Vatileaks : Pope breaks his silence

Pope Benedictus XVI

Pope Benedictus XVI       (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Lashes out at media reports calling them ‘exaggerated’ and ‘Gratuitous’
Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI broke his silence on Wednesday over the scandal of leaked documents that has convulsed the Vatican, saying he was saddened by the
betrayal but grateful to those aides who work faithfully and in silence to help him do his job.
Benedict made his first direct comments on the scandal in off-the-cuff remarks at the end of his weekly general
audience.
He lashed out at some of the media reports about the scandal, saying the “exaggerated” and “gratuitous” rumors had offered a false image of the Holy See.
The Italian media have been on a frenzy ever since the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested last week after Vatican investigators discovered papal documents in his Vatican City apartment.
The Vatican spokesman has spent much of his daily briefings in recent days shooting down the various reports. The Vatileaks scandal represents one of the greatest breaches of trust and security for the Holy See in recent memory given that a significant number of documents from the pope’s own desk were leaked to an investigative journalist.
The Vatican has denounced the leaks as criminal and immoral and has opened a three-pronged investigation to get to the bottom of who was responsible.
“The events of recent days about the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness in my heart,” Benedict said at the end of his audience.
But he added: “I want to renew my trust in and encouragement of my closest collaborators and all those who every day, with loyalty and a spirit of sacrifice and in silence, help me fulfill my ministry.”
Few people think Gabriele worked alone, and his promise to cooperate with the investigation has fueled speculation that other might be arrested soon. —AP

DNA Published Date:  May 31, 2012

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VM 008/2012 : BELONGS TO CHURCH, OCCUPIED BY OTHERS/PARISH PRIEST USES CARDINAL TO LEGITIMISE HIS ASSOCIATION WITH TAINTED POLITICIAN.

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                                     VM:    008/2012                                             30TH, May, 2012

 

Hello Friends,

From the title of this article, you must have understood what we are driving at. Recently, it was in the media that two properties of a prominent film personality were sealed, because he defaulted on his commitment to repay the loan, he had obtained by mortgaging these properties. It was his personal matter.

However, the question is, if these properties are situated on the land belonging to Church, which has been leased to a society of Catholics (Name of the society suggests that the members belong to Catholic Community); can the financial institution, in this case, the two banks, approve loans. We have our doubts, and presume violation of the lease agreements. We have therefore, written to Archbishop, Cardinal Oswald Gracias to look into it, and intervene if necessary. Attached letters to Archbishop should enlighten you.

 

Parish of OUR LADY OF EGYPT CHURCH, KALINA; is in the news these days, for all wrong reasons. Official visit of Archbishop, Cardinal Oswald Gracias is embroiled in unnecessary controversy. We are sure; Cardinal’s permission must have not been obtained to put up his photograph along with a tainted politician. However, we are unable to digest Parish Priest’s statement in the media that he was unaware of it. His proximity to the tainted politician is well known. Click on the following link to know more about it.

https://silentmaj.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/vm-0032012-should-the-church-glorify-corrupt-politicians/

https://silentmaj.wordpress.com/2012/03/03/remove-plaques-with-tainted-kripas-name-says-church-members/

 

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It is not difficult to understand that visit of Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias was used by Parish Priest to give legitimacy to his association with Corrupt Politician, which has backfired.

Back to St Vincent D’Paul Church matter; attached below are the letter addressed to Archbishop, together with media reports.

GREG

CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF

 CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL.

 

                                                             Voice  OF A SILENT MAJORITY

Constuted UnderPara 29 of Christifideles Laici

(Post Synodal ApostolicExhortation of H. H.Late Pope John Paul II)

A/7, Rodrigues Compound, Malwani Village, Malad(W), Mumbai,400095.

Contact no. 98707 19628.

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21ST, May, 2012

To,

Most Rev, Cardinal Oswald Gracias,

Archbishop of Bombay;

Your Eminence,

Enclosed is the copy of a media report, appearing in DNA of 16th, May, 2012 related to attachment of property supposed to be belonging to a renown personality; viz, B. R. Chopra. We would not be much concerned about it, if there was no mention about St. Vincent D’ Paul’s Church, Khar, in that report.

Your Eminence, not many were aware, outside the Khar, Bandra belt, or even within, that the land on which the Garden Homes is located, was leased to St. Vincent D’ Paul CHS for Ninety Nine years by St. Vincent D’ Paul’s Church, Khar. Obviously, it must have been for the benefit of Catholics. We therefore wonder how this property landed in the hands of BR Chopra. Has the Society violated the lease agreement? What does this agreement say? It is very crucial to get answers to these questions. We can’t believe that without the knowledge of someone in the authority, the clause in the agreement was violated.

Your Eminence, as per our knowledge, the checks & balances ensure that a Bank cannot ensure a loan on a leased property. If it is true, the Church authorities should intervene and contest the alleged violation of Leased property. We are sure, this is an opportunity to gain control over Church property by revoking lease agreements, which must have been violated by the Lessee, on many occasions, albeit, with connivance with Parish authorities.

This is another of the many Parishes within Archdiocese of Bombay, where Church properties are being plundered by persons at the helm. We therefore, are not surprised and expect you to get to the root of this incident, looking at it as God sent opportunity, to set right, matters related to Church properties.

We shall await your response.

Yours always, in OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,

GREG R. PEREIRA.

CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF

CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL

Attached:       Copy of the media Report.

Bank seals Mahabharat director’s bungalow

Vishwas Waghmode

Film-maker Ravi Chopra’s Khar bungalow has been attached by a private bank for not repaying a Rs3.52-crore loan.
Ravi Chopra, son of film-maker BR Chopra, had directed the Mahabharat television series.
“On May 9, the bank officials sealed the property saying that the owners could not repay the loan,” said a security guard at the bungalow located in Garden Homes in Khar (West).
According to the notice, Kotak Mahindra Bank had issued a demand notice to the borrowers on January 17, to repay Rs3.52 crore (as on December 31, 2011, with further interest and other charges till payment) within 60 days. The borrowers include BR TV, a registered partnership firm, and its partners Ravi Chopra, his wife Renu, sons Kapil and Abhay and Ravi Chopra (HUF) and BR Chopra (HUF).
An official from BR Films refused to comment on the issue.
The land on which the Rs5-crore bungalow located in Garden Homes in Khar (West) stands I belong to the St Vincent De Paul Church. “We have given the land on a 99-year lease to the St Vincent De Paul’s CHS. We are not aware of any property attachment over there. Even the bank officials did not inform us,” said a trustee, who did not want to be named.
The bank has attached the property under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act 2002 and The Security Interest (Enforcement) Rules 2002.
Rohit Rao, head of corporate communications of Kotak Mahindra Bank, said: “We will respond you shortly.”

 

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26th, May, 2012

To,

Most Rev, Cardinal Oswald Gracias,

Archbishop of Bombay;

Sub:    Property belonging to St. Vincent D’Paul Church; Khar.

 

Your Eminence

Further to our letter dated 21st, May, 2012; in relation to subject matter, we would like to draw your attention to another media report in today’s DNA.

Bank authorities have sealed another property, belonging to Chopras, which is situated on the land leased by St, Vincent D’Paul Church, Khar, to St. Vincent D’ Paul CHS.

The previous letter suggests the action required to be taken by the church, in order to protect its interest. We hope the Church authorities have intervened in the matter.

Your Eminence, as Catholics, it is our commitment, to alert you of the matters related to properties, belonging to our Mother Church, which we are doing sincerely. How serious you are about protecting our Mother Church from plunderers of her wealth, only your actions will tell.

Yours always, in OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,

GREG R. PEREIRA.

CATHOLICS FOR TRUTH TRANSPARENCY AND WEEDING OF

CORRUPT PRACTICES AT PARISH LEVEL

Attached:       Copy of the media Report.

Defaulter Ravi Chopra’s second property sealed

Vishwas Waghmode

Filmmaker Ravi Chopra’s other under construction bungalow at Khar (West) has been attached by Cosmos Bank for non-repayment of loan worth approximately Rs61.10 lakh.
Cosmos Bank officials on May 23 struck two possession notices under rule 8 (1) on bungalow number two comprising two flats on the ground and first floor in Garden Homes at Khar. “The bank officials came on Wednesday and sealed the property saying that the owner did not repay the loan within given time,” said a security guard at the bungalow.
According to the notice, Cosmos Bank had issued two demand notices to Ravi Chopra on January 2, asking him to pay Rs67.43 lakh (including further interest till payment) within 60 days.
Cosmos Bank officials confirmed the property attachment but refused to divulge more details. “It was strange to attach the notices on their walls but they have assured us that they will repay the loan soon,” said a bank official.
The bank has attached the property under the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, and the Security Interest (Enforcement) Rules 2002.
Bungalow number two was in question in 2010 for allegedly altering its original building plan and converting the residential property into a commercial property as a studio was being constructed by reportedly merging two bungalows.
The BMC officials from H (West) ward office confirmed that it had issued a stop work order notice then.
On May 16, DNA had reported that Chopra’s bungalow number one, which adjoins bungalow number two, was attached by Kotak Mahindra Bank officials for not repaying the loan of Rs3.52 crore approximately.
The land on which the two bungalows, worth approximately Rs15 to Rs20 crore, are located belong to the St. Vincent De Paul Church, which has given the land on a 99-year lease to the St. Vincent De Paul’s Co-operative Housing Society.
Despite repeated attempts through calls and messages, Kapil Chopra, son of Ravi Chopra, remained unavailable for comment.

Published Date: May 26, 2012

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Archdiocesan Consultation was initially restricted to priests only

Now, focus shifts to ties with laity
 
Ashutosh Shukla

 

 

 

 

 

The Archdiocesan Consultation-November 2012, called by the Cardinal Oswald Gracias and expected to be held from November 12 to 14 at the St. Pius Seminary in Goregaon, is hoping to improve its reach with the laity with ‘relationship’ as one of its key focus areas this year.
Father Gilbert de Lima, coordinator of the working committee of the consultation, said, “We need to see if we are able to reach out to people the way we want to and check how we can reach them better if they have problems.” He added that this year, they have asked Nirmala Niketan to reach out to the community and give us their feedback. Once their report is prepared, the church will seek more data from priests.
The consultation acts like a senate that meets once every ten years. The idea behind such a consultation is to gauge the services of the church and seek feedback from people in order to take corrective measures and better reach the masses. This consultation was first held in 1980 when interactions were mostly between priests. They were later broadened to include the laity. Taking a more holistic approach towards spirituality, better involving the laity and forming a priestly ministry were among the key decisions taken then.
In 2001, the church extended its programme through several activities that focused on family, youth and the marginalized sections, and in 2006, it also organised a mid-term consultation where youth councils were introduced.
Commenting on the consultation, Conrad Saldanha, a member of the working committee and a laity said, “This whole consultation provides us time for reflection and renewal. Relationship is heart of life and so we need to address it.

Published Date:  May 28, 2012

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Pope Benedict XVI: We Must Fight Evil!

Pope Benedict XVI: We Must Fight Evil!
Evil, Posing As Good, Seeks To Destroy The Moral Foundations Of Society!
News.VA, The Vatican Today
English: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition

                             Pope Benedict XVI                             (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

During a lunch with members of the College of Cardinals on Monday to mark the 7th anniversary of his pontificate,

Pope Benedict thanked his closest advisors for all their support during both the joys and the difficulties of his Petrine ministry.
The Pope began by thanking God for the joyous days as well as what he called ‘the dark nights’ and went on to reflect about the presence of evil in the world.
We can see, he said, how evil seeks to dominate our world, through cruelty and violence, but also in more subtle ways, posing as a force for good while destroying the moral foundations of society.
Recalling the old fashioned use of the term ‘the Church militant’, the Pope said we must fight against evil and for this reason it is important to have friends to support us in this struggle.
Recalling also the words of Our Lord, ‘Take heart, I have overcome the world’, Pope Benedict said we are on the Lord’s team and therefore we will be victorious.

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Goa church to put up dress code signs

The church, which houses the relics of St. Francis Xavier, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the year.

Posted on May 27, 2012, 7:48 AM

 

The Vision of St Francis Xavier

The Vision of St Francis Xavier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Panaji:

Goa’s Bom Jesu Basilica plans to put up sign boards on dress code for visitors.

The church, built and managed by Jesuits since 1605 in Old Goa, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the year as it contains the relics of St. Francis Xavier.

Basilica rector Fr. Savio Barretto, told reporters that the decision on the sign boards was taken at a meeting of the church management with the Archaeological Survey of India on Friday.

The sign boards, he added, will request visitor to dress properly rather than impose a ban on scantily-dressed visitors. Such a ban might offend the visitors, Fr. Barretto said.

The Jesuit priest said his parishioners had protested the “inappropriately” dressed tourists, who usually come during Masses. Some even suggested barring such tourists from the church, he added.

“First, we will install the sign-board and see,” he said. The church would take care to use the right words on the sign-board that do not hurt tourists.

The church officials have recruited some people to check tourists and their dresses.

The first to impose dress code in Goa were two Hindu temples, Shree Manguesh temple (Mangueshi) and Mahalsa Narayani Temple (Mardol).

Source: zeenews.india.com

Dress Code , Bom Jesus , Goa , Sign Boards , Basilica
St Francis Xavier

St Francis Xavier (Photo credit: Fergal of Claddagh)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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