March 25, 2013
First Convocation Ceremony at St. John Technical Campus, Palghar
The first Convocation Ceremony at St. John Technical Campus for students graduating from Engineering, Pharmacy and Management disciplines was held on Saturday, 2nd March 2013 at 2:15 p.m. Chief Guest, Mrs. Jessie Vas, Chairperson, EUMIND India (an organization that coordinates educational initiatives between India and The Netherlands) and the Guest of Honour Mr. Thomas D. Lobo, Director, Global External Supply Asia-India Region, Pfizer Ltd. addressed the students and inspired them with their motivational talks. Rev. Fr. John Rumao Campus Minister prayed for and blessed the graduate students. Mr. Albert W. D’Souza Chairman, Aldel Education Trust, Dr. S. Krishnamoorthy
Advisor, St. John Technical Campus, Dr. Satish N. Takalikar Principal, Engineering College and Dr. (Mrs.) Savita J. Tauro Principal, Pharmacy College expressed their pride and joy in seeing the first batch of students receiving their convocation degrees. They conveyed their best wishes to the students for all their future endeavors. Some of the graduate students came forward and shared their memories and experiences in St. John Technical Campus. The students had an enjoyable afternoon catching up with professors, mentors, and friends after a gap of almost 8 months. The formal convocation ceremony ended with the Ronida National Anthem.
Creations-2013 Annual Exhibition Of Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic –Fashion, Interior Designing & Commercial Art Department 22nd to 24th Mar. 2013 from 11-7 pm.
Another academic year is wrapping up at Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic. So it’s the time to start thinking about Creativity. Of course, ‘Creation 2013’ is here. This annual exhibition is a much awaited college event. The theme inspiring the students of the Fashion Designing Department is “Masquerade”. Taking inspiration from varied masks from all over the world, from India to faraway lands like Africa and Latin America, a wide range of collections have been designed, stitched and accessorized by the Fashion Designing students. Also on display will be cute Barbie Dolls dressed in ball gowns and evening gowns to set the red carpet on fire. The exhibition is on at the college premises from 22nd March 24th March, 2013 from 11.00 a.m 7.00 p.m. So come, catch a glimpse of the glitzy and glamorous styles, and enjoy creativity at its best. Nirmala Niketan Polytechnic New Marine Lines,Mumbai
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Habent papam Can The Vatican Become More Democratic Under Pope Francis? Fr Bill Grimm MM Tokyo: Pope Francis I was a popular archbishop of Buenos Aires, noted among other things for the simplicity of his lifestyle and his sympathy for the poor. It remains to be seen how that translates into the papacy. I am both annoyed and gratified by the adulation he has received for riding buses rather than limousines. It does not speak well of the Church’s leaders when reaching into one’s pocket to pull out a bus fare like the rest of us is considered extraordinary. It does speak well of Francis, though, that he has avoided the sort of behavior we have come to regard as the norm in bishops. The new pope lived through a terrible period of Argentinian history as people struggled to restore democracy. Perhaps that experience will give him the incentive to restore at least some degree of democracy in the Church. Critics of the collegiality called for by Vatican II and subverted by Francis’s immediate predecessors often claim that "the Church is not a democracy." They are grammatically correct. The Church is not, in the present tense, a democracy. However, in the past, the Church was, indeed, a democracy. Ecumenical councils voted on dogma. Bishops, including the bishop of Rome, were elected by the people. One of the more interesting examples of that was the election of Pope St Fabian in 236. He was an out-of-towner who happened to be in Rome while Roman Christians were assembled to elect a new bishop after the martyrdom of Pope Anterus. (In those days, election to the papacy was election to martyrdom). It happened that a dove landed on Fabian’s head, and when the crowd saw it, they took it to be a sign of divine
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favor. So they acclaimed him pope, a ministry he exercised for 14 years until his martyrdom. Historical knowledge of his papacy is limited, but there is some evidence that he did a respectable job of it. Today, of course, neither pigeons nor the People of God in Rome or anywhere else choose the pope. Instead, 115 elderly appointees came together in isolation and elected a "law king" (the Japanese word for "pope") for some 1.2 billion Catholics throughout the world. Neither do Catholics have any say in the bishops of their dioceses. The democratic system that produced bishops like St Ambrose (who wasn’t even baptized when he was elected) and St Augustine has been replaced by the pope choosing bishops and assigning them to various sees regardless of their connection – or lack of connection – to the local Church. Even parishes must welcome or endure priests sent to them on the say-so of officials who need not answer to the community or its needs, talents and hopes. When Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran came out on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and announced "Habemus papam!" – we have a pope – he meant his "we" to refer to the Church. But, it could as easily be taken to mean "we cardinal electors." The rest of us could justly say "Habent papam" – they have a pope – since we had no involvement in the choice beyond saying our prayers. Whether Francis becomes our pope in more than name will depend upon what he does in the few years he will have in that role. One thing he should do is to return the Church to its ancient faith in the Holy Spirit working through the voice of the People of God. It may take a long time to wean the Church from being an absolute monarchy, but a pope who has taken the name of a humble servant of all can begin the process. Perhaps then the announcement of his successor might be "habemus" in the fullest sense of the word. Fr Bill Grimm MM is the publisher of ucanews.com based in Tokyo (Source: ucanews)
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WHY FRANCIS ? W hen I awoke on the 14th Fr Augustine Deenabandu was morning my wife told me an elderly Capuchin priest, who was in that a new pope had been his 60s when he left the â€œcomfortâ€? of elected. My initial reaction was of his monastery in the south to come up dismay, because she didnâ€™t say who to Jyotiniketan in the north, to learn it was. I was apprehensive of a hasty Hindi, to squat on the ground and decision, as happened in the previ- even to roll chapattis. Jyotiniketan ous conclave; and said so in my last was founded by Rev Murray Rogers, article â€œPast, Present, Future â€“ All an Anglican pastor, an Englishman, Tenseâ€?. I hurriedly switched on BBC and his wife. They subsequently moved News. to Jerusalem to make Jyotiniketan truly Then it hit me. A relatively â€œun- Indian. Life there was truly spartan â€“ no knownâ€? Argentinean had been electricity, no running water, and very elected. I was happy that it was a little protection from the biting chill of Latin American, as I had advocated winter, the scorching summer sun, in 2005 and again this time round. leaking roofs in the monsoons; or from Then I heard the name he had cho- dacoits, snakes and mosquitoes. Fr sen â€“ Francis. Tears of joy welled up Deenabandhu was living the truly in my eyes. I rushed to Franciscan life. For us the altar in our bedroom, â€œfestivityâ€? meant boiled and prostrated before the eggs for Easter or ChristLord in joyous thanksgivmas. ing. For me â€œFrancisâ€? is It is here that I discovspecial â€“ very, very speered the real Francis of cial. Assisi, not just by reading When I was just 7 about him, but by experiyears of age my elder encing true Franciscan Chhotebhai sister Christine was prespirituality. I discovered paring me for my confirseveral similarities in Francisâ€™ youth mation. I had to choose a name of my and my own. He was 25 when he patron saint, so she told me about heard Godâ€™s call, â€?Go and repair my several saints. I chose Francis of Churchâ€?. I too was concerned about Assisi, not for any lofty ideals, but my Catholic community. On my 25th because his love of birds and anibirthday, I committed myself as a laymals appealed to me. I remember man to live the Franciscan way of life the day after my confirmation, walk- and took the name â€œchhotebhaiâ€? which ing out into the garden and calling was Hindi for Friar Minor; what Francis out to the birds to not be afraid of me called his followers. as I was Francis of Assisi! Not surSt Francis was unique. While prisingly, the birds were not imothers hankered after ecclesiastical pressed. My second, and far more power, he chose to be a â€œbrotherâ€?. He fruitful encounter with Francis, was shamed a corpulent church by a life of 17 years later, when I was seeking to extreme poverty, humility and simplicknow what the Lord wanted of me. ity. He did not hesitate in taking on That is when my good friend Sr Adel cardinals and even the then Pope InUMI, and thereafter Bp Patrick nocent III. In fact the Pope had a Dâ€™souza of Varanasi, directed me to dream of a frail young man holding up Fr Deenabandhu Ofm Cap in a tottering Lateran Basilica, the then Jyotiniketan Ashram, Bareilly. The seat of the papacy. That man was later person and place were the game identified as Francis. Many people have changers in my life.
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a rather romantic notion of Francis, the â€œIl Poverelloâ€?, the lover of nature, and his enduing friendship with the beautiful St Clare. The other side of Francis was a man who mortified himself so much and identified so closely with Jesus, that he received the Stigmata, the wounds of Jesus in his own flesh. While popes and kings were launching into crusades to free the Holy Land from the Muslims, Francis was actually engaging in dialogue with the Saracens (Muslims). His prayer â€œMake me a Channel of Peaceâ€? was adopted not just by Mother Teresa, but also by Mahatma Gandhi. Even today it is found in the Gandhian prayer book, and we recite it together on Gandhi Jayanti and his martyrdom day. Another striking similarity was the emergence of a â€œmiddle classâ€? to which he belonged, as distinct from the royals and feudals. The church was in desperate need of change. He didnâ€™t do it by violence, as in the French Revolution. Nor did he resort to Reformation like Martin Luther, from outside. He did it by Renewal from within. That required much more courage. As somebody once said â€œIt is easy to throw stones from outsideâ€?. It made me wonder. If the problems are the same, so should the solution be. That is why I believe in the Franciscan way of life and radical renewal. That is also why I had tears of joy when I heard that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio SJ had taken the name of Francis on his election. For me it was a sure indicator that the new pope saw St Francis of Assisi as his role model. When I subsequently learnt that this Argentinean cardinal lived in a small apartment, took public transport to commute, and even cooked his own food, my joy knew no bounds. St Francis was called the â€œAlter Christiâ€?
(another Christ) the greatest saint after the apostolic era. Are we then looking at another era in the Catholic Church? I sincerely hope so. When I found that the new pope was also a Jesuit (some say the first one to become a pope) I was even more excited. As a Franciscan layman I had begun to develop a fixed state of mind. Then I got exposed to the Jesuits Pepe Casasnovas (Spanish), Peter Ribes (again Spanish), Dan Brown (American) and Josef Neuner (Austrian). I learnt much from them about ecclesiology and the discernment of spirits. Their guidance has held me in good stead. I felt that a combination of Franciscan zeal and Jesuit intellectual prowess was ideal. That seems to be the strength behind the new pope. “Great indeed are your works oh Lord“. I also feel a personal sense of vindication. Immediately after Benedict XVI’s resignation I wrote, ”Quo Vadis Mater Ecclesia?” in which I asked, “Do we need another Francis of Assisi?” I had also referred to the impact of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. So did I discern the spirits correctly? In my Open Letter to the 5 Indian cardinal electors I expressed a first preference for a Latin American. Again spot on. In my last article, “Past, Present, Future – All Tense”, I had hoped that the new pope would embody the 6Hs – human, humble, honest, holy, harmonious and hardworking. By all accounts I seem to have got what I asked for. Surely this must have been the unspoken aspiration of millions of Catholics around the globe. Now to the pollsters and punsters. I read two articles in the Tablet, the most respected Catholic weekly in England. One had an analysis of the “experience” of the 115 cardinals under six heads – Curial experience, Moral Teaching, Social justice, Liturgy, Ecumenism and Religious Dialogue, and Governance. It rated Bergoglio with just 3 – Curial experience, moral teaching and social justice. This was even less than the 4 stars of Cardinal Ivan Dias, and on par with the 3 stars of Telesphore Toppo So much for experience. Another article used Human Resource Management techniques. It identified 3 areas or qualities required Charisma, Governance and Global Fluency (acceptance). Strangely the only area that Bergoglio covered was “Governance”, which was not featured in the previous analysis. The only 3 who qualified by the HR formula were Schonbohn of Vienna, Scola of Milan and O’Malley of Boston. So much for HR too! S for the punsters, Ladbrokes of Britain had odds of 33/1 on Bergoglio. Seems so odd now! In my personal preference (not published) I had hoped for Francis Arinze (Nigeria) Peter Turkson (Ghana), Agnelo Scola (Milan) and Sean O’Malley (Boston). I was subsequently also impressed by Luis Tagle (Manila). I may have got the brand names wrong, but I think the generic name of the prescription was correct. Cardinal Bergoglio may have been the dark horse in the race, but I see in Pope Francis a light of hope for the future.
Viva il papa!
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Pope Francis, a welcome change All eyes are now set on the new incumbent to the Holy See, Pope Francis I , as he gets ready to take on the role of the Supreme Pontiff and Shepherd of the Catholic church’s 1.2 billion Catholics. A stupendous task now awaits the Holy Father at a time when the Catholic church is at the crossroads, battling scandals of clerical sexual abuse and cover- up by bishops that blew up during the papacy of Benedict XVI and alienated several in the church because of the pope’s inept handling and soft approach to errant priests . Unlike Pope Benedict’s academic style of functioning and poor pastoral appeal, Pope Francis is known to be a man of the poor and a missionary that could help to give a new shape to the church by rekindling the missionary fires in the year of faith and new evangelization set in motion to bring back the lost sheep in countries where the Catholic religion is in a free fall and overtaken by evangelical churches. It is also hoped that Pope Francis’ simplistic way of life and frugality will serve as an example to other church dignitaries to shed their ostentation and bear witness to true gospel values through their works of mercy and compassion and option for the poor and the marginalized of society.
The New Pope With the election of Jorge Bergoglio as our new pope, the catholic church is heading for a new era of revival - with many issues and challenges church facing today. We shall rejoice as we have a pope chosen by divine power to lead the church and its faithful toward a renewed face, with reconciliation and unity. The election proved that today, the focus lies on developing countries, where, today's greater number of catholics are based - a fact acknowledged by all. It is a paradigm shift of power - long held by Europe's dominance and it is a good sign.
We shall pray and support our new pope in his mission for invigorating the catholic church, back to its glory.
Prayerful Congratulations to Pope Francis
Prayerful congratulations and good wishes to His Holiness Pope Francis on becoming the 266th Pope. This is a triumph for the Jesuit Order which always maintained a proud and independent heritage. In keeping with the Ignatian motto of ‘What Would Jesus Do (WWJD), he should fast track the ongoing canonization of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador, who was martyred while celebrating Holy Mass on 24 March 1980. His canonization will encourage socio political involvement of the Church in the modern world. —Denis Khan
—A. F. Nazareth, Alto, Porvorim.
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Dialogue, Governance And Other Priorities For The New Pope Dedication To Dialogue
n eminent professor of history at Princeton University, An thony Grafton, remarked in a short article in The New York Review of Books in 2010 that Pope Benedict XVI was probably “the greatest scholar to rule the church since Innocent III,” a pope whose reign covered the last years of the 12th century and the first years of the 13th century. Grafton meant those words in a laudatory sense, but they were double-edged. It is true that Innocent III made his reputation as a great canoA punch list (ASmerica)nist and church reformer in Europe, but he also claimed more than ecclesiastical authority over the princes in Europe. Innocent also called for crusades against the Albigensians in the south of France as well as against the Muslims in both Spain and the Holy Land, even if he sometimes deplored the violence with which those campaigns were carried out. In 1187, 11 years before Innocent ascended the papal throne, most of the Holy Land had been wrested from the Crusaders by Saladin after 88 years of Crusader rule. Innocent saw that Crusader defeat as the result of the Crusaders’ sins. The Fourth Crusade, launched by Innocent III, was aimed at retrieving the Holy Land, especially Jerusalem, from Muslim rule but somehow led instead to the pillaging of Eastern Christian Constantinople in the year 1204. The Greek Orthodox have neither forgotten nor forgiven this. Great as he is, Pope Benedict has sometimes, like Innocent III, found himself in situations he never intended to create. His academic lecture in 2006 at the University of
But any future pope needs to understand basic truths about Islam; even better, he should get to know some Muslims. Personal acquaintance can break down many barriers - Patrick Ryan, SJ. Regensburg aimed at underlining the importance of reason in a university setting and especially at raising “the question of God through the use of reason.” But any future pope needs to understand basic truths about Islam; even better, he should get to know some Muslims. Personal acquaintance can break down many barriers - Patrick Ryan, SJ.
Mending Our Nets The rapid secularisation of Western societies, and their need to be evangelized anew, has been a major papal theme since Pope Paul VI. While a pope from Manila or São Paulo might
not feel these issues quite so keenly as one from Milan or New York, they are unlikely to disappear from the church’s agenda anytime soon. In fact, there will almost certaintly be an early, major magisterial statement on the subject: an exhortation on “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith,” responding to last October’s Synod of Bishops, will be high on our new Holy Father’s to-do list. Given the scale and complexity of the task, the new evangelization can and must encompass a great many things, everything from Twitter to the theology of the body, from the Divine Mercy to the works of mercy. Our recent popes, of course, have guided the faithful—as teachers and witnesses—on each one of these (deliberately disparate) examples. Important as such undertakings are, however, there remains one fundamental issue that urgently needs to be addressed. If it is not, then—to put it bluntly—the new evangelization is doomed to abject failure.
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Forging A Church For The Future The papacy should be de-mystified, not re-mystified. Panaji: When Pope Benedict XVI was John XXIII stepped off the sedia elected in April 2005, he had a reputa- gestatoria (the chair on which he was tion as a hardline conservative. carried in) thus refusing to be carried Nicknamed “God’s Rottweiler” into St Peter’s for the opening of Vatican and the “Panzerkardinal,” his first two II. Paul VI renounced the use of the appointments were his former secre- papal tiara (crown) in favor of a bishop’s tary in the Congregation of the Doc- mitre. John Paul I replaced a coronation trine of the Faith, Cardinal Bertone as ceremony with an inauguration Mass Secretary of State, and Mumbai’s Car- whose crescendo was not a coronation dinal Ivan Dias as President of the but the placement of the bishop’s palCongregation of the Propagation of lium. John Paul II did the same. the Faith. In resigning his papacy when he Both were known conservatives no longer felt capable of fulfilling its who reflected the pope’s way of think- responsibilities, Benedict XVI continues ing, expressed in his in that vein by demonreactionary docustrating that all the bapment Dominus Jesus. tized, even the pope, It emphasized doctricome not to be served nal orthodoxy rather but to serve. In his own that Christ-like words: “The Church orthopraxis. has for a long time now The irony is that looked like a Church of while the pope began baroque princes. to change the face of It is now returning to by Desmond de Sousa rising dissent and the spirit of simplicity protest from priests which marked its oriand people within the Church, the Curia gins -- when the ‘servant of God’ chose did not. to be a carpenter’s son on earth and Their ham-fisted handling of this chose fishermen as his first messenrising tide of protest and dissidence gers.” engulfed the papacy itself, resulting in The fundamental challenge for the Pope Benedict’s resignation. In the next pope will be whether to re-mystify process, it severely eroded the moral the papacy as some cardinals seem to authority of the pope and the spiritual earnestly desire or to continue the procredibility of the Church. cess of de-mystifying it so that the The Church is a divine-human Church, and not the papacy, may transinstitution and the pope symbolizes it. parently become the light of nations By resigning from the papacy, Pope (Lumen Gentium). Benedict made a distinction between This means bringing meaning, the primacy of the papal office and the hope and courage, not just to 1.2 billion secondary nature of the person hold- Catholics, but to the more than 6 billion ing it. humans who inhabit the earth. But he For all too long the person hold- must also bring a sense of urgency for ing the office has been invested with a ‘life in abundance’ to God’s cherished quasi-divine aura, rather than humbly “Blue Planet,” which is now in danger of and transparently symbolizing its di- extinction as humans mindlessly devinity as the Sacrament of Christ. stroy the life systems that sustain it. Benedict extended the postAfter all, God loved the ‘world’ (uniVatican II tradition of demystifying the verse) so much that he sent his only papacy and ever more strongly identi- begotten born on planet earth, to transfying it first and foremost as a ministry form it into a “new heaven and new of service. earth” that God’s reign may flourish “on
earth as in heaven.” The next pope must be a person of profound spiritual depth and breadth, captivated by the enthralling story of the universe as revealed in the history of salvation that is inextricably interwoven with human history. Like Pope Paul VI, he must discern, “at the heart of the world there dwells the mystery of the human person discovering oneself to be God’s child in the course of a historical and psychological process in which constraint and freedom as well as the weight of sin and the breath of the Spirit alternate and struggle for the upper hand.” All of the five predecessors of Emeritus Pope Benedict are candidates for canonization as saints. This must be the pedigree of the next pope, a transparent saint for our times. A person, according to Morris West’s The Shoes of the Fisherman, “who hears the truth in his heart, and bears the scars of its consequences in his flesh,” a transparent witness of the compassion and love of Christ, before being a theologian or teacher Pope John XXIII’s address on Vatican radio a day before Vatican II, was focused and succinct. “The world indeed has need of Christ,” Pope John proclaimed, “and it is the Church that must bring Christ to the world.” The next pope must be relentlessly focused on revealing the Church as the Sacrament of Christ the Redeemer of the world, both by consistent symbolic gestures and compassionate proclamations, so that the world may believe, “God so loves the world.” All else is secondary. Redemptorist Father Desmond de Souza formerly served as the executive secretary of the Office of Evangelization in the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference. He was closely associated with the Churches in Asia from 1980 to 2000. He is now based in Goa. Source: ucanews.com
March 25, 2013
Who is Pope Francis?
A profile and appraisal of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, by Fr Mick Kelly.
hile everyone agrees that the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis is unprecedented in many ways, it is not entirely a surprise. He was runner up to Joseph Ratzinger in the 2005 Conclave that saw him elected as Pope Benedict XVI. Bergoglio is the first Jesuit, first Latin American and first Pope from the southern hemisphere. He is of Italian migrant parents but not a “Romano” or a Curial Cardinal, having had no time in his working life at the Vatican. He is considered a theological conservative but an informed pastor, especially attentive to the needs of poor, reflecting that commitment in the simplicity of his own lifestyle. It could be said that the times and forces that have shaped him, the jobs he has done and the challenges he has had to face, have prepapared him well for papacy. Raised in the high time of socialist fascism – a political cocktail mixed uniquely for Argentina by Juan Peron – he joined the Jesuits in the 1950s. Quite unusually, he was made Provincial of the Jesuits in Argentina in his 30s – 1973 to 1979. The 1970s were years when the Jesuits in Argentina were riven with factions and conflicts, with many leaving the Order. The conflicts were as much about the direction for the Order and the Church - as Liberation Theology burst upon the scene in Latin America - as they were about local politics. Decades of political conflict over Juan Peron and his legacy, followed by a military dictatorship, divided Argentineans and the Jesuits there too. Holding the Jesuits together at that time in Argentina was no slight challenge. But he was also fully engaged with a worldwide impulse for change within the Jesuits. They reached their decisive expression in
1975 at an extraordinary meeting of the highest level of governance in the Order – a General Congregation. Bergoglio was intimately involved in that process. The chosen direction of the Jesuits incurred the wrath of the Vatican. In 1981, John Paul II set aside the head of the Order, Pedro Arrupe, and appointed a Visitor to investigate and, if needed, correct alleged excesses. At around the same time, military defeat by the UK over the disputed Malvinas/Falklands Islands began the process of removing the military dictatorship and restoring democracy. Bergoglio is criticized for his apparent fence sitting during the dictatorial regime in Argentina during this period. But he led public calls for the repentance of the Church for its silence over the “dirty wars” and “disappearances” during the military dictatorship. Bergoglio has been a bishop since 1992 and archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. While not the largest archdiocese in Latin America, that gives him a solid 15 years of substantial lead-
ership experience of the political and, as an Argentinean, the economic games that are played. His time leading that archdiocese and the Jesuits during their turmoil in the 1970s should have led him to ask the right questions, appreciate the processes required for systemic change and insight into the sort of people he needs around him to effect change. In taking the name of Francis, Bergoglio is said to be invoking the memory of Francis of Assisi He might also have a few others in mind – two Jesuits : the missionary Francis Xavier and the third Jesuit General, Francis Borgia, a widower, father of a large family and Duke of Gandia, who joined the Jesuits in mid life and because of his administrative experience, quickly shot to the top job. It only remains to be seen if a smart and experienced outsider is equal to the task of reforming the Curia and bringing wider Church processes closer to what Vatican II invited the Church to become. Source: ucanews
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‘He Never Wanted To Be Pope’
Getting the Numbers Right
"The expression on his face spoke of a fullness of heart," she said.
Buenos Aires: Pope Francis’ only surviving sibling has said that the former never wanted to be a pontiff and that she had prayed privately that he did not rise to head the Vaican. "He didn't want to be pope and when we chatted privately about it, we joked at the prospect and he would say 'no, please no',” said Mar?a Elena Bergoglio, pope’s sister. Maria, who is 11 years his junior, said she did not want him to become pope because “he's going to be very far away and second because it is such a large responsibility." She maintained that she is "totally proud" that her sibling was the first pontiff from Latin America. Speaking from her small , brownbrick bungalow in the shabby town of Ituzaingo in the old manufacturing belt south of Buenos Aires, Maria described her brother as a “poor man” as she imagined his thoughts just before walking out on the balcony, the massive crowd in Saint Peter's Square in his first appearance as the pontiff. She said she couldn't predict what her brother will do as pope, but noted that "his inclination" has always been "to work for the poor, the most marginalized." She said that she had met John Paul II when her brother was made a cardinal in 2001 and been struck by
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an air of sadness. “When I fell to my knees to kiss his ring, I looked up and saw a gaze of such love, but at the same time of infinite loneliness," she said. "Although the gaze of my brother reflects love, I don't want it to also reflect loneliness," she added. But from watching Pope Francis on television, she said he appeared joyful with his new role. "The expression on his face spoke of a fullness of heart," she said. "I feel we have to pray a lot for him because we are living in a very troubled world at a difficult time for the church, we need God permanently," she said. The pope is the oldest of five children -- three boys and two girls. His three other siblings, Alberto, Oscar, and Marta Regina are no more. Mrs Bergoglio's son Jorge Vallejos, 37, said she was resting after the previous day's excitement. "It was a great surprise to us when we saw the news on the television. We feel immense happiness and it is a great honour. My mother cried a lot and was so excited that she could not sleep for the whole night," he said. "My uncle never expected to be Pope. It is not a job he was looking for and it comes with a tremendous responsibility."
After Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced to the world Wednesday that "habemus Papam" and that he had taken the name Francis, many immediately started referring to the new Pontiff as Francis I. Some hours later and again today, the Vatican clarified that his name is just Francis, and there is no need to refer to him with a number unless or until a future pope takes the name Francis II. More confusion surrounds references to Francis as the Successor of St. Peter. Is he the 265th, 266th or 267th pope? Everyone knows St. Peter was the first pope, which means St. Linus (who reigned from 67 to 76) was St. Peter's first successor. Following that logic and according to some counts, Francis is the 266th pope, the 265th successor of St. Peter. However, as James Hitchcock, author of "History of the Catholic Church," clarified for ZENIT, "Stephen II in the eighth century died before he was installed as pope. Some lists count him and some do not." Thus, Francis is considered by some the 267th pope, the 266th successor of St. Peter.
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Indian Bishops, Religious Welcome New Pope The new pope took the name Francis after Bro. Francis of Assisi, indicating a shift from the excessive Pope Francis, then Jorge Bergoglio, back row centre in a family photograph preoccupation with the hierarchical structure of the Church. said. the election of Pope Francis. While speaking to the gathering “We hail the cardinals’ decision New Delhi: Indian bishops, religious first time as pope, he addressed to select a non-European pope, who and Catholic groups have welcomed people as "brothers and sisters" and is known for his concern for the poor the election of Pope Francis as the bowed down before them asking them and justice issues,” said Joseph Dias, 266th head of the Catholic Church. "to bless him before he blessed them, CSF President. “The Church in India pledges its indicating a change of perception." He said that Pope Francis is total loyalty and allegiance to the new History has demonstrated again known to be as orthodox as Pope pope,” said Archbishop Albert and again that the charism of religious John Paul II, with regard to the stand D’Souza, Secretary General of Catholife rediscovered can bring about sus- of the Church on controversial issues lic Bishops’ Conference of India, in a tainable change and growth in the like euthanasia, death penalty, aborstatement. Church in terms of its holiness and ef- tion, right to life, human rights and He said that the Church assures fectiveness of her mission, he said. celibacy of priests. the new pontiff “of our fervent prayers “The Pope may have less time Dias said that this stance can that the Holy Spirit may continue to due to his age but what he represents now thankfully be expected to conguide and strengthen him in the discan empower the Church for a re- tinue. charge of his duties of the Petrine Minnewed vigor and path ahead,” it added. He said that the CSF would istry for the good of the Catholic The Catholic Secular Forum dedicate its annual 26th Good Friday Church and for the well-being of the (CSF), an NGO based in Mumbai, walking pilgrimage to pray for the entire humanity.” thanked the College of Cardinals for pope. The Conference of Religious India (CRI) said the new pope is a Religious belonging to the Society of Jesus. The CRI, with its 130,000 active religious, "welcomes the new Holy Father with love and affection, as well as prayerful communion of heart and mind," said an e-mail from Brother Mani Mekkunnel, CRI national secretary. The new pope took the name Francis after Bro. Francis of Assisi and Our heartfelt thanks to Divine Mercy, Sacred Heart "prayed for brotherhood in the of Jesus, Infant Jesus, Our Lady of Perpetual SucChurch, indicating a shift from the excor and St. Jude for the many favours granted cessive preoccupation with the hierarchical structure of the Church with —M. Bragaza & Fly, Mumbai all its paraphernalia," Brother Mani
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ur world today is on the threshold of socio- eco nomic, political, and climatic injustice. Like never before we are amidst a catastrophe of events which seem to highlight the insignificance of the common man. Despite of being part of the worldâ€™s largest democracy, we find ourselves as victims of actions way beyond our control. The Christian community in In- wars literally brought the world to its dia is increasingly being attacked in knees. Very human right was broken, physical, psychological and geo- yet as most events in human history, graphical realms. Right now within the good did overcome evil. But the price metropolis of Mumbai, the parish of in terms of human life and property O.L. of Assumption, Kandivali West is made the world unify tofacing the critical issue of wards formation of the potential loss of their United Nations, which led School Ground, Green to the Universal DeclaraSpace and cemetery, adtion of Human Rights, jacent to the Poisar River, wherein the international now a nalla. The BMC, recommunity vowed never sponsible for the civic inagain to allow atrocities like frastructure and administhose of that conflict to tration of the city, has by Dr. Francin Pinto: happen ever again. In all Founder- Director asked the community to 30 Articles were listed as Garbage Concern, surrender 5 meters of itâ€™s Basic Human Rights. Parishner of O.L .of historical and socially relAmong these 5 articles are Assumption evant, land. We as a very relevant to our right to people are faced with a our land. choice, to be victims or victors. But to be victors, we need knowledge of our Article 12: No one shall be subjected â€˜Right to our landâ€™, which is the key to to arbitrary interference with his priour survival as individuals as well as vacy, family, home or correspona community. dence, nor to attacks upon his honour The early 20th century was an and reputation. Everyone has the right epitome of human misery. Two world
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to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks Article 17: (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property. Article 22: Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality. Article 24: Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay. Article 26: Everyone has the right to
education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. To get full benefit of these articles in the context of the right to our land as a community, we shall understand these in their significance to establishing their relationship to our socio- ecological health. 1.
Amir Khan’s recent advertisement “Abortion Bharat Chodo” is a sign for all Indians that we need to stand for justice in whatever form it may be. Today we have to stand against the evils of the nation like abortion, euthanasia, corruption, terrorism and other evils of the nation that are breaking and dividing the nation. Today we need to fight against the evils of the society and also make the nation an evil-free nation. The Government should introduce a law where people could complain against those people who are fostering such evils like abortion, euthanasia, corruption, terrorism and other evils of the nation. Let us all stand again stand evils of the society like abortion, euthanasia, corruption, terrorism and other evils of the nation. —Cajetan Peter D’Souza personalities. World over it has been recognized that Christians are at the forefront of humanitarian service. We are taught to love others before self. And the community of O. L. of Assumption Parish has been at the vanguard in service to all communities, through its Non- profit Dental clinic, outreach programs for deprived groups, scholarship programs for economically backward students etc. Also the church ground facilitates as cultural complex to both Christian and nonchristian. The community has being playing an integral part in the economic, social and cultural rights of others, which is indispensable for the dignity and the free development of the community at large.
The O.L. of Assumption parish has a 450 year history. The Poisar river has always run along the northwestern side of the church property. The BMC needs the 5 meters to widen the river and make an access road, which will lead to the interference with the privacy of the community at large. ( violation of article 12 of Human Rights) The parish of O.L. Assumption is the centre of prayer to over 10,000 Catholics and is also visited by many non-christians who believe in the message of Christ. If we calculate the number of parishners from the past 450 years of its history, the figure would be mind boggling. Also the church cemetery holds memories of beloved ones who have left for their eternal journey. Thus, this property is rightfully of the community and any attempt to take even an inch is a violation of the right to own property alone as well as in association with others (article 17). We shall not be deprived of our property. The Church is the Body of Christ, and we are its parts. The Church plays a critical role in shaping our
Social activity is important for singles and families. Connecting with others brings more meaning into our life. The Church is an important platform for development of Social and interpersonal skills. Socializing leads to Healthy Relationships and Stress reduction. Also the church grounds house over 60 fully grown trees, each over 50 years old. These trees provide vital oxygen to the entire area, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Annual activities like Parents day celebration, Sun-
day- school annual day, zonal sports, youth week etc have given all members of the parish community a time to enjoy and share, very much in queue to article 24 which stresses that ‘Everyone has the right to rest and leisure’. 5.
At any given time the parish school of St. Joseph’s annually has over 3000 students. The school is over 100 years old and has shaped the entire community through its selfless service to all communities. Education today focuses on holistic development, wherein 50% of school time needs to be physical activity. The school ground has played a vital role in the overall development of the students and will continue to do so. Encroaching on the school ground will deprive the children to their right to holistic education. We as a community are passing through a challenging phase. We need to unite to fight the forces of injustice. We need to also use the power of prayer, to open the minds of the decision makers. Most importantly, we need to change our attitude to the problem and move with confidence in our position as victors rather than victims, fully aware of our right to our land as our basic human right.
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Top 20 Countries having Catholic Population S.N. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Country Brazil México Philippines USA Italy France Colombia Spain Poland Argentina Congo (Dem. Rep.) Peru Germany Venezuela Nigeria India Canada Ecuador Uganda Chile
Catholics 145,446,000 123,393,000 69,630,000 64,621,000 57,665,000 44,499,000 38,406,000 37,165,000 35,010,000 34,480,000 29,500,000 28,160,000 26,297,000 24,815,000 17,906,000 17,005,000 13,070,000 11,749,000 11,219,000 11,021,000
Population 184,227,000 142,364,000 85,930,000 285,538,000 59,725,000 58,905,000 44,508,000 42,335,000 37,109,000 38,631,000 59,293,000 32,079,000 82,727,000 28,256,000 124,517,000 1,098,096,000 29,503,000 13,112,000 26,537,000 15,488,000
Percent Catholic 78.95% 86.67% 81.03% 22.63% 96.55% 75.54% 86.29% 87.79% 94.34% 89.25% 49.75% 87.78% 31.79% 87.82% 14.38% 1.55% 44.30% 89.60% 42.28% 71.16%
A Modern Agenda As the leader of the world’s largest religious organization, Pope Francis has the potential to use his power and influence for enormous good. I hope he will continue and expand his lifelong outreach to the poor and disadvantaged. That may be difficult living in a palace where he is surrounded by priceless art, obsequious servants and scheming underlings, but perhaps he will, nonetheless, call the church to live its mission and to serve a hungry world.
also be on his agenda. A church that is so out of step with modern society and with its own members on such fundamental matters will continue to lose its relevance. Finally, the new pope must do whatever it takes to make certain that sexual abuse by clergy has ended forever. —Dan Kasten, Carrollton
Armageddon & Judgement Armageddon is a name applied to which political rulers are being gathered in opposition to Jehovah and his kingdom by Jesus Christ. Judgment Day begins after the war of Armageddon, when Satan’s system on earth will be destroyed. Judgment Day lasts a thousand years. The Bible says “He who has died has been acquitted from his sin.” (Rom. 6:7) Those resurrected come to life with a chan slate. To live forever, both Armageddon survivor and resurrected ones will have to obey the requirements during the thousand years. Thus individuals will be judged on the basis of what they do during judgment Day. Finally, Satan will be released from imprisonment and allowed to mislead humankind one last time. Whose who resist Satan will enjoy the complete fulfillment of Bible’s promise “The righteous themselves will possess the earth.... (Ps. 37:29)
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Never Give Up On A Dream Because of Time… How often did I give up on something because it would take too long to learn, or to be good at? Let’s just say, I don’t know how to play the piano, tap dance, speak German, nor have I written a novel. There, you heard it. There’s more, but I don’t want to bore with all the things I wanted to accomplish, but didn’t. And I’m sure you have your list as well. The time it takes to be good at something, really good at something often takes longer than we thought at first. I thought I could be a professional designer in six months. It only took
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MATRIMONIALS Engineering College. Alliance is sought from suitably qualified Mangalorean RC bachelors upto 30 yrs, with good family background kindly reply with details and a recent full size photograph to email@example.com or Contact 9421428286 between 4 - 9 pm. (Regd. No. 5885) MUMBAI : Mangalorean R. C. Spinster, 32 yrs., 5’ 4”, Wt. 64 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. HSC., working with MNC has an Secretary to CEO, Seeks a suitable well settled match. Contact : Email : firstname.lastname@example.org OR 9930121624 (Regd. No. 5884) NASIK : Goan R. C. Spinster, 25 yrs., 5’ 6”, Wt. 55 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. B.Com., MBA, working as a Marketing Executive. Contact email : email@example.com OR 9860082311 (Regd. No. 5883) MUMBAI : Goan R. C. Spinster, 37 yrs., 5’, 3”, Wt. 55 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Com., working as a Crew Logistic. Contact Email : firstname.lastname@example.org OR 9820059399 (Regd. No. 5882) MUMBAI : Goan R. C. Spinster, 36 yrs., 5’, Wt. 53 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. HSC, working as a Crew Logistic Contact : email : email@example.com OR 9819220429 (Regd. No. 5881) MUMBAI : Mangalorean R. C. Spinster, 35 yrs., 5’ 6”, Fair Complexion, Edn. Post Graduate, working for a Foreign Bank Seeks a suitable match. Contact Email : firstname.lastname@example.org (Regd. No. 5879) MUMBAI : Mangalorean R. C. Spinster, 26 yrs., 5’ 4”, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. M.Sc., Micro, working as a Officer in Nationalised Bank. Seeks a suitable match. Contact Email : email@example.com OR 9769485550 (Regd. No. 5878) UDUPI : Mangalorean R. C. Spinster, 26 yrs., 5’ 4”, Fair Complexion, Edn. BDS, Lecturer by profession. Seeks a
suitable match. Contact Email : firstname.lastname@example.org or 9448480469 (Regd. No. 5876) MUMBAI : Mangalorean R. C. Spinster, 30 yrs., 5’ 6”, withan average build and fair complexioned, Edn. PG and MBA (HR) working as a Manager in an MNC in Mumbai, seeks a suitable match who is well educated, tall and a cheerful disposition. We are open to grooms from other denomination (East Indian, Goan, South Indian etc.,) Contact : 9892191359 / 65721172 and send details to email@example.com (Regd. No. 5873) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Spinster, 26 years, Ht. 5’ 7”, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. March Environmental Architecture, Architect by profession. Seeks a well settled Mangalorean bachelor preferable from Mumbai. (Regd. No. 5872) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Spinster, 30 years, Ht. 5’ 4”, Wt. 52 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn.B.E., (Computer Engg.,) working as a Senior Consultant. Contact : firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com (Regd. No. 5871) VALSAD : Goan + Mangalorean RC Spinster, Godfearing, faithful and understanding, aged 27 years, Ht. 5’ 5”, Fair Complexion, Edn. D’Ed., BA, B.Ed., Teacher by profession. Contact Mob.: 09377099024 (12 a.m. to 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) (Regd. No. 5830) Address your replies to :
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Pope Francis was greeted Friday by Cardinal Angelo Sodano as the new pope met the Cardinals for the first time after his election. (L'Osservatore Romano)
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church on the fifth ballot last week. He then took the name of Francis, the first of 266 such popes, to take that name. One of the first things the new pope did was to pay his hotel bill. This would not surprise those in the slums of Argentina where Bergoglio often visited, even washing the feet of drug addicts. It seems this pope plans to break many traditions. He has many interesting views on many things.
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In its service spanning over 32 years, ROYAL CHRISTIAN FAMILY has helped thousands of marriageable boys and girls in finding their suitable Life-partner from its wide data-bank of Christian Brides and Grooms from across India and all over the world
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