At Annual Civic Reception 2015

 Welcome Speech of Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão

at the Annual Civic Reception on the occasion of Christmas

(Archbishop’s House, 29.12.2014)


Smt. Mridula Sinha, Governor of Goa, Dr. Sinha,

Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, 

Shri Francis D’Souza, Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Goa, Smt. D’Souza,

Honourable Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly,

Honourable Members of the Parliament,

Honourable Members of the Judiciary,

Respected Members of the Central and State Administration,

Honourable Defence Personnel,

Respected Consular Authorities,

Esteemed Members of the print and electronic media,

Reverend Colleagues in Church leadership and esteemed Lay collaborators,

Major Superiors of Religious Congregations,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I take great pleasure in welcoming all of you on the occasion of yet another Feast of Christmas to this evening of friendship, goodwill and bonhomie. I am being joined by Archbishop Raul Gonsalves, my Predecessor, and by the other inmates of this Archbishop’s House. Thank you very much for accepting our invitation! We are particularly glad to have in our midst, for the first time, a Lady Governor, in the person of Smt. Mridula Sinha. While we have among you many old friends, we would like to extend a special welcome to those who have come here for the first time, or who have been entrusted with new offices and responsibilities during this year, prominent among whom is our new Chief Minister, Mr. Parsekar, and other new Ministers and officials.

Message on the occasion of Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz

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, chiefly from Goa, Mangalore and Sri Lanka. The Catholic community of this Archdiocese, joined by many followers of other faiths, rejoices at what could be called the best news received during this year!

We need role models on our earthly journey. Their life influences us immensely and we try to hold on to the path they have blazed and the vision they have received.  Joseph Vaz was one such great man: a man with a vision, a Christian who witnessed to Christ’s values in word and in life and a PRIEST in capital letters, who worked selflessly to make his ministry fruitful in the service of the Gospel. We thank God today that Joseph Vaz can at last be held out as a model to be followed by Christians the world over in their endeavour to be witnesses to their faith in the midst of the challenging times of today. 

Pope Speaks at the conclusion of the Synod of the Family

The Holy Father's address to the Synod Fathers at the conclusion of the Synod of the Family.

Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters,

With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit.

From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with them I thank the Relators, Cardinal Peter Erdo, who has worked so much in these days of family mourning, and the Special Secretary Bishop Bruno Forte, the three President delegates, the transcribers, the consultors, the translators and the unknown workers, all those who have worked with true fidelity and total dedication behind the scenes and without rest. Thank you so much from the heart.




We, Synod Fathers, gathered in Rome together with Pope Francis in the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, greet all families of the different continents and in particular all who follow Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We admire and are grateful for the daily witness which you offer us and the world with your fidelity, faith, hope, and love.

Each of us, pastors of the Church, grew up in a family, and we come from a great variety of backgrounds and experiences. As priests and bishops we have lived alongside families who have spoken to us and shown us the saga of their joys and their difficulties.

Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod of Bishops

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in you we contemplate

the splendour of true love,

to you we turn with trust.


Holy Family of Nazareth,

grant that our families too

may be places of communion and prayer,

authentic schools of the Gospel

and small domestic Churches.



“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: 'For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich'. The Apostle was writing to the Christians of Corinth to encourage them to be generous in helping the faithful in Jerusalem who were in need. What do these words of Saint Paul mean for us Christians today? What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean to us today?




Faith and Charity: “We Ought to Lay Down Our Lives for One Another” (1 Jn 3:16)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

1. On the occasion of the Twenty-second World Day of the Sick, whose theme this year is Faith and Charity: “We Ought to Lay Down Our Lives for One Another” (1 Jn 3:16), I turn in a special way to the sick and all those who provide them with assistance and care. The Church recognizes in you, the sick, a special presence of the suffering Christ. It is true. At the side of – and indeed within – our suffering, is the suffering of Christ; he bears its burden with us and he reveals its meaning. When the Son of God mounted the cross, he destroyed the solitude of suffering and illuminated its darkness. We thus find ourselves before the mystery of God’s love for us, which gives us hope and courage: hope, because in the plan of God’s love even the night of pain yields to the light of Easter, and courage, which enables us to confront every hardship in his company, in union with him.

Message for the World Day of Peace 2014




Fraternity is an essential human quality, for we are relational beings. A lively awareness of our relatedness helps us to look upon and to treat each person as a true sister or brother; without fraternity it is impossible to build a just society and a solid and lasting peace. We should remember that fraternity is generally first learned in the family, thanks above all to the responsible and complementary roles of each of its members, particularly the father and the mother. The family is the wellspring of all fraternity, and as such it is the foundation and the first pathway to peace, since, by its vocation, it is meant to spread its love to the world around it.


Vatican City, 26 November 2013 (VIS) - “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus”; thus begins the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”, by which Pope Francis develops the theme of the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world, drawn from, among other sources, the contribution of the work of the Synod held in the Vatican from 7 to 28 October 2012 on the theme “The new evangelization for the transmission of the faith”. The text, which the Holy Father consigned to a group of thirty-six faithful following the closing Mass of the Year of Faith last Sunday is the first official document of his pontificate, since the Encyclical “Lumen fidei” was written in collaboration with his predecessor, Benedict XVI. “I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come”, he continues. It is a heartfelt appeal to all baptized persons to bring Christ’s love to others, “permanently in a state of mission”, conquering “the great danger in today’s world”, that of an individualist “desolation and anguish”.

The Small Christian Communities in the Papal Documents

Pope Paul VI, in Evangelium Nuntiandi, 58.

The last Synod devoted considerable attention to these "small communities," or communautes de base, because they are often talked about in the Church today. What are they, and why should they be the special beneficiaries of evangelization and at the same time evangelizers themselves?

According to the various statements heard in the Synod, such communities flourish more or less throughout the Church. They differ greatly among themselves both within the same region and even more so from one region to another.

Golden Verse

1Korintkarank 7:38

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