Appeal By Fr. Austin Norris, Parish Priest of St. Anthony’s Church, Malwani; to the Parishioners.

Well dear Parishioners,

The stage is set for our Memorandum against the MCGM and their notice to our Church to give land for road widening. We have made our objections to the respective authorities over the past two years, but they seem to bull-doze our objections. We have now embarked on a signature campaign, which we request ALL our parishioners to sign – each member of every family. Our PPC Co-ordinators and SCC Animators, will come to your doorstep for this campaign. PLEASE DO CO-OPERATE AND JOIN HANDS TO DO OUR VERY BEST TO HELP US SAVE OUR CHURCH LANDS. May St. Anthony our Patron, intercede for us. Amen…!!!

(Fr. Austin Norris- Parish Priest)
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Does the media know the Pope better than the Pope does?

All too often, the media adds its own reasons to explain the Pope’s and the Church’s actions; reasons which are often biased.

Posted on October 24, 2012, 2:56 PM

United States:I was at a meeting of a journalism fellowship program I’m part of this weekend. We heard from Sam Feist, CNN’s Washington DC bureau chief.

So, earlier in his career, he’d written some copy for the on-air talent to read for that night’s show. The line was something like “Clinton believes that the tax bill will pass.” The guy who was supposed to read the line — he happened to be an old-school journalist with little time for silliness — excoriated him. He told Feist that a reporter can never know what a politician thinks, believes or feels. The reporter can only know what the politician says.

Politicians might be telling you something for any number of reasons. It might be because they believe it. It might be because they want to send a particular message to the opposition or to the ground troops. It might be for any number of reasons. But a reporter can’t know what someone believes. He can only know what the source says. (The old-school journalist said this rule goes double for buildings, such as “The White House believes” or “The Vatican is hoping.”)

Good reporting might be able to put the quote in context, but it’s important that the reporter start by going with what the source says.

I thought of that when I read the first paragraph of this Associated Press story on big news in the Roman Catholic Church this weekend:

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Some 80,000 pilgrims in flowered lei, feathered headdresses and other traditional garb flooded St. Peter’s Square on Sunday as Pope Benedict XVI added seven more saints onto the roster of Catholic role models in a bid to reinvigorate the faith in parts of the world where it’s lagging.

This seems to be a variation of the “believes” edict from above. Unless the Catholic Church has stated that they canonized these seven saints just to “reinvigorate the faith in parts of the world where it’s lagging,” why would the reporter say that?

Later we’re told:

The canonization coincided with a Vatican meeting of the world’s bishops on trying to revive Christianity in places where it’s fallen by the wayside.

At first it was just lagging. Now we’re talking about those places in the world where Christianity has completely fallen by the wayside!

Source: Patheos

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Priest accused of abusing minor

Allegations prompt revenge attack.

Posted on October 25, 2012, 8:35 AM

Chennai:Police in Tamil Nadu are investigating a case in which a Claretian parish priest allegedly sexually abused a 12-year-old Sri Lankan refugee girl, prompting a revenge attack.

Father Amaladoss, 49, a priest in St. Anthony’s parish, Indalaparai, is recovering in a hospital in Madurai after he was beaten by a group of Sri Lankan refugees on Friday.

They accuse Fr Amaladoss of abusing one of his fifth-grade students at a primary school where he teaches in Adiyanoorthu refugee camp, a temporary home for thousands of Tamils who fled Sri Lanka’s civil war.

The girl’s family has filed a complaint with police.

“We are in dialogue with both parties to resolve the issue,” said Father Arockiaswamy, Vicar-General of Dindigual diocese in which Sindalaipaarai parish is located.

Fr. Amaladoss has sought anticipatory bail from local courts.


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BMC to take church’s land, parishioners upset

The BMC has asked the Our Lady of Assumption church in Kandivli to surrender 0.5m to 4m of land.

Posted on October 22, 2012, 8:40 AM



The Bombay Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) decision to take 5m area of a 150-year-old church as a setback for the Poisar river-widening project has upset its parishioners.

The BMC has asked the Our Lady of Assumption church in Kandivli to surrender 0.5m to 4m of land at various points along the boundary wall in lieu of compensatory floor space index (FSI) for the church.

Apart from losing the playground in front of the church, what is upsetting parishioners more is that the society opposite the river, in which former deputy mayor Shailaja Girkar resides, has been asked to surrender only 1m land.

Churchgoers say they don’t have a problem with surrendering the land as it is for public welfare, but their issue is with the exception being made to the society.

The society was served a notice a year back and the church was served a notice after the retaining wall on the society’s side had been constructed.

“According to the law, all the affected parties should be served the notice together and before the commencement of the project,” said Lennon Miranda, a parishioner.

The project is being undertaken as part of the Brimstowad project, which began after the 2005 deluge in the city to augment the holding capacity of the river.

Ubicación del Distrito urbano R-S de Kandivli ...

Ubicación del Distrito urbano R-S de Kandivli en Mumbai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Civic officials have said that the setback area for the church is more as compared to the society due to the flow of the river.

“We are trying to train the river, widen it and construct a retaining wall around it. For this, we need different sizes of land along the river’s path and in exchange for the project, FSI will be given to the church,” said a civic official.

The church authorities say that they don’t need the extra FSI and that they will discuss the issue with other parishioners on Sunday to decide their next plan of action.


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Two acquitted in priest’s murder case

Father Peter Bombacha was found murdered at his first-floor residence in Mumbai.

Posted on October 22, 2012, 8:53 AM


A Court in Mumbai acquitted two tribal youth, accused of killing a retired priest in Vasai in 2010 for want of evidence.

The court also pulled up the Thane rural police for its shoddy investigation in the murder of Father Peter Bombacha.

Bombacha, 75, was found murdered at his first-floor residence, where he stayed alone, at Barampur in Vasai (W) on April 29, 2010.

The ground floor of the premises housed a chapel, where people prayed in the mornings.

Fr. Bombacha had 13 stab wounds on his body and a pair of scissor was stuffed into his mouth.

On November 1, 2010, the Thane rural police’s local crime branch arrested two tribal daily wage laborers Subhash Kakad, 20, and Rajesh Kakad, 20 from Vikramgad in connection with the case.

The police claimed that the two, who had begun construction work in the prayer hall four days before the murder, killed Bombacha while cleaning out the house.

According to police, Subhash stole holy vessels—a brass chalice and monstrance, which he assumed to be made of gold to fund his wedding.

Rajesh was accused of aiding the murder.

Defence counsel Santosh Khale told the court that the police claim that the gold-plated brass monstrance and chalice were missing from the prayer center was false as the witnesses had mentioned that monstrance was present after the murder.

The police in their charge sheet had said the holy vessels were found buried near Subhash’s house.

Judicial magistrate R M Joshi expressed surprise as to how the police had failed to obtain the fingerprints of the accused, if they had opened the door with the keys thrown by Bombacha.

Source: times of india

English: Map of Bassein(Vasai), a important to...

Map of Bassein(Vasai). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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