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posted May 18, 2017, 7:46 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 18, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

Archdiocese of Goa consecrated to Immaculate Heart of Mary

The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, even as Pope Francis travelled to Fatima in Portugal to lead the centenary celebrations of the apparitions of Mary in that town.

As Catholics the world over celebrated the centenary of the apparition of Mary to the three shepherds at Fatima on May 13, 1971 in the midst of World War I, in Goa, the World Apostolate of Fatima (Goa unit) in collaboration with the Archdiocese, celebrated the anniversary of the apparition with a special programme at the Se Cathedral, Old Goa. 


Padma Bhushan Award winner priest dies

Gabriel Chiramel CMI, an Indian priest, and the winner of the Padma Bhushan in 2007 for his contribution to education and literature died at the age of 102, on May 11, 2017 at the Amala Institute of Medical Sciences campus, where he was staying towards the latter part of his life.

The Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, given for distinguished service of a high order, service in any field including service rendered by Government servants, as well as public sector undertakings. Then President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, had presented the Padma Bhushan to Fr Gabriel Chiramel CMI at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 23, 2007.


RIP, Fr Veliparambil!

Msgr George Veliparambil, a former President and Secretary of the Indian Catholic Press Association passed away on May 15, 2017 in his house at Cheranalloor. He was a pioneer priest-journalist. He was the Managing Editor of the Kerala Times daily for a number of years. He was a big support to SAR News as ICPA Secretary.

An absolutely energetic and hardworking media savvy priest, he was vocal and fearless in defending the Church. In spite of failing health and eye problems, his mind was sharp and he was cheerful to the end. 

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Focolare Movement for unity and peace among the young

Promoting unity, peace and solidarity among young people belonging to different religions in India: this is the aim of a series of events that the Focolare Movement in India has organised in May, especially to strengthen the path of interreligious dialogue. The theme of the special week, celebrated by young Focolare people at an international level, was "Change your heart to change the world".

Young people in India, reported Valentino, a lay consecrated of the Focolare in Mumbai, have promoted events, public meetings, conferences and cultural debates, common actions to testify that "a united world is possible", leaving a tangible sign of this unity in the cities involved, across the nation.


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Bishops felicitate envoy to Netherlands

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) felicitated Venu Rajamony, who has been appointed as the Indian Ambassador to the Netherlands. He is currently the Press Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Fr Joseph Chinnayyan, the deputy Secretary General of the bishops' office, met Rajamony on May 11, wishing him success in his posting as Indian Envoy to the Netherlands.

A 1986 Indian Foreign Service batch officer, Rajamony is expected to take up his assignment shortly.


First full-length feature film directed by an Indian nun

Sr Jiya, a member of the Medical Sisters of St Joseph (MSJ) order in Kerala, has become the first nun in India to direct a feature film.

Cinema was not exactly Sr Jiya's field of expertise. She never learnt the craft of filmmaking, didn't plan to be associated with the industry or even bothered to spend much time watching films. Yet, she is now the writer-director of a full-length Malayalam feature film.

Ente Vellithooval, the two-and-a-half hour long film which is all set to hit the screens, stands proof of Sr Jiya's immense dedication and relentless hard work for over a year. The nun is the in-charge of the lab at St Sebastian's Hospital in Cherupuzha, Kannur.