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Lindsay Hamon Carried 12-Foot Cross Worldwide for 26 Years

A British man dedicated to spreading the message of Christ spent the last 26 years carrying a 12-foot wooden cross around the globe. Lindsay Hamon, 60, from Camborne, Cornwall, has visited 19 countries including India, New Zealand, and Bangladesh as he continues on his journey hoping to inspire those he may come across during his travels. Hamon began carrying the 12 x 6 foot cedar wood cross in 1987 when he decided that he was going to take up God's calling and travel the globe talking about Jesus to anyone who will listen. Some might wonder how he is able to carry such a large object, but Hamon attached a small wheel at the base of the cross to make it easier to walk with. He usually carries the cross over his shoulder for more than 12 hours a day. Hamon has been mobbed by locals in foreign countries wanting to hear him speak, even if they didn’t understand English, but language has never been a barrier. “Often I will pray in English” he says. “Sometimes you get people who translate for you, I had one young boy who came out of nowhere when I was talking to around 20 or 30 people and he just translated everything. When it was done he just disappeared, I never knew who he was or where he came from, it’s amazing.”


Diocese offers recipe for reviving paschal tradition

New Delhi: The newly created Syro Malabar diocese in the national capital territory has distributed a recipe to cook a traditional Paschal meal in an effort to revive the age-old customs of this oriental church among its young generation. “The young migrants have forgotten our local customs. Many of them do not know how to prepare" the Pesaha appam (paschal bread) and pal (milk drink) as part of Maundy Thursday observation in Syro-Malabar families, says Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara of Faridabad diocese. The archbishop said his diocese created a year ago has distributed a leaflet containing the recipe to all its parishes spread over the National Capital Region, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh. Traditional families join together to prepare the rice bread and drink made of coconut milk after the Maundy Thursday Church service in the morning. By evening, the eldest in the family cut the bread after reading the Old Testament narration of "Passover feast." He then offers pieces of bread to each in the family."The celebration is a local version of the Israelites' Passover rites and Christ's Last Supper. The preparation for "pesaha appam" starts a week before Holy Thursday.“We dry rice and grind them a week before," said Chinnmma Chacko, 82. The head of the family makes a cross from the palm leaf collected from the parish church on Palm Sunday and places it on the dough. Then the dough is cooked in steam. The diocese caters to more than 100,000 Catholics.

Pensioner Volker Kraft stands in front of his apple tree, which he and his family have decorated with 10.000 Easter eggs on March 24, 2013 in Saalfeld, Germany.

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pg. 5 - VIEWS on NEWS pg.7 - Nun Commits Suicide pg. 7 - The Non-Flying Falcon pg. 8 - Traditionalists Are Less Than Delighted With The New Pope pg. 9 - What Are The Masons? pg 15 - A Church Of The Poor For The Poor pg. 16 - Pope’s Decision To Wash Women’s Feet Causes Stir pg. 16 - Pope Francis sparks outrage with washing of women’s feet pg. 17 - Pope washing women's feet - a Good Example pg. 18 - Dangerous Effects of Mobiles pg. 19 - Inspirations! pg. 20 - Eating tomatoes wards off Depression pg. 21 & 22 - Matrimonials pg. 23 - Personal Habits Inventory

Cover : Pope Francis washes and kisses the foot of an inmate at the juvenile detention center of Casal del Marmo, Rome, Thursday, March 28, 2013. Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at the juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, an unusual choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male

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Diocese Adopts 900 Children On Easter Eve Amritsar: The Church of North India’s Amritsar diocese has adopted 900 indigent children to look after their educational and nutritional needs. The diocese took the initiative on March 30, the eve of Easter. The diocese, which recently celebrated its diamond jubilee, vowed to initiate more social outreach projects that not only empower the masses, but also complement the government's initiatives on education and malnutrition. This program is based on a survey conducted by the diocese two years ago. Talking about the project, Bishop Pradeep Kumar Samantaroy of the diocese said the diocese had been taking care of these children's academic and dietary needs for the past two years. He said the endeavour was aimed at complementing the government's initiatives on social outreach, education and health. "There is a marked improvement in the physical and mental well-being of these 900 children since we took them under our care," he said. He maintained that the previously lean, listless and academically weak children were now known to be

showing interest in sports and academics. The bishop said the children were also taught about the benefits of keeping their surroundings clean and consuming healthy food. "They have now become harbingers of change in the localities that they reside in as they can be seen taking a keen interest not only in academics and sports, but also in keeping their surroundings clean and ensuring that people living around them know all that they need to know about cleanliness and consuming healthy food," he said. The bishop said that even the families of these children had started getting actively involved in the initiative. "Easter is about the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. It is a celebration of His victory over the powers of darkness and evil that prevents people from living life to the fullest," he said. The bishop said the diocese wants to take the message of Easter to the masses by doing all that it possibly can to dispel the darkness of illiteracy and malnutrition by adopting more children from economically backward families.



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Italy Blinks

The Italian Government could have spared itself the ignominy of being humbled for its uncalled for defiance of an undertaking given as a sovereign nation through its diplomatic mission in India to the highest Court of this country. It had shown magnanimity in allowing the two accused marines to go home to vote in their national elections which itself became a subject matter of national debate. Similarly, it was unusual to allow them to go home to enjoy Christmas turkey. Not many are as lucky. This unprecedented situation gave the Indian Opposition parties enough ammunition to taunt the Government for being too indulgent to Italy for obvious reasons. A red faced Government was left with no alternative but to talk tough and warn the Italian Government of serious consequences. They held back the Indian envoy from taking office in that country. An agitated Supreme Court was livid and even barred the Italian Ambassador from leaving the country. That nailed it. While the opposition parties were berating the Government for its spineless approach because of the Italian connection, the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi blamed the Italians for going back on their promise. The Italians were brought to their senses by this tough talk. They sheepishly sent back the marines before the deadline. They held a late night press conference [an unusual time for such briefing] to tell the world that the assurance of no death penalty clicked the issue. Now the issue has become complicated back home with the Foreign Minister of Italy resigning in protest. The President and the Prime Minister were not in favour as the country risked being isolated. The Italian PM actually admitted this. That was the real issue not death sentence. By saying that they sent the marines back on India’s assurance is simply misleading. *****

Bollywood’s Folly

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VIEWS on NEWS verdict, Sanjay Dutt kept away from media glare for a few days to ponder over his options. He also gauged the public response vis-à-vis the stand taken by his Bollywood and other wellwishers who wanted to seek clemency for him from the Governor of Maharashtra. He read the writing on the wall – vociferous opposition for such a move and finally decided that he will not opt for pardon but instead surrender to the authorities as per the diktat of the apex court. By taking this stand, when he broke down in front of the media, he has raised his stock. In fact, now there is public sympathy for him. All this while, the public perception was different. The type of weapons, ammunition and hand grenades were definitely not meant for personal safety. If they were meant for his legitimate safety, where was the need to try and destroy them? Surprisingly, his friends have pronounced that he was ‘innocent’. This amounts to questioning the judicial findings. Now they want the Governor to pardon him. Gubernatorial clemency is certainly not meant for people convicted for anti-national activities. This hype may be actually counter-productive as it will weaken the case. In fact he was lucky not to be tried under TADA. That itself appeared to be a conspiracy thanks to his father’s long association with Congress as well as others in Shiv Sena. When you associate with people who masterminded the blasts, you pay the price. It was not a case of being dragged in. So the sympathy factor should find no place. For his Bollywood friends to say that he has suffered for so many years is making a mockery of things. The commercial angle is also there with many movies in the making. The producers are likely to get affected but did they not know that some day the verdict would be out. Many other convicts suffer not only mentally but also financially without any reason – Bollywood remains silent. They only wait for a chance to make a movie on such issues instead, imply for mon-

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The Mumbai Police Chief needs to be complimented for his bold stand on the issue of unjustified assault on the Police Officer who had done his duty. These are the same leaders sitting in the august assembly making laws for us lesser mortals to follow. They can defy such laws. There are special guidelines from the government to civil servants and police force to treat politicians with dignity but is silent on MLAs being above law. If the police chief was not tough enough, they would have escaped the attendant consequences of being locked up overnight before the court remanded them to judicial custody. MNS Chief., Raj Thackeray deserves to be complimented. He did not even take the call from his MLA who was one of the accused. Otherwise, we could have expected some law and order problem. Let him face the music he said. It is unfortunate that R.R. Patil should have tried to placate the agitated MLAs whose ego was hurt. The CM too succumbed to the pressure. It sends wrong signal when a Police Officer is allowed to be beaten up inside the Assembly complex and then suspend him for doing his duty. It is sad that they also suspended another police official for entering the assembly complex without a pass though he was accompanying his superior who was not suspended. Now they have set up a panel and want the victim to appear before it. The Home Minister says the footage is useless but let the cops decide that.


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Australia: An Australian nun, who served in India as a missionary, would take the first step toward sainthood this week. Sr. Mary Glowrey, who went to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh in 1920 at the age of 33, would be declared a Servant of God in India on March 27, the initial step to become a Catholic saint. She came to India as a missionary with the Society of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and founded the Catholic Health Association. The announcement of her declaration as Servant of God would be made by Bishop Gail Bali at the Chrism Mass in the Guntur diocese. The campaign to have her can-

onized started to gather pace in India and Australia in the last 10 years, said Anna Krohn, national bioethics convener of the Catholic Women’s League Australia. Sr. Glowrey was born in Victoria in 1887, studied medicine and worked in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Saint Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne as well as had a private practice. She later founded the Catholic Women's League (CWL) of Victoria and in Wagga Wagga. She is the second Australian to be placed on the process of canonization. The first Australian saint who was canonized in 2010 was Sr. Mary MacKillop, who once was excommunicated.

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Nun Commits Suicide Coimbatore: A Catholic nun allegedly committed suicide by consuming poison in Coimbatore. Angeline Nirmala Reena took the extreme step on March 30 and informed the fellow nuns that she had consumed pesticide and fell unconscious while having breakfast. The 26-year-old nun was taken to a private hospital at R S Puram where she was given first aid. She was transferred to St Maris Hospital at Podanur for further treatment. She died at the hospital. The body was sent to the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for postmortem. However, the relatives of the deceased refused to accept her body after postmortem, alleging that she was tortured by church authorities. On Sunday morning, her relatives blocked the ambulance in which the body was being transported by the church authorities to Puliyakulam burial ground. They demanded action against church authorities and nuns for the death. They also demanded the appearance of the bishop in person at the CMCH to explain what had happened to the nun. Alish Reta Mary, mother of the deceased, said her daughter took the extreme step after she was tortured mentally. A Charles Irudhayaraj, brother of the deceased said her sister was

studying BA (English literature) final year at Nirmala College for Women at Race Course. “She was tortured by a nun. When she lodged a complaint about this with the authorities, they failed to take necessary action. She could not bear the torture and took the extreme step," he alleged. Seven nuns, who were present at the CMCH refused to talk to the media. Police pacified the relatives and later the body was sent to the burial ground. "We are interrogating a few nuns and church authorities. We will be able to ascertain the reason for her death only after a detailed investigation," said a police official of the R S Puram police station. Sr. Reena became a nun in 2004 and devoted her life to the Roman Catholic Church, police said. She was staying on the campus of St John De Britto Church situated on Lawley Road, along with other nuns, for the past four months.

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The Non-Flying Falcon

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained. Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived. The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.” In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his courtiers, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.” The courtiers quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you manage to make the falcon fly?” With head bowed, the farmer said to the king,” It was very easy. I simply cut the branch of the tree on which the bird was sitting.” We are all made to fly to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But instead of doing that, we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, and the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling. So let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight. — Jubel D'Cruz, Dombivili


Traditionalists Are Less Than Delighted With The New Pope Since the moment of his election on March 13, Pope Francis has been warmly embraced by his own flock and even the media and the wider public in a way his bookish predecessor, Benedict XVI, was not. Polls show that anywhere from 73 percent to 88 percent of American Catholics say they are happy with the selection of Francis, as opposed to about 60 percent who were happy with the choice of Benedict — and many of those are extremely pleased with the new pope. Such an effusive welcome is especially good news for Catholic leaders who spent years fending off criticism of Vatican dysfunction under Benedict and a cloud of scandal and crisis at home. And the hot start for Francis is also crucial in building up a reservoir of good will that will be needed when the new pope refuses to bend on unpopular teachings or commits a gaffe of his own. Yet even as the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio basks in this broad approval as Pope Francis, some constituencies in the Catholic Church are cautious or even angry at his election, and their concern has only grown in the early days of his pontificate.

‘Something is profoundly wrong’

Chief among the critics are the liturgical traditionalists who reveled in Benedict’s exaltation of old-fashioned ways, and are now watching in horror as Francis rejects the extravagant vestments and highchurch rituals that were in en vogue for the past eight years. “Of all the unthinkable candidates, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is perhaps the worst,” an Argentine Catho-


lic wrote in a post at Rorate Caeli, a blog for aficionados of the old Latin Mass rites. “It really cannot be what Benedict wanted for the Church.” “Something is profoundly wrong when the winds of change can blow so swiftly through an immutable institution of God’s own making,” agreed Patrick Archbold at Creative Minority Report, another conservative site. Given that traditionalists are some of the most devoted and vocal Catholics in the church, and that they retain both contacts and influence in the upper ranks of the hierarchy, their pessimism could spell trouble for


‘A Pope Francis problem’

The same could be said of politically conservative Catholics, especially those from the U.S. who have enjoyed access and approval in Rome for decades, under both Benedict and the late John Paul II. Their concerns, while expressed in more muted tones, are tied to a number of markers: Francis is a Jesuit, for one thing, and even though he is considered a relatively conservative member of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits are considered notorious by the Catholic right. Their list of alleged faults is long — they advocate engagement with the world, they have shown a willingness to criticize the hierarchy, and they have embraced a radical com-

mitment to the poor. That last one is a priority for Francis as he sharply critiqued unfettered capitalism and austerity politics, even taking on the name of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of the poor. Indeed, the new pope “would likely be considered too liberal for a prime time speaking slot at the 2016 (Democratic) convention,” Charles Camosy, a theologian at Fordham University in New York, wrote in a Washington Post column titled, “Republicans have a Pope Francis problem.” St. Francis is also an icon of environmentalism, which the new pope has similarly embraced. That discomfits some conservatives — as does praise for Francis from liberation theologians like Leonardo Boff and Jon Sobrino. Rumors are already afoot that Francis might beatify slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed by a right-wing death squad for speaking out against injustice. We place your Matrimonial Profile in our website for one full year Rs. 400/- (only) for ladies & Rs. 500/- (only) for gents

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What Are The Masons? Q. Recently, a friend invited me to join the Masons. What are the Masons? Are Catholics allowed to belong to this organization?


efore addressing the question at hand, let's first consider the organization itself. The origins of the Masons or what is officially called freemasonry are hard to pinpoint. With the decline of cathedral building in the aftermath of the Protestant movement, mason guilds began accepting non-masons as members to bolster their dwindling membership. Eventually, the non-masons outnumbered the masons, and the guilds became places for the discussion of ethics and morality while retaining the secret signs, symbols and gestures of the original guild. Four such guilds merged in 1717 in London, England, to form the Grand Lodge of Freemasons. (A "freemason" was a highly skilled mason who enjoyed the privileges of membership in a trade guild.) Masons gradually spread throughout the world. Old "handbooks" of freemasonry define the organization as "a peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols," "a science which is engaged in the search after the divine truth," and "the activity of closely united men who, employing symbolical forms borrowed principally from the mason's trade and from architecture, work for the welfare of mankind, striving morally to ennoble themselves and others and thereby to bring about a universal league of mankind which they aspire to exhibit even now on a small scale." James Anderson (d. 1739), a Scottish Presbyterian minister, wrote the Book of Constitutions in which he contrived the "traditional" albeit spurious history of freemasonry. Masons hold that God, "the Great Architect," founded freemasonry, and that it had as patrons, Adam and the Patriarchs. Even Jesus is listed as "the Grand Master" of the Christian Church. They credit themselves with the building of

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Noah's Ark, the Tower of Babel, the Pyramids and Solomon's Temple. In all, freemasonry borrows liberally from the history and traditions of cultic groups such as the Druids, Mithars, Egyptian priesthood, Rosicrucians and others to weave its own history. The Catholic Church has difficulty with freemasonry because it is indeed a kind of religion unto itself. The practice of freemasonry includes temples, altars, a moral code, worship services, vestments, feast days, a hierarchy of leadership, initiation and burial rites, and promises of eternal reward and punishment. While in America, most Masons are Christian and will display a Bible on their "altar," in the same lodges or elsewhere, Jews, Muslims, Hindus or other non-Christian religions can be admitted and may use their own sacred Scriptures. (In France, in 1877, the "Grand Orient" Lodge eliminated the need to believe in God or the immortality of the soul, thereby admitting atheists into their fold. This atheistic type of freemasonry spread particularly in Latin countries.) Moreover, the rituals involve the corruption of Christianity. The cross is merely a symbol of nature and eternal life, devoid of Christ's sacrifice for sin. INRI (for Christians, Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, i.e. Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews) means for Masons Igne Natura Renovatur Integra, i.e. by fire nature is renewed entirely, referring to the sacred fire's (i.e. truth and love) regeneration of mankind just as the sun regenerates nature in the spring. The rituals are also inimical to Catholicism. During the initiation rite, the candidate expresses a desire to seek "light," and he is assured that he will receive the light of spiritual instruction that he could not receive in another Church. Moreover, he will gain eternal rest in the "celestial lodge" if he lives and dies according to Masonic prin-

ciples. Note also that since Masonry involves non-Christians, the use of the name of Jesus is forbidden within the lodge. For Catholics, (and hopefully all sincere Christians), Christ alone is the light who entered this world to dispel sin and darkness. A strong anti-Catholicism also permeates freemasonry. The two traditional enemies of freemasonry are the royalty and the papacy. Masons even believe that Christ, dying on Calvary, was "the greatest among the apostles of Humanity, braving Roman despotism and the fanaticism and bigotry of the priesthood." When a Mason reaches the 30th degree in the Masonic hierarchy, called the Kadosh, the person crushes with his foot the papal tiara and the royal crown, and swears to free mankind "from the bondage of Despotism and the thraldom of spiritual tyranny." Now pause for a moment: Would a sincere Catholic commit such an action? In a word, "no." A second difficulty with freemasonry for Catholics involves the taking of oaths. An oath is a religious act which asks God to witness the truth of the statement or the fulfillment of a promise. Only the Church and the state for serious reason can require an oath. A candidate makes an oath to freemasonry and its secrets, under pain of death or self-mutilation, by kneeling blindfolded in front of the altar, placing both hands on the volume of sacred law (perhaps even the Bible), the square, and compass, and repeating after the "worshipful master." Keep in mind that the candidate does not yet even know all the "secrets" to which he is taking an oath. This oath is wrongful because of to whom and to what the candidate is swearing.

(To be contd...)


Inquest into Mangalore nurse’s death to begin in May

London: The inquest into the death of an Indian Catholic nurse, who allegedly committed suicide following a hoax call, would begin on May 2. In a statement read by MP Keith Vaz on behalf of the nurse’s family in the Westminster Coroner’s Court, he said, “Today marks the beginning of the end as far the legal process is concerned but it does not take away the terrible grief the family is still suffering.” The next few weeks are going to be very difficult for the family until May 2 when, of course, the inquest will begin, he added. “These have been dreadful, dreadful weeks and months for the family. “They will never ever come to terms with the death of Jacintha, who they loved. so much, but they hope this process will begin the healing process,” he added. Jacintha Saldanha’s husband Benedict


Barboza and the couple’s children Lisha and Junal were also present in the court. Saldanha, a nurse at King Edward VII Hospital, was found dead by colleagues after answering a hoax call from two Australian RJs while the Duchess of Cambridge was in the hospital’s care in December last year. Saldanha left three notes before she died. Two were in the room where she was found hanging, while a third was found among her personal possessions, police said.

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Christian religion is the simplest of all religions. Just love God with your whole heart and soul and love your neighbours like yourself. If we only we had followed this there would be no crimes on earth, no robberies, no dacoties, no bombs, no terriorist, no rapes, no land grabing. But our religion has become a sugar coated bitter pills and who have made our religion like this are the vested interest religious. They have modified the religion according to their wants and greed —Ana Maria Fernandes

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Permissions Good Friday Prayer Services At August Kranthi Maidan

Good Friday observed at St. Joseph Church, Mira Road

Parishioners of St. Stephen, Cumballa Hill used to have their Good Friday prayer Services at August Kranthi Maidan since 1948. State Cultural and Archeology departments were hesitant to give permission for the same. Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan and Minorities affairs Minister Mr. Arif Naseem Khan, intervined and given the necessary permissions. Smt. Janet D’Souza, Mrs. Thanksy Thekkekara IAS, and Lawrence D’Souza (B.C.S.) provided timely help. Rev. Fr. Ernest Fernandes confirmed and the Good Friday Services were held on the ground. —Cajetan Carvalho Parish Coordinatpor, St. Stephen Church, Cumballa Hill

Good Friday celebrated at Infant Jesus Parish, Jogeshwari (E). Way of the Cross covered entire parish led by the Parish Priest Rev, Fr. Simon D’Souza, Asst. Parish Priest Fr. Wilfred Vaz and Sisters of the Helpers of Mary.

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Moundy Thursday at St. Theresa Church Bandra

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March 29th : Good Friday service was observed at St. Joseph’s Parish grounds with devotion. There were two services at 5.30pm and 8.30 p.m respectively. Thousands of faithful participated in the liturgical service. The passion of our Lord was sung and Rev. Fr. Archie Gonsalves, Provincial of Kartaka Goa Maharastra, broke the Word of God. He spoke about the “Importance of the Cross and Suffering”. Finally he said that if we put love in our suffering only than we come out victorious. The faithful participated in the service with devotion and venerated the Cross.

The parish had one more great reason to celebrate because 30 brothers and sisters were baptized during the mass and entered the catholic sheepfold during Easter Vigil Mass (Mira Road)



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Exploring the Site of the Tomb from which Jesus Rose

(Israel)—In part of their "Celebrating Easter" special on, there is a video detailing the two Holy Land sites which are said to possibly be the location of the tomb in which Jesus was laid, prior to His resurrection from the dead. One site is the Garden tomb, located—as the name suggests—in a "2-acre oasis" near the heart of Jerusalem, believed by some to have been a garden owned by Joseph of Arimathea from the Bible. "Everything in those four Gospels matches what we show people here in the garden," Garden Tomb director, Richard Meryon told CBN. The site that others believe the actual spot where Jesus was entombed for 3 days is at the Church of the Holy Sepulechre. Regarding the Garden Tomb, guide Steve Bridge told CBN's Chris Mitchell, "The tomb we have here is typical of first century Jewish rolling stone tomb, it's dated as being at least 2,000 years old, possibly older." "It is carved out of the solid rock; it's a man-made tomb and that's how the Bible describes the tomb in which Jesus' body was laid," he noted. "Finally," added Bridge, "the most important thing about this tomb, is that it's empty."


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A Church Of The Poor For The Poor

Pope Francis appears to have made this his Vision Statement. He has said nothing new. There are several Church documents that speak about the same thing. Unfortunately the translation into action has not been so pronounced. What then should be the response of the Church. By "Church", we mean, principally, not the Church as institution, but Church as the people of God. We are asking ourselves what we are doing as individual Christians and as members of Christian communities about the needs of our fellow human beings. I would like to focus on one area only - JUSTICE If it is asked "What is a Christian?" several answers can be given, but one of them will certainly have to be "A Christian is a witness." A Christian is a Christ-bearer to to-day's people - another Christ- "to bear witness to the truth" that God has revealed. God reveals Himself to us as the liberator of the oppressed and defender of the poor. To be a Christian then is to bear witness to justice by words, by deeds and by our lives. In what ways can we bear witness to justice in the world in which we live. First, by a habitual respect for the rights of others e.g. how we treat the people that report to us. Are we truly servant leaders? Second, by being conscious of how sinfully wasteful we are to the resources of our planet.e.g the manner in which we use water and energy, how we contribute to pollution. Third, to show by the simplicity of our lives that the enrichment of the human condition does not consist in having or using more things e.g to stop comparing ourselves with the Joneses. The Church is obliged to live and administer its own goods is such a

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way that the Gospel is preached to the poor. Christians and Christian communities must show by their lives that they have good news - that they are good news - for the poor. Pope Francis has begun to lead by example. Just as we might budget our funds to be able to give alms, so we might budget our time to be able to give service. In doing so we share with our neighbour not only what we possess but what we are.. We might add that our service should be aimed also in helping the poor and powerless to help themselves Finally by being a witness to freedom with responsibility. The Church should not only recognize everyone's right to suitable freedom of expression and thought but should herself be a model of openness and mutual trust. Witnessing to justice naturally leads us to consider action for justice. The Church documents propose four major areas: 1. Denunciation of injustice 2. Concretely live more simply 3. No unjust profit or unjust advantage taken of people or in business. 4. Change unjust structures. It is a question of confronting Gospel values with the concrete life of to-day in its many areas. The subject is vast and will need more space for elucidation. What is important is that we once again look deeply at ourselves, the way we live and work; also the way our Small Christian Communities are organized and are running; confront both with Gospel values and challenge them to live and work for justice in our milieu.

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Vatican Defends Pope Francis' Washing Of Women's Feet

VATICAN CITY : The Vatican on Friday (March 29) dismissed criticism of Pope Francis' decision to wash the feet of two women during a Maundy Thursday Mass at a Rome youth prison. The move has come under fire from Catholic traditionalists who say that the rite is a re-enactment of Jesus washing the feet of the 12 apostles before his death, and thus should be limited only to men. Traditionally, popes have washed the feet of 12 priests during a solemn Mass in Rome's St. John Lateran Basilica. Edward Peters, a blogger and expert in church law at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, wrote on his blog that Francis was setting a "questionable example." A 1988 letter from the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Worship states that only "chosen men" can be admitted to the footwashing ceremony. But including women in the rite is a widespread practice in the United States and elsewhere. As archbishop of Buenos Aires, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio regularly included women in the rite. The Vatican's chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the pope's decision was "absolutely licit" for a rite that is not a church sacrament. Francis also took into account "the real situation, the community where one celebrates," Lombardi added.

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Pope’s Decision To Wash Women’s Feet Causes Stir ROME (AP) — In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention center — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men. No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis’ gesture sparked a debate among some conservatives and liturgical purists, who lamented he had set a “questionable example.” Liberals welcomed the move as a sign of greater inclusiveness in the church. Speaking to the young offenders, including Muslims and Orthodox Christians, Francis said that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on the eve of his crucifixion in a gesture of love and service. “This is a symbol, it is a sign. Washing your feet means I am at your service,” Francis told the group, aged 14 to 21, at the Casal del Marmo detention facility in Rome.

Washing of girls’ feet ‘opens door to women priests’ The Pope’s decision to wash the feet of female offenders has shocked some traditionalists, who fear that it could open the door to the ordination of women. Francis washed and kissed the feet of a group that included two young women, one of them a Muslim, at a juvenile detention centre in Rome on Maundy Thursday, provoking criticism from conservative theologians. “Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us,” the pope said. “This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my

Pope Francis sparks outrage with washing of women’s feet Pope Francis broke with Catholic Church tradition and washed and kissed the feet of two young women during the Holy Thursday Mass ritual that has always been confined to men. The two women were confined at a juvenile detention center, The Associated Press reports. Church traditionalists decried the move, and accused the pope of setting a “questionable example,” AP reports. Modernists, however, welcomed his action and perceived a church attitude of inclusiveness was on the horizon. The foot-washing ceremony is rooted in biblical principle. “This is a symbol, it is a sign. Washing your feet means I am at


your service,” Francis told the group of juvenile offenders, aged 14 to 21, at the Casal del Marmo detention facility in Rome, AP reports.. “Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us,” the pope said. “This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my duty. As a priest and bishop, I must be at your service.” Canon lawyer Edward Peters said the pope’s inclusion of women is setting the stage for confusion among church members, however. “By disregarding his own law in this matter, Francis violates, of course, no divine directive,” Mr. Peters said, as quoted by AP. “What he does do, I fear, is set a questionable example.”

duty. As a priest and bishop, I must be at your service.” In a video released by the Vatican, the 76-year-old Francis was shown kneeling on the stone floor as he poured water from a silver chalice over the feet of a dozen youths: black, white, male, female, even feet with tattoos. Then, after drying each one with a cotton towel, he bent over and kissed it. Previous popes carried out the Holy Thursday rite in Rome’s grand St. John Lateran basilica, choosing 12 priests to represent the 12 apostles whose feet Christ washed during the Last Supper before his crucifixion. Before he became pope, as archbishop of Buenos Aires, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio celebrated the ritual foot-washing in jails, hospitals or hospices — part of his ministry to the poorest and most marginalized of society. He often involved women. Photographs show him washing the feet of a woman holding her newborn child in her arms. That Francis would include women in his inaugural Holy Thursday Mass as pope was remarkable, however, given that current liturgical rules exclude women. Canon lawyer Edward Peters, who is an adviser to the Holy See’s top court, noted in a blog that the Congregation for Divine Worship sent a letter to bishops in 1988 making clear that “the washing of the feet of chosen (Contd.. on p. 17)

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Pope washing women's feet - a Good Example I was delighted to read the news article with different headlines in todays' several newspapers " Pope washes women's feet , breaks church rule" Pope Francis has set the tone and lived by example by this gesture on women empowerment which needs to be accelerated in the church of today.

I recall a personal episode in the late 1990's when the Late Fr.Hugh Fonseca, one of the few activist Priests during his time, was the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem, Malad West and I was the Chairman of the Parish Pastoral Council of the said Parish. Fr. Hugh Fonseca also thought many of us the role activism has to play

Pope’s Decision To Wash Women’s Feet Causes Stir (Contd.. from p. 16) men … represents the service and charity of Christ, who came ‘not to be served, but to serve.’” While bishops have successfully petitioned Rome over the years for an exemption to allow women to participate, the rules on the issue are clear, Peters said. “By disregarding his own law in this matter, Francis violates, of course, no divine directive,” Peters wrote. “What he does do, I fear, is set a questionable example.” The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said he didn’t want to wade into a canonical dispute over the matter. However, he noted that in a “grand solemn celebration” of the rite, only men are included because Christ washed the feet of his 12 apostles, all of whom were male. “Here, the rite was for a small, unique community made up also of women,” Lombardi wrote in an email. “Excluding the girls would have been inopportune in light of the simple aim of communicating a message of love to all, in a group that certainly didn’t include experts on liturgical rules.” Others on the more liberal side of the debate welcomed the example Francis set. “The pope’s washing the feet of women is hugely significant because including women in this part of the Holy Thursday Mass has been frowned on — and even banned — in some dioceses,” said the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author of

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“The Jesuit Guide.” “It shows the all-embracing love of Christ, who ministered to all he met: man or woman, slave or free, Jew or Gentile.” For some, restricting the rite to men is in line with the church’s restriction on ordaining women priests. Church teaching holds that only men should be ordained because Christ’s apostles were male. “This is about the ordination of women, not about their feet,” wrote the Rev. John Zuhlsdorf, a traditionalist blogger. Liberals “only care about the washing of the feet of women, because ultimately they want women to do the washing.” Still, Francis has made clear he doesn’t favor ordaining women. In his 2011 book, “On Heaven and Earth,” then-Cardinal Bergoglio said there were solid theological reasons why the priesthood was reserved to men: “Because Jesus was a man.” On this Holy Thursday, however, Francis had a simple message for the young inmates, whom he greeted oneby-one after the Mass, giving each an Easter egg. “Don’t lose hope,” Francis said. “Understand? With hope you can always go on.” One young man then asked why he had come to visit them. Francis responded that it was to “help me to be humble, as a bishop should be.” The gesture, he said, came “from my heart. Things from the heart don’t have an explanation.”

for a just society and always guided and supported us in taking stands against injustices of every kind. At the Parish Council meeting it was decided that on Maundy Thursday ritual, during the Mass the Priest would wash the feet of the 12 Female House Workers. We had located the 12 female house workers from the Parish and on the appointed day when we reported early, Fr. Hugh Fonseca said : "I knew this would happen" Some Parishioners had complained to the Bishop about this and Fr. Hugh Fonseca was told by the concerned Bishop that washing of the Female House Workers was against the Cannon Law and was directed to abandon such a move. Fr. Hugh Fonseca was much ahead of his time and while he relented keeping in mind his obedience to his Bishop, he washed the feet of the 12 Male House Workers at the altar. But directed me to wash the feet of the selected Female House Workers at the same time in the midst of the community below the altar. Holy Father's actions at the Holy Thursday ritual sets an example and a message to ensure that women are given their due place in the church of today. —Dolphy Dsouza Immd. Past President The Bombay Catholic Sabha

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Dangerous Effects of Mobiles


n this advance world of technol ogy and machines, mobile phone has become the important part of human life. The use of mobile phones has grown widely in no time. today mobile phone has become the important part of human life. From kid to adult, from rich person to poor person, from doctor to rickshaw driver, everyone has got his personal mobile phone. Mobile is indeed a great and helpful source of communication but the over-use of mobile phone has secluded the person from the world. mobile has many adverse affects on health and psychology of person. Not only it prevents a person from concentrating on particular subject but also it is reason behind major diseases like cancer, brain tumor, high temperature, headaches, insomnia etc. the electromagnetic rays of mobile are dangerous for human body and have dangerous affects on the brain. Some of the major affects of mobile on health are stated below which are highly neglected today.

Brain Cancer :

The radiations transmitted from mobile are combination of electrical and magnetic rays also called as electromagnetic radiations. The ionizing radiations of mobile phone are capable of changing the cells and tissues of brain which can then lead to the brain cancer.

like cancer, brain tumor is radiations emitted from mobile phones. The electromagnetic rays like alpha and gamma are emitted from mobile phone that damages the brain cells and tissues causing different brain problems like tumors and cancer.

Insomnia :

increased the rate of accidents.

Mouth Cancer :

people who use mobile phones for hours on daily basis develop mouth cancer than those who donÂ’t use mobile phones at all. Mouth cancer dam-

Do You Know, You are Killing yourself! ages the parotid gland, found near jaw and ear, exactly where user holds the phone.

Mobile radiations increase Loss of focus : The use of mobile phone has highly body temperature : constant use of mobile can damage the brain cells and molecules. 4 minute call on mobile can heat up the ear which overall increases the body temperature. mobile phone has the biological effect of raising the temperature in a localized area of the brain by a fraction of a degree.

Road Accidents :

interaction with mobiles has rapidly


distracted the people from their objective especially kids and teenagers. The use of phone makes a child loose his focus and attention; in the result of which his study is highly affected. This whole mechanism makes child weak mentally, physically and psychologically.

Brain tumor :

The underlying reason behind diseases

Mobile radiations have adverse affect on our body. Chat on mobile before bed time can cause insomnia and prevents you from getting sound sleep. Mobile phone radiation of 884 MHz provokes insomnia, headaches and concentration, Hence the overall balance of body is disturbed and person gets mentally fatigued.

Drops combine to form ocean:

Use of mobile continuously causes damage to the body . Mobile may not seem harmful at first but it has long term effects on brain body and health.

Mobile phone and laziness :

Mobile phone makes person lazy and careless which in turn shows the bad image of person. It makes a person lazy in a way that it provides him/her with all the facilities at the hand.

Less human interaction :

We are designed to meet, to communicate and to socialize with each other in order to solve the biggest mysteries of the world. This world is nothing but random dot in the whole universe and this world would not have made sense if all people would isolate from each other without any direct communication. This generation of mobile phone is turning human in to machines. People are less likely to meet with each other and new people because they think that mobile can do the same work in little time. But we have forgotten the fact that we need interaction and in-person communication in order to make world a peaceful place.

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Inspirations! Love In The Home I f I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper-not a homemaker. If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love, my children learn cleanliness--not godliness. Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh. Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window. Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk. Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys. Love is present through the trials. Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive. Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood. Love is

the key that opens salvation's message to a child's heart. Before I became a mother I took glory in my house of perfection. Now I glory in God's perfection of my child. As a mother, there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is love.

Praising kids for their efforts

Praising children helps them overcome challenges in future Parents who want to encourage their little ones to take the right attitude to overcoming challenges should praise their efforts rather than the children themselves, a new study suggests. According to the study, toddlers whose mothers and fathers applauded their efforts more than they praised them as individuals had a more positive approach to challenges five years later. Process praise is when parents praise the effort children make. It leads children to be more persistent and perform better on challenging tasks. Personal praise, praising the individual, on the other hand, leads children to be less persistent and perform worse on such tasks. She said this is because process praise sends the message that effort and actions are the sources of success, whereas person praise sends the opposite

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message - that the child's ability is fixed. According to psychologists, when you praise your child, you're supposed to focus on his effort, rather than on his accomplishments. This seems counter-intuitive.

Crosses and Crucifixes

The cross of Jesus Christ symbolizes the epitome of love and self sacrifice. Greater love has no man, than that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). Jesus' death on the cross is the ultimate sacrifice of love that reconciles us to God. Crosses and crucifixes are powerful visual reminders of GodÂ’s love and serve as a witness of hope to the world. With crosses and crucifixes we are reminded to also bear our own crosses daily, and to help others bear their crosses, out of love for God. Catholic tradition places these sacred reminders in places of honor usually over a doorframe, above a bedpost, or in another prominent place. Wearing a blessed cross or crucifix around the neck is another wonderful reminder of ChristÂ’s love.

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Eating tomatoes wards off


If you have been feeling downcast and gloomy, then the best thing to do overcome this state of mind is to eat tomatoes a few times a week, say researchers. Researchers analysed the mental health records and diet habits of just under 1,000 men and women aged 70 years or over. They found those eating tomatoes two to six times a week were 46 percent less likely to suffer the blues than those eating the red fruit less than once a week. A team from China and Japan, led by Kaijun Niu from China’s Tianjin Medical University, wanted to investigate preliminary reports that lycopene might also promote psychological and well as physical health by reducing oxidative stress, or damage to healthy brain cells, the Journal of Affective

Disorders reported. But other fruits and vegetables do not have the same benefits, the study found.

Eating cabbage, carrots, onions and pumpkins appeared to have little or no effect on psychological well-being, according to the Daily Mail. Up to 20 percent of people suffer


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Personal Habits Inventory

Good Friday

We are a bundle of habits – whether we are aware of it or not; acknowledge it or not. A Personal Habits Inventory is a tool that acknowledges this situation, and works through positively with it. An inventory, by definition is a comprehensive list of all similar things (tangible) or qualities (intangibles) that are there.

A habit is a set sequence of actions that we perform automatically – ie. without conscious awareness. In other words, a habit is an unconscious pattern that we use. A Personal Habits Inventory is a list of our habits – obviously as we become aware of them . . . and as we may allow them to be listed! Here is a quick sequence of tasks: 1. List your personal habits 2. Mark a (+) for positive or empowering habits and a (-) for negative or disempowering habits 3. Then, use the Start, Stop and Continue options to categorize them further. 4. Next, prioritize each category 5. Pick only one habit that you either want to Develop or Strengthen or Replace. Remember, habits are very difficult to stop. The most effective approach is

to replace a disempowering habit with another empowering habit. This is because there is a critical ‘pay-off’ that a habit generates. This pay-off must be effectively fulfilled by an alternative habit; only then will a habitchange be successful. In line with Napolean Hill’s thinking and recommendations; working progressively on your Personal Habits Inventory would provide for an excellent program for personal growth and advancement. To your prosperity!

Paris’ archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois carries a cross as he takes part in a Way of the Cross in Paris, in front of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre district, on March 29, 2013, to celebrate Good Friday.

Indonesian catholics kisses a statue of Jesus during the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday on March 29, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Catholics make up approximately 3% of the population of the predominantly Muslim country.

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Indonesian Catholics participate in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday on March 29, 2013 in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Catholics make up approximately 3% of the population of the predominantly Muslim country. Pope Francis celebrates Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion

April 8, 2013


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