Bishops want India’s official delegation for canonization


Around 1,500 people from Kerala are expected to attend the canonization ceremony in the Vatican at their personal level.


Kerala bishops have decided to request the federal and state governments to send official delegations to the Vatican to attend the canonization ceremony of two saintly Catholics from Kerala on Nov. 23.

The Kerala Catholic Bishop Council has approached governments requesting official delegation to attend the canonization of Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sr Euphrasia Eluvathinkal, Church officials said.

“We have requested the governments to send a delegation. But the KCBC has not nominated anyone to be included in the government delegation. We expect the government would accept KCBC’s request,” KCBC deputy secretary Fr Varghese Vallikkattu said.

Around 1,500 people from Kerala are expected to attend the canonization ceremony in the Vatican at their personal level.

A dedicated cell has been also been opened by the Chavara Cultural Centre in Kochi in association with a private tour operator to coordinate and assist the pilgrims who want to participate in the ceremony.

Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara was a social reformer, publisher, educator and founder of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), the first Catholic indigenous religious order for men in India.

He was born near Alappuzha in 1805 and died at Koonammavu, Kochi, in 1871. Mother Euphrasia was a member of the order of the Sisters of the Congregation of Mother of Carmel, founded by Blessed Chavara.

Source: New Indian Express

Christian faith enriched composite Indian identity: Ansari, VP

Ansari said the association had provided valued services to the people in the field of health and education.


Vice President M Hamid Ansari today said the Christian faith had strengthened the country’s secular fabric and enriched the composite Indian identity.

The contribution of the Christian church in social and charitable work in India, especially in education and health sectors has been particularly noteworthy, he said.

Inaugurating the valedictory ceremony of the Catholic Association of South Kanara (CASK) here, he said, “Our land is blessed to have almost all the great religions coexisting peacefully and prospering here for centuries. Members of the Catholic community are fully integrated in the national mainstream and they have served the nation with great distinction in every sphere of life,”

Ansari said the association had provided valued services to the people in the field of health and education, especially to the deprived and marginalised sections of society, irrespective of religion, caste and creed.

It had also focused on supporting the local culture, including Konkani language and literature, music and fine arts and had been acting as an effective vehicle for uniting the Catholic community and providing it a coherent voice on issues of interest and concern, he said.

He appreciated the work done by CASK over the last century and expressed the hope that it would continue on the path of selfless service in future.

Source: business-standard

Pope Francis: Fear of confronting pastoral needs can lead to “clericalism”



Pope Francis met with participants of an international meeting focused on the new evangelization. The two day meeting reflected on the pastoral implementation of the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel).
The Pope said that it emphasizes the principal mission of the Church: to evangelize. However, he said, the fear that men and women face in confronting so many pastoral needs can easily lead to “an attitude of fear and defense”.
“From there comes the temptation of sufficiency and clericalism, to try to encode the faith in rules and instructions, as the scribes, Pharisees and doctors of the law did during Jesus’ time. We will have everything clear, everything in order, but the people of faith and those who are searching will continue to hunger and thirst for God.”
The Pope added that the Church is a field hospital that takes care of those who are wounded by staying close to them. Those with an attitude like that of the scribes and the Pharisees will never be able to give a “witness of closeness”.
The Pope compared the calling to evangelize to Jesus’ parable of the owner of the vineyard who went out in search of workers.
“In the parable, Jesus says that he went out at least five times: at dawn, at nine, at midday, at three and at five in the afternoon. There is still time…there is still time for Him to come to us.”
He added that like the owner of the vineyard, we must go out at all times, searching for those who are looking for God, especially the poor and disadvantaged.
The Pope also called on them to focus on the essential commitment to theevangelization rather than make their ministry a “frantic number of initiatives.”
“At times it seems that we are more preoccupied with multiplying activities rather than being attentive to the person and their encounter with God. A pastoral ministry that does not have this attention becomes sterile, little by little.”
Pope Francis concluded his address by calling those present to begin the evangelization by bearing witness to their Christian faith. A witness, he added, that even he must give when he speaks publicly.

Cardinals reject pope’s message of hope for remarried couples

Can these Cardinals, who are opposing Pope Francis, say with conviction that they have never Sinned in their lifetime? If they have, do they have the right to be in the position they are now?

Nearer home, in Archdiocese of Bombay we have clergy with similar mentality; though, if confronted with the same question, they too will have no answer.  But they  never fail to preach values which they don’t practice themselves. They do not even respond to Parishioners who question their illogical actions. On the contrary, the Parishioner is termed as anti Christ.

We have come across an incident, which has been posted on this blog and will be continued to be posted, where a stand is taken by clergy, to FORGIVE AND FORGET, when a parishioner is questioning about the humiliation he has been put through; Now that The Clergy and his stooges in the PPC are cornered by the same Parishioner. Isn’t this against the Christian Value? Instead of getting the matter settled amicably, the Clergy is playing divide and Rule, in favour of main culprit in order to shield him.

We believe, the Archbishop has instructed the parish authorities to settle the matter amicably. Are Parish authorities following his instructions? This is also reminiscent to what the Cardinals are doing to Pope Francis, We believe.


Debate sparked after Francis married couples living ‘in sin’.

Vatican City:

Pope Francis’s hopes of easing the Catholic Church’s tough stance on remarried couples has hit a stumbling block, with five cardinals coming out firmly against reform ahead of a key meeting, Italian media reported Wednesday.

The Argentine pontiff, whose defence of the poor and vulnerable has stirred up the winds of change within the centuries-old institution, rocked traditionalists last weekend by marrying couples in Saint Peter’s Basilica who had been living in “sin” according to the Church’s rule book.

Of the 20 couples gathered in the heart of the Vatican to take their vows with the leader of the Roman Catholic church’s blessing, some had already been cohabiting and one bride was a single mother.

The debate began in earnest in February after Francis’s close ally German Cardinal Walter Kasper, tapped by the 77-year-old pope to address the world’s cardinals on hot-button issues, sparked controversy by calling for a more “merciful” approach to remarried Catholics who want to take communion.

In a mass in his private chapel, Francis also said the Church must “accompany… not condemn” those whose marriages break down.

Out of the uproar among conservatives has come a book, “Remaining in the Truth of Christ”, which brings together the opinions of five leading Catholics — including Kasper’s most vocal critic Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — and four other experts.

The in-house revolt comes ahead of a two-week meeting of bishops on the subject of the family in October.

The book’s editor, Robert Dodaro, sums up the essays in the introduction, saying the cardinals “are united in firmly maintaining that the New Testament shows us Christ forbidding without ambiguity divorce and remarriage.”

“The ‘merciful’ answer to divorce endorsed by Cardinal Kasper is not unknown in the old Church but none of the authors here, which we consider to be authoritative, defend it. On the contrary, when they mention it, it is rather to condemn it as going against the scriptures,” he writes.

“While there can be occasional transgressions, the fact they exist does not mean they are not transgressions, or that they are models to be followed,” he said.

Source: AFP/UCAN

Archbishop lauds first stage approval of sainthood for Goan priest

Vaz was born in Goa in 1676. Later, he moved to Sri Lanka.


The Catholic Church in Goa Wednesday expressed “joy” at Pope Francis’s approval of the first step towards canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz, a priest of Goan origin.

In a statement issued here Archbishop of Goa and Daman Fr. Filipe Neri Ferrao said: “The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman rejoices with the news that Pope Francis has approved the vote of the Members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in favour of the canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz, Apostle of Canara and Sri Lanka and Patron of this Archdiocese”.

After the papal approval, the final declaration of Sainthood for Vaz will be made by a Consistory of Cardinals.

Goa has a 26 per cent Catholic population and was one of the early South Asian regions to embrace Christianity after being colonized by the Portuguese in the early 16th century.

Vaz was born in Goa in 1676. Later, he moved to Sri Lanka.

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