoral Letter

To the Priests, Religious, Lay Faithful and People of Good Will in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman

 

(Approved English version of the Pastoral Letter  No. CP-Past/131/2016 written originally in Konkani language)

 

MANYAVONT PADRI AGNELA PORIM

KAKLUTVONT DEVACHE SAKXIDAR ZAUM-IA

 

INSPIRED BY VENERABLE FR. AGNELO

LET US WITNESS TO THE MERCY OF GOA

Pastoral Letter for the Year of Mercy 2015 - 2016

CP-Past/229/2015 

 To the Priests, Religious, Lay Faithful and People of Good Will in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman

 

YEAR OF MERCY

My Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In this Jubilee Year dedicated to Mercy, I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and address to you this special Pastoral Letter.

1. When the fullness of time had come, God’s only Son, Jesus Christ, took human form and was born of a woman (cf. Gal 4: 4), bringing to humankind God’s boundless love and immeasurable mercy. Jesus Christ entered his Paschal Mystery in the context of this unfathomable mercy, so that it may remain with us till the end of times. In reality, the Paschal Mystery comprises the entire life of Jesus, right from his birth till the descent of the Holy Spirit. This is the Christ-Event. During the Last Supper, Jesus commanded his Apostles to celebrate his Paschal Mystery, so that, by this celebration, God’s mercy could be always present to humankind, making us all its beneficiaries (cf. Lk 22: 14-20). Besides this Thanksgiving Sacrifice, the depth of God’s mercy can be experienced in the Sacrament of Reconciliation instituted by Jesus (cf. Jn 20: 21-22). The Church has always been making God’s Mercy present to the faithful through this Sacrament. The Holy Father calls us to reflect on this gracious Mercy of God, make it an integral part of our Christian life and witness to it wherever we go.

Pastoral Letter 2013-2014...

Pastoral Letter

To the Priests, Religious, Lay Faithful and People of Good Will in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman

(Approved English version of the Pastoral Letter  No. CP-Past/156/2013 written originally in Konkani language)

 

SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES: COMMUNION OF FAITH IN LOVE

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Cor 13, 13).

A great Church event is awaiting us later this year. It is the First National Convention of Small Christian Communities. It will be held in our Archdiocese from 19th to 21st November and bring together thousands of lay faithful, along with many bishops from our country. Preparations for this event have already begun in 2012 and these will be intensified in this Pastoral Year. It is my sincere desire that this National Convention becomes a driving force for all of us to fast-track our efforts towards promoting Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in our Archdiocese.  In view of this and having in mind our diocesan priorities, we are dedicating this Pastoral Year to Small Christian Communities. 

Many have been asking questions regarding SCCs and I shall strive to provide answers to these questions, hoping that this will help all of us to understand SCCs better and to appreciate their importance to the life of the Church today.

Pastoral Letter on the year of Faith

 CP-Past/231/2012

 
To the Priests, Religious, Lay Faithful and People of Good Will in the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman
 
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
 
Filled with the joy of being gifted with Faith in Jesus, I extend my loving greetings to you, my fellow Christians and to all people of good will.
As you are aware, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has declared the period from October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013 as a Year of Faith. Faith is God’s Gift. This gift needs to be appreciated, cherished and nourished. But more than anything, it has to be lived. The foundation of our faith is the encounter with the Christ-event or rather with the Person of Jesus Christ, who gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction (cf. Deus caritas est 1). 

Pastoral Letter 2011 - 2012

 

 
“COVENANT BETWEEN HUMAN BEINGS AND CREATION:
DIVINE LOVE’S MANIFESTATION”
 
 
Dear Sisters and Brothers! 
 
The grace and the peace of God our Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all! 
 
 
1. INTRODUCTION
 
A new age dawned on these our territories of Goa, Daman and Diu on December 19, 1961. These, and before them, the enclaves of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, were freed from 450 years of foreign domination. The new era that followed allowed us to take great strides in our own development: a university in the educational field, industrial projects in the industrial area, self-governance and an ever progressing lifestyle. At a moment like this, I recall a famous poem of Rabindranath Tagore: “Let my country awake.”  The original text is given at the end of this Letter.
 

Golden Verse

Razachem Poilem Pustok 9:3

Sorvesporan taka mhollem: ‘Hanvem tujim magnnim ani Tunvem mhojê mukhar kelolim prartho-nam aikoleant. Tunvem bandlolea hea mondirant Mhojem Nanv sodankal urunk, hanvem tem sonvskarlam. Mhoji nodor ani mhojem mon sodankal thoim astolem.
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