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Indian Priest To Address UN Council On Human Rights KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) Salesian provincial of Guwahati Fr V.M. Thomas (Vattathara), who heads Indias more than 130,000 Catholic Religious, will address the 23rd session of UN Human Rights Council now underway in Geneva. Fr. Thomas will present a paper on Youth and Employment Don Bosco Institute Kharguli at a parallel session held at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, 4 June. The institute which he founded caters to youth of northeast India. I will highlight the talented, intelligent, capable, and diverse youth who are second to none in the world but unless taken care of will be a wasted potential, writes Fr Thomas from Geneva giving a preview of his talk. Fr Thomas says, The DBI was a response to youth situation of Northeast India offering many vocational courses and leadership trainings to prepare them for the world of work, and wean them away from the malaise of militancy, insurgency and social deviant behaviours. Empower them with knowledge, equip them with skills and positive attitudes to take on the world and lead, says Fr Thomas explaining the strategy he uses to stimulate the environment created for hundreds of tribes to learn to live and work together. Over the years some 8,000 youth were trained and employed by DBI; 1,500 Below Poverty Line youth were trained in driving, weaving, embroidery and animal husbandry; 45,000 youth trained in soft skills and leadership for democratic living and participation; 3,500 Government School teachers empowered to give quality education to rural youth as well as 1,000 Government School Principals were trained at Govs request. The UNHRC council began its 23rd session on May 27 and will conclude on June 14. The council will hear a wide range of human rights issues presented through more than 100 reports at the sessions. It will also study the human rights situations in more than 40 countries.
Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard University (USA), is the president of the Conference of Religious India, a national association of Indias nearly 600 religious congregations. Since 1962, he has been working in northeastern India, a strife-torn region where security forces and secessionist groups have been accused of indulging in gross human rights violations. The 62-year-old priest is known for innovative initiatives for human right promotion of children and young people. He has been involved with peace promotion in conflict areas such as Assam and Odisha state in eastern India. The Bodo areas of Assam had last year witnessed large scale violence between Bodo tribal people and Muslim settlers. Odishas Kandhamal was the scene of unprecedented anti-Christian violence nearly five years ago. Fr. Thomas is a certified trainer in Human Resources Development from the American Society for Training and Development, and a visiting faculty member of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration that trains Indias candidates for civil services. The multifaceted personality is also a member of the Indian governments National Resources Group for Education Guarantee Scheme and Innovative Education.
Fr Thomas, a graduate of Educational Administration,
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There are not too many things we Goans can't do besides not being able to throw up good community leaders and then following them loyally through thick and thin. But one of those things must surely be our inability to maintain a dialogue with our children. I am not referring to the western ideal of trying to be their friends, but merely to being freely able to talk to them when they want to or if we want to. We have painted ourselves into a corner where our children will not even consider the possibility of approaching us for more than a superficial matter, let alone a deeply intimate one. Perhaps it all starts when the children are young. We tell them the truth except when it really matters. Take Mum and Dad going for an evening to the races, or to visit some friends. Nothing sinister here, but they will tell the young ones a fairy tale. "We are going to an office party" or to make it weighty, "we need to go to the doctor". Children may be gullible but they have a mind even at that age. They have a suspicion even at say 7 years old that doctors are unlikely to consult at 9pm. Coming to the subject of beating and violence, I can only talk about the Bombay Goan experience where this was a given. There were boys in my school who were regularly given the 'backhand' by their Goan fathers and in some cases the leather belt or bamboo cane treatment when the parents were fuelled by alcohol around dinner time. This was of course in addition to being whacked in school by the priests and teachers using a bunch of metal keys or being made targets of wooden dusters which primarily existed to erase blackboards but were imaginatively used as torture tools. It's not hard to imagine that a sure outcome of such reprimand styles was a clamming up of any desire to communicate freely with one's parents and even a loss of affection and love if continued unabatedly. Children grew to depend and trust on friends and neighbors however good or bad which then molded their future characters accordingly. Not all bad resulted. Along with fear, discipline became an outcome, accompanied by respect for authority. There were better ways to achieve such results, ways that didn't include physical punishment, but that was how it was then. Granted that Goans may not have been the only culture that inflicted such (Contd.. on p. 4)
Pope Made Apartment Choice To Avoid Isolation
Vatican City: Pope Francis told his friend he lives a normal life as pontiff and that he decided not to move into the Papal Apartments so would not become isolated. I let people see me and I live a normal life; (I have) public Mass in the morning, I eat in the dining room with everyone, etc., he wrote to his friend Father Enrique Rodriguez in a letter dated May 15. This does me good and prevents me from being isolated, he explained to his friend Quique. Pope Francis also told his friend that he tries to keep my nature and (Contd.. from p. 3) labors, but much of it was stereotypically Goan. We came from a colonial heritage that was Catholic and therefore puritanical. Portuguese rule and the Church with its eternal damnation instilled fear in our elders and they in turn ruled us with the rod rather than with the mind. The latter was the easier way but then in those days easy was never the way to go. I suppose education or the lack thereof had much to do with it but on reflection, perhaps this is not true. I knew as many educated parents who did what they should not have done as parents who were knowledge deprived. In the scheme of things played out on us in the future did the gross abuse really matter? I think it did. If we forgave our parents, it was due to time that healed, not the parents that asked for forgiveness, believing to the end that what they did was right. We transferred that burden to our children not through the hand or the stick but through the psychological ineptitude and confusion (did my parents do right after all? No they didn't) that has chained us from maintaining healthy relationships with our progeny. Perhaps, like we once did, they in turn will forgive us one day, but we must ask for it.
my way of behaving that I had in Buenos Aires because if I change at my age, I would surely make a fool out of myself. And despite all of the changes to his life, the Holy Father said, Im well and I havent lost peace after a totally surprising event, and I consider this a gift of God. According to the Argentinian daily El Clarín, which published the message on May 28 in Spanish, Fr. Rodriguez gave an interview on radio La Red La Rioja saying he received the letter without a return address. That called my attention and I immediately opened it, which gave me a nice surprise that it was the Popes response, whom I knew from a long time ago, he said. Fr. Rodriguez received the letter just before saying Mass and decided to read it at the end of the Eucharistic celebration, according to El Clarín. It made the community happy, so much that the congregation clapped after I finished reading it, he said. Pope Francis told his friend that his May 1 letter that he was responding to brought him a lot of joy and that Fr. Rodriguezs description of a national feast day gave him fresh air. Pope Francis also explained that he did not want to live in the Papal Apartments because it would isolate him and that he only goes there to work and for audiences. I stayed to live in Saint Martha House, which is a guest house (where we stayed during the conclave) for bishops, priests and lay people, he wrote. I ask you, please, to pray for me and to ask others to pray for me, he stated. Pope Francis also offered his greetings to Carlos and Miguel. May Jesus bless you and the Holy Virgin take care of you, he said. Fraternally, Francisco.
Christian Beheaded For Refusing To Convert Agartala: A 35-year old man was beheaded by his father-in-law in a village near Agartala for his refusal to convert from Christianity to Hinduism, police said on Thursday. "Gobinda Jamatia, 55, beheaded his son-in-law Tapas Bin with the help of Krishnapada Jamatia on Saturday night. They threw the body into a rivulet at Teliamura in western Tripura," Chandan Saha, a senior police official here, told IANS. Police arrested Krishnapada, 42, Wednesday night. However, Gobinda, who is employed with the science and technology department of the state government, remains absconding. Krishnapada, who allegedly practises sorcery, confessed to the crime and gave a detailed account of the brutal killing, the police official said. "According to the preliminary investigation, Gobinda killed Tapas with the help of Krishnapada after Tapas refused to convert to Hinduism from Christianity," Saha said. Tapas, 35, used to give private tutions to Gobinda's daughter Jentuly and married her about three years ago. The couple has a one-year-old son. "My father did not recognise our marriage and had been pushing Tapas to convert to Hinduism, which he refused. My father might kill me and my son too," Jentuly told the police. Before beheading Tapas, Gobinda and Krishnapada conducted a 'puja' as per a traditional ritual, police said.
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Demands Of Christians Permanently Withdraw Notices Of Acquisition!!! St. Anthonys Church, Malwani. St. Joseph High School Grounds & Our Lady Of Assumption Church. Shri Sunil Prabhu, Mayor and Dr. Ram Barot heard the issues very patiently. We expressed to the Mayor the injustice done to the community and the church in this unjust land acquisition notices. Mayor assured that he would sympathically look into all issues. The Mayor directed Dr. Ram Barot, Chairman of the Improvements Committee to do a site visit along with the concerned Municipal Officials at the earliest and revert back to him with his findings so that further course of action could be determined. Mayor assured the delegation that he would sympathically look into all issues and ensure no injustice is done to the community. Among the members of the delegation were: Fr. Austin Norris, Parish Priest, St.Anthony Church, Malwani,
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Improvements Committee Chairman's Visit Dr. Ram Barot, Chairman, Improvements Committee, of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai visited the St. Anthony's Church Site along with a team of BMC Officials today, June 01, 2013. SOUL Team urged him to consider realignment of the Roadline to protect the heritage structures. Cited that there was a precedent of a road re-alignment done by the BMC at Hill Road to protect the heritage Parsi Aguiary, St. Andrew's Church and St. Peter's Church in 2007. Details of this precedent and the decision by BMC are attached and handed a copy of the same to Dr. Barot. Dr Barot has promised to re-look at the whole issue and will also discuss with the Mayor. Has also assured that no injustice will be done to the Church and the Community.
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Compassion Is The Hallmark Of The Soul
hree professors from a local college were discussing an in cident they had witnessed earlier at the tube-station when a student left her classmates and reached out to assist a cripple with baggage to board a crowded train. That simple, charitable act had thrust a powerful question : where did that spontaneous response lie buried ? They tried brainstorming to find an answer.
The Lord has compassion. We are informed in the Gospel of Mathew that when Jesus, saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless , like sheep without a shepherd. Mat. 9:36.
The more they contemplated on the issue, a series of possibilities rose : was it the influence of parents , relative, the Faith of the child, teachings at school, or something more dramatic, a closeness to a cripple in her life. It could be endless. At this point the professors found it hard to imagine an absolute reply.
Blessed Mother Teresa had compassion for the poorest of the poor. The author, of Mothers book, Something Beautiful for God (Malcolm Muggeridge) wrote : the Missionaries of Charity live a life dedicated in service of This unusual dovetailing Christ . All her co-workers of thought could not take have one thing in common : away what was already - Melvyn Brown sympathetic pity and conevident in their minds : cern for the sufferings of oththe sorrow-factor , the pity ers. They have compassion for suffering humanity , the concern the hallmark of the human soul. for pain, torment and misery in others. Where did it all come from ? There We, in the 21st century know much had to be a reasonable answer hid- about the DNA in the human body. We den in the cloister of the heart. True. It do not know anything about the soul was Compassion. and compassion in its spiritstream. The word comes up in psalm 103 : 13
St. Paul in his letter to the Hebrews said, For you had compassion for those who were in prison One wonders how At. Paul would react to Pope Francis and his philosophy of a poor Church to help the poor ? In this case the Jesuit-oriented compassion could backfire, as the pontiff tries to pry open the Vaticans doors of mundane affluence which helps bring stability and security to the Church , its worldwide pastoral duties and missionary obligations, especially to Third World Countries. The Holy Fathers straight-
jacket could destroy the true values of a legitimate compassion and balm for the poor and suffering. There is a formidable chapter in the Old Testament of King Haza-el of Aram who oppressed Israel. But the Lord was gracious to them and had compassion on them (2 Kings 13:23 ). Compassion is the Spirit of God. In todays life experience, compassion is a reality which cannot be equated or delivered on a silver plate. The professors, however, drew their own conclusions. They felt it was from first-impressions, or inherited, or taught through personal contact with the suffering. It all boils down to the soul having a quiet corner in the chapel of ones spirit. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, Do not weep. To those who are afraid, He says, Do not fear, only believe The Lord has compassion for all humanity .
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Riyadh Expels Nepalese Migrants
Kathmandu - Illegal migrant workers from Nepal will have until July 3rd to leave Saudi Arabia. It is expected that about 120 thousand Nepalese will be forced to return home as a result of the ultimatum issued on May 10 by the authorities in Riyadh. The Nepalese government is attempting to negotiate terms for their expulsion. From Kathmandu, the Foreign Minister, Arjun Karki, calls the situation 'worrying' and has stated that "the Nepalese authorities are trying to persuade the Saudi government to reconsider the position of migrants." The sudden return home of 120 thousand workers to the kingdom, would risk plunging the Himalayan country into an abyss of hunger and poverty. Binod KC, director general of the Department of Foreign Employment in Nepal, explained that "it is a serious problem and that it is unrealistic to think that this huge labor force can be absorbed by the local industry." According to some experts a surplus workforce would drag Nepal into a severe economic and social crisis, when you consider the total dependence of many families from the monthly financial contributions from migrant workers. At the moment, there are more than 400 thousand migrant workers spread out among Malaysia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, two of the nine million immigrants are believed to be illegal. In June 2011, the Minister of Labor in Riyadh launched a campaign of 'Saudization' of the country to facilitate the recruitment of young Arabs, replacing a small percentage of the foreign workforce. Even Qatar, next to Malaysia for the large presence of Nepalese immigrants, has implemented a strict policy against illegal workers, arresting them and sending them to forced labor camps. AsiaNews
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Singing D ur ing T he Dur uring Of f er tor yA t Ma ss Off ertor tory At Mass
The debate on a section of the Catholic press concerning the singing of the Offertory Hymn at Mass. Here is my humble though studied submission on the subject, based on the first course on Liturgy basics conducted by Father Aniceto Nazareth at the Bombay diocesan Seminary some years ago. Just because we Catholics have been singing beautiful hymns during the Offertory in Ontario or Orlem, Aurangabad or Amravati, Dadar or wherever for donkeys years [sometimes literally!] it doesnt necessarily mean we have been doing right and so do not need to consider a re-think on the issue. Liturgical norms as clearly spelt out in the General Instructions in the Roman Missal [GIRM] prescribe that singing of hymns during the celebration of Holy Mass is to be largely processional (and not meant to provide the feel-good factor as some might like to imagine). Thus the Presidential Procession at the commencement of Mass, distribution of Holy Communion, and the recessional of the President from the Altar to the Sacristy after Mass, each of which is essentially processional in nature, are all accompanied by the singing of hymns. Even what is called the Gospel Acclamation is meant to be sung as the Celebrant proceeds
from the Presidential Chair to the Table of the Word as the Lectern/ambo is sometimes referred to. Likewise, as far as the Offertory is concerned, singing takes place only during the Offertory Procession that is, if and when there is one and continues until the conclusion of the preparation of gifts on the altar, the loud recitation of the prayer over the gifts by the Celebrant then taking over. Frankly, it would be in the fitness of things if the Liturgy Committee of the Bombay diocesewhich conducts courses in the Liturgy, both basics and advancedcould come out with a comprehensive statement on the issue, clarifying the correct position so as to clear the air of all misgivings and bring the debate to an informative conclusion. Ladislaus L DSouza, Malad West
Catholics In The Arabian Peninsula Seek Places To Worship Washington: As he oversees the missionary territory of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, apostolic vicar Camillo Ballin outlined Catholics need for religious toleration as well as a physical home for ministry.
portunities for the spiritual formation of migrant workers in the area, he said. While the countries are tolerating the presence of Christians, the bishop noted that his ministry also requires that he respect the laws of the country and not forget that the religion of the country is Islam.
A native of Italy, Bishop Ballin set out to study Arabic and Islam in order to discover another world after his ordination as a priest of the Comboni Missionaries. In a May 29 interview with CNA, he noted that his travels have taken him to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Sudan and eventually to his 2005 appointment as apostolic vicar of Kuwait. His vicariate otherwise known as an ecclesiastical jurisdiction within the Church where a hierarchy is not yet fully organized was expanded in 2011 to include the whole of the Northern Arabian Peninsula, which oversees Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The area has supported a Christian population since before the advent of Islam, a fact that many Christians in the area look to for inspiration, Bishop Ballin said. As an example, he pointed to a church within the vicariate that is dedicated to St. Arethas and the 400 martyrs that were persecuted and killed over a century before Islam came
to the area. Today, ministry within the vicariate focuses upon the spiritual sustenance of 2.5 million Christians in the area, Bishop Ballin said. A major concern for the vicariate, he noted, is promoting religious freedom for Christians in the area. Most of the Catholic faithful in the area are guest workers from countries such as India and the Philippines. We dont ask for particular laws for the Christians, the bishop said. He explained the concept of religious freedom in the Arabian Peninsula, noting that the Church in the area does not seek to entice Muslims within the country to abandon their faith. We ask just to have places for worship, and op-
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Israeli Sources Say Pope Plans Peace Meeting Between Abrahamic Religions Vatican City: Israeli government sources claim Francis is apparently thinking of calling a meeting between leaders and faithful of the worlds three biggest monotheistic religions, in Rome, to launch a message of peace, countering violence and the use of Gods name to justify hatred and terrorist acts. The sources say the Pope announced his intentions during an Audience on April 30, but there was no mention of this in the communiqu? the Holy Sees issued after the Audience. President Shimon Peres of Israel told the pope that there are people who use Gods name to justify terrorism and religious leaders should say out loud that God did not give anyone permission to kill their neighbor. According to the information contained in a summary of the Audience received by the Israeli government, Francis told Peres he whole-heartedly supported his appeal against violence and that he wanted to promote a meeting between religious leaders and faithful of the three major religions founded by Abraham, in Rome. The aim would be to make people see that the religions oppose violence and terrorism. If these statements were indeed made during the Audience, it looks like the pope is thinking about possible peace initiatives that would be restricted to the worlds three major monotheistic faiths. It would not be an interreligious meeting involving all faiths, like the Assisi gatherings organised by John Paul II and then by Benedict XVI in 2011. Readers will remember that in January 2002, just a few months after the 9/
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11 attacks in the United States, Pope John Paul II convened a special meeting of religions in Assisi, in order to make it crystal clear that in no way could violence and terrorism be justified on theological grounds. But in Israel, there are those who would like religions to nudge politicians to come up with viable solutions to the conflict in the Middle East. Rabbi David Rosen, president of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ, has asked the pope to help leaders of the Jewish and Muslim religions to promote an initiative for peace in the Holy Land. Speaking to a group of Italian journalists, Rosen suggested the pope convene a meeting between the Holy Lands religious leaders, in Jerusalem, to pray for peace in the region. 2015 could be a perfect time to do this as it will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions. Rosen said an initiative like this was important because it would boost political efforts to resolve conflicts in the region.
Tourists At Bom Jesus Basilica Asked To Cover Up
The church authorities have started providing shawls to visitors who are dressed inappropriately. Panaji: The authorities at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa have started screening the visitors who come to see the interiors of the 16th century baroque-styled monument. The church authorities have begun providing shawls to visitors at the Basilica who are dressed inappropriately. The tourists who are inappropriately dressed have to wear the shawl before they go in and return once they conclude their visit to the Jesuit monument housing the sacred relics of Jesuit saint and patron of the missions St. Francis Xavier. The rule applies for both men and women, as it was found that it was not only women who dress scantily but men too saunter in wearing singlet and are made to either wear a shirt if they have one or a shawl. Rector of the Basilica Fr. Savio Barreto said that the move was a result of a decision taken long ago following complaints from the faithful that it was unacceptable and portrayed a complete lack of respect and decorum on the part of the tourists, both in their attire as well as their talk as it was not in keeping with the decorum of the place. This was something we had said we would do and would put up boards that all tourists should be dressed appropriately if they wish to enter the Basilica. Many people had complained that the tourists were not dressing properly and were offended by it, Fr Barreto said, adding that the shawls were being handed over by the volunteers at the Basilica. More than a year ago, the church authorities had installed a signboard asking tourists to dress appropriately and maintain decorum. However, the written directions did not work, bringing about the need to give shawls to the tourists.
Catholic Church's Chief Exorcist Urges Francis To Allow All Priests To Continue The Rite Says he has purged the world of 160,000 demons and that atheism is strengthening the devil's power The Catholic Church's leading 'exorcist' is calling for all priests to be allowed to conduct the ritual after Pope Francis apparently performed one in St Peter's Square last week. Father Gabriele Amorth, head of the International Association of Exorcists, wants the current rules requiring all priests to obtain permission to perform exorcisms from their bishop to be relaxed. Father Amorth, who claims he has carried out 160,000 exorcisms, said his request has been prompted by Pope Francis performing what he insists was an exorcism on a Mexican man possessed by four demons. He told the Sunday Times: 'I will ask the pope to give all priests the power to carry out exorcisms, and to ensure priests are properly trained for these starting with the seminary. There's a huge demand for them.' His comments come after Pope Francis was captured on film performing an apparent exorcism on May 19. The footage shows Pope Francis placTiny Parties or Lavish Weddings we take care of them all
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He added: "We live in an age in which God has been forgotten. And wherever God is not present, the Devil rules."
Father Amorth, 88, told La Repubblica newspaper The Pope is also the Bishop of Rome, and like any bishop he is also an exorcist.
"Today, unfortunately, bishops don't appoint sufficient exorcists. We need many more. I hope that Rome will send out directives to bishops around the world calling on them to appoint more exorcists."
Those who dismiss exorcism as superstition were wrong he insisted. There was now, more than ever, a need for exorcists to combat people possessed by sorcerers and Satanists. The Pontiff was introduced to two men in wheelchairs after Pentecostal mass on Sunday. When a priest leaned across to tell Francis something, the Pope's expression took on a serious tone. Francis then took hold of the top of the man's head firmly, pushing him down into his wheelchair. As he delivered an intense prayer, the man's mouth dropped open and he heaved deeply half a dozen times, visibly shaking.
The former pope, Benedict XVI, never officially performed an exorcism but John Paul II is known to have carried out at least three exorcisms during his tenure. Father Amorth claimed Pope John Paul II had been a powerful exorcist. "John Paul II fought many times against Satan."
After the ritual Francis continued with his usual meetings with the sick who come to St Peter's. The Vatican downplayed the incident with spokesman Father Federico Lombardi saying the Pope did not intend to perform an exorcism but a prayer for a suffering person. But Father Amorth insists the prayer was an exorcism ritual. He told the newspaper: The priest told Francis: Look, this is a young man who is possessed by the devil. And the pope blessed him and prayed over him; it was a real and proper exorcism. "The Pope's exorcism is a splendid sign because one of the main causes of today's atheism is that people don't believe in the Devil any more. Jesus said: "Who is not with me is with Satan'."
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An International Wedding In Pune
hen I got a call that Victor DMello was getting mar ried to Oksana Kuchma from Ukraine I was proud to belong to the enterprising tribe called Goans [In the recent past the Microsoft Spell Check would point out that it should be spelt Goons] Goans had made their mark and exit from Africa, the Gulf countries, where they still survive, America, where they are making money and now Eastern Europe. My niece had told me the trouble she had in Kolkata in getting a burial certificate for her father Mervyn DSouza because the doctor had not put an apostrophe between the D & the S. Fortunately in Pune the authorities are not that advanced. Nobody has educated them that putting a prefix like D or De or de can tell a lot about a persons background. Prefixes can be a symbol of aristocracy, a title conferred for special services done to the nation, indicate that you are somebody special. I havent dared to show my ignorance by trying to find out what the D in DMello stands for. The priest started his homily by reminding those present that the DMellos had set the trend with an
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Oksana rose to the occasion participating in every type of dance whether it was a Goan Mando or the Masala. Here we had a Ukrainian girl having 50 Indian boys dancing around her. I fantasized what a Fat Ukrainian Wedding would be like. While snacks are served where you sat, for drinks you had to walk to the bar [if you were still able to]. There you could have the drink of your choice made to your taste. I learnt the difference between a Bloody May and a Virgin Mary, a mocktail and a cocktail. Decision making is impossible when you see the gastronomical landscape in the buffet spread at a 5 Star Hotel. The selection process is made easy by asking those who have already tasted the food what they would recommend. The morning after the wedding I looked out of the window and saw a pair of squirrels chasing each other on the trees outside. What struck me was that getting to each other was only possible by taking a leap. This I thought is what marriage is all about Taking the leap, facing risk, bridging the gap so that you can be close to each other.
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UAE: Consecration of new Ras Al Khaimah Church on Jun 14 Ras Al Khaimah : Friday June 14, 2013 will be a red letter day in the history of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Catholic community, because, on this day, their newly constructed Church will be consecrated. On the previous day, June 13, a brief official inauguration ceremony will be held in the presence of local dignitaries. The Church is dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua and one could not have chosen a better time for consecration/inauguration, as it coincides with the patron Saints Feast on June 13. The consecration of the Church will be solemnized by the Papal representative Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, the Archbishop Petar Rajic, Apostolic Nuncio to the Arabian Peninsula and Bishop Paul Hinder Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, in the presence of dignitaries from Vatican, Provincials, Vice-Provincials, priests, religious and faithful from the RAK and neighboring parishes within
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The pressure to solve the case increased after the Vatican ambassador began pursuing the matter with certain political leaders in the country, said a police official. The St. Peter's Seminary in Bangalore, where the priest was a rector, works under the direct supervision of the Vatican. His murder has therefore been of particular concern to the Vatican. Our higher-ups told us they had received special orders from state Home Minister K. J. George that this particular case had to be given special attention. However, we have not found any leads that could help us, the official added. Fr. Thomas, 62, was found by another priest lying in a pool of blood in a corridor near his room at St. Peter's Seminary in Bangalore on April 1. Preliminary investigations suggest that Fr Thomas was attacked after answering a knock on his door. The city police and the city crime branch are probing the case and have questioned nearly 50 suspects. But they havent made any headway. Police are not ruling out that the murderers may have been just first-time offenders who came merely to steal and killed Fr. Thomas when he caught them in the act.
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MATRIMONIALS firstname.lastname@example.org OR 98205 07447 (Regd. No. 5886) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic parents staying at Vasai invite alliance for their spinster daughter, 26 yrs, 53 kg, 5 3 tall, simple, slim and good looking, holding a double post graduate degree in chemistry and working as a lecturer in an 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, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. HSC., working with MNC has an Executive Assistant to MD, Seeks a suitable well settled match. Contact : Email : firstname.lastname@example.org OR 9820661181 (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 Roman Catholic Spinster, 28, 5 2, Wt. 62 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.D.S., (Dentist), Doctor by profession. Having own Dispensary. Seeks a Professionaly qualified bachelor. Contact : email : email@example.com OR Tel.: 9920283957 (Regd. No. 5850) VALSAD : Goan + Mangalorean RC Spinster, Godfearing, faithful and understanding, aged 27 years, Ht. 5 5, Fair Complexion, Edn. DEd., 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) MUMBAI : Mangalorean RC Spinster, aged 31 years, Ht. 5 1, Wt. 80 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Com., woking as a Customer Service. Contact email : firstname.lastname@example.org OR 9819099817 (Regd. No. 5826) MUMBAI : Goan RC Spinster, aged 37 years, Ht. 5 2, Wt. 77 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Sc., B.Ed., M.A. (Edu) Asst. Teacher. Contact Email : email@example.com OR 9892165299 (Regd. No. 5825) Address your replies to :
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Group Photograph of Holy Land Pilgrimage Tour Jointly organised by The Secular Citizen and Divo Konkani Weekly in association with Zion Tour and Travels, from 15th May to 25th May 2013. The group consisting of 128 people including 4 priests, from Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore and other places. The next pilgrimage tour will be held in the month of October 2013. Those interested can contact the office of The Secular Citizen and Divo Konkani Weekly.
The Venue: Jerusalem, The Church of the Agony or Gethsemane is sometimes referred to as the Â‘Church of All Nations' because several Catholic nations, twelve in all, donated funding for the construction of the church.
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