Appointments 2015 – III : Archdiocese of Bombay;

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OFFICIAL

APPOINTMENTS (III)

Fr. Christopher Alvares    : To be Assistant, Infant Jesus Church, Dombivali

Fr. Michael D’cunha          :To be Assistant, Our Lady of Glory Church, Byculla

Fr. Jeffrey D’souza             : To be Assistant, Our Lady of Victories Church, Mahim

Fr. Paul  S. Fernandes       : To be Assistant, Our Lady of Nazareth Church, Bhayander

Fr. Hurbert Goveas            : To be Assistant, St. Lawrence Church, Wagale Estate

Fr. Raphael Mordom         : To be Assistant, Our Lady of Glory Church, Byculla

Fr. Terrence Murray          : To be Assistant, Holy Family Church, Pestom Sagar

Fr. Sunil Munis                   : To be Assistant, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Kalyan (W)

Fr. Nicholas Pereira         : To be Assistant, Our Lady of Egypt Church, Kalina

Fr. Lincoln Rebello          : To be Assistant, St. Michael Church, Mahim

The above appointments take effect from June 1, 2015

(To Be Continued)

Sd/- Oswald Cardinal Gracias

April 18, 2015

Not to Ignore Christians’ Role in Education: President Pranab Mukherjee;

The Christian Community established a large chain of elementary schools throughout Kerala, under the supervision of the Seminary and its leaders, he said.

‘’The role of the Church in healthcare, women’s empowerment and upliftment of the less privileged section of society are unparalleled,’’ the President said.

Kottayam:President Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday said the role of the Church in spreading education cannot be ignored as he released a postal stamp commemorating the 200 years of the Orthodox Theological Seminary based in Kottayam.

“The Christian Community established a large chain of elementary schools throughout Kerala, under the supervision of the Seminary and its leaders,” he said at the function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Seminary was the first indigenous initiative towards universal literacy and education, which has today made Kerala the most literate state in the country.’’ The president said the charity and healthcare activities of the Syrian Church also originated in the Old Seminary under its leadership.

‘’The role of the Church in healthcare, women’s empowerment and upliftment of the less privileged section of society are unparalleled,’’ the President said.

The President said for nearly 14 Centuries, the three major religions of Kerala, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam have existed in peace and harmony, respecting each other’s belief and cooperating to promote social welfare.

‘’In fact, Kerala was the first state in the country in which both Christianity and Islam took roots with people voluntarily choosing different religious beliefs.

The Old Seminary was set up by the Malankara Orthodox Church situated in Kerala, a state known for the peaceful co-existence of different religions and communal harmony.

“The lighting of oil lamps in and around Churches, the raising of the flagstaff and flags during festivals and the custom of entering the Churches barefoot are all Hindu traditions that have become a part of the Church practice. These bear testimony to the sharing of traditions by both the religions,’’ the president said.

Source: Day and night news

On the Occasion of Earth Day: From Digha Ghat, Patna; Bihar

UNIQUE XAVERIAN EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS

 

Fr Sushil S.J and the three winners

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At St Xavier’s College and St Xavier’s College of Management and Technology, Digha Ghat, the entire month of April 2015 was dedicated to Earth Day and the unified theme of environment, beginning with the National Seminar-Knowledge Society for Sustainable Development on 11th and 12th April. This was followed by the Principal Dr. (Fr) Nishaant S.J flagging off the battery operated e-rickshaw on 15th April, which will regularly ferry students to and fro from Digha More to the college canteen. An Economic Quiz organized by faculty member Ms Kalpana Kumari also sensitized students to make eco-friendly choices in life. On the penultimate day-21st April, faculty members Ms. Archana Jha and Dr. (Sr) Mudita Sodder RSCJ organized an ingenious group competition entitled “Invent your own Imaginary Insect”. The entire campus was transformed into a humming and throbbing hive of exciting activity with 14 teams of 10 students each participating. They used old newspapers, pins and waste material to drape a student in the team as a new creative insect. The judges Dr (Fr) Raymond S.J, Dr Marie D’Cruze and Mr Animesh graded the students on creativity and originality of thematic presentation and grilled them on the utility value of their new invention. “Imaginations ran riot, there was much learning and fun as well”, quipped Manish BCA II, Cabinet member. Betel Eater, Balbagaur, Termantis, Ausroach, Evanid Firefly, Polyupa were some of the new insects they invented. Insect Stinger team led by Ritika BCA I bagged the 1st Prize, followed by the 1st Runner-up Insect Khoonka Rakshak team, led by Amarjeet BCA II, while Insect Plighter team led by Atul B.Com (P) II was the 2nd Runner-up. Rajeev BBE I, a shy student opined, “I enjoyed creating a new insect. It tickled my grey cells to think and brought out the best in our group. It was great fun!” while Ashish BMC I student remarked, “I laughed my guts out. The answers were so hilarious. I feel thoroughly relaxed”. The acting Principal Dr (Fr) Sushil Bilung S. J gave the vote of thanks applauding all the participants for their very intelligent creations. He said, “We need to have an Earth Day Celebration before every examination.” The students were finally blessed with a tikka of Mother Earth on their foreheads with the words, “You are a daughter/son of the Earth. HAPPY EARTH DAY-22nd April 2015.

Reported by

Dr (Sr) Mudita Sodder RSCJ

For St Xavier’s Colleges,

Digha Ghat, Patna, Bihar.

BJP-led push for a national act banning religious conversions hit a roadblock:

The federal law ministry Wednesday told the government that a national law restricting changes of religion could violate the federal system, as the constitution stipulates that passing laws on such matters rests with individual states, according to local media reports.

Debate on anti-conversion law deepens.

Indian Christian devotees carry wooden crosses during a Good Friday procession in Amritsar earlier this month

New DelhiThe Indian government’s push for a national law banning religious conversions hit a roadblock this week when the Ministry of Law and Justice said the federal government had no powers to enact such a law. However, the debate continues with the government pressing on.

The federal law ministry Wednesday told the government that a national law restricting changes of religion could violate the federal system, as the constitution stipulates that passing laws on such matters rests with individual states, according to local media reports.

Religious conversions have become a sensitive subject in India after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Delhi a year ago. Nationalist Hindu groups have been clamoring for a national law banning conversions, claiming that Christians and Muslims convert hundreds of poor people every year, attracting converts with promises of social services.

Seven Indian states have already enacted laws restricting conversions as a matter of “public order,” which is listed in the constitution as a subject for which states can enact legislation.

Despite this week’s apparent setback, however, there may still be room for the BJP-led government to push forward with some form of national legislation.

The Indian constitution delineates certain matters as the responsibility of either the federal government or individual states.

However, issues such as social security and education are seen as “concurrent” subjects.

Sadanand Gowda, the minister of law and justice, said he believes religious conversions may well fall under this “concurrent list” of subjects.

“There are several issues which need to be looked into. Religious practice and conversions essentially come under the concurrent list. And, therefore states are free to legislate on the matter,” Gowda told ucannews.com.

State anti-conversion laws, conflictingly called “freedom of religion” acts, make conversion without the permission of district authorities a punishable offense. Some also have provisions to punish the minster officiating the conversion ritual.

The BJP’s push for a national law began after Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for a public debate on the issue last month while opening the annual Conference of State Minorities Commissions.

“We are only saying that there should be an anti-conversion law. There should be a debate over it. We must think on bringing an anti-conversion law,” Singh said at the conference.

A source in the BJP told ucanews.com that the government is also examining a clause in the constitution, which says that a federal law prevails over a state law on a particular activity, if the laws are in conflict with each other.

The opponents of the law — including Christian and Muslim groups — see the move as being anti-democratic and anti-secular.

The move “clearly shows the mischievous intentions of the central government to cap the freedom of religion and freedom to follow a faith,” said Navaid Hamid, secretary of the South Asian Council for Minorities.

The BJP-led government, said Hamid, “does not believe in the constitution. It has a desire to crush all the fundamental rights of minorities. The government is working on a sectarian, anti-women, anti-minority agenda, which is taking the country backwards.”

Christian officials like Fr Paul Thelakkat, the spokesman for the Syrian Catholic Church in Kerala, believe laws restricting conversion are “absolutely not needed in India, not in states, not at the national level”.

“There are enough laws in this country to punish those who violate public order and social harmony,” he said.

The push toward anti-conversion laws is governed, he said, by a fear that Hindus, who comprise the dominant religion in India, will someday become a minority religion.

“It is a pity that Hindu leaders have no faith in the truth and strength of their own religion. The BJP believes that the Hindu religion will not survive in relation to other religions. So they are trying to fence their own religion by laws,” the priest said.

Source: UCAN

Appointments 2015 – II : Archdiocese of Bombay;

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OFFICIAL

Appointments (II)

Fr. Ajit Bandekar              : To Be Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Sea Church, Madh;

Fr. Joe D’mello              : To Be Parish Priest, St. Joseph Church, Belapur

Fr. Peter D’mello       : To Be Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Church, Santacruz

Fr. Christopher D. Jayakumar : To Be Parish Priest, St. Anthony Church, Dharavi

Fr. L. M. George       : To be Priest-in-Charge, St. Francis of Assisi Church, Bandra

Fr. Carlton Kinny     : To be Priest-in-Charge, St. Francis Xavier Church, Mahad

Fr. Leo C. Lobo         : To be Priest-in-Charge, St. Francis Xavier Church, Panvel

Fr. Barthol D. Machado       : To be Priest-in-Charge, Mary of Nazareth Church, Alibag

Fr. Gavin j. M. D’souza   : To Be Assistant,at Our Lady of Victories Church, Mahim and Principal at Victoria High School, Mahim

Fr. Mervin J. D’souza      : To Be Assistant at St. Joseph Church, Vikhroli and Principat at St. Joseph High School Vikhroli

Fr. John Lopes                  : To Be Assistant at Holy Name Cathedral, Fort and Principal at Holy Name High School, Fort

Fr. Marshal Lopes          : To Be Assistant at Our Lady of the Sea, Uttan and Principal at St. Joseph High School and Junior College, Uttan

Fr. Sachin Lopes           : To Be Assistant at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sewri and principal at Fatima High School, Sewri

Fr. Simon Lopes           : To Be Assistant at Most Holy Trinity Church, Powai and Principal at St. Xavier High School and Juniour College, Powai

The above appointments take effect from June 1, 2015

(To be Continued)

Sd/- Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Archbishop of Bombay

April 11, 2015;

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