Archbishop-Patriarch’s Christmas Message (2012)
I bring you good news of great joy … for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord" (Lk 2:10-11). This was the Angel’s message to shepherds on the Holy Night when the Son of God became man. This is the message which is heard at every Christmas celebration in our churches, drawing us into the atmosphere of that night.
Address of Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão
at the Annual Civic Reception on the occasion of Christmas
(Archbishop’s House, 27.12.2012)
It is with great pleasure that, together with His Grace, Archbishop Raul Gonsalves, my respected Predecessor and other inmates of this Archbishop’s House, I welcome you all to this evening of fellowship in this festive season, a season when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, He who is believed to be the source of all that is good and beautiful by more than two billion of the inhabitants of this world. We believe that the birth of Christ, foretold since times immemorial, came to fulfill the aspirations of humanity and to challenge us to see this earth as good and beautiful and to make it a better place to live on.
Message of the Synod of Bishops to the People of God
for the conclusion of the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP)
Institute Piedade, D. B. Marg, Panjim, Goa
Justice and Peace Sunday
19th August, 2012
“Rooted in Faith, Let our Institutions be Prophetic Witnesses”
The Church in India dedicates the third Sunday of August every year to Justice and Peace. This year the 19th of August is marked for the celebration.
CENTRE FOR RESPONSIBLE TOURISM
Theme: “Progressive quality of life through befitting work” (cf. ILO)
In His three-year Mission, Jesus preached the message of God’s boundless love, justice and equality, not only in words, but also in action, as He lived among the people, especially the simple, hard-working and poor in the countryside. Walking in the footsteps of her Master, the Church in Goa, always alert to the ever changing social situations, responds to them through relevant action, in every possible way, to uphold the Gospel values of love, justice and equality.
"You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him" (cf. Col 2:12).
These words, addressed by Saint Paul to the Christian community at Colossae, indicate the theme of Baptism chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for His Lenten Message this year. The Holy Father returns to a citation from the Apostle to the Gentiles as a synthesis of the goal of this sacrament: that "I may come to know him and the power of his resurrection, and partake of his sufferings by being molded to the pattern of his death" (Phil 3:10-11).
Benedict XVI's 2011 Lenten Message
"God Created Men and Women for Resurrection and Life"
"You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him." (cf. Col 2: 12)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Lenten period, which leads us to the celebration of Holy Easter, is for the Church a most valuable and important liturgical time, in view of which I am pleased to offer a specific word in order that it may be lived with due diligence. As she awaits the definitive encounter with her Spouse in the eternal Easter, the Church community, assiduous in prayer and charitable works, intensifies her journey in purifying the spirit, so as to draw more abundantly from the Mystery of Redemption the new life in Christ the Lord (cf. Preface I of Lent).
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
The 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, to be celebrated on 15 May 2011, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, invites us to reflect on the theme: "Proposing Vocations in the Local Church". Seventy years ago, Venerable Pius XII established the Pontifical Work of Priestly Vocations. Similar bodies, led by priests and members of the lay faithful, were subsequently established by Bishops in many dioceses as a response to the call of the Good Shepherd who, "when he saw the crowds, had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd", and went on to say: "The harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest!" (Mt 9:36-38).