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Council of cardinals sits down with pope for second time

Pope Francis met with the Council of Cardinals, the group of eight cardinals assisting in the governance of the universal Church and examining a revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor bonus on the Roman Curia. Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, announced this in a briefing with journalists to explain the second session of the Cardinal's meetings which took place at the Vatican from 3 - 5 December 2013. The cardinals' first session was held from 1 to 3 October. On the day's agenda was “a thorough examination of the Roman Curia, which began with a reflection on the dicasteries”, starting with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

13th International Children’s Festival of Performing Arts Inaugurated in Delhi

Mumbai (New Delhi), Dec.06: Ryan International Group of Schools inaugurated the13thedition of theICFPA (2013) under the theme “A Brighter Tomorrow” on 5th Dec.2013 at Talkatora Stadium, Connaught Place, New Delhi. The eminent dignitaries of the Grand Opening CeremonywereProf. K.V.Thomas, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri.E.Ahamed, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri.Jesudas Seelam, Hon’ble Minister of State for RevenueOn the rhythm of Vande Mataram they formally declared the festival open followed by scintillating performing arts performances by Indian and International students.

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The aim of the festival is to provide the children of the world, the opportunity to come together and exchange ideas and learn various cultures while also exposing them to various genres of performing arts to discover their talents and express their aspirations. More than 12000 Ryan students presented, Ballet – Brighter Tomorrow, Music Extravaganza-Tribute to 100 years of Indian Cinema and the Giant Puppet Show while the International artists from 21 countries performed dance ballets, musical dramas and traditional genres of their respective countries.

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pg. 3 - Japan Bishops Oppose Tough New State Secrets Law pg 4 - ICPA Golden Jubilee Award For Josy Joseph pg. 5 - Views on News pg. 6 - HUM AAP ke Hai Kaun? pg. 7 - Reader's Views pg 8 - Mandela Will Never Die! pg 9 - Love At Christmas pg 10 - Are We Afraid Of Criticism? pg 14 - Living Life Kingsize! pg 17 - How to Improve Your Memory pg 18 - Emmanuel, God Is With Us, Hallelujah pg 19 - The Meaning Behind All Our Christmas Decoration pg 20 - Matrimonials

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Japan Bishops Oppose Tough New State Secrets Law

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apanese bishops are strongly protesting against a special secrets law that was passed on Friday by the country's Upper House despite widespread opposition.

The law introduces new penalties for those who leak secrets, along with expanded scope for the government to declare various matters to be state secrets. In a statement on Saturday, the standing committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan warned the passage of the law through the House of Councilors could “destroy the foundation of democracy.” The statement, addressed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, stressed that the law could jeopardize the three main principles of the Japan’s constitution, that sovereignty resides with the people, respect for basic human rights and pacifism. Under the bill, public servants or others with access to state secrets could be jailed for up to 10 years for leaking classified data, according to a Reuters news report. Journalists and others in the private sector convicted of encouraging such leaks could get up to five years if they use "grossly inappropriate" means to solicit the information. A coalition of the ruling Liberal Democrats and the New Komeito Party passed the bill despite opposition from other parties and polls that show a majority of Japanese oppose the law. The New Komeito is a political party based on a lay Buddhist movement. The announcement of the vote came as a surprise to opponents in parliament who expected further debate on the issue. Many organizations, including the Japan Federation of Bar Associations and the Japan PEN Club, also issued statements against the law. On the day of the vote, about 15,000 people gathered in central Tokyo to protest against the legislation. The bishops’ committee members stressed that “we strongly oppose these rough and ready votes and demand that the same mandatory votes will never be performed again.” The prelates also expressed fear that information about nuclear plants might be hidden from the public.

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ICPA Golden Jubilee Award For Josy Joseph Mumbai: Ramnath Goenka Best Jounralist of the Award winner Josy Joseph, a senior journalist of the Times of India, Delhi has won the Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) Golden Jubilee Award 2013. The award was conferred on Josy by Mrs Janet D’ Souza, vice-chairperson of the Maharashtra Minority Commission at a function in St Pauls Media Complex in Mumbai on December 8. The association said Joseph won its Golden Jubilee Special Award "for his courageous stand as a fearless Catholic journalist, whose investigative stories have helped bring about policy changes, systematic correction and overall betterment of India's governance." Joseph told the gathering his journalistic values come from the Bible and the Catholic upbringing he had in his family. Dr John Henry Anand, a reputed Hindi fiction writer and playwright from Jabalpur was presented the ICPA’s Swami Devanand Chakkungal Award for the Best Hindi writer on the occasion. The Indian Currents weekly from Delhi was felicitated at the function for completing 25 years of committed, courageous and fearless journalism. The weekly’s editor Fr Jacob Kani received the honour. Two founding members of the ICPA, the Examiner weekly from Mumbai represented by its editor Fr Antony Charangatt and the Deepika daily from Kerala represented by its Associate editor TC Mathew were also honoured on the occasion. A souvenir

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John Barrett, S. J. Fr. John Barett, s.j. was the pioneering spirit behind the Catholic News India (CNI), and Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA). The founder editor of Sanjivan, a Hindi Catholic weekly. Fr. Barrett was a great visionary and organizer. In 1963, he called together the leading Catholic editors to form the Indian Catholic Press Association. Fr. Barrett showed the word and example the need to coordinate Catholic press activities in the country. He worked tirelessly to achieve these goals. The Indian Catholic Press Association has gratefully preserved the memory Fr. Barrett by instituting the Barrett Award for Journalism given to the best South Asian Regional News (SAR News) report every year. The ICPA has also honoured this great missionary and champion of the press by naming its house in Bangalore 'Barrett Bhavan'.

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Parish Pastoral Councils Every Parish has a PPC which comprises of elected representatives [forming the Executive committee] as well as those nominated. Together they form the larger council which manages the affairs of the parish accordingly to the constitution as well as other guidelines of the Church. The parishioners are however in the dark on what exactly is happening. Since the members of PPC are elected by the parishioners [unopposed if there is no contest] it is only fair that the electorate [parishioner] is aware of the exact role of their representatives. The parishioners are basically ignorant about this in the absence of any published material. They have to rely on hear-say for the news. Sometimes you get distorted news. Zonal representatives can call for suggestions from their respective zones and place them before the PPC for consideration, if found suitable. At present there is a ‘disconnect’ between the elected representatives and those who elect him/ her. Undoubtedly there is group-ism in Parishes. In the recent past, we have witnessed some unpleasant situations in some of the Parishes resulting in protests etc. Open fights in Parishes have shown the Catholic community in poor light especially when media people are invited to cover the demonstrations. Regional interests and personal egos have overtaken common good. This has also percolated into the PPCs which hampers the smooth functioning of the Councils. At times decisions are guided by group loyalties rather than the interests of the Parish. This defeats the very purpose of such Councils. Every parish publishes a Newsletter / bulletin every month. Important decisions taken at the last PPC meeting can be published in brief for the information of the parishioners. This will keep the parishioners informed of the developments. APC should consider if parishioners should be able to get copies of the minutes of PPC minutes against payment of reasonable fees. This will ensure total transparency.

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VIEWS on NEWS When the parishioners are kept in the loop, issues like sale of Church property, major repairs etc which are currently shrouded in secrecy, will come in public domain. In fact the Parish Priest should announce such proposals in the contemplative stage itself and call for comments within a specified time frame. Who knows, some parishioners may be able to fetch a better deal for the Church through their contacts. Once this is in the open, no parishioner can then create problems at a later stage much to the embarrassment of the Church authorities. *****

‘What’s AAP’……. In Delhi ? The Aam Aadmi Party has created a storm in the capital leaving the Congress to mourn its own demise [almost] while the BJP is shell-shocked at the phenomenal success of this nascent outfit – an off-shoot of the popular movement against corruption. The BJP is just a couple of seats away from power after a long and tedious wait thanks to Shiela Dixit’s grip on the Union Territory. For the saffron party AAP is a spoil sport. The BJP has done extremely well otherwise in all the remaining 3 states that went to the polls. It was like a walkover in case of MP and Rajasthan, Chhasttisgarh gave some anxious moments with the pendulum swinging either way during the course of the day of counting. Ultimately, the BJP elbowed the Congress out with a reasonable margin of seats. To what extent the overall success can be attributed to Narendra Modi is a difficult guess but one thing is sure. There was no Modi wave, otherwise all the 4 states would have seen thumping majority. Actually MP’s success can be credited to Shivrajsingh Chauhan and Rajasthan’s victory can be attributed to Vasundhara Raje. Both are tall leaders in their respective states. Modi’s campaigning could have helped partially. The Congress Party is on the way to decimation in the general elections.

by Marshall Sequeira With every assembly election, the party is losing its hold on states and is left with miniscule states which are politically light-weights. Next you can expect Andhra to go to YSR congress with disgruntled party men aligning with Jagan Reddy. Telengana will be dominated by TRS if it does not merge with the Congress. The leadership [read Sonia and Rahul Gandhi] of the Congress has failed miserably giving an impression that it is happy to retain the hold on the party even if it means that they turn a blind eye to grave corruption in the Government. The party has resigned to its fate and though Rahul Gandhi has promised some ‘drastic steps’ nothing much can be expected. Congress has not been able to match the BJP in oratory. Modi has been able to hold the crowds spell bound while Rahul Gandhi sees the crowds thinning when he speaks. This is a wake up call for the Congress. If they fail to get their act together, the party may be a distant third after the regional parties or fronts. The party should take a bold step. Just as Sonia Gandhi stepped aside and proposed the name of Manmohan Singh as PM, Rahul should also do likewise now and let the campaign for 2014 be entrusted to someone who is more capable in terms of skills and oratory. The choice should be based on merit rather than loyalty to 10 Janpath. There is no Modi wave for sure, at least in these semi-finals. If there is any wave at all, it is a ‘anti-Congress’ wave which could see a sudden fall from grace for the Grand Old Party of India which had unchallenged supremacy till 1975. Today even the die-hard supporters of the GOP are disillusioned with the state of affairs. 2014 could re-write Indian political history.

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HUM AAP ke hain kaun?

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he election results in Delhi have blown across the country on the wing of hope and prayer, like a breath of fresh air for a nation choking on corruption, inflation and communalism!. Democracy, existent only on paper has died a natural death over and over again; the Constitution of India has been preserved only in the courts of law. Abuse of absolute power has left a void in the political rights of citizens, necessitating them to resort to the only weapon they possess against the corrupt and arrogant political class- the Ballot, power of a VOTE! Take note my fellow Indians- time to focus and make an enlightened choice as shown by the Delhi HUM- Hindustani Urban Middelclass! Otherwise how does one explain the thumping success of the novices whom everyone chided and ridiculed as, ‘vote cutters’ ‘chillar party’ and literally swept their very presence under the carpet. Infected with the myopia of complacency, those living in ivory towers surrounded by A-Z security failed to see the quiet scenarios unfolding under their very noses. The AAM ADMI Party was making inroads into hearts and life of HUM i.e. Hindustani, Urban Middle class for whom all the roads had been closed by rising prises due to rampant corrup Vera tion by the political class. The non-entities, novices in the game were quietly but convincingly filling a void left due to lacunae of honest leaders. For these living in disenchantment, what is most alarming is the arrogance of the leaders and their public appeasement of one another, shielding the guilty of their own class. It seems that the citizens of this country are enemies against whom the political class closed ranks for a fight that could assure them of permanent power and security. What has led to this invisible battle between the aam janta and ruling class? It a struggle to create a different lifestyle, a different set of laws and a dynastic

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perpetuation of power for the political families! And, corruption, spread like a cancerous growth is being flaunted by the high and mighty as symbol of power and immunity! The tainted openly rise up to positions of power making a mockery of the Constitution and judiciary and laughing all the way to the bank with the tax-payers hard earned money. The HUM that works for long hours, commuting lengthy distances and sacrificing even the small joys of life like a family outing or a meal at a restaurant cannot take this any longer. So the HUM of Delhi happily chose their new leaders for this war on corruption…..hope reinforcements are found swiftly! Indians cannot be ignored as morons and illiterates Take inflation to Alvares begin with. It is an open secret as to who in the government is skimming the cream on the top of milk called food sector, sending the food prices spiralling. Pictures of grains rotting in open warehouses, onions hoarded to generate party funds are been generously provided by the Media that functions as watchdog for society. Call it ‘coalition compulsion’ or just greed for more, it hurts the HUM where the ache can transform into a gnawing feeling of helplessness, triggering anger and courage. Below the surface of a tranquil society the HUM is being armed with a will to replace the corrupt with clean, honest and hard-working

leaders, ‘public servants’ redefined! The frivolous promises we have been hearing for decades will work no longer. Over the years, the political class especially the present Union government has become so insensitive to the opinions and problems of the HUM that the absurd, hollow and cosmetic talk from the political podiums only adds to the insult as injury. Spokespersons of the ‘Secular Party’, please take note…… Corruption which the higher class takes in its stride has taken a heavy toll of the life of the HUM, making survival a race to be fought and won, a condition that can manifest only under dictatorship, not in a Democracy. The spiralling food prices have deprived children of nourishing food and parents who toil during the day spend sleepless nights juggling the limited income against the unlimited cost of living. Desperate for cash, scruples have fled out of the window when crimes were graciously approved and welcomed through the door. Swindling, cheating, robbing and assaults have become a way of life under this governance of criminals and scamsters. The feeling of rage under the very surface of the social tolerance has shown the first sign of breaking its banks, ready to wash away the corrupt in the strong current of change. A new sun is on the horizon, about to usher in a new era ….. A new India is taking shape with the youth rearing to trim the excesses that have been practises with impunity by the powerful. The fiefdom, foreign family jaunts, overseas black accounts, rags to riches stories, and the overall decadent lifestyles do not behove a Democracy. The old way of dynastic rule, two sets of laws for the two classes, immunity from punishment for the rul(Contd.. on p. 16)

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well. Christmas is the most joyful time of year; knowing that Jesus Christ was born on this day. If you want to give a Xmas gift to someone, I recommend the following: · To your enemy, forgiveness. · To an opponent, tolerance. · To a friend, your heart. · To a customer, good service. · To all, charity. · To every child, a good example. · To yourself, respect.

Parish Portability I feel sad that the parishioners are considered as consumers and the divine sacraments as consumables ( the Secular Citizen november 18, 2013 ) in the aricle captioned " parish portabilty ". The Church is the body of Christ and the faithful are the members of that body. The reasons on which the proposal is made are 1 the unhappiness of parishioners in attending Mass in a particular church 2. Receiving Communion at the hands of a particular priest 3 Soporific sermon by priest in a parish. The aim seems to be better satisfaction about these for the parishioner. But where is the guarantee that the parishioner will get all such satisfaction as he/ she wants to derive ,in the new parish.? Can we ignore our position as members of the one Body of Christ and compare ourselves with electricty/gas consumers.? The Church wants a relationship between the parish priest and the parishioners. The priest has a duty to cater to all spiritual needs of his parishioners,through personal contact ,visits and other means. The priest are from our own homes and some have the weaknesses as we laity too have.Loyalty and closeness to a parish church will help growth of spiritual and social activities. Registration based on

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the geographical boundaries fixed by the authorities is necessary. However when a parishioner moves out ,he / she is permitted to join a new parish. The Catholic Church is not a democratic organization where decisions can be based on majority votes. It is basically a Body constituted or established by Jesus Christ and continues to function under Apostolic authority. I am aware that in few matters which are purely unconnected with spirituality or religious dogmas ,though more consultation and involvement with the laity are recommended by Vatican II, opposition or non co-operation by some authorities exists. This aspect needs considerstion. Let our criticism be useful for unity and spiritual growth and not one that encourages division and spiritual lethargy. —K.C.Thomas

Christmas Gift Christmas is the story of a little babe born to poor parents in a little town in Bethlehem some 2013 years ago. Christmas to Christians is a time for reflection and a time to share one’s joys and sorrows. It is the time to reach out and touch the life of another person with love and warmth. It is the time to share love and friendship, care and concern. Christmas encapsulates all that God has in store for us. It is easier to celebrate Christmas if you know Jesus

Humpty Dumpty It was not only inflation, corruption ,the Modi effect, the Rahul noneffect and the AAP phenomenon but also the supreme arrogance and state of denial of the Congress party that caused its drubbing at the recentlyconcluded State elections. Instead of concentrating on righting the many wrongs that were daily highlighted by the print and electronic media and taking note of the common man`s angst, anguish ,anger ,displayed on social media ,Congress leaders and spokespersons preferred to train their guns on Modi, Kejriwal and the pollsters and on distributing freebies and handouts so as to boost the party`s chances of election/re-election. The writing on the wall was there for all to see except those over-confident of their ability to appease voters and turn the tide in their favour. The spectacular success of AAP in Delhi is potent enough to inspire hope in regional parties and provide a challenge to the BJP to clean up its act if it hopes to form the Government at the Centre in 2014. More importantly, it has shown politicians across the board , who is the real boss . It is doubtful if the Congress will recover in time for 2014 from the body blows received in 2013 . Anyway, not so long as Manmohan Singh remains the face of the UPA II government and Rahul Gandhi the face of the Congress party. —Bernie Tellis, Bandra

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Mandela Will Never Die! – Fr. Cedric Prakash sj Nelson Mandela is no more! And hopefully, Mandela will never die! The Mandela era finally came to an end last night (Dec. 5th 2013)-and its time for all of us to reflect on what this one man has contributed towards making our world a more human and harmonious place. When one looks back at the struggles he faced as a child, as a youth and later on as an elder statesman, one is simply amazed by the sheer grit and determination which characterised one of the contemporary world’s greatest figures. A large part of Mandela’s life was spent in isolation during his life sentence in the infamous Robben Island Jail. The torture he was subjected to would make any mortal give up, but with his' never-say-die' spirit, Mandela finally came out to freedom and to a new world in 1990; a few years later, he became the first democratically elected President of South Africa. His extraordinary life teaches us three key lessons: • if the spirit is strong- it will ultimately triumph, despite the powers and vested interests doing everything to subjugate one.

• the belief that a non-violent struggle is the only and sure way to achieve results – something he learnt from Mahatma Gandhi. • divisiveness of any kind ( particularly racism) definitely has no place in a world which is becoming more and more a globalised village. Mandela believed that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God and though we are different in several ways, we are all equal. At this moment much is being written and debated about Mandela’s legacy to the 20th & 21st century. The hard fact however remains that despite being an icon and an inspiration for millions across the world several parts continue to be ravaged with violence, hatred and divisiveness. Let us take Gujarat in India, for example, which gave to the world Mahatma Gandhi – one of the greatest apostles of non-violence. If one is a Muslim in Gujarat today, one is confined to specific ghettos or areas across the State. This is sadly evident in the commercial capital Ahmedabad, where a Muslim finds it impossible to buy or rent a house or a commercial establishment

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in the Western up-market part of the city. The tragedy is that the institutionalisation of this practice is very easily accepted by the majority community. In a State which projects itself as ‘vibrant’ this is a blatant form of apartheid indeed! Mandela fought against the segregation of the blacks in his native South Africa. He had to endure much because of this but then as history shows us, truth ultimately triumphed over falsehood. He is someone to be emulated. His unflagging spirit gave him the courage to speak truth to power; he did not care about the consequences that followed. What mattered most for him was that all men and women – whether black or white, rich or poor, should be able to live together, walk hand-in-hand and work side-by-side, accepting always the dignity of the other. The great thing about Mandela was his ability not to harbour any rancour or revenge for his white oppressors. He forgave unconditionally and that is why he was able to usher in a new South Africa with a hope of a better future. The world has truly lost one of its greatest sons! As we join in the mourning -the best way to pay tribute to 'Madiba' is to "celebrate" the fact that he gave SO MUCH to this world-It is therefore important that each one of us wherever we are, try to do our best to realise his vision,to continue the legacy he has left us- in the simple, small ordinary events of our daily life. And if we sincerely do so- Mandela will never die!

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Love At Christmas

he festive sea son of Christ mas is already upon us! The brilliantly decorated Tree, exotic sweets, melting moments, melodious carols and nostalgic jingles combine to celebrate “Christ’s coming” delightfully. One invariably finds oneself in a mosaic of personal closeness, why even cosmic embrace and oneness, while love rents the crisp, cool air! Why is Christmas powered by such high voltage electricity? Simply because God’s unconditional, everfaithful love for us was made flesh, so

 Leon Bent that, we may experience His love in tangible form. The Incarnation is the mystery of the incredible union of love, both, divine and human. God was made visible in Jesus that we may be caught up in His Love, whom we cannot see. The Messiah’s coming was not about people decked-up extravagantly like Christmas trees, but that God is love, who loved us unto excruciating death on a Cross. Love is expressed as an action and experienced as a feeling. It has a multi-faceted essence that resists definition. But, if you wish to learn the art or ‘true loving’ do so at the sublime remembrance of the Boy-Child’s birth, which is the greatest promise of the Bible, and the crux of its entire message: “God so loved the world that, he gave us his only beloved Son, that whoever believes in him may not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16). Christmas comes with extraordinary heavenly gifts of divine revelation, timelessness, and rich blessings of love, joy, peace and hope. “The Virgin Mother bore Him in her womb, with love beyond all telling,” exclaims the Advent Liturgy. The Saviour’s coming as a

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‘bundle of love’ is a time of inexpressible joy and breath-taking awe that Mary and Joseph treasured at the first Christmas. Our Christmas cannot possibly be morose and sad, “You better watch out, better not cry.” We must spontaneously delight in proclaiming joyously the Living Word, the direct and only lifeline between the God of Love and us; humans with feet of clay but hearts of gold with Christ’s bursting on the earthly horizon. The gifts he brings cannot break, do not lose their sheen and their beauty never fades away. In the truest and deepest meaning of Christmas, with the marvel of God-made-man, we have a magician inside us, who believes in offering us little miracles of love all the time, which we so badly need and most urgently desire. The Son of God and man touching our lives with bubbly tenderness, is far more exciting than a midnight visit of an imaginary Santa Claus. Truly Christmas is imbued and drenched with Christ-like love, giving and giving without a thought of receiving! The love of the “Son of God and Man” lives deep in the heart of every human being put there by God Himself. This love is strong, capable of loving even those who do not respond to our love; and even our enemies. It is often expressed by the Golden Rule which is a beautiful tenet of many religions: “Do unto others what you would like them do to you.” It is the presence of God whom we love in each person.

The flavour of the season is that, God loves me with a welcome, hospitality, cordiality and communion that is sweet, sublime, simple and deep. Let’s colour our City with love this Christmas! Indeed, the Babe of Bethlehem offers us not just greetings on a flimsy, friable paper card, or an SMS, Email, or other ‘air wave’ portals which quickly evaporates into thin air, but the absolutely reliable promise of eternal life, a ceaseless Banquet of Love. Please lodge this great and wonderful dream in your hearts forever!

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Are We Afraid Of Criticism?

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any a times we react violently for criticism whether it is con structive or destructive. Society has brainwashed us into accepting only appreciation because the thought of criticism itself is alien to us. While constructive criticism is tolerated to some extent, destructive is not. Acceptance of criticism also depends on individual perception. An egoistic person will never take criticism in his stride as it will hurt his ego more than himself which he/she nourished for a long time with self flattery & falsehood. Ego also is pride. Pride is a sin. History has plenty of examples of people who never tolerated criticism. Hitler was one of them who killed millions to satisfy his ego. Even today the trend continues, hundreds are eliminated even in democracies around the world because people dare to criticize and stand for their rights. When it comes to criticism people tend to become alert because it’s always taken personally. A true leader will always turn criticism into his advantage as he knows by experience that it will make him stronger because the critic will always provide more fuel for his thoughts. Without criticism one cannot function better. Let’s see how criticism affects our daily lives: Look around for a moment and observe, you will be astonished to see that people like only appreciation. On every occasion we can hear a big list of appreciations that makes us proud of ourselves. We have been brainwashed by the society into believing that we only accept appreciation and

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Living Life Kingsize!

by Verus Ferreira

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n issue that is causing alarm is the rising incidence of suicides, the largest segment of suicides reportedly being in the teenage bracket, i.e. from 13 to 19 years. In a bid to stem the rot, The Teenager Today (published by Better Yourself Books) organized a special Symposium on Children’s Day, 14 November 2013 as part of its annual Teen of the Year Pageant [TOY]. The Alberione Conference Hall at SPICE, Bandra, was the perfect setting for such a panel discussion, more so

because the man who founded the Pauline Family, Blessed James Alberione of Alba, Italy, had visualized that the community he established a hundred years ago would be a pioneer in the field of communications media. Moderated by Pearl D’Souza, TOY title holder 2003, and ably compered by Ladislaus D’Souza, the audience listened with rapt attention. The 19 finalists of TOY 2013, coming as they did from across the country, were all eyes and ears while each of the four panelists made their presentation on Media & Teenage Suicides. The rest of the audience



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comprising aspiring journalists from the SPICE Institute and people from different walks of life sat in awe as the shocking details unfolded on the screen. The topic per se was virtually an extension of the theme for TOY 2013, Teens, Harbingers of a Media Revolution. Chantelle Saldanha, an 18-year old FY BMM student of St Andrew’s, Bandra, gave her take from a teenager’s perspective. Chantelle stated that according to a study on suicides, the age group 15–24 was the most prone to commit suicide with many cases going unreported. Her simple yet interesting fact and fiction report indicated that it was not true that only “bad” kids who have the wrong friends and live bad lives that commit suicide, but that kids who have the right friends and a bright future before them also reportedly commit suicide. Another fictitious argument was that music, movies and other forms of media do not influence teenagers in any way, when, in reality, these play a significant role in the stirring of suicidal tendencies. The symptoms to watch out for, she pointed out, are: withdrawal from family life, change in eating habits, loss of interest in daily activities and above all issuing threats to peers and parents alike about ending their lives, challenges faced by teenagers in dealing with personal problems being failed boy-girl relationships, academics, etc. The changing electronic scenario, teens becoming targets as well as victims of increasingly sophisticated gadgets, Cyber-bullying, TV and substance abuse, addictive use of Facebook, Twitter, chat rooms, etc. are vehemently becoming part of a teen’s life these days. There is thus every possibility that, when left unguarded, these means of social networking can be misused or abused. She felt that parents should be more aware of teenagers’ problems and be readily available to them, simultaneously monitoring their activities and relationships. Speaking from the Parent-Teacher point of view, May D’Souza from Malad opined that with the advance in technology, today’s teens have everything at their fingertips, with the result that they cannot cope with the competition, expectations and emerging relation-

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ships. Finding themselves confused, particularly when problems crop up, they feel the need of a place to go to, someone trustworthy to talk to. May pointed out that if parents treated their children as friends rather than as instructors, things could work out favourably. This would make it easy for parents to help their children to make the right choices in life and thus prevent the thought of attempting suicide. With his keen sense of humour and backed by years of knowledge, the bespectacled media professional, Roy Pereira from Bandra was every bit the teenager’s man of the hour. He sure shocked everyone when he began by asking who read the daily newspaper, his reason being that people generally took the news that appeared in the media at face value. He stated that according to a WHO survey ‘suicide’ is among the top three causes of death among youth worldwide, with accidents and homicide being the other two; suicide claims almost a million people— with 20 times more people attempting suicide—and according to a website suicide.org a youth suicide (age 1524) occurs every 100 minutes. Citing the example of the recent suicide of actor Jiah Khan, Roy stated that the media does act negatively in that it glorifies the news, cashing in on the individual’s celebrity status, making the news juicier to the reader who obviously wants to know more about the reasons for the suicide. At times, media hyped the incident by unnecessarily going into detail as regards the method or place of suicide, all of which caused further emotional trauma to the family and friends of the deceased although not necessarily only in the case of a celebrity. There’s no gainsaying the fact that this cannot but influence youth into following a copycat format even as TV shows rate high TRPs. Roy also categorically stated that the media covering a given suicidal death unduly discusses in graphic detail other methods of suicide, thus congesting the young mind with ideas concerning options available—like charcoal burning in Hong Kong and self-poisoning with seeds of the yellow oleander tree in Northern Sri Lanka. “By letting your

readers know what options are available you are telling them this is done,” quipped Roy, adding that Marilyn Monroe was another starlet who opted for suicide at the peak of her career, pictures of her body being wheeled out from her home violating a WHO guideline for reporting (no photos of suicide scene or body of suicide)” stated Roy showing a news item of the same. Picking up from where Chantelle left, Roy came back to cyber-bullying giving examples of instances of cases in the US. He mentioned the suicide of two young girls in the US and Canada following similar incidents of alleged rape, “cyber shaming” drawing attention to an alarming trend of reckless and predatory online behaviour by teenagers. The way to resolving the teen suicide issue would have to be led by the parents whereby parents participate in and not just monitor their child’s activities. He suggested getting the same social media apps as your kid, connect your iTunes account, befriending them in everything. “If your kid is the bully, shut THEIR account down and take away THEIR phone and lastly don’t turn a blind eye to the “friends” online all the time. There is no distinction between the online and offline world for kids — and parents need to respect and understand that.” Dr Chetna Shukla, Homoeopath and Psychoanalyst, played counsellor to teens with aplomb! She noted that readers wait for a chance to read sensational news and make something out of it - “When suicide occurs after rape, it is more of power play than anything else.” She felt that the problem with the Media is that it gets you addicted, encouraging consumerism and causing the cultivation of expectations that best fit into a dream world. As for spoiling one’s self-image and giving half truths, she gave the example of a fairness cream that declares that “Fair is beautiful and promotes an unrealistic image of how people should look.” The message that advertisements for alcohol and cigarettes send out is that smoking and drinking “make a person sexy, cool, macho and ‘everyone does (Contd.. on p. 16)

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(Contd.. from p. 15) it’” in a bid to live life king-size. The solution to this anomaly she felt lies with parents, who, she insisted, do need to be actively involved with their children, setting limits to usage of media, looking out for signs of depression, helping them develop skills to question, analyze and evaluate what happens on screen and in the ‘real’ world. She specifically highlighted the necessity of, among other things, the necessity of ensuring a proper balanced diet for teenagers, a diet that essentially leaves out items that cause suicidal thoughts - “You eat junk, you think junk, you are junk!” She emphasized that “every life is worth living. Suicide is not a way out. Life is worth living because life is beautiful! So look at the brighter side and be optimistic.” Dr Chetna’s PPT which included a YouTube clipping of the song I can see clearly now with heart touching words that spoke of the positive side to living a life of grace and love, concluded with the message that there is always HOPE. Hardly were the panelists through with their presentation, an avalanche of ‘questions’ burst upon the scene, to sum up which, what teenagers really wanted was an answer to prevent suicides. Dr Chetna used tact - “When you see the symptoms as mentioned

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earlier, you need to sit down with your friend or child, go to the root cause of the problem and try to resolve it, even if it means finding the person/s causing the problem; listen without prejudice, don’t ridicule; discuss the cause of his/ her suicidal thoughts or tendencies and if necessary take professional help. Parents especially should never compare their child with another; compete with yourself, not others.” To a query concerning parents monitoring every activity with a view to keeping them in the loop, Dr Chetna stated, “the truth is not that your parents don’t trust you. They do trust you but not the world around that influences you.” Chantelle received applause when she commented: “Parents should understand that our lives are not the same as theirs used to be, the world is changing.” Surely parents must give space to their children, though at the same time tactfully monitoring every move. At the finale of the TOY Pageant 2013 held on 16 November at Saint Andrew’s Auditorium, the participants resolved as follows: Resolution taken by the finalists of the TOY Pageant 2013 at Saint Andrew’s College Auditorium on 16 November 2013: *We, the 19 finalists of Teen of the Year Pageant 2013, after having listened to different media experts during our

stay in Mumbai and having deliberated among ourselves on what we have heard, hereby resolve that we won’t henceforth blindly believe the media, but be rather critical consumers of it. *We will strongly oppose any effort by the media to portray women in bad light, besides upholding the dignity of women. On our part, as individuals, we will also prefer substance over glamour, and encourage others to do so. *We intend achieving this primarily by making use of the means provided by media itself, such as, customer care, BCCC (Broadcasting Content Complaints Council), letters to the editor, etc. *Further, we resolve to consciously use social media in a constructive way rather than using it destructively. *We pledge to make all effort possible to unite the youth of our country towards working to eradicate the negative use of media. *In conclusion, we resolve to be active instruments in spreading awareness of the above and thus becoming harbingers of a media revolution! "A freelance writer in the field of music, Verus Ferreira has authored THE GREAT MUSIC QUIZ BOOK, published by BETTER YOURSELF BOOKS"

HUM AAP ke hain kaun?

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ers are seen as perks of the dictators who have no place in the new set-up. Like dictators the governing class cannot tolerate criticism or honourably pick up the gauntlet thrown as a challenge to it- a sign of cowardice or weakness? AAP, hounded by the government with the intention of demolishing its credibility passed with flying colours in the test set by the HUM. Why? How did the high and mighty get toppled just with the sweep of a lowly broom? Because the biggest mistake was to accuse AAP of corruption by those known and proved to be corrupt themselves! The Mahatma used to say, ‘practice what you preach’…….but now with quarrels over

sharing the Ironman’s legacy, the Mahatma too has been swept under the carpet! Education, employment, affordable shelter and food are the top priorities of this new India. It is refreshing to hear the youth like Scindia and Pilot speaking prudently the language of the masses. But as is the tradition with the old party, only the voices of the wily, crafty leaders proficient in the art of ‘fooling the public’ will be heard and taken up for consideration. Ever heard of the ‘Ostrich and its knack of burying its head in the sand’? Well, the AAP is telling the HUM about it in preparation for the General Elections in 2014…..May their tribe increase!!

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How to Improve Your Memory

here is no such thing as a "bad memory", and everyone can im prove their memory, as long as you are not suffering from memory loss as a medical condition. If you want to improve your memory, there are a number of things you can do,

Use chunking. Chunking is a way of grouping things together to help you memorize them. Random lists of things (a shopping list, for example) can be especially difficult to remember. To make it easier, try categorizing the individual things from the list. For example, list all of the fruits together, the dairy products together, and the bread products together. This will not only help you memorize the list, but it'll make your shopping experience much faster. Chunking is what we do when we list a phone number with dashes. Which looks easier to memorize, 8564359820, or 856-435-9820? You probably won't remember 17761812184818651898, but try putting a space after every fourth number.

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things you want to remember aloud. If you have trouble remem-

bering whether you took your medication every morning, just say, "I just took my medication!" right after you took it, to reinforce this idea in your mind. Saying this aloud will help you remember that you did indeed take your medication.

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he Season of Advent draws quickly prayers taught to process our personal and the children (his hostages) to the to an end. The few remaining days, feelings. The recent Year of Faith had Nagaland border. Gunjan Sarma, a class typical of Christian formation pre- been a breakthrough for the imagery it viii student pleaded with the gunman to pares us in true conscience to feel the created in opening the ground values to take her hostage and release the other joy for the birth of Jesus. The words of St. better understand our faith in many as- children. She managed to persuade him Luke have become a tireless relay of pects. and he set the children free. Taking happiness and excitement: “ The Holy Bible be- Gunjan into the forest, he kept her in a to you is born this day in the comes stunningly awesome bamboo hut all night and let her go in the city of David a Savior, who is when now read it with trust morning. He did not harm her. This is the the Messiah, the Lord.” and belief. The birth of Christ Spring of Faith. The girl offered her life to (Lk.2:11). never ceases to be the won- save others. With this fourth season derful story of God’s love, This last Sunday of advent should of advent begins the Spring of mercy and concern for his be the first Sunday for more spiritual  Melvyn Brown children. Through Jesus, God growth and determined evangelization: Faith. It will be a challenge around the world. Jesus comes to us in lays down his life for the sins of human- to enrich the Christian objective of havthe new millennium in an arena of vio- kind. There is no greater act of love. ing no fear and to forgive the wrongs lence, hate and misleading groups. In Assam’s Sibsagar district an uni- which people do. Trust in the Lord Jesus. Christ brings the message, as before, of dentified gunman, armed with two re- Take on the mission from Christmas to peace, love, forgiveness of the enemy, volvers abducted a school van with 11 propagate the faith. and wants us to help the people of God children, forcing the driver to take him Mother Mary is a ‘vessel of grace’, in responsible ways. I remember reading this phrase What is not surprising somewhere in my research. She is when God spoke to Ahaz, is a remarkable woman with inKing of Judah, telling him to calculable impression on Jesus. ask the Lord for a sign. Ahaz Mary’s contribution to the faith refused to ask. So, the Lord is magnificent: her Conception gave him a sign, “Look, the and her Assumption are a testiyoung woman is with child mony to the uniqueness and and shall bear a son, and influence she has on Jesus as shall name him his Divine Mother. St. Paul had Immanuel…”(Is.7:14). something to add… It took a few thousand In his first letter to the Romans, years before the Messiah St. Paul wrote about the Gospel arrived as forecast. His comof God “ concerning His Son, ing was the homily, who was descended from David preached in all seriousness according to the flesh and was by generations of prophets. declared to be Son of God with The virgin birth became a power according to the Spirit of fact of true spirituality. It tells holiness by resurrection from us of the nature of the incarthe dead, Jesus Christ our Lord” nation, revealing that the Thanks to Sacred Heart of Jesus & Mary, Infant Jesus, (Rom.1:3-4). birth of Jesus embodies God Holy Cross of Jesus, Holy Spirit, Mother of Good On a happy note, we prepare and the Holy Spirit. He is Health of Vailankanni, Mother of Fatima, Mother of for the celebrations to come : coming in human form, fulMilagres, Mother of Nazareth, Mother of the Forsekan, the Midnight Mass which capfilling in every detail the nartures it all in almost 2 hours. The Annai Vailankanni, Mother of Guadalupe, Mother of ratives and predictions of greetings and warm embraces, his entire physical advent in Remedies, Mother of Lourdes, Mount Mary, Mother of the songs and the welcome visthe world. His resurrection Perpetual Succor, Poondi Madha, Mother of Irla its to families at home. The is a significant document of Vailankanni, Parvathi Cross, Dhobitalo Cross, Bambolin Christmas Tree, gifts wrapped historical importance which Cross, Chicalim Road Cross, Milgress Cross, Vasai in colorful paper, the special can be validated. Road Cross, St. Thomas, St. Michael, Fr. Agnel, St. lunch, parties, hats, mistletoes, Treating Christians as Alex, St. Jude, St. Francis Xavier, St. Anthony, St. bugles, not forgetting roast turstereotypes has costs. It Sebastian, St. Peregrine, St. Joquim, St. Benedict, St. key at dinner; makes every makes us feel emotionally Christmas memorable for the Roque, Khanddi Khuris (Maina-Curtorim) for the Speweak when we hide not birth of Jesus. The Lord is with knowing the basic values of cial favours received. us, Hallelujah. —Pradeepa, Cedric, Joaquim & Fly, Vasai. the faith, beyond the few

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The Meaning Behind All Our Christmas Decoration

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ear after year, we pull out the boxes, put up the decorations, then take them down, and store them away for next year. If you’re going to go through all that effort every year, it’s going to be a lot more meaningful if you understand the history and the symbolism behind those decorations. Let’s EXPLORE them today.

The Colors Red and Green: RED symbolizes the BLOOD of Christ, offered in sacrifice for our sins. GREEN is the color of LIFE. EVERGREENS in the middle of winter give us HOPE that new life will come even after the cold of winter. To a world that was DEAD to sin, Jesus Christ brings NEW LIFE.

Wreaths: The CIRCLE symbolizes the ETERNAL nature of God. You trace the LINE of a circle, and it NEVER ENDS. Jesus Christ is the ETERNAL Son of God, without beginning and without end.

Christmas Tree: This custom comes from Germany. St. Boniface was a Catholic archbishop in Germany in the 8th century. He helped to replace PAGAN practices with CHRISTIAN faith. There was a huge OAK TREE at Geismar, that was considered SACRED by the pagans. It was dedicated to the god Thor. In the year 723 AD, Boniface CHALLENGED that pagan practice, in the presence of HOSTILE tribesmen, and CUT DOWN the oak tree and pointed to a little FIR tree growing next to it, and said: “This humble

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Nativity Scene It was invented by St. FRANCIS of Assisi for Midnight Mass in the year 1223, in the little town of Greccio, Italy. They used live ANIMALS, and local PEOPLE took the roles of the people in the Gospel event. It was a very CREATIVE way to MEDITATE on the mystery of Christmas.

tree’s wood is used to build your homes: let CHRIST be at the center of your households. Its leaves remain evergreen in the darkest days: let CHRIST be your constant light. Its branches reach out to embrace and its top points to heaven: let CHRIST be your Comfort and Guide.” So when you see a Christmas tree, let its EVERGREEN foliage remind you that the love of God NEVER DIES, and let its SHAPE remind you that HEAVEN is your ultimate goal.

Ornaments on the Tree: Dec. 24 used to be observed on the Church calendar as the Feast of Adam and Eve. In the Middle Ages, there were religious plays called “Mystery plays”. They told story of Creation and Adam and Eve. A PROP for those plays was a Tree of Paradise: FIR tree with RED APPLES on it. These EVOLVED into our tree ornaments.

Star: It reminds us of the star that guided the Wise Men to where Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Poinsettia Flowers: These are native to Mexico and Central America, and they bloom in the short days of winter. The shape of the bloom is like the STAR of Bethlehem. The colors are the traditional Christmas red and green. Flores de Noche Buena – Flowers of the Holy Night: In the Mexican Christmas tradition, a YOUNG GIRL wished to bring a PRESENT to baby Jesus, but had no MONEY. The girl, Pepita, could only pick WEEDS along the road as she went to visit the Christ child. But as she neared the ALTAR in the church to present her Christmas gift, the simple weeds suddenly TRANSFORMED into the vibrant, beautiful Flores de Noche Buena.

Candy Canes: Their shape is that of a SHEPHERD’S staff: to guide the sheep. This reminds us of the shepherds who were the first WITNESSES of the birth of Christ. Also: Christ is our Good Shepherd. The prophet Micah says in today’s First Reading: “He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock.”

COLORS of the Candy Cane: WHITE: symbolizes the Virgin birth and the purity of Christ, RED: symbolizes the blood of Christ, offered in sacrifice for our sins. STRIPES: remind us of the marks from his SCOURGING in his Passion, like it says in Isaiah 53 and I Peter 2, ìBy his STRIPES we are healed.î

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MATRIMONIALS MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 37 years, Ht. 5’ 7”, Wt. 70 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. MBA., working as a Sr. Mobility Specialist International HR in Dubai. Visiting Mumbai in December. Contact immediately Email : terencedsilva1230@gmail.com OR 9869319466. (Regd. No. 6005) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 49 years, Ht. 5’ 4”, Wt. 85 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. SSC., N.C.T.V.T., B.Com., working as a Supervisor. Seeks a good cook, simple, religious Roman catholic spinster. Contact : 9967586814 (Regd. No. 5999) MUMBAI : RC Bachelor 38/5’8”, B.E., working in Senior position reputed IT firm. Seeks alliance from R.C. spinster educated good family background Pl. reply with photograph and details to keithcardozo@ hotmail.com or contact 9820338755 (Regd. No. 5996) MUMBAI : “I am a fun loving 38 years Goan R.C. Ht. 5’ 8”, Wt. 80 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Com., C.A., who believes in having a balance between work and personal life. Fond of music, travelling and the best way for me to unwind is through dance (Latin Style). I am currently working for a reputed MNC for last 5 years. Though I drink socially and occasionally, smoking is a strict-no. Seeking alliance with a simple, god-fearing girl with a good family background. Eventually, I hope to see myself not just as my partner’ partner but my partner’s Best Friend forever!” Contact email : goansearch@yahoo.com OR 9833761339 (Regd. No. 5994) MUMBAI : East Indian Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 37 years, Ht. 5’ 7”, Wt.62 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. B.Sc. + Degree from USA, working as a Software Engineer, visting Mumbai shortly. Seeks a good looking, educated girl willing to settle USA. Contact email :

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ryan13in@yahoo.com OR 28929509 (Regd. No. 5993) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 35 years, Ht. 6’ 4”, Wt.80 kgs, Wheatsih Complexion, Edn. 8th Std.,Working as an Asst. AC Technician in Dubai. Currently he his in Mumbai. Seeks a understanding and homely girl. Contact : 9022935415 / 9819257399 (Regd. No. 5992) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Divorcee, aged 30 years, Ht. 5’ 5”, Wt.57 kgs, Wheatsih Complexion, Edn. Graduate, having own business and accommodation. Only child. Seeks a understanding, honest girl. Contact email : livewide@gmail.com OR 8652878111 (Regd. No. 5989) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 33 years, Ht. 5’ 7”, Wt.69 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. B.E. (Mech.) working as a Mechanical Engineer. Contact email.: avalon.inbox@yahoo.co.in OR 9890892847 (Regd. No. 5985) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 30 years, Ht. 5’ 6”, Wt. 59 kgs, Wheatish Com plexion, Edn. B.Com., D.C.A., working as an Accountant. Seeks a suitable match. Contcat email : fern_sunil@rediffmail.com OR 9029694973 (Regd. No. 5984) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 31 years, Ht. 5’ 11”, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Sc., I.T., & Dip. in Elect. Engg., working as an Assistant Manager (Technical) Only Child. Contact email : noel.pereira83@gmail.com OR 9820561856 (Regd. No. 5983) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 26 years, Ht. 5’ 11”, Fair Complexion, Edn. B.Com., MBA, Seeks a Sales Director, Only Child. Seeks a humble, god fearing,

Members are requested to inform us when they are settled, so that publication of their details can be discontinued.

kind, Ht. above 5’ 2”, age below 26 years. Contact email : natashadevelopers@aol.in OR 9820092761 (Regd. No. 5981) U.S.A. : Universtiy Professor, USA, Fair Complexion, 5’ 7”, age 45 years, Protestant Bachelor, Seeks a well educated, fair complexioned girl below 40 years, Contact email mddav2009@yahoo.com OR 9869061597. (Regd. No. 5978) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 31 years, Ht. 5’ 9”, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Com., + Dip. in Management, working as a Manager in Private Sector. Contact email : noelpinto@hotmailcom OR 9029462583 (Regd. No. 5969) MUMBAI : Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 42 years, Ht. 5’ 7”, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Com., M.A., (Diploma in Journalism from UK); working as a Freelance Journalist. Seeks a suitable & compatible match from India/Abroad, He might travel abroad for work. Contact email : basitfaith2013@rediffmail.com / faithbasit8@rediffmail.com OR 9221394374 (Regd. No. 5968) MUMBAI : Roman Catholic Bachelor, aged 27 years, Ht. 5’ 8”, Wt. 65 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.E. (I.T.), working as a Net Work Engineer abroad. Seeks a slim, fair, beautiful, educated girl below 26 years. Contact email : pjswamy@gmail.com OR 9324312605 (Regd. No. 5963)

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MATRIMONIALS MUMBAI : Goan R.C. Spinster, aged 26 years, Ht. 5’ 2”, Wt. 60 kgs, Tan Complexion, Edn. B.Sc + PGDQA, working as a QA Personnel in Pharmaceutical, Seeks a good looking, understanding, responsible, well settled bachelor. Contact email : renmail1987@yahoo.co.in OR 9892394604 (Regd. No. 6006) MUMBAI : RC Spinster, 31 years, 5’ 4”, Post Graduate, Professional Therapist, has established personal Clinic and Hospital attachements, seeks alliance from well qualified RC bachelors from Mumbai. Kindly reply to marg781@ymail.com. (Regd. No. 5907) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Divorcee, aged 43 years, Ht. 5’, Wt. 42 kgs, Wheatsih Complexion, Edn. B.Com., working as a Office Assistant. Seeks a suitable match. Contact : 25948048 (Regd. No. 5899) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Jacobite Syrian Catholic Spinster, aged 31 years, Ht. 5’ 4”, Wt. 62 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. B.Com., MBA (Fin) working as a Customers Service. Seeks a suitable match. Contact email : joylyn.lewis@gmail.com OR 28954976 (Refgd. No. 5891) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Spinster, aged 26 years, Ht. 5’, Wt. 46 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Com., working as a Customers Service. Seeks a suitable match. Contact : 9820251612 (Regd. No. 5890) MUMBAI : Keralite Divorcee (Marriage null & void) aged 30 years, Ht. 155 cms, slim, fair, good looking, Edn. M.S.W. working as a Sociel Worker. Seeks a suitable match. Contact Mob: 9819316338 (Regd. No. 5889) MUMBAI : Goan R. C. Spinster, 26 yrs., 5’ 2”, Wt. 55 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Com., working as a EA to Director. Contact email : madonnamanickam7@ gmail.com OR 28963423 (Regd. No. 5888) U.K : Goan R. C. Spinster, 30 yrs., 5’ 4”, Wt. 50 kgs, Fair and goodlooking, Edn. B.Sc., M.Sc., M.B.A., studied in

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U.K. and working as a IT Analasist. Contact email : maria.t.dsouza@gmail.com / mariatdsouza@yahoo.com OR 9096690309 / 91-95-27261969 (Regd. No. 5887) MUMBAI : Goan R. C. Spinster, 25 yrs., 4’ 11”, Wt. 53 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Com., LL.B., Advocate by profession. Contact email : mario.carrasco@rediffmail.com 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 jasmineperiwinkle7@gmail.com or Contact 9421428286 between 4 - 9 pm. (Regd. No. 5885) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Spinster, 29 years, Ht. 5 ’ 5”, Wt, 70 kgs, Wheatish complexion, smart, B.Com., LL.B., Legal Professional, smart. Seeks a well educated, financially stable, well settled abpve 6’ 6”. Contact email : marilyndsousa21@gmail.com / janedoe051@gmail.com OR 9819890592. (Regd. No. 5958) BANGALORE : Anglo Indian Roman Catholic Spinster, 26 years, B.E., workaing as a Software Engineer, Ht. 5’ 6”, Wt. 67 kgs, good looking, fair, coming from a decent family, seeks a humble, god-fearing, doctor, engineer or well settled bachelor from India or abroad. Contact email : pereira.eustace@larsentoubro.com OR 09845665529 (Regd. No. 5956) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Spinster, 33 years, Ht. 5’ 4”, Edn. B. Com., Dip. in Business Management, Working as an Admin Inchagre for a reputed Pharmaceutical Company.

Seeks a Goan educated Bachelor upto 38 years. Contact Email : ferns1178@gmail.com OR 9820724100 (Regd. No. 5915) KUWAIT : Goan Roman Catholic Spinster, 26 years, Ht. 155 cms, Wt. 68 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.Com., working as a Office Assistant. Seeks a Goan RC Bachelor. Contact Email : jnnfr.rdrgs@gmail.com OR +965971379900 (Regd. No. 5912) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Spinster, 25 years, Ht. 5’ 6”, Wt. 65 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. Chartered A/C., M.Com., Working as a C.A., Only Child. Seeks a suitable match. Contact Email “ jolie_rosetta@yahoo.co.in (Regd. No. 5910) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Spinster, 23 years, Ht. 150 cms, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. Diploma (Prod.) working as a Jr. Engg., Seeks a Bombay based well settled bachelor. Contact Email : ieydesignconsultant@rediffmail.com OR 26600774 (Regd. No. 5906) POONA : Tamilian Roman Catholic Divorcee, 1st marriage is annulled less then one year, good looking, aged 41 years, Ht. 5’ 4”, slim, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. M.Com., working as a Asst. Executive in Dubai. Seeks a sincere, genuine, trustworthy person below 47 years. Contact Mob.: 9423003578 (Regd. No. 5905) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Spinster, 28 years, Ht. 5’ 3”, Wt. 60 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. MBA working for MNC. Seeks a well eduated and well settled match. Contact email: leo.trinidade@gmail.com / trinidade.annie@gmail.com OR 9819121184 (Regd. No. 5904) MANGALORE : Mangalorean R.C. Spinster, aged 30 years, Ht. 5’ 5”, Wt. 58 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. MBBS, MD., Doctor by profession. Seeks a eduated well settled boy from Decent family. Email : lovely_lavender2012@ yahoo.com (Regd. No. 5619)

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MATRIMONIALS QATAR : R.C. Spinster, age 27, Ht. 5’ 6”, MBA, working in Qatar for an Oil Company along with her family, seeks alliance from tall, well educated bachelors (working on ship or abroad-Engineers), having strong catholic values. She is visiting Mumbai in December. Contact immediately to fix a meeting. Please respond to email: vanspereira25@gmail.com OR 97466756066 (Regd. No. 5990) BANGALORE : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Spinster, 23 years, beautiful, 5’ 3”, 55 kgs, Wheatish, Edn. MBA (HR) working as a HR Consultant. Seeks a suitable match. Contact : grettadesa@gmail.com OR 9900413499 (Regd. No. 5902) MUMBAI : Mangalorean RC parents invite alliance for their daughter 26 years, 5’ 4”, B.Tech (Computer Engineer) Working for MNC. Seeks well qualified and well settled bachelor with good family values. Kindly reply with profile and recent photograph to email : dmaryln@ymail.com OR 9969285680 (Regd. No. 5901) MUMBAI : Maharashtrian Roman Catholic Spinster, aged 32 years, Ht. 5’ 1”, Wt. 65 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. B.Com., working as a Sr. Executive. Seeks a suitable match. Contact : email: smita_dhi@yahoo.co.in OR 28682053 (Regd. No. 5900) KUWAIT : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Spinster aged 33 years, Ht. 5’ 5”, Wt. 58 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. B.Com., Computer, Finance, Banking Marketing Course & Airlines Course completed, employed as a Travel Co-ordinator in Kuwait. Seeks a groom preferable working in Kuwait. Contact Email : lucy777p@gmail.com OR 00965-65686358 (Regd. No. 5488) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman

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Catholic parents of spinster daughter 1973 born, 5’ 4 1/2” tall, fair complexion with qualifications of B.Com (Mum), two Post Graduate Degrees in Management, and two diplomas in I.T. and Computer, working in good position. Looking out for a qualified and professional well settled bachelor with good family background in Mumbai or abroad upto 45 years. Kindly apply with recent photo and full details either to Email : bellwethether77@yahoo.com or call mobile No. 9892700617. (Regd. No. 5441) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Spinster, aged 30 years, Ht. 5’ 3”, Wt. 65 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. B.A.,working as a HR & Admin Exe. Seeks a educated well settled goan bachelor. Contact : Email: sweetcapri1982@yahoo.in OR 9833951282 / 9920932427 (Regd. No. 5747) MUMBAI : Goan R.C. Spinster, aged 24 years, Ht. 5’ 3”, Wt. 52 kgs, Fair Complexion, Good looking, coming from a decent family. Edn. MBA, working as a Asst. Manager. Contact : email: dsilva_edwin@hotmail.com OR 9821800924 (Regd. No. 5781) MUMBAI : Mangalorean RC Spinster aged 31 years, Ht. 5’ 5”, Fair Complex, Edn. Doctor, working as an Asst. Manager in Pharmaceutical company. Only Child. Contact: email: shrlydsz@yahoo.com OR 9930550318 (Regd. No. 5786) MUMBAI : RC Spinster, East Indian, Fair Complexion, Sincere, Homely, Edn. B.A., aged 47 years, Ht. 5’ 2”, Hobbies/Occupn/Profsn in Creative Art work. Seeks a suitable life Partner-Reliable, Sincere, Working, Sacrificing & Supportive. If interested Contact 8-30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dial 25372060 (Regd. No. 5662) PANVEL: Mangalorean Roman Catholic Spinster, aged 27 years Ht. 5’ 3”, Wt. 50 kgs, Wheatish Complexion, Edn. Graduate, working for HSBC Bank, coming from a well establish business family. Seeks a boy with good family background, he should be a business-

man or a service should earn good. A good person by nature. Contact : 9821594729 OR Email: amritamendonsa@gamil.com (Redg. No. 5643) MUMBAI : Mangalorean Roman Catholic Spinster, aged 26 years. Ht. 5’ 3”, Wt. 45 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. B.E. Computer, working as a I.T. Consultant. Seeks an educated Mangalorean boy from good family background. Contact : 8879179796 or Email : ajd19@yahoo.co.in (Regd. No. 5621) MUMBAI : Goan Roman Catholic Spinster, aged 25 years, Ht. 156 cms., Wt. 56 kgs, Fair Complexion, beautiful, Edn. T.Y.B.A., working a CabinCrew. Contact Email :elviraalfonso91@gmail.com OR Mob.: 9320385208 (Regd. No. 5967) MUMBAI : Goan RC Spinster aged 35 years, Ht. 154 cms, Wt. 62 kgs, Fair Complexion, Edn. B.Com., working in Flight Cabin Crew. Seeks a well settled graduate bachelor. Contact email : milly.ruprell@emirates.com OR 9819041830 (Regd. No. 5937) MUMBAI : Mangalorean RC Widow, aged 48 years, Edn. 7th std., Ht. 5’ 5”, Fair Complexion, Housewife. Contact : 9821241725 / 9773975231 MUMBAI : RC Mangalorean Spinster, M.Com/MBA (Finance) 27 / 5’2”, talented, with strong family values & from respectable family, working for a bank in Mumbai. Seeks well qualified boy upto 32, reply with recent photo & full details to email: smileangel378@yahoo.com OR 9920424282 (Regd. No. 5962) Address your replies to :

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After the successful visit to Holy Land (Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Egypt) with 128 members group in May 2013, The Secular Citizen and DIVO readers are getting ready to visit Western Europe in 2014 The countries include Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Vatican, Italy, etc. The tour is organised in association with an expert tour operator

Those interested to join this group are requested to contact : The Secular Citizen / Divo 99, Perin Nariman Street, 1st Floor, Fort, Mumbai 400001

Tel.: 022-22693578, 22654924 Creating future leaders in the community through the project:

‘Leaders in the Making and Reaching to the Top’ Youth are the pillars upon which a nation’s future is built. It is true that in this challenging era of globalisation, our youth must be nurtured, educated and guided towards the right path. There is a need for the youth of our community to strengthen their faith by adopting the right mindset and acquiring a wealth of knowledge. With this objectives in mind we have been conducting special youth seminars entitled ‘Leaders in the Making and Reaching to the Top’ since 10 years. So far over 8000 youth have participated and benefited in the 12 seminars which have been guided by expert resource persons. Guiding our youth as effective future leaders and shine in top positions within and outside the country is our dream which we want to turn it into reality, The Entire project is conducted absolutely Free for the participants. This appeal is an invitation specially for people who are concerned about our youth and their bright future to be a part of this project :

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Royal Christian Family invites

BACHELORS & SPINSTERS for their forthcoming

GET-TOGETHER A grand gathering to get acquainted with boys and girls of matching age group who are in search of a suitable Life-Partner of their choice with an ultimate view to matrimony.

Gain much required important information concerning marriage

Highlights K Participants bio-data circulated at least 15 days in advance among participants. K Many choices for a Boy or Girl in his/her own age group K Marriage counselling and guidance by experts in the field. K Cordial atmosphere K Free and independent way of choice + Volunteers to assist K A well planned introduction session. K Boys-Girls of matching standard, status and education. K Games and other activities to get to know with each other. K Participants include good boys and girls K Each Get-together is limited to around 100 boys and 100 girls K Boys and girls from all over Mumbai and from other locations K Get-togethers will be held on Sundays or Holidays

Places are limited ! Book Your Seat Early !! Royal Christian Family 99, Perin Nariman Street, 1st Floor, Near GPO., Fort, Mumbai 400001 Tel.: 022 - 22693578, 22654924 Email: secular@vsnl.com, secular@sezariworld.com Printed and Published by Lawrence Coelho at The Secular Citizen, 99, Perin Nariman Street, 1st Floor, Harihar Nivas, Fort, Mumbai - 400 001. Tel.: 2269 3578, 2265 4924 16 December 2013 Printers: The Secular Citizen, Fort, Mumbai 400001. Editor : Philip Myaboo

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