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posted Nov 9, 2017, 2:16 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 2:17 AM ]

Beatification of Sr Rani Maria

Martyred Indian Sr Rani Maria, who was slain by an assassin 22 years ago in central India, was proclaimed a Blessed at a beatification ceremony during Holy Mass in Indore, in central India's Madhya Pradesh state on Saturday, November 4.

All four Indian Cardinals, the Apostolic Nuncio to India, nearly 50 Bishops and hundreds of Priests, Sisters and lay faithful participated in the solemn ceremony.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the Beatification Mass. In his homily, he described Sr Rani Maria as one who lived and died preaching the gospel of charity and defending the poor. 


Salesian chief meets Uzhunnalil family

The head of the Salesians of Don Bosco met with the family of Fr Uzhunnalil (the Indian priest who was released in September after 18 months in Islamic militants' captivity) on November 5.

Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the second largest Catholic religious order for men, who arrived in Kochi, Kerala a day earlier, met with the family as his first engagement of his week-long programme in India. Fr Artime is accompanied by Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, South Asia Region councillor, Fr Artime's secretary Fr Horacio López.


Faithful go green on All Souls Day

The faithful chose to go green for All Souls Day, largely keeping away from plastic, while decorating the graves of their loved ones.

The appeal from the Archdiocese's Caritas Goa and the Council for Social Justice and Peace to reduce plastic, circulated to all churches and chapels, was read out to parishioners during the announcements during Mass on Sunday, Oct. 29, and during the daily services in the run up to Thursday, November 2.

Adhering to the appeal, the faithful ensured they separated plastic from the bouquets of flowers before entering the cemetery. 


Unification of churches stressed at Indian symposium

Church leaders at an ecumenical symposium in Kolkata, have stressed the need for Christian unification, as they studied the Protestant Reformation which challenged the 16th century Catholic Church to amend its ways.

"This symposium on unification of the Churches is very significant. What unites us in Christ is greater than what divides us," said Jesuit Fr Felix Raj, principal of Kolkata's St Xavier's College at the symposium called 'Revisiting the Reformation'.

The programme marked the first anniversary of the Joint Declaration for the Joint Commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which Pope Francis and Bishop Munib Yunan, President of the Lutheran World Federation, signed on Oct. 13, 2016 in Lund, in Sweden. 


Be Authentic: Boscom South Asia General Assembly

The General Assembly of Boscom South Asia held at Don Bosco Institute of Communication Arts, Chennai concluded on November 5, with a brief send-off for Fr Filiberto González, the General Councillor for Social Communication.

"We are all called to be like Don Bosco - authentic, passionate and creative in our communication ministry," Fr Filiberto told the gathering in his two-day conference. "Our identity is to be like Don Bosco - evangelisers, educators and communicators. Being is different from doing and appearing. It entails listening, dialoguing, working in a team, being authentic and transparent. At times, silence is the best form of communication."


New SSP Provincial Superior

Rev. Fr Varghese Gnalian is the new Provincial Superior of the Indian Province of the Society of St Paul. He assumed the responsibility during the 17th Provincial Chapter held in Bengaluru from October 29 to November 7, 2017, with the theme "I do everything for the Gospel."(1 Cor 9:23)