OFFICIAL – APPOINTMENTS VI – 2018, Archdiocese of Bombay,

OFFICIAL – APPOINTMENTS VI
MAY 31, 2018

Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gracias: to be on the Staff of St Pius College, Goregaon (E)

Fr Cajetan Simoes : to be Parish Priest, Infant Jesus Church, Dombivli

Fr Calistus Fernandes : to be Priest-in-charge, St Francis Xavier Church, Mahad
(and not as previously announced)

Fr Benedict Kerketta OPraem : to continue as Parish Priest, St Joseph the Worker Church, Bandra (E) (and not as previously announced)

Fr Elton Namory : to be Secretary to the Archbishop of Bombay

Fr Emmanuel K. T. : Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Marriage Tribunal, to be Additional Secretary to the Archbishop of Bombay

Fr Lester Vaz : to be associate Judicial Vicar of the Metropolitan Marriage Tribunal

Fr Shavito Correia : to be Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Bombay with residence at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Mazagaon while continuing as Judge, Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal

Fr Cleophas Fernandes : to be Director, Snehalaya, Family Service Centre, Mahim while continuing to be Parish Priest at St Pius Church, Mulund (W)

Fr Cajetan Menezes : to be Director, Kripa Foundation while continuing to reside at Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar

Fr Savio Rodrigues : to be Moderator of Collegians at Our Lady’s Home Training Centre, Dadar (E)

Fr Prashant Padu : to be on the Staff of St Pius College, Goregaon (E)

Fr Dilip Donke SFX : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Ambernath

Fr Johnson Sequeira Fernandes SFX: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Ambernath

Fr Hendrick Itur : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Nazareth Church, Bhayandar

Fr Steven Kika : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Malad (W)
(and not as previously announced)

Fr Carlton Kinny : to be Assistant, Infant Jesus Church, Dombivli

Fr Jodman Pereira : to be Assistant, St Francis Xavier Church, Mahad
(and not as previously announced)

Fr Donald Rodrigues : to be Assistant, St. Thomas Church, Goregaon (E)

Fr Sleeva Raju Bondala :(on loan from Vijaywada diocese) to be Assistant, Our Lady of Egypt Church,Kalina

Fr Joseph Gorumuchu : (on loan from Vijaywada diocese) to be Assistant, Infant Jesus Church, Ghatkopar (E)

Fr Milton Gonsalves : to be on the Staff, Holy Cross Church, Kurla

Fr Ivan Mascarenhas : to be in residence at Sacred Heart Church, Worli

Fr Bismark Fernandes SFX: to be on the Staff, Sacred Heart Church, Roha

Fr L. Jerome Vungbiakdika: (from Aizawl diocese) to assist at the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal, with residence at St Joseph Church, Colaba

Fr Biju Thomas : (from Shimoga diocese) to assist at the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal, with residence at St John the Evangelist Church, Fort

Fr Mathew Mattathil CST: to be in residence at St Francis Xavier Church, Dabul while pursuing studies for Masters in Social Work

Fr Pravin D’Souza : deputed for specialization in Theology, Rome

Fr Walter D’Souza : deputed for specialization in Scripture studies

Fr Jervis D’Souza : released for service as Deputy Secretary General, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, New Delhi

The above appointments take effect from June 1, 2018

(concluded)

Oswald Cardinal Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay

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Lay Catholics express solidarity with Delhi Archbishop;

The persecution of Christians is at its height, in almost every state with Tamil Nadu, now in a total anarchy, the statement said.

BISHOP ANIL COUTTO

India’s largest lay Catholic organization, The All India Catholic Union, has expressed solidarity with Archbishop Anil Couto ofDelhi, who is being accused of trying to tarnish the image of India after he launched campaign to pray for peace in the country.

The Catholic union in a statement May 24 expressed solidarity with Archbishop Couto and commended “his courage, integrity and spiritual strength in calling attention to this rising tide of targeted violence against Dalits and religious minorities.”

In a pastoral letter read out on May 13 in all the national capital’s parishes, Archbishop Couto called on Catholics in his archdiocese to start a campaign of prayer and Friday fasting ahead of elections in due in April 2019.

The Archbishop’s letter sparked a political controversy after Hindu groups accused the prelate of undermining Indian interests and working with the Vatican to tarnish the government’s image.

The following is the full text of statement issued by its president Lancy D Cunha and John Dayal, its spokesman and former President.

MODI GOVERNMENT TRYING TO DIVIDE, COERCE CHURCH; AICU SOLIDARITY WITH DELHI ARCHBISHOP ANIL COUTO

The All India Catholic Union expresses serious concern at attempts by the Union government, the ruling party and its ideological affiliates as well as a section of the media, to divide the Christian churches, pitting bishop against bishop, and targeting individual religious leaders who dare speak of the multiple threats posed to India’s democracy and its secular and plural character.

This malicious exercise wants national and world attention to shift from state violence against the people as in the police sniper fire in Tuticorin which killed 11 persons, including several Catholics, inured a priest and other innocents protesting the expansion of a dangerous Sterlite plant which will poison underground water resources of the community. This plant is owned by the powerful Vedanta group, one of the several crony capitalists who have the benign support of the government. AICU demands arrest of the police officers and their trial for this unprovoked violence. Police had not fired at upper caste miscreants who burnt and looted government property during violence in Rajasthan, Haryana and other northern states. Any self-respecting chief minister would have resigned in such a situation.

As the largest and oldest movement of lay Christians in the country, the AICU is deeply concerned at the government’s failure to condemn and contain the threats to freedoms of faith, livelihood and expression in the country. Our beloved land has been ravaged by caste violence. Dalits have been beaten to death in several states of the country. Dalits and Muslims have been lynched from Assam to Rajasthan on mere suspicion of eating beef or transporting cattle.

The persecution of Christians is at its height, in almost every state with Tamil Nadu, now in a total anarchy, topping in communal violence too. State impunity and often the collusion of local police and civil officials aggravates the situation. Police routinely file cases against the victims, even against relatives of people who have been beaten to death.

As followers of Christ who taught us to love everyone as we would love our brother, we cannot close our eyes when our citizens, who are among the poorest of the poor and are ostracized for their caste origins and religious affiliations, are being targeted and often beaten or hanged to death in full public view. The killers film the murder as if were an act of valor. The police look on. Ruling party members often take out processions seeking the release of the guilty. The rape of the shepherd child in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir state, is the most heinous such act. Government has admitted to the death of 111 persons in822acts of communal violence in 2017. As we go towards the 2019 general elections, communal forces widen the polarisation by communal violence. It is crystal clear as to who benefits from the polarisation.

The Catholic Union stands in solidarity with Archbishop Anil Couto of the Delhi Latin Catholic Archdiocese and commends his courage, integrity and spiritual strength in calling attention to this rising tide of targeted violence against Dalits and religious minorities. Archbishop Anil has been hounded since his letter to his clergy asking his people to pray for the people, and to keep a special fast every Friday seeking blessings for India and peace in the land. We demand of every Bishop in India to issue such call for prayer for the country. We hope religious heads of all communities will also join in these prayers.

The Catholic Union had, in fact, organised such a prayer meeting In Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, earlier this. Alarmed at the very large number of incidents of violence against the Christian community in India in 2017, and specially in Madhya Pradesh, religious leaders of the Hindu, Muslim and other religions had come out strongly in support of the minority community, demanding that the government take strict and urgent action against the groups responsible for such mayhem. Acharya Sushil Goswami and Indore Shahar Quazi Mohammad Ishrat Ali had then led a galaxy of religious leaders of Madhya Pradesh who spoke out against communal and extremist forces targeting the Christian and other minority groups. We hope to organise more such meeting.

The Catholic Union has heard Central tourism minister Alphons Kannanatham saying that no Christian has been persecuted in the Modi regime. Mr. Alphons has also led the government brigade targeting Archbishop Anil Couto. Ministers have their compulsions. He must answer his own conscience. As must leaders of the Church who have been coerced or persuaded to issue certificates to the central government. The Church cannot close its eyes to violence against other marginalised communities even if not a single Christian is harmed, the Catholic Union affirms.

The Catholic Union has consistently decried the growing misuse of religion, religious symbols and places in the political discourse. We note with regret the increasing tendency of religious leaders to seek votes and support for the Central government and the ruling party in elections. Religious heads must educate their communities and the citizens large on strengthening the democratic traditions, including religious freedom and human rights, participation in the electoral. Religion must infuse Truth, Morality, Ethics, in the body politic, and not be divisive, incite violence or polarize people.

The Catholic Union has been in the forefront of the rights of Dalits and Tribals, specially those professing the Christian faith. AICU has filed a writ in the Supreme court together with others demanding Scheduled Case rights for Dalits professing the Christian Faith. We hope the courts will take a decision at an early date as this impacts the civic and human rights of a large number of people in the community.

Courtesy: UCANews

OFFICIAL: APPOINTMENTS V – 2018; Archdiocese of Bombay;

OFFICIAL: APPOINTMENTS V
MAY 25, 2018

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Fr Ronald Fernandes CSC: to be Parish Priest, St Louis Church, Dahisar
(this appointment takes effect from July 8, 2018)

Fr Sunil Martin D’Souza OP: to be Priest-in-charge, Our Lady of the Forsaken Church, Ghansoli

Fr Leslie Almeida: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar (W)

Fr Manuel Fernandes OFM Cap: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Kirol

Fr Oscar Gonsalves to be Assistant, St Francis Xavier Church, Kanjur

Fr Vernon M. Aguiar: to be on the Staff, Holy Family Church, Pestom Sagar

Fr Simon Borges: to be on the Staff, St Michael Church, Mahim

Fr Victor Dalmet: to be on the Staff, Our Lady of the Sea Church, Uttan

Fr Michael C. D’Costa: to be on the Staff, St Stephen Church, Cumballa Hill

Fr Elias D’Cunha: to be on the Staff, St Joseph Church, Vikhroli

Fr Philip Falcao: to be on the Staff, St John the Evangelist Church, Marol

Fr Hilary Fernandes: to be on the Staff, Our Lady of the Sea Church, Uttan

Fr L M George: to be on the Staff, Our Lady of Health Church, Sahar

Fr Albert Gonsalves: to be on the Staff, Our Lady of Egypt Church, Kalina

Fr Sanjeev P. Pereira: to be on the Staff, St Francis Xavier Church, Vile Parle

Fr Walter Pinto: to be on the Staff, Sacred Heart Church, Santa Cruz

Fr Joel Savio Fernandes: (newly ordained) to be Assistant, Our Lady of Salvation Church, Dadar

Fr Savio Dominic Lobo: (newly ordained) to be Assistant, Good Shepherd Church, Andheri (W)

Fr Joseph Valliampoikayill: (newly ordained) to be Assistant at, Our Lady of Nazareth Church, Bhayandar (W)

Fr Evan D’Souza: on Sabbatical Leave

Fr Conrad Saldanha : on Sabbatical Leave

The above appointments unless stated otherwise takes effect from June 1, 2018

(To be continued)

Oswald Cardinal Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay

APPOINTMENTS IV – 2018; Archdiocese of Bombay;

OFFICIAL – APPOINTMENTS IV
MAY 18, 2018

 

Fr Lawrence Ferrao SJ: to be Parish Priest, St Anne Church, Mazagaon

Fr Solomon Rapol SDB: to be Parish Priest, St John Bosco Church, Borivli (W)

Fr Sabu Thomas O. Praem: to be Parish Priest, St Joseph the Worker Church, Bandra (E)

Fr Anthony V. D’Souza SJ: to be Assistant, St Peter Church, Bandra (W)

Fr Cyril D’Souza O. Praem: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Visitation Church, Nerul

Fr Francis Fernandes SDB: to be Assistant, St Dominic Savio Church, Wadala (E)

Fr John Froz SJ: to be Assistant, St Peter Church, Bandra (W)

Fr Aloysius Furtado SDB: to be Assistant, St John Bosco Church, Borivli (W)

Fr Madri Raj Kumar HGN: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Health of Velankanni Church, Irla (and not as previously announced)

Fr Yesu K. Magimaidoss CPPS: to be Assistant, St Teresa Church, Girgaum

Fr Diego Nunes SDB: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala (W)

(To be continued)

The above appointments take effect from June 1, 2018

Oswald Cardinal Gracias
Archbishop of Bombay

Anger over adoption plan for ancient Goa religious sites

BJP-run government move to allow private companies to maintain monuments sparks privatization fears.

Church leaders in Goa are upset over a federal government plan to offer ancient religious sites to private companies for maintenance under its new “Adopt a Heritage” tourism project.

The project launched last September by the government, run by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), plans to entrust heritage sites across India to private firms for the development of tourist amenities.

Six heritage sites in former Portuguese colony Goa, including the Basilica of Bom Jesus that holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier, have been listed for adoption but the state government was not consulted, local media reported.

The state government, which is also run by the BJP, has been kept completely in the dark about the plan, state Archives Minister Vijai Sardesai said.

Sites in Old Goa, the 16th century Portuguese capital, are assets of the state, and the church has to be taken into confidence, he said.

Church leaders are equally upset after learning about the plan from the media.

“It pains me to know that our religious monuments are in danger of being privatized, reducing significantly their universal ownership,” said Father Victor Ferrao, professor of philosophy at Rachol Major Seminary.

“I can’t think of the possibility that entry into holy spaces would be priced.”

The move will “reduce the sanctity of churches,” according to Alex Reginaldo Lourenco, a Catholic member of the state legislative assembly.

Pradeep Padgaonkar of the Aam Aadmi Party Aam (common man’s party) told ucanews.com that the move shows that BJP governments “cannot protect our monuments and want to sell them to outsiders. They cannot protect our land, our rivers and our rights.”

Last month, the Ministry of Tourism signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dalmia Bharat Group to adopt New Delhi’s iconic Red Fort and Gandikota Fort in Kadapa district of Andhra Pradesh under the project.

However, tourism expert Francisco de Bragança told ucanews.com that it is international practice for governments to seek corporate help but “adequate safeguards” need to be incorporated, especially in selecting the agency.

“There is a need to tread carefully as regards religious monuments and to adopt a consultative approach,” he said.

In recent years, the state government has allowed two forts to be removed from state administration. The Reis Magos Fort off Mandovi estuary has had a dramatic facelift after it was handed over to the U.K.-based Helen Hamlyn Trust. Tiracol Fort on the northern edge of Goa has been entrusted with a hotelier.

Savio Messais, a tourism enthusiast, welcomed the move, saying maintenance of heritage sites “cannot be left to the inefficiencies of the government. Left with government, they will be maintained like government offices where even toilets are not well kept.”

However, Messias said the project should be subject to local sensibilities and restrictions.

Goa has several ancient church buildings but the Archeological Survey of India, which is authorized to maintain ancient sites, has declared some as “dead monuments” where religious services are not permitted despite protests from local Catholics over a decade ago.

Source: UCAN

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