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New Year Message - 2013

 Archbishop-Patriarch’s New Year Message (2013)

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Is 9:1). We celebrated this event with the Birth of Jesus; it inspires me to greet my fellow Goans at the dawn of the New Year 2013.

Christmas Message-2012

 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.

Annual Civic Reception Message -2013

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.

Synod Message.

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

Justice and Peace Sunday

Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP)
Institute Piedade, D. B. Marg, Panjim, Goa

Justice and Peace Sunday
19th August, 2012
MESSAGE

“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.

Linking Cultures to Establish Encounters

 

CENTRE FOR RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

 
Theme: Linking Cultures to Establish Encounters
 
World Tourism Day is observed annually the world over on 27th September. In 2011, it will be observed under the theme:  “Tourism – Linking Cultures.” World Tourism Day seeks to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
 
The theme for this year represents an important challenge for tourism policy makers and ground-level tourism practitioners all over the world. The challenge fundamentally lies in bringing about a fundamental transformation in the arena of tourism.

DRUGS/ALCOHOL ABUSE IN GOA - A DEEP CONCERN

MESSAGE 

 
On the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking on 26th June 2011, this Council for Justice and Peace (CSJP) voices its deep concern over the rampant abuse of Drugs in Goan society. Goa, famous the world over as an ideal retreat because of its natural beauty and hospitality, has unfortunately been in the news for being a haven for drugs resulting in drug related deaths of tourists and the exposure of a police nexus in the drug trade. But while the abuse of drugs continues along the coastal belt and is now making steady progress inland, the CSJP is equally concerned with the aggressive promotion and easy availability of alcohol being encouraged by the Government which is adversely impacting Goan homes and industry.
 

Labour Day

 

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.

Message from Cardinal Robert Sarah,

"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).

Lenten Message

 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).

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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