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Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations

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).

PEACE DAY

(January 30, 2011)


INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,
 THE PATH TO PEACE
 
Although the Universal Church celebrates World Peace Day on the 1st of January each year, India holds this celebration on 30th January, the day of the martyrdom of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
 
For his Peace Day Message this year, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the theme, “Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace.” He states: “Religious freedom expresses what is unique about the human person, for it allows us to direct our personal and social life to God, in whose light the identity, meaning and purpose of the person are fully understood. To deny or arbitrarily restrict this freedom is to foster a reductive vision of the human person; to eclipse the public role of religion is to create a society which is unjust, in as much as it fails to take account of the true nature of the human person; it is to stifle the growth of the authentic and lasting peace of the whole human family.”

Speech at the Civic Reception.

Most Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrão speaking at the Annual Civic Reception on the occasion of Christmas

(Archbishop’s House, 29.12.2010)

 Our Dear and Honoured Guests:

Your Excellency, Shri Shivinder Singh Sidhu, Governor of Goa, Honourable Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Digambar Kamat, 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,

On the occasion of Diwali

  We cordially greet our Hindu sisters and brothers on the happy occasion of Diwali and join them in their joy as they celebrate the victory of light over the powers of darkness.

On the occasion of ID-UL-FITR

 200We cordially greet our Muslim community and wish them joy and serenity as they end their Ramadan, a month that they have spent in prayer, fasting, helping the neediest and strengthening relations of family friendship. “Christians and Muslims: Together in overcoming violence among followers of different religions” is the theme the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has proposed for this year. Among other measures, this Vatican Department has appealed to recognize and respect the dignity and the rights of each human being, without any bias related to ethnicity or religious affiliation and to promulgate just laws which guarantee the fundamental equality of all. Let this feast be an occasion to further these values.

Independence Day

We are celebrating today the 63rd Anniversary of our Independence. This day of days  dawned upon us through the vision of Mahatma Gandhi and other great dreamers, who were ready to face batons, bullets and incarceration to see their dream realized.  Rabindranath Tagore carried this struggle by a totally different means: the might of his pen. Pandit Nehru spelt out this dream in his world famous speech, Tryst with Destiny,on that momentous midnight between 14-15 August, 1947. He had said then: Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” As we extend our festal greetings to all our fellow Indians, we pray that this historic pledge be redeemed, in a special way, in the lives of the poor and the downtrodden in our country. Jai Hind!

Quiz Contest

DCSCM-L/55/2009 Date: 26th October, 2009

 
To
The Parish Priest/the Chaplain/the Asst. Parish priest
 
Dear Rev. Fr.
Greetings to you!
 
November 15, 2009 is the Diocesan Day for Mass Media Apostolate.
The Mass Media unveil to us a very fascinating world, a world of challenges too. The message of the Holy Father as well as the Message of our Archbishop- Patriarch, M. Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, deal with this issue.

CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER AND DISEASE

MESSAGE

(Approved English version of Message No. CP/757/2009, written originally in Konkani) 

PEACE  AND  HARMONY

 Violence abounds in our society today - crime, abuse of human rights, cheating, wars and fights for various reasons. Harmony seems to stay far away. And politicians take great advantage of this situation, even aggravating it by adding communal colours to the least manifestations of disunity and thus provoking human conflict. Human beings have been endowed with reasoning power and are capable of discerning good from evil. When humankind rejects peace and takes to evil ways, it goes against its own nature. For violence causes one to warp one’s power to think and to plan. Far from buying peace, violence and war actually purchase death and destruction.

The Archbishop of Goa to the Electorate of the State

Message of the Archbishop of Goa to the Electorate of the State


 The citizens of this great country are soon going to face the ballot box. This is a duty and privilege we all are called to exercise, once again. This is also one of the decisive moments when we are called to seal the destiny of our nation for the next five years and, therefore, a time to ask ourselves, in all sincerity, whether true democracy has been always respected and upheld in this “largest democracy of the world” that is India, particularly by those who seek the votes.

LIVE ACCORDING TO SACRED WRITINGS -Catholic Bishops of India

"FOR PEACE AND HARMONY LIVE ACCORDING TO SACRED WRITINGS
The Catholic Bishops of India appeal to all citizens of India

Mysore, Feb.18: “All scriptures call for a life of peace and harmony! If Christian and all other believers live according to their scriptures, there will be peace!” This is the message of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), concluding their weeklong Plenary Assembly. The CCBI, consisting of 166 Bishops in 128 dioceses is the biggest conference of Bishops in Asia and the fourth biggest in the world. The Conference held its Plenary Assembly at Prabodhana, Pallottine Centre for Theological and Religious Formation, Kalawadi Gate, Rayanakere, Mysore. “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church” was the theme chosen for the meeting which was attended by over 116 bishops from all over India.

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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