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The Pastor Speaks ….. Preparing for Christmas ñ St. John the Baptist Every year we look forward for Celebrating Christmas. Preparations of all kinds commence weeks before 25th December! It is good to sit back and see what really would make a more complete and satisfying celebration. The annual celebration of this great feast is expressed in so many external manifestations. Without a personal interior preparations the blessings of Christmas season may pass by us and the satisfaction of having a nice celebration could only be limited in narrating the wonderful things we did at the Church and at home! But, we all want a true Christmas joy and that can only be possible through a fresh experience of the encounter with Jesus Christ born who came to dwell among us for our salvation. Do we need Jesus Christ in our life? And why do we need this savior in our life, in our home, and in our society today? Going to the days of the first Christmas in Bethlehem, we know, will help us in our preparation. Like them we have to see the need for Jesus Christ in our life and we need to prepare to receive him! The birth of John the Baptist and his prophetic role in preparing the People of Israel was part of the Divine plan of salvation. That is why we have the infancy narrative of John the Baptist parallel to the infancy narratives of Jesus Christ. It is very clear from the beginning that John the Baptist ìwill turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. With the spirit and power of Elijah will go before him, to make ready a people prepared for the Lordî Lk 1:16-17). We shall examine how the same John Baptist, his life and teaching will help us prepare for this yearís Christmas! Since we are preparing for the feast that commemorates the birth of our savior whom we already know and believe, accompanied by John the Baptist, his life and teachings let us seek and find the Lord Jesus! i)

He preaches repentance: The expected messiah, the king and His kingdom will be coming soon. There is the invitation to all to be getting ready for the king and his kingdom: ìJohn the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sinsî ( Mk 1:4). In the gospel according to Mathew a more specific reference is made to the kingdom of heaven: ìRepent, for the kingdom

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of heaven has come nearî (Mt 3: 2). Why repentance for a people who were living for long without a king of their own? Their kingdom is destroyed and they are under Roman Emperor! For the Jews of that time and for all of us at this time, the message is this: we human beings are not really under earthly kings; it is under God, our Creator and Lord, Saviour and redeemer that we should live and move, and have our being! Therefore, it is immaterial whether we have an earthly ruler and earthly kingdom or not. We have to be under or in the ìreign of God or rule of God!î The people of Israel needed the restoration of their political kingdom but their real need was to be under reign of God or be in the kingdom of God. Therefore reconciliation with God and with fellow human beings is essential! In our preparation for the feast of Christmas, this personal reconciliation with God and neighbor is very essential. In that reconciliation there is the restoration of our lives! But, we have to recognize this need and we have to take steps in that line! ii)

John the Baptist shows us the way to Messiah: He plainly declared that he was not the messiah but one who came to announce the arrival of the Messiah. He could recognize Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah, the one who is to come. He not only shows the way to the people to prepare to receive the messiah but also shows to the people the one who is to come: ìBehold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the worldî (Jn 1:29). The whole focus of John the Baptist was on the one who is to come and his wish was that the People of Israel should not miss the messiah when he comes. But, there is the danger of missing the opportunity, if they continue to be in the bondage of sin and selfishness, if they continue to think of themselves confined only to the realm of the material, social and cultural aspects of life: ìHere there is something for all of us who want to celebrate the joy of the birth of the savior of the world! Real celebration should be integral and all embracing! We have to desire to shed those things that make us blind and deaf to God and His ways. We may be in good situation when it comes to material and social or cultural aspects of life but these can cause of missing the opportunity of seeing the Lord for the benefit of true restoration of our life. And life is more than food and drink and clothing! God speaks through the prophets giving them opportunity to know the truth and to sincerely accept the truth, and make a sincere effort to take initiatives to respond to Godís voice through the prophets! The same prophetic voice of John

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the Baptist speaks to us who are preparing for Christmas! We should not miss the opportunity that God is giving us! iii) He said ëHe must increase and I must decreaseí: As John the Baptist was engaged in the mission of proclaiming the message of repentance and change of heart, questions were raised about his identity and about what he was doing, living very austere life and that too, in the wilderness. It is not so much a display of humility but a genuine declaration of the mission he is entrusted with. Two things he said to those who were raising questions: 1) He is not the messiah; 2) He is entrusted with a mission of preparing the way for the Lord and preparing people for the arrival of the kingdom of God. In saying these two things, his message was, ìhe is not important,î and ìhe is not worthy before the one who is to come,î and, ìin fact, he should not be elevated.î That is why, he said, ìhe must increase, and I must decrease!î(Jn 3:30; read also3:25-29). This is the message and messenger John the Baptist was! Here is a message for all of us, especially to those who are in responsible positions in the life and mission of the Church. So often it is said, every Christian is an evangelizer and a missionary. It is true of our identity as baptized members of the Church and we have to proclaim Christ in and outside the Christian community. For this, we should have the attitude of John the Baptist, I am not important, my position and privileges are not my main concern, and I am not worthy of this great privilege of being a Christian and a Christian missionary. Therefore, self promotion in any form is against the spirit of mission and evangelization work. We have to be prepared and disposed for kenosis, emptying of ourselves! The prime place is given to the Lord and His teachings, His way and His truth. One has to be committed and dedicated instruments in the hands of the Lord, true to our calling! Self promotion and self seeking are natural and rather frequently tempting forces that we need to combat with. In the daily life dynamics, we should have the courage and inner strength to confess and say, ìHe must increase and I must decrease!î Here all of us have to struggle with our inbuilt inclination to seek the self and self interests, self importance and name and fame. A good point to examine in the days of preparation for Christmas is to try to see, if self-seeking and self interests is happening at the cost of neglecting the mission or responsibilities that are entrusted to us! Oneís self is important but then how are we capable of genuinely saying, ìHe must increase and I must decrease?î

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iv) Fearlessness and courageous are two outstanding qualities that we see in John the Baptist. No mincing of words in saying things as part of mission of preparing the people for the coming of the Messiah and the Kingdom of God. No preoccupation of the consequences of saying the truth and remaining faithful to the mission at hand. He could use harsh words and condemn the untruth with boldness. We know he died for his mission! That is the meaning of being prophetic! Every Christian, especially, the specially anointed ones, priests and religious, Community leaders and elders responsible for the parish or institution share in the triple function or dimensions of the priesthood of Christ, our High Priest: priest, prophet and king! To be prophetic and to be good pastors or leaders, abiding by the truth and proclaiming the truth with boldness and fearlessness is important. We all fall short of this because of human frailty. At Christmas we should pray to the Lord and John the Baptist, to make us truthful, bold and fearless as part of being in the mission of proclaiming Jesus Christ! ìWhat did you go out into the wild9ness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you to out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.î (Mat 11:7-9,11)

Ü Prakash Mallavarapu Archbishop of Visakhapatnam

LET US PRAY For Holy Father’s Monthly Prayer Intention Universal:†End to Child-Soldiers That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over. Evangelization:†Europe That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.

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ENGAGEMENTS December, 2016 1st - 4th FABC Meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka Final Profession, St.Annís of Luzern, Shalom at 9.30 a.m. 5th th Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mass at Ross Hill Shrine, 8 7.00 a.m. th Visit to Coimbatore 9 th Feast Day Mass at Kothur, Anakapalli Parish, 11.30 a.m. 10 Feast Day Mass, Visakha Vimala Vidhyalaya, Nirmala Sisters, 6.00 p.m. th Christmas Celebrations, Manuel Welfare Associations, 11 Gnanapuram at 10.30 a.m. th Clergy Recollection Day 12 th Meeting at St. Johnís Medical College, Bangalore 13 th Divyavani Board Meeting, Hyderabad 14 17th Vizag Catholic Medical Apostolate, Christmas Gathering, Pastoral Centre, 11.00 a.m. Annual School Day, AKM Jubilee Memorial School, 4.30 p.m. 18th Youth Christmas Gathering, 11.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m. 19th Sports Day, St.Josephís School, Waltair R.S, 2.30 p.m. 20th Blessing of Village Chapel, Araku Parish, 10.30 a.m 22nd Blessing of Convent, Holy Cross Sisters, Yerukonda, 11:30 a.m. 24th Christmas Midnight Mass, St.Peterís Cathedral, Gnanapuram at 11:30 p.m. th Christmas Day Morning Mass, St.Anthonyís Church, 25 Maharanipeta, 7.00 a.m. N.B: Archbishopís Office will be closed from 24th Dec. to 1st of Jan. 2017

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JANUARY, 2017 7th 11th 14th 17th 18th 22nd 26th 27th

Vizianagaram Deanery Marriage Preparation Course Our Lady of Assumption Feast Mass, Sithanagaram, 10.00 a.m. Infant Jesus Feast day Mass, Seethammadhara Blessing of Sanyasiraopeta Chapel, Mary Nagar, Salur Siluvagiri Feast, Vengapuram Parish, Mass at 10.00 a.m Blessing of Vadlapudi Parish New Church, Vadlapudi at 10.00 a.m. Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Fr.Pratap Sarisa, Vizianagaram, Mass at 11.00 a.m. Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Fr.William, Kanaparthi, Guntur

OFFERINGS RECEIVED ON PASTORAL VISIT (From August to November, 2016) S.No. Name of Parish/institution / person 1 St. Peters cathedral, Gnanapuram 2 St.Joseph of Annecy, Waltair 3 St.Joseph the Worker Church, Malkapuram 4 Infant Jesus Church, Anaparthy 5 Gajuwaka Parish 6 St. AnnĂ­s Convent, Pedaboddepalli 7 Anakapally Parish 8 Bangarammpeta, Theresanagar, Salur 9 Viskhapuri Mary Matha Shrine, Ross Hill 10 Holy Cross Church, Gajuwaka 11 St. Joseph the Worker Church, Malkapuram 12 Kuparala David, Pedaboddepalli 13 St.AnnĂ­s Church, Yanam 14 No Name 15 People from Adduroad Parish, Thimmapuram 16 Dondaparthi Chinna, Kasipatnam, S.Kota 17 Y.S.Valasa Parish 18 Nirmala Sisters, Seethammadhara 19 Bobbili Parish 20 Mary Nagar, Salur 21 No Name Total

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COMMUNICATIONS 1. Recollections for the month of December will be on Monday, 12thDecember, 2016. All the priests are to attend without fail. 2. The Ordo for the Liturgical Year, 2016-2017 is available at the office of the archbishopís house. Priests and superiors of the religious communities may collect the copies of the Ordo. I take this opportunity to express my appreciation and gratitude to Fr. Ratna Kumar who took all the care and trouble to make the Ordo available on time. I am sure that the Ordo is used, especially the guidelines and instructions printed in the first part of the Ordo, for an orderly celebrations of the Holy Eucharist in the spirit of the particular season of the Liturgical year. 3. I thank all the priests and religious, and the faithful who contributed in different ways for the prayerful and meaningful celebration of the ìClose of the Jubilee year of Mercyî on 12th and 13th of November. With the initiative taken and collaboratuion of Divyavani T.V. Channel we had the privilege of conducting the two-day spiritual event to thank and praise the Lord of Mercy and Compassion. It was a well attended and was prayerful gathering! Thanks be to God of Mercy! Let us continue to strive to be ìmerciful life the Father!î 4. In this issuer we are making available ìthe Advent Wreath Prayerî for the benefit of all. It is a fresh reminder about this devotional practice to prepare for a meaningful celebration of Christmas! I wish this is promoted by the parish priests in the families! 5. This year the Feast of the Holy Family is on Friday, 30th December. Since it is Christmas week this feast should be celebrated in a solemn way. I want all the parish priests and their pastoral collaborators to plan and celebrate as a family day! Some special programme should be planned to have the whole family to come for the celebration of Holy Mass as well as other programme!

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Dear fathers, brothers and sisters, You are aware that our Holy Mother Church has always been taking keen interest for the wellbeing of the Christian families. During the last three years, the Holy Father, Pope Francis the entire Church is invited to pay attention to what can help to strengthen and support the institution of marriage and family. We know how the family is the ìcrucible and cradle of lifeî and how family is important for a good society! So much is happening in the world that is threatening to destroy the institution of marriage and family. The Synod of Bishops and the release of the post synodal document, Amoris Latitiae, the Joy of Love, are indicative of the Churchís concern for supporting and sustaining family life. In India also, CCBI (Latine Rite Bishops Conference) has deliberated on ìthe familyî four years back and again this year in Bhopal, from 1st to 9th February chosen Family as the subject for reflection. In the above background and since no special Year is declared in the Universal Church, in Our Archdiocese of Visakhapatnam, it is dedicated that we shall observe the year 2017 as a special year dedicated to the family: Kutumba jeevithamu Parishuddha/ Bible Granthamu. On 30th December, 2016 the Feast of the Holy Family, this special Year of family will begin and end on the feast of the Holy Family in 2017. The main objective is to extend the fruits of the Synod of Bishops on the Family and the other events both in the universal Church and in the Church in India. We shall work for the renewal and upliftment of the familes in our Archdiocese of Visakhpatnam. All the parish priests should prepare the parish community for this special Year of the Family and plan to observe the year. Some general guidelines will be provided in the coming weeks regarding the Year of Family Life and Holy Bible. All the religious communities should be involved at the parish level and also take initiatives to do whatever they can contribute for the well being of the families and family life.

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HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST, THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is the crown of the liturgical year and this Holy Year of Mercy. The Gospel in fact presents the kingship of Jesus as the culmination of his saving work, and it does so in a surprising way. ìThe Christ of God, the Chosen One, the Kingî (Lk 23:35,37) appears without power or glory: he is on the cross, where he seems more to be conquered than conqueror. His kingship is paradoxical: his throne is the cross; his crown is made of thorns; he has no sceptre, but a reed is put into his hand; he does not have luxurious clothing, but is stripped of his tunic; he wears no shiny rings on his fingers, but his hands are pierced with nails; he has no treasure, but is sold for thirty pieces of silver. Jesusí reign is truly not of this world (cf. Jn 18:36); but for this reason, Saint Paul tells us in the Second Reading, we find redemption and forgiveness (cf. Col 1:13-14). For the grandeur of his kingdom is not power as defined by this world, but the love of God, a love capable of encountering and healing all things. Christ lowered himself to us out of this love, he lived our human misery, he suffered the lowest point of our human condition: injustice, betrayal, abandonment; he experienced death, the tomb, hell. And so our King went to the ends of the universe in order to embrace and save every living being. He did not condemn us, nor did he conquer us, and he never disregarded our freedom, but he paved the way with a humble love that forgives all things, hopes all things, sustains all things (cf. 1 Cor 13:7). This love alone overcame and continues to overcome our worst enemies: sin, death, fear. Dear brothers and sisters, today we proclaim this singular victory, by which Jesus became the King of every age, the Lord of history: with the sole power of love, which is the nature of God, his very life, and which has no end (cf. 1 Cor 13:8). We joyfully share the splendour of having Jesus as our King: his rule of love transforms

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sin into grace, death into resurrection, fear into trust. It would mean very little, however, if we believed Jesus was King of the universe, but did not make him Lord of our lives: all this is empty if we do not personally accept Jesus and if we do not also accept his way of being King. The people presented to us in todayís Gospel, however, help us. In addition to Jesus, three figures appear: the people who are looking on, those near the cross, and the criminal crucified next to Jesus. First, the people: the Gospel says that ìthe people stood by, watchingî (Lk 23:35): no one says a word, no one draws any closer. The people keep their distance, just to see what is happening. They are the same people who were pressing in on Jesus when they needed something, and who now keep their distance. Given the circumstances of our lives and our unfulfilled expectations, we too can be tempted to keep our distance from Jesusí kingship, to not accept completely the scandal of his humble love, which unsettles and disturbs us. We prefer to remain at the window, to stand apart, rather than draw near and be with him. A people who are holy, however, who have Jesus as their King, are called to follow his way of tangible love; they are called to ask themselves, each one each day: ìWhat does love ask of me, where is it urging me to go? What answer am I giving Jesus with my life?î There is a second group, which includes various individuals: the leaders of the people, the soldiers and a criminal. They all mock Jesus. They provoke him in the same way: ìSave yourself!î (Lk 23:35,37,39). This temptation is worse than that of the people. They tempt Jesus, just as the devil did at the beginning of the Gospel (cf. Lk 4:1-13), to give up reigning as God wills, and instead to reign according to the worldís ways: to come down from the cross and destroy his enemies! If he is God, let him show his power and superiority! This temptation is a direct attack on love: ìsave yourselfî (vv. 37,39); not others, but yourself. Claim triumph for yourself with your power, with your glory, with your victory. It is the most terrible temptation, the first and the last of the Gospel. When confronted with this attack on his very way of being, Jesus does not speak, he does not react. He does not defend himself, he does not try to convince them, he does not mount a defence of his kingship. He

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continues rather to love; he forgives, he lives this moment of trial according to the Fatherís will, certain that love will bear fruit. In order to receive the kingship of Jesus, we are called to struggle against this temptation, called to fix our gaze on the Crucified One, to become ever more faithful to him. How many times, even among ourselves, do we seek out the comforts and certainties offered by the world. How many times are we tempted to come down from the Cross. The lure of power and success seem an easy, quick way to spread the Gospel; we soon†forget how the Kingdom of God works.This Year of Mercy invites us to rediscover the core, to return to what is essential. This time of mercy calls us to look to the true face of our King, the one that shines out at Easter, and to rediscover the youthful, beautiful face of the Church, the face that is radiant when it is welcoming, free, faithful, poor in means but rich in love, on mission. Mercy, which takes us to the heart of the Gospel, urges us to give up habits and practices which may be obstacles to serving the Kingdom of God; mercy urges us to orient ourselves only in the perennial and humble kingship of Jesus, not in submission to the precarious regalities and changing powers of every age. In the Gospel another person appears, closer to Jesus, the thief who begs him: ìJesus, remember me when you come into your kingdomî (v. 42). This person, simply looking at Jesus, believed in his kingdom. He was not closed in on himself, but rather ñ with his errors, his sins and his troubles ñ he turned to Jesus. He asked to be remembered, and he experienced Godís mercy: ìToday you will be with me in paradiseî (v. 43). As soon as we give God the chance, he remembers us. He is ready to completely and forever cancel our sin, because his memory ñ unlike our own ñ does not record evil that has been done or keep score of injustices experienced. God has no memory of sin, but only of us, of each of us, we who are his beloved children. And he believes that it is always possible to start anew, to raise ourselves up. Let us also ask for the gift of this open and living memory. Let us ask for the grace of never closing the doors of reconciliation and pardon, but rather of knowing how to go beyond evil and differences, opening every possible pathway of hope. As God

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believes in us, infinitely beyond any merits we have, so too we are called to instil hope and provide opportunities to others. Because even if the Holy Door closes, the true door of mercy which is the heart of Christ always remains open wide for us. From the lacerated side of the Risen One until the very end of time flow mercy, consolation and hope. So many pilgrims have crossed the threshold of the Holy Doors, and far away from the clamour of the daily news they have tasted the great goodness of the Lord. We give thanks for this, as we recall how we have received mercy in order to be merciful, in order that we too may become instruments of mercy. Let us go forward on this road together. May our Blessed Lady accompany us, she who was also close to the Cross, she who gave birth to us there as the tender Mother of the Church, who desires to gather all under her mantle. Beneath the Cross, she saw the good thief receive pardon, and she took JesusĂ­ disciple as her son. She is Mother of Mercy, to whom we entrust ourselves: every situation we are in, every prayer we make, when lifted up to his merciful eyes, will find an answer.

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FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (FIHM) In Mid- 19th century, the church in Tamil Nadu began to realize the absolute need of women Education. It firmly believed that growth in women Education would be instrumental in fostering true piety in families and generally in raising the quality of families. We the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary ñ Pondicherry humbly acknowledge that was through the Divine intervention that the fathers of the Synod of Pondicherry. On 16th October 1844 Servant of God Fr.Louis Savinien Dupuis, MEP started Immaculate Heart of Mary Congregation (FIHM) with the blessing of the Holy Father Pope Gregory XVI. OUR MOTTO ñ Love and Sacrifice SYMBOLS :ñ Burning Candle - Light of Christ Rose among thorns ñ Fullness of Love through Sacrifice Cross and Spiral - Growth in Sanctification of the sisters in the Seven Continents of the world. Bird Eager to Fly - Women eager to become sanctified. CHARISM :ìThe Sanctification of Sisters for the Sanctification of Womenî We cultivate a vision of personal sanctification to establish the kingdom of God by following Christ. Today our congregation is committed to Evangelization, Education, Social work and Health ministries. Totally there are four Provinces and one region namely St.Lourdes Province which is in Pondy ñ Cuddalore, St.Josephís Provincein Trichy , Infant Jesus Province in Madurai and Assisi Province in Andhra Pradesh. Our only region located in East Africa.

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OUR PRESENCE IN ASSISI PROVINCE : We the FIHM sisters started to work in Andhra Pradesh in the year 1969. We have extended our mission and established our communities in Andhra Pradesh ñ 14, Telangana - 2 Tamil Nadu ñ 5, Karnataka - 2, Gujarat ñ 2 and Bihar ñ 3. Totally 150 sisters are dedicated to serve in fifteen Dioceses. SISTERS AT BOBBILI (2016 ñ 2017) Sr.Thomas Mary ñ Superior Sr. Sagaya Margaret Mary Ambrose Sr.Gandamala Sunitha Balaswami Address: FIHM Convent St.Joseph R.C.M Church Bobbili - 535 558 Vizianagaram (Dt.).

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DIOCESAN NEWS Yanamadala village chapel blessing, Velangi:†††† Yanamadala village, one of the substations of Velangi parish, was blessed with a beautiful†chapel. It is a small catholic village, with 25 families who are completely†farmers, which is 7 km away from the parish. The old†Chapel collapsed and they used to have mass outside. Seeing this need Fr, Jayaraj.D requested Rev. Fr. Jakkana Balashowri the Chancellor and parish priest of Cathedral parish to sponsor for the chapel and by Godís grace he came forward to construct the chapel. The chapel was completely sponsored by Rev. Fr. Jakkana to whom we are grateful. The villagers were to be

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appreciated for their manual labour in construction, except masonary work, rest of the work was done by the†villagers only. On 5th of November, 2016, His Grace Prakash Mallavarapu blessed the chapel and celebrated the Eucharist. A good number of faithful from the other villages of the parish and many devotees witnessed the blessing and participated in the Mass. All the way from Gnanapuram, nearly 50 faithful came here to double our joy by singing in the Mass. After the Mass delicious meals were served to all the people. Fr. Jayaraj. D. The Parish Priest of Velangi

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DIVINE MERCY CONVENTION To mark the closing of the Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese of Visakhapatnam organized ìDivine Mercy Conventionî in collaboration with the Divya Vani T.V. Channel at St. Peterís Cathedral premises, Gnanapuram, on 12th and 13th November, 2016. The two day programme was day-time programme from 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m. As informed earlier, time schedule was kept up. On Saturday, 12th Nov., Most.Rev.Prakash Mallavarapu, Archbishop of Visakhapatnam inaugurated the program along with Fr.U.Bala Showry, CEO of Divyavani TV, Fr.Jakkana Balashowry, the Chancellor, Fr.Prabhakar, the Procurator, Fr.Mohan Prasad, the zonal coordinator of Divya vani TV. All the preachers led the faithful into the prayer and devotion through their homilies. On these two days, the participation was good and nearly 6,000 people attended the convention.

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A live telecast was given on Divyavani T.V on these two days. On 13th, Sunday, all the priests from Vizag Urban deanery concelebrated in the Eucharist, while His Grace, Most.Rev.Prakash Mallavarapu presided over the Eucharistic Celebration as the concluding programme of the Convention. At the end, Fr.Mohan Prasad gave vote of thanks to all who helped to make this convention fruitful. I thank all the parish priests and superiors of the Religious Communities in the city for extending their cooperation. The main aim was to strengthen the faithful in the Divine Mercy devotion and also to motivate to take up the call of the Jubilee Year, ìBe merciful like the Father!î

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TCBC WOMENíS COMMISSION REGIONAL MEETING One day Regional meeting of TCBC Womenís Commission was organized on 26th November 2016 at Pastoral Centre, Archbishops House, Visakhapatnam with the theme ìWomen as a change agent in the family/parish and societyî. The Chair Person of the TCBC Womenís Commission His Lordship Mylavarapu Prakash presided over the meeting. Forty representatives from the Dioceses of Guntur, Eluru, Adilabad, Cuddapah, Warangal, Srikakulam, Kurnool and Visakhapatnam enthusiastically participated in the meeting. Each Diocese shared the various parish level activities carried out by the women in their respective parishes and felt the need to do more at the Diocesan level. His Lordship Archbishop Prakash spoke of family as a unit needs to be strengthened, unified, encouraged, and

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exhorted the women to play a vital role as catalyst of change in these challenging times to build up the families that are disintegrated. Mrs. Leela Kumari, a social activist and the resource person of the day gave very practical insights of building a strong faith based church at the grassroots. Each Diocese prepared the action plan mainly focusing on forming Diocesan Womenís Commission that would initiate and plan various activities for the women in the respective dioceses and parishes.

NEWS FROM PASTORAL CENTRE REPORT OF MUSIC CONCERT (CATHOLICA BHAKTI GEETHALA SANGEETHOTSHAVAM) Catholic bhakti geethala sangeethotshavam was conducted on 23rd of November 2016 at St. Anthonyís High School, Maharanipeta from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, in view of the feast St. Cecilia (patron for liturgical singing). Rt. Rev. Dr. Mallavarapu Prakash our archbishop, Rev. Frs. Jakkana Balashowry, Pathivada Joseph Prabhakar, Baviri Suresh and Sr. Kusuma (St. Annís provincial) were among those who attended the celebration. There were nearly 500 people present and all the participants did their best to praise and worship the lord

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with all their melodious voices and instruments. Our archbishop thanked all the choir groups and exhorted them to sing and praise the liturgical songs with discipline and devotion. Special thanks to Rev. Frs. Jakkana Balashowry and Pasupuleti Yugal Kumar for their financial support. I thank Rev Frs. J. John Prakash, Ch. Rajakumar, P. William, S. Anthony, M. Rajendra, Devaraj, Bernard, Rev. Srs. who were present for the program, and all the youth of Vizag Urban Deanary.

The participants were : 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.

St. Joseph Sisters, Waltair. St. Anns Co-Cathedral Church, Infant Jesus Church,Seethammadara. St. Peters Cathedral, Gnanapuram. St. Francis Church, Madurawada. Lourdumatha Church, Saligramapuram. Holy Cross Church, Gajuwaka. St. Thomas Church,Butchirajupalem. St. Anthonyís Boarding Boys,Maharanipeta. St. Annís Sisters, Arunodaya. Christ the Saviour Church, Steelplant. St. Francis de Sales Church, China Waltair. St. Anthonyís Church, Maharanipeta. St. Theresaís Church, Pendurthi. St. Joseph Church, Malkapuram. Archdiocesan Priests, DMCY group, pachipenta.

Report of Gnana Jyothi Bible Exam The Gnana Jyothi Bible Exam was conducted on 6th November 2016, all over the diocese. I thank all the priests, sisters, animators and catechists for taking a lot of care in preparing and conducting the exam so well.

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Report of Regents Recollection The regent brothersí one day recollection was held on 16th November at Madugula parish from 9am to 1pm. I take this opportunity to thank Rev. Fr. Saragadam Balashowry for his hospitality and all the fathers, who are incharges of regent brothers.

CATECHISM EXAM : Dear principals, head masters, head mistresses, parish priests and those incharge of catechism classes, please conduct the catechism exam in the first week of December 2016, as a preparation for the annual catechism exam of the diocesan syllabus and from those who scored high marks 3 pupils will be selected from every class for the annual exam as many of you know and final catechism exam will be conducted on 26 of January 2017. Thanking you all for all your support and encouragement.

CHRISTMAS - 2016 CELEBRATIONS DETAILS : Dear fathers and sisters, please make a note of the Christmas celebrations in the pastoral centre, and encourage your parishioners to participate in these celebrations, ï

Catechism and Catholic teachers on 12th of Dec.2016 at Pastoral centre.

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Medical Personnel on 17th at Pastoral Centre. Vizag Urban Deanary Youth on 18th of December 2016.

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The smile of God is Victory Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.î This was true in Purnaís life. Chodipilli Purna is hailing from tribal community. His parents are daily labourers. He has two sisters and four brothers. His father is the only earning member of the family. Poorna is the eldest son in the family.Parents were not interested in educating the children. In fact Purna was dropout child and our sisters in Makkuva showed a lot of interst in his growth and joined him in government school. It is very remarkable that he is the first one to study from his village. He was given special coaching to re-coop his studies. He is calm, talented, hard working boy and had clear goal in his life to attain . His aim was to get IIIT [free seat] and he worked hard to accomplish his dream day and night and scored 9.3 in board exam received prathibha award on 15th oct 2016 at Vijayawada and brought esteem, regards and respect to our institution, to his family and to his community. Today he got IIIT and studying in Kadapa. He feels very proud of himself and grateful to the sisters who gave full support and encouragement. As Herman Cain says ìSuccess is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.î We perceive the brilliant opportunity and bright future on his face and the development of his family and his community. He won confidence and looking forward his future with lot of hope and courage. All our dreams may not come trueÖBut unless we dream, nothing will come true... Let us wish him Godís choicest blessings upon him to realize his dream. Sr. Selvi David, Holy Cross Convent, Makkuva.

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POPE FRANCIS’ CATECHESIS ON HOly yEAR OF mERCy 35. To visit the sick and the imprisoned (Wednesday, 9 November 2016) Jesusí life, especially during the three years of his public ministry, was a continual encounter with people. Among them, the sick had a special place. How many pages of the Gospel tell of these encounters! The paralytic, the blind man, the leper, the possessed man, the epileptic, and the countless people suffering from illnesses of every kind.... Jesus made himself close to each of them, and cured them with his presence and his healing power. Therefore, among the works of mercy, we cannot fail to visit and assist those who are sick. Together with this, we can also include being close to those who are in prison. Indeed, both the sick and the imprisoned live in conditions which limit their freedom. It is precisely when we lack [freedom] that we realize how precious it is! Jesus has given us the possibility of being free regardless of the limitations of illness and of restrictions. And he offers us the freedom which comes from an encounter with him, and the new sense which this brings to our personal conditions. With this work of mercy, the Lord invites us to make an act of great humanity: sharing . Let us remember this word: sharing. Those who are sick often feel alone. We cannot hide the fact that, especially in our days, in sickness one experiences greater loneliness than at other times in life. A visit can make a person who is sick feel less alone, and a little companionship is great medicine! A smile, a caress, a handshake are simple gestures, but they are very important for those who feel abandoned. How many people dedicate themselves to visiting the sick in hospitals or in their homes! It is a priceless voluntary work. When it is done in the Lordís name, moreover, it also becomes an eloquent and effective expression of mercy . Let us not leave the sick alone! Let us not prevent them from finding consolation, or ourselves from being enriched by our closeness to those who suffer. Hospitals are true ìcathedrals of sufferingî where, however, the power of supportive and compassionate charity is also made evident.

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In the same way, I think of those who are locked up in prison. Jesus has not forgotten them either. By including the act of visiting of those in prison among the works of mercy, he wanted first and foremost to invite us to judge no one. Of course, if someone is in prison it is because he has done wrong, and did not respect the law or civil harmony. Therefore, in prison, he is serving his sentence. However, whatever a detainee may have done, he remains always beloved by God. Who is able to enter the depths of [an inmateís] conscience to understand what he is experiencing? Who can understand his suffering and remorse? It is too easy to wash our hands, declaring that he has done wrong. A Christian is called, above all, to assume responsibility, so that whoever has done wrong understands the evil he has carried out, and returns to his senses. The absence of freedom is, without a doubt, one of the hardest pills for a human being to swallow. Add this to degradation arising from the conditions which are often devoid of humanity in which these persons live, it is then truly the case in which a Christian is motivated to do everything to restore his dignity. Visiting people in prison is a work of mercy which, especially today, takes on a particular value due to the various forms of ìjusticialismî to which we are exposed. Therefore, let no one point a finger at another. Instead, let us all be instruments of mercy, and have attitudes of sharing and respect. I often think about detainees... I think of them often, I carry them in my heart. I wonder what led them to delinquency, and how they managed to succumb to various forms of evil. Yet, along with these thoughts, I feel that they all need closeness and tenderness, because Godís mercy works wonders. How many tears I have seen shed on the cheeks of prisoners who had perhaps never wept before in their lives; and this is only because they feel welcomed and loved. And let us not forget that even Jesus and his Apostles experienced imprisonment. In the account of the Passion, we know of the suffering which the Lord endured: captured, dragged about like a criminal, derided, scourged, crowned with thorns.... He, the sole Innocent! And even Saint Peter and Saint Paul were in prison (cf. Acts 12:5; Phil 1:12-17). Last Sunday afternoon ó which was the Sunday of the Jubilee for Prisoners ó a group of detainees from Padua came to visit me. I asked them what they were going to do the following day, before returning to Padua. They told me: ìWe will go to the Mamertine prison to share the experience of Saint Paulî. It was beautiful; hearing this did me good. These detainees wanted to find the imprisoned Paul. It was a beautiful thing, and it did me

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good. And even there, in prison, [Saints Peter and Paul] prayed and evangelized. The page from the Acts of the Apostles, which recounts Paulís imprisonment, is moving: he felt alone, and wished that some of his friends would pay him a visit (cf. 2 Tim 4:9-15). He felt alone because the vast majority had left him alone... the great Paul. These works of mercy, as you can see, are age-old, yet ever timely. Jesus left what he was doing to go and visit Peterís mother-in-law; an age-old work of charity. Jesus did it. Let us not fall into indifference, but become instruments of Godís mercy. All of us can be instruments of Godís mercy, and this will do more good to us than to others because mercy passes through a gesture, a word, a visit, and this mercy is an act of restoring the joy and dignity which has been lost.

36. Bearing wrongs patiently ñ Wednesday, 16 November 2016 We dedicate todayís catechesis to a work of mercy that we all know very well, but that perhaps we do not put into practice as we should:†bearing wrongs patiently. We are all very good at identifying something that can be bothersome: it happens when we encounter someone on the street, or when we receive a phone call.... We immediately think: ìHow long will I have to listen to this personís complaints, gossip, requests or boastings? It also happens, at times, that the bothersome people are those who are closest to us. There is always someone among our relatives; the workplace is not without them; not even in our free time are we spared. What are we supposed to do with people who annoy us? But often we also annoy others. Why was this also added among the works of mercy?†Bear wrongs patiently. In the Bible we see that God himself must employ mercy in order to bear the lamentings of his people. For example, in the Book of Exodus the people become truly unbearable: first they cry because they are slaves in Egypt, and God frees them; then, in the desert, they complain because there is nothing to eat (cf. 16:3), and God sends them quails and manna (cf. 16:13-16), but nevertheless the complaints do not cease. Moses served as mediator between God and the people, and several times he too would have annoyed the Lord. But God had patience and thus he taught Moses and also the people this essential dimension of faith. Therefore a first question arises spontaneously: do we ever conduct an

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examination of conscience in order to see if we too, at times, might be annoying to others? Itís easy to point a finger against the faults and shortcomings of others, but we must learn to put ourselves in their shoes. Above all let us look to Jesus: how much patience he had to have in the three years of his public life! Once, while he was walking with his disciples, he was stopped by James and Johnís mother, who said to him: ìCommand that these two sons of mine may sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdomî (Mt 20:21). The mother was lobbying for her sons, but she was their mother.... Even from that situation Jesus is inspired to give a fundamental lesson: his is not a kingdom of power, it is not a kingdom of glory like those on earth, but of service and charitable giving to others. Jesus teaches to always go to the essential and to look further in order to accept our mission responsibly. Here we can see the reference to two other spiritual works of mercy: that of†admonishing sinners†and that of†instructing the ignorant. Let us think about the great effort that can be made when we help people to grow in faith and in life. I think, for example, of catechists ó among whom are many mothers and many women religious ó who devote time to teaching young people the basic elements of the faith. How much effort, especially when the kids would prefer to play rather than listen to the catechism! To accompany in the search for the essential is beautiful and important, because it makes us share the joy of savouring the meaning of life. It often happens that we encounter people who linger on superficial, ephemeral and banal things; at times because they have never met anyone who spurs them to seek something else, to appreciate the true treasures. Teaching to look to the essential is a crucial help, especially in a time such as ours which seems to have lost its bearings and pursues shortlived satisfaction. Teaching to discover what the Lord wants from us and how we can correspond means setting out on the path to grow in our own vocation, the path of true joy. This is how Jesusí words to James and Johnís mother, and then to the whole group of disciples, points the way to avoid falling into envy, ambition and adulation, temptations which are always lurking even among us Christians. The need for counseling, admonition and teaching must not make us feel superior to others, but obligates us first and foremost to return to ourselves to verify whether we are coherent with what we ask of others. Let us not forget Jesusí words: ìWhy do you see the speck that is in your brotherís eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?î (Lk 6:41). May the Holy Spirit help us to be patient in bearing [wrongs], and humble and simple in giving counsel.

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MISERICORIDIA ET MISERA (MERCY & MISERY) Apostolic Letter from Pope Francis MISERICORDIA ET MISERA†is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesusí meeting with the woman taken in adultery (cf.†Jn†8:1-11). It would be difficult to imagine a more beautiful or apt way of expressing the mystery of Godís love when it touches the sinner: ìthe two of them alone remained:†mercy with miseryî.†What great mercy and divine justice shine forth in this narrative! Its teaching serves not only to throw light on the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, but also to point out the path that we are called to follow in the future. 1. This page of the Gospel could easily serve as an icon of what we have celebrated during the Holy Year, a time rich in mercy, which must continue to be†celebrated†and†lived out†in our communities. Mercy cannot become a mere parenthesis in the life of the Church; it constitutes her very existence, through which the profound truths of the Gospel are made manifest and tangible. Everything is revealed in mercy; everything is resolved in the merciful love of the Father. A woman and Jesus meet. She is an adulteress and, in the eyes of the Law, liable to be stoned. Jesus, through his preaching and the total gift of himself that would lead him to the Cross, returned the Mosaic Law to its true and original intent. Here what is central is not the law or legal justice, but the love of God, which is capable of looking into the heart of each person and seeing the deepest desire hidden there; Godís love must take primacy over all else. This Gospel account, however, is not an encounter of sin and judgement in the abstract, but of a sinner and her Saviour. Jesus looked that woman in the eye and read in her heart a desire to be understood, forgiven and set free. The misery of sin was clothed with the mercy of love. Jesusí only judgement is one filled with mercy and compassion for the condition of this sinner. To those who wished to judge and condemn her to death, Jesus replies with a lengthy silence. His purpose was to let Godís voice be heard in the conscience not only of the woman, but also in those of her accusers, who drop their stones and one by one leave the scene (cf.†Jn†8:9). Jesus then says: ìWoman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?Ö Neither do I

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condemn you. Go your way and from now on do not sin againî (vv. 10-11). Jesus helps the woman to look to the future with hope and to make a new start in life. Henceforth, if she so desires, she can ìwalk in charityî (Eph†5:2). Once clothed in mercy, even if the inclination to sin remains, it is overcome by the love that makes it possible for her to look ahead and to live her life differently. 2. Jesus had taught this clearly on another occasion, when he had been invited to dine at the home of a Pharisee (cf.†Lk†7:36-50) and a woman, known by everyone to be a sinner, approached him. She poured perfume over his feet, bathed them with her tears and dried them with her hair (cf. vv. 37-38). To the scandalized reaction of the Pharisee, Jesus replied: ìHer sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves littleî (v. 47). Forgiveness†is the most visible sign of the Fatherís love, which Jesus sought to reveal by his entire life. Every page of the Gospel is marked by this imperative of a love that loves to the point of forgiveness. Even at the last moment of his earthly life, as he was being nailed to the cross, Jesus spoke words of forgiveness: ìFather, forgive them; for they know not what they doî (Lk†23:34). Nothing of what a repentant sinner places before Godís mercy can be excluded from the embrace of his forgiveness. For this reason, none of us has the right to make forgiveness conditional. Mercy is always a gratuitous act of our heavenly Father, an unconditional and unmerited act of love. Consequently, we cannot risk opposing the full freedom of the love with which God enters into the life of every person. Mercy is this concrete action of love that, by forgiving, transforms and changes our lives. In this way, the divine mystery of mercy is made manifest. God is merciful (cf.†Ex†34:6); his mercy lasts for ever (cf.†Ps†136). From generation to generation, it embraces all those who trust in him and it changes them, by bestowing a share in his very life. 3. What great joy welled up in the heart of these two women. Forgiveness made them feel free at last and happy as never before. Their tears of shame and pain turned into the smile of a person who knows that he or she is loved. Mercy gives rise tojoy, because our hearts are opened to the hope of a new life. The joy of forgiveness is inexpressible, yet it radiates all around us whenever we experience forgiveness. Its source is in the love with which God comes to meet us, breaking through walls of selfishness that surround us, in order to make us in turn instruments of mercy.

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How meaningful in this regard are the words of encouragement found in an early Christian text: ìClothe yourselves in joy, which always is agreeable and acceptable to God, and rejoice in it. For all who are joyful do what is good, think what is good, and despise sadnessÖ All who put aside sadness and put on joy will live in Godî.†The experience of mercy brings joy. May we never allow this joy to be robbed from us by our troubles and concerns. May it remain rooted in our hearts and enable us to approach with serenity the events of our daily lives. In a culture often dominated by technology, sadness and loneliness appear to be on the rise, not least among young people. The future seems prey to an uncertainty that does not make for stability. This often gives rise to depression, sadness and boredom, which can gradually lead to despair. We need witnesses to hope and true joy if we are to dispel the illusions that promise quick and easy happiness through artificial paradises. The profound sense of emptiness felt by so many people can be overcome by the hope we bear in our hearts and by the joy that it gives. We need to acknowledge the joy that rises up in a heart touched by mercy. Let us keep in mind, then, the words of the Apostle: ìRejoice in the Lord alwaysî (Phil†4:4; cf.†1 Thess†5:16) 4. We have celebrated an intense Jubilee Year in which we have received the grace of mercy in abundance. Like a gusting but wholesome wind, the Lordís goodness and mercy have swept through the entire world. Because each of us has experienced at length this loving gaze of God, we cannot remain unaffected, for it changes our lives. We feel the need above all to thank the Lord and to tell him: ìLord, you have been favourable to your landÖ You have forgiven the iniquity of your peopleî (Ps†85:1-2). So it is. God has subdued our iniquities and cast all our sins into the depths of the sea (cf.†Mic†7:19). He no longer remembers them, since he has cast them behind his back (cf.†Is†38:17). As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us (cf.†Ps†103:12). In this Holy Year, the Church listened attentively and experienced intensely the presence and closeness of the Father, who with the Holy Spirit has enabled her to see with greater clarity the gift and mandate of Jesus Christ regarding forgiveness. It has truly been like a new visitation of the Lord among us. We have felt his life-giving breath poured out upon the Church and, once again, his words have pointed out our mission: ìReceive the Holy Spirit: if you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retainedî (Jn†20:22-23).

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5. Now, at the conclusion of this Jubilee, it is time to look to the future and to understand how best to continue, with joy, fidelity and enthusiasm, experiencing the richness of Godís mercy. Our communities can remain alive and active in the work of the new evangelization in the measure that the ìpastoral conversionî to which we are called†will be shaped daily by the renewing force of mercy. Let us not limit its action; let us not sadden the Spirit, who constantly points out new paths to take in bringing to everyone the Gospel of salvation. First, we are called to†celebrate†mercy. What great richness is present in the Churchís prayer when she invokes God as the Father of mercies! In the liturgy, mercy is not only repeatedly implored, but is truly received and experienced. From the beginning to the end of the Eucharistic celebration, mercy constantly appears in the dialogue between the assembly at prayer and the heart of the Father, who rejoices to bestow his merciful love. After first pleading for forgiveness with the invocation ìLord have mercyî, we are immediately reassured: ìMay almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and lead us to everlasting lifeî. With this confidence, the community gathers in the presence of the Lord, particularly on the holy day of the resurrection. Many of the ìCollectî prayers are meant to remind us of the great gift of mercy. In Lent, for example, we pray: ìO God, author of every mercy and of all goodness, who in fasting, prayer and almsgiving have shown us a remedy for sin, look graciously on this confession of our lowliness, that we, who are bowed down by our conscience, may always be lifted up by your mercyî. We are immersed in the great Eucharistic Prayer with the Preface that proclaims: ìYou so loved the world that in your mercy you sent us the Redeemer, to live like us in all things but sinî. †The Fourth Eucharistic Prayer is a hymn to Godís mercy: ìFor you came in mercy to the aid of all, so that those who seek might find youî. ìHave mercy on us allî is the insistent plea made by the priest in the Eucharistic Prayer to implore a share in eternal life. After the†Our Father, the priest continues by invoking peace and liberation from sin by the ìaid of your mercyî. And before the sign of peace, exchanged as an expression of fraternity and mutual love in the light of forgiveness received, the priest prays: ìLook not upon on our sins but on the faith of your Churchî. In these words, with humble trust we beseech the gift of unity and peace for Holy Mother Church. The celebration of divine mercy culminates in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of Christís paschal mystery, the source of salvation for every human being, for history and for the whole world. In a word, each moment of the Eucharistic celebration refers to Godís mercy.

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In the sacramental life, mercy is granted us in abundance. It is not without significance that the Church mentions mercy explicitly in the formulae of the two ìsacraments of healingî, namely, the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. In the first, the formula of absolution reads: ìGod, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peaceî. In the second, the formula of anointing reads: ìThrough this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spiritî. In the Churchís prayer, then, references to mercy, far from being merely exhortative, are highly†performative, which is to say that as we invoke mercy with faith, it is granted to us, and as we confess it to be vital and real, it transforms us. This is a fundamental element of our faith, and we must keep it constantly in mind. Even before the revelation of sin, there is the revelation of the love by which God created the world and human beings. Love is the first act whereby God reveals himself and turns towards us. So let us open our hearts and trust in Godís love for us. His love always precedes us, accompanies us and remains with us, despite our sin. 6. In this context,†hearing the word of God†takes on particular significance. Each Sunday, Godís word is proclaimed in the Christian community so that the Lordís Day may be illuminated by the paschal mystery. †In the Eucharistic celebration, we seem to witness a true dialogue between God and his people. In the biblical readings, we retrace the history of our salvation through the proclamation of Godís tireless work of mercy. The Lord continues to speak to us today as to friends; he dwells in our midst,†in order to accompany us and show us the path of life. His word gives a voice to our inmost needs and worries, and offers a fruitful response, so that we can concretely experience his closeness to us. Hence the importance of the†homily, in which ìtruth goes hand in hand with beauty and goodnessî†so that the hearts of believers may thrill before the grandeur of mercy! I strongly encourage that great care be given to preparing the homily and to preaching in general. A priestís preaching will be fruitful to the extent that he himself has experienced the merciful goodness of the Lord. Communicating the certainty that God loves us is not an exercise in rhetoric, but a condition for the credibility of oneís priesthood. The personal experience of mercy is the best way to make it a true message of consolation and conversion in the pastoral

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ministry. Both homiletics and catechesis need to be sustained by this pulsing heart of the Christian life. 7. The†Bible†is the great story of the marvels of Godís mercy. Every one of its pages is steeped in the love of the Father who from the moment of creation wished to impress the signs of his love on the universe. Through the words of the prophets and the wisdom writings, the Holy Spirit shaped the history of Israel as a recognition of Godís closeness and love, despite the peopleís infidelity. Jesusí life and preaching decisively marked the history of the Christian community, which has viewed its mission in terms of Christís command to be a permanent instrument of his mercy and forgiveness (cf.†Jn†20:23). Through Sacred Scripture, kept alive by the faith of the Church, the Lord continues to speak to his Bride, showing her the path she must take to enable the Gospel of salvation to reach all mankind. I greatly desire that Godís word be increasingly celebrated, known and disseminated, so that the mystery of love streaming from this font of mercy may be ever better understood. As the Apostle tells us clearly: ìAll Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousnessî (2 Tim†3:16). It would be beneficial if every Christian community, on one Sunday of the liturgical year, could renew its efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. It would be a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people. Creative initiatives can help make this an opportunity for the faithful to become living vessels for the transmission of Godís word. Initiatives of this sort would certainly include the practice of†lectio divina, so that the prayerful reading of the sacred text will help support and strengthen the spiritual life. Such a reading, centred on themes relating to mercy, will enable a personal experience of the great fruitfulness of the biblical text ñ read in the light of the Churchís spiritual tradition ñ and thus give rise to concrete gestures and works of charity. 8. The celebration of mercy takes place in a very particular way in the†Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Here we feel the embrace of the Father, who comes forth to meet us and grant us the grace of being once more his sons and daughters. We are sinners and we bear the burden of contradiction between what we wish to do and what we do in fact (cf.†Rom†7:14-21). Yet grace always precedes us and takes on the face of the mercy that effects our reconciliation and pardon. God makes

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us understand his great love for us precisely when we recognize that we are sinners. Grace is stronger than sin: it overcomes resistance, because love conquers all (cf.†1 Cor†13:7). In the sacrament of Forgiveness God shows us the way to turn back to him and invites us to experience his closeness anew. This pardon can be obtained by beginning, first of all, to live in charity. The Apostle Peter tells us this when he writes that ìlove covers a multitude of sinsî (1 Pet†4:8). Only God forgives sins, but he asks that we be ready to forgive others even as he has forgiven us: ìForgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against usî (Mt†6:12). How sad it is when our hearts are closed and unable to forgive! Resentment, anger and revenge gain the upper hand, making our lives miserable and blocking a joyful commitment to mercy. 9. An experience of grace lived out by the Church with great effectiveness in the Jubilee Year has certainly been the service of the†Missionaries of Mercy. Their pastoral activity sought to emphasize that God places no roadblocks in the way of those who seek him with a contrite heart, because he goes out to meet everyone like a father. I have received many testimonies of joy from those who encountered the Lord once more in the sacrament of Confession. Let us not miss the opportunity to live our faith also as an experience of reconciliation. Today too, the Apostle urges us: ìBe reconciled to Godî (2 Cor†5:20), so that all who believe can discover the power of love which makes us ìa new creationî (2 Cor†5:17). I thank every Missionary of Mercy for this valuable service aimed at rendering effective the grace of forgiveness. This extraordinary ministry does not end with the closing of the Holy Door. I wish it to continue until further notice as a concrete sign that the grace of the Jubilee remains alive and effective the world over. As a direct expression of my concern and proximity to the Missionaries of Mercy in this period, the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization will supervise them and find the most suitable forms for the exercise of this valuable ministry. 10. I invite priests once more to prepare carefully for the ministry of confession, which is a true priestly mission. I thank all of you from the heart for your ministry, and I ask you to be†welcoming†to all,†witnesses†of fatherly love whatever the gravity of the sin involved,†attentive†in helping penitents to reflect on the evil they have done,†clear†in presenting moral principles,†willing†to walk patiently beside the faithful on their penitential

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journey,†far-sighted†in discerning individual cases and†generous†in dispensing Godís forgiveness. Just as Jesus chose to remain silent in order to save the woman caught in adultery from the sentence of death, so every priest in the confessional should be open-hearted, since every penitent is a reminder that he himself is a sinner, but also a minister of mercy. 11. I would like us all to meditate upon the words of the Apostle, written towards the end of his life, when he confesses to Timothy that he was the greatest of sinners, ìbut for this reason I received mercyî (1 Tim†1:16). Paulís words, powerful as they are, make us reflect on our lives and see Godís mercy at work in changing, converting and reforming our hearts. ìI thank him who has given me strength for this, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful by appointing me to his service, though I formerly blasphemed and persecuted and insulted him. But I received mercyî (1 Tim†1:12-13). Let us recall with renewed pastoral zeal another saying of the Apostle: ìGod has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has entrusted to us the message of reconciliationî (2 Cor†5:18). We were the first to be forgiven in view of this ministry, made witnesses at first hand of the universality of Godís forgiveness. No law or precept can prevent God from once more embracing the son who returns to him, admitting that he has done wrong but intending to start his life anew. Remaining only at the level of the law is equivalent to thwarting faith and divine mercy. The law has a propaedeutic value (cf.†Gal†3:24) with charity as its goal (cf.†1 Tim†1:5). Nonetheless, Christians are called to experience the newness of the Gospel, the ìlaw of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesusî (Rom†8:2). Even in the most complex cases, where there is a temptation to apply a justice derived from rules alone, we must believe in the power flowing from divine grace. We confessors have experienced many conversions that took place before our very eyes. We feel responsible, then, for actions and words that can touch the heart of penitents and enable them to discover the closeness and tenderness of the Father who forgives. Let us not lose such occasions by acting in a way that can contradict the experience of mercy that the penitent seeks. Rather, let us help light up the space of personal conscience with Godís infinite love (cf.†1 Jn†3:20). The Sacrament of Reconciliation must regain its central place in the Christian life. This requires priests capable of putting their lives at the

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service of the ìministry of reconciliationî (2 Cor†5:18), in such a way that, while no sincerely repentant sinner is prevented from drawing near to the love of the Father who awaits his return, everyone is afforded the opportunity of experiencing the liberating power of forgiveness. A favourable occasion for this could be the†24 Hours for the Lord, a celebration held in proximity to the Fourth Sunday of Lent. This initiative, already in place in many dioceses, has great pastoral value in encouraging a more fervent experience of the sacrament of Confession. 12. Given this need, lest any obstacle arise between the request for reconciliation and Godís forgiveness, I henceforth grant to all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion. The provision I had made in this regard, limited to the duration of the Extraordinary Holy Year,†is hereby extended, notwithstanding anything to the contrary. I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life. In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that Godís mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father. May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation. For the Jubilee Year I had also granted that those faithful who, for various reasons, attend churches officiated by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, can validly and licitly receive the sacramental absolution of their sins. For the pastoral benefit of these faithful, and trusting in the good will of their priests to strive with Godís help for the recovery of full communion in the Catholic Church, I have personally decided to extend this faculty beyond the Jubilee Year, until further provisions are made, lest anyone ever be deprived of the sacramental sign of reconciliation through the Churchís pardon. 13. Another face of mercy is†consolation. ìComfort, comfort my peopleî (Is†40:1) is the heartfelt plea that the prophet continues to make today, so that a word of hope may come to all those who experience suffering and pain. Let us never allow ourselves to be robbed of the hope born of faith in the Risen Lord. True, we are often sorely tested, but we must never lose our certainty of the Lordís love for us. His mercy finds expression also in the closeness, affection and support that many of our brothers and sisters can offer us at times of sadness and affliction. The drying of tears is one way to break the vicious circle of solitude in which we often find ourselves trapped.

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All of us need consolation because no one is spared suffering, pain and misunderstanding. How much pain can be caused by a spiteful remark born of envy, jealousy or anger! What great suffering is caused by the experience of betrayal, violence and abandonment! How much sorrow in the face of the death of a loved one! And yet God is never far from us at these moments of sadness and trouble. A reassuring word, an embrace that makes us feel understood, a caress that makes us feel love, a prayer that makes us strongerÖ all these things express Godís closeness through the consolation offered by our brothers and sisters. Sometimes too,†silence†can be helpful, especially when we cannot find words in response to the questions of those who suffer. A lack of words, however, can be made up for by the compassion of a person who stays at our side, who loves us and who holds out a hand. It is not true that silence is an act of surrender; on the contrary, it is a moment of strength and love. Silence also belongs to our language of consolation, because it becomes a concrete way of sharing in the suffering of a brother or sister. 14. At a time like our own, marked by many crises, including that of the family, it is important to offer a word of comfort and strength to our families. The gift of matrimony is a great calling to which spouses, with the grace of Christ, respond with a love that is generous, faithful and patient. The beauty of the family endures unchanged, despite so many problems and alternative proposals: ìThe joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Churchî.[16]†The journey of life that leads a man and a woman to meet one other, to love one another and to promise mutual fidelity before God, is often interrupted by suffering, betrayal and loneliness. Joy at the gift of children is accompanied by concern about their growth and education, and their prospects for happiness and fulfilment in life. The grace of the sacrament of Marriage not only strengthens the family to be a privileged place for practising mercy, but also commits the Christian community and all its pastoral activity to uphold the great positive value of the family. This Jubilee Year cannot overlook the complexity of the current realities of family life. The experience of mercy enables us to regard all human problems from the standpoint of Godís love, which never tires of welcoming and accompanying. We have to remember each of us carries the richness and the burdens of our personal history; this is what makes us different from everyone else. Our life, with its joys and sorrows, is something unique and unrepeatable

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that takes place under the merciful gaze of God. This demands, especially of priests, a careful, profound and far-sighted spiritual discernment, so that everyone, none excluded, can feel accepted by God, participate actively in the life of the community and be part of that People of God which journeys tirelessly towards the fullness of his kingdom of justice, love, forgiveness and mercy. 15. Here too, we see the particular importance of†the moment of death. The Church has always experienced this dramatic passage in the light of Christís resurrection, which opened the way to the certainty of the life to come. We have a great challenge to face, especially in contemporary culture, which often tends to trivialize death to the point of treating it as an illusion or hiding it from sight. Yet death must be faced and prepared for as a painful and inescapable passage, yet one charged with immense meaning, for it is the ultimate act of love towards those we leave behind and towards God whom we go forth to meet. In all religions, the moment of death, like that of birth, is accompanied by a religious presence. As Christians, we celebrate the funeral liturgy as a hope-filled prayer for the soul of the deceased and for the consolation of those who suffer the loss of a loved one. I am convinced that our faith-filled pastoral activity should lead to a direct experience of how the liturgical signs and our prayers are an expression of the Lordís mercy. It is the Lord himself who offers words of hope, since nothing and no one can ever separate us from his love (cf.†Rom 8:35). The priestís sharing in this moment is an important form of pastoral care, for it represents the closeness of the Christian community at a moment of weakness, solitude, uncertainty and grief. 16. The Jubilee now ends and the Holy Door is closed. But the door of mercy of our heart continues to remain wide open. We have learned that God bends down to us (cf.†Hos†11:4) so that we may imitate him in bending down to our brothers and sisters. The yearning of so many people to turn back to the house of the Father, who awaits their return, has also been awakened by heartfelt and generous testimonies to Godís love. The Holy Door that we have crossed in this Jubilee Year has set us on the†path of charity, which we are called to travel daily with fidelity and joy. It is the road of mercy, on which we meet so many of our brothers and sisters who reach out for someone to take their hand and become a companion on the way.

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The desire for closeness to Christ requires us to draw near to our brothers and sisters, for nothing is more pleasing to the Father than a true sign of mercy. By its very nature, mercy becomes visible and tangible in specific acts. Once mercy has been truly experienced, it is impossible to turn back. It grows constantly and it changes our lives. It is an authentic new creation: it brings about a new heart, capable of loving to the full, and it purifies our eyes to perceive hidden needs. How true are the words of the Churchís prayer at the Easter Vigil, after the reading of the creation account: ìO God, who wonderfully created human nature and still more wonderfully redeemed itî Mercy†renews and redeems†because it is an encounter between two hearts: the heart of God who comes to meet us and a human heart. The latter is warmed and healed by the former. Our hearts of stone become hearts of flesh (cf.†Ezek†36:26) capable of love despite our sinfulness. I come to realize that I am truly a ìnew creationî (Gal†6:15): I am loved, therefore I exist; I am forgiven, therefore I am reborn; I have been shown mercy, therefore I have become a vessel of mercy. 17. During the Holy Year, especially on the†îFridays of Mercyî, I was able to experience in a tangible way the goodness present in our world. Often it remains hidden, since it is daily expressed in discreet and quiet gestures. Even if rarely publicized, many concrete acts of goodness and tenderness are shown to the weak and the vulnerable, to those most lonely and abandoned. There are true champions of charity who show constant solidarity with the poor and the unhappy. Let us thank the Lord for these precious gifts that invite us to discover the joy of drawing near to human weakness and suffering. I also think with gratitude of the many volunteers who daily devote their time and efforts to showing Godís presence and closeness. Their service is a genuine work of mercy, one that helps many people draw closer to the Church. 18. Now is the time to unleash the creativity of mercy, to bring about new undertakings, the fruit of grace. The Church today needs to tell of those ìmany other signsî that Jesus worked, which ìare not writtenî (Jn†20:30), so that they too may be an eloquent expression of the fruitfulness of the love of Christ and the community that draws its life from him. Two thousand years have passed, yet works of mercy continue to make Godís goodness visible.

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In our own day, whole peoples suffer hunger and thirst, and we are haunted by pictures of children with nothing to eat. Throngs of people continue to migrate from one country to another in search of food, work, shelter and peace. Disease in its various forms is a constant cause of suffering that cries out for assistance, comfort and support. Prisons are often places where confinement is accompanied by serious hardships due to inhumane living conditions. Illiteracy remains widespread, preventing children from developing their potential and exposing them to new forms of slavery. The culture of extreme individualism, especially in the West, has led to a loss of a sense of solidarity with and responsibility for others. Today many people have no experience of God himself, and this represents the greatest poverty and the major obstacle to recognition of the inviolable dignity of human life. To conclude, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy continue in our own day to be proof of mercyís immense positive influence as a†social value. Mercy impels us to roll up our sleeves and set about restoring dignity to millions of people; they are our brothers and sisters who, with us, are called to build a ìcity which is reliableî. 19. Many concrete signs of mercy have been performed during this Holy Year. Communities, families and individuals have rediscovered the joy of sharing and the beauty of solidarity. But this is not enough. Our world continues to create new forms of spiritual and material poverty that assault human dignity. For this reason, the Church must always be vigilant and ready to identify new works of mercy and to practise them with generosity and enthusiasm. Let us make every effort, then, to devise specific and responsible ways of practising charity and the works of mercy. Mercy is inclusive and tends to expand in a way that knows no limits. Hence we are called to give new expression to the traditional works of mercy. For mercy overflows, keeps moving forward, bears rich fruit. It is like the leaven that makes the dough rise (cf.†Mt†13:33), or the mustard seed that grows into a tree (cf.†Lk†13:19). We need but think of one corporal work of mercy: ìto clothe the nakedî (cf.†Mt†25:36,38,43,44). This brings us back to the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, when Adam and Eve realize that they are naked and, hearing the Lord approaching, feel shame and hide themselves (Gen†3:78). We know that God punished them, yet he also ìmade for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed themî (Gen†3:21). He covered their shame and restored their dignity.

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Let us think too of Jesus on Golgotha. The Son of God hangs naked on the cross; the soldiers took his tunic and cast lots for it (cf.†Jn†19:23-24). He has nothing left. The cross is the extreme revelation of Jesusí sharing the lot of those who have lost their dignity for lack of the necessities of life. Just as the Church is called to be the ìtunic of Christî[20]†and to clothe her Lord once more, so She is committed to solidarity with the naked of the world, to help them recover the dignity of which they have been stripped. Jesusí words: ìI was naked and you clothed meî (Mt†25:36), oblige us not to turn our backs on the new forms of poverty and marginalization that prevent people from living a life of dignity. Being unemployed or not receiving a sufficient salary; not being able to have a home or a land in which to live; experiencing discrimination on account of oneís faith, race or social status: these are just a few of the many examples of situations that attack the dignity of the person. In the face of such attacks, Christian mercy responds above all with vigilance and solidarity. How many situations exist today where we can restore dignity to individuals and make possible a truly humane life! Let us think only about the many children who suffer from forms of violence that rob them of the joy of life. I keep thinking of their sorrowful and bewildered faces. They are pleading for our help to be set free from the slavery of the contemporary world. These children are the young adults of tomorrow. How are we preparing them to live with dignity and responsibility? With what hope can they face their present or their future? The†social character†of mercy demands that we not simply stand by and do nothing. It requires us to banish indifference and hypocrisy, lest our plans and projects remain a dead letter. May the Holy Spirit help us to contribute actively and selflessly to making justice and a dignified life not simply clichÈs but a concrete commitment of those who seek to bear witness to the presence of the Kingdom of God. 20. We are called to promote a†culture of mercy†based on the rediscovery of encounter with others, a culture in which no one looks at another with indifference or turns away from the suffering of our brothers and sisters.†The works of mercy are ìhandcraftedî, in the sense that none of them is alike. Our hands can craft them in a thousand different ways, and even though the one God inspires them, and they are all fashioned from the same ìmaterialî, mercy itself, each one takes on a different form. The works of mercy affect a personís entire life. For this reason, we can set in motion a real cultural revolution, beginning with simple gestures

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capable of reaching body and spirit, peopleís very lives. This is a commitment that the Christian community should†take up, in the knowledge that Godís word constantly calls us to leave behind the temptation to hide behind indifference and individualism in order to lead a comfortable life free of problems. Jesus tells his disciples: ìThe poor will always be with youî (Jn†12:8). There is no alibi to justify not engaging with the poor when Jesus has identified himself with each of them. The culture of mercy is shaped in assiduous prayer, in docility to the working of the Holy Spirit, in knowledge of the lives of the saints and in being close to the poor. It urges us not to overlook situations that call for our involvement. The temptation to theorize ìaboutî mercy can be overcome to the extent that our daily life becomes one of participation and sharing. Nor should we ever forget what the Apostle tells us about his meeting with Peter, James and John after his conversion. His words highlight an essential aspect of his own mission and of the Christian life as a whole: ìThey asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to doî (Gal†2:10). We cannot forget the poor: this is an injunction as relevant today as ever, and one that compels by its evangelical warrant. 21. The Jubilee impresses upon us the words of the Apostle Peter: ìOnce you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercyî (1 Pet†2:10). Let us not hold on jealously to what we have received, but share it with our brothers and sisters in need, so that they can be sustained by the power of the Fatherís mercy. May our communities reach out to all who live in their midst, so that Godís caress may reach everyone through the witness of believers. This is the time of mercy. Each day of our journey is marked by Godís presence. He guides our steps with the power of the grace that the Spirit pours into our hearts to make them capable of loving.†It is the time of mercy†for each and all, since no one can think that he or she is cut off from Godís closeness and the power of his tender love.†It is the time of mercy†because those who are weak and vulnerable, distant and alone, ought to feel the presence of brothers and sisters who can help them in their need.†It is the time of mercy†because the poor should feel that they are regarded with respect and concern by others who have overcome indifference and discovered what is essential in life.†It is the time of mercy†because no sinner can ever tire of asking forgiveness and all can feel the welcoming embrace of the Father.

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During the ìJubilee for Socially Excluded Peopleî, as the Holy Doors of Mercy were being closed in all the cathedrals and shrines of the world, I had the idea that, as yet another tangible sign of this Extraordinary Holy Year, the entire Church might celebrate, on the Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, the†World Day of the Poor. This would be the worthiest way to prepare for the celebration of the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, who identified with the little ones and the poor and who will judge us on our works of mercy (cf.†Mt†25:31-46). It would be a day to help communities and each of the baptized to reflect on how poverty is at the very heart of the Gospel and that, as long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf.†Lk†16:19-21), there can be no justice or social peace. This Day will also represent a genuine form of new evangelization (cf.†Mt†11:5) which can renew the face of the Church as She perseveres in her perennial activity of pastoral conversion and witness to mercy. 22. The Holy Mother of God always looks upon us with her eyes of mercy. She is the first to show us the way and to accompany us in our witness of love. As she is often shown in works of art, the Mother of Mercy gathers us all under the protection of her mantle. Let us trust in her maternal assistance and follow her perennial counsel to look to Jesus, the radiant face of Godís mercy. Given in Rome, at Saint Peterís Basilica, on 20 November, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, in the year 2016, the fourth of my Pontificate.

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Bro. Joseph Rannard msfs, 75 years, died at Gnanapuram Fr. Anthony Juan, 88 years, died at Visakhapatnam Bro. Jean Pierre Piccot msfs, 57 years, died at Aska, Orissa Fr. Mathew Nadackal msfs, 90 years, died at Vizag Fr. Blasic Deleaval msfs, 67 years, died at Juvigny, France Fr. Jules Rey, 64 years msfs, died at Viziangaram Fr. Francois Decompoix msfs, 93 yrs, died at Malmesbury, U.K. Fr. Jean Grofort msfs, 57 years, died at Visakhapatnam Fr. Antone Guilermin msfs, 47 years, died at Surada, Orissa Fr. Gantedi Mariadas, 50 years, died at Visakhapatnam Fr. Charles Polamarassetty msfs, 75 yrs, died at Visakhapatnam Fr. Kakumanu Rayanna (Guntur), died at Visakhapatnam Fr. Sebastian Puthuthundiyil msfs, 73 years, died at Visakhapatnam Fr. Jerome Rebeira msfs, 40 years, died at Visakhapatnam Bro. Paul Chauffat msfs, 74 years, died at Florimont, Switzerland Bro. Lawrence Botha msfs, 80 years, died at Visakhapatnam Fr. Jacques Phulpin msfs, 78 years, died at Fribourg, Switzerland Fr. George Pakkumala msfs, 74 years, died at Trichur, Vadakkumcherry Fr. Jules Contat msfs, 63 years, died at Visakhapatnam Fr. Elie Meynet msfs, 83 years, died at Lausanne

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Archdiocese of Visakhapatnam Newsletter Dec 2016  

Newsletter December 2016 of Archdiocese of Visakhapatnam