26 Letters

posted Nov 28, 2018, 5:38 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 28, 2018, 5:38 AM ]

Pope Francis on Sacred Music

Sir, On November 24, 2018, Pope Francis addressed over 8,000 singers and musicians who attended an international meeting of choirs at the Vatican on November 23-25. It was the third edition of the conference on 'Music in the Liturgy, and Catechesis for the New Evangelization'. It was presented by Msgr Marco Frisina, a renowned composer and founder and director of the choir of the Diocese of Rome.

"Liturgical and sacred music can be a powerful instrument of evangelization, because it gives people a glimpse of the beauty of Heaven! You witness to the profoundness of the Word of God, which touches the hearts of the people, and allows a meaningful celebration of the Holy Eucharist!"

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Safety of Women is the need of the hour

Sir, Many poets have called women 'The Crown of Creation' and rightly so. It is due to women that the human race replenishes itself. Take away women, and the human race will die out! So important is she!

Yet, in many countries, including our own, women are looked down upon as the weaker sex, and are made into soft targets to satisfy the baser instincts of men. Most people thought that after the huge public outcry following the gruesome rape and torture of young Nirbhaya in December 2012, things might change, but to our horror, August 27, 2013 saw the rape and torture of a young journalist in our "safe" Mumbai. This was followed by the kidnap, rape and burning of young Esther in November.

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Healthcare for the poor

Sir, This refers to "Pope's surprise visit to First Aid station" (Examiner dated Nov. 24-30). We understand that this initiative, supported by the Pontifical Council for promoting New Evangelization, aims to offer medical attention to those most in need. As per reports, in India, there is one government allopathic doctor for every 10,189 people, one government hospital bed for every 2,046 people, and one state-run hospital for every 90,343 people. In spite of higher disease and mortality rates, the poor and minority group sectors make fewer visits to physicians, and are less likely to receive personal health counselling or preventive services than those at higher income levels. Hospital admissions are as high for the poor, however, and tend to be for longer lengths of stay. >>>

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Pope: Kingdom of God is Love!

Sir, On the Solemnity of Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Pope Francis reflected on the Kingdom of God, from the Gospel Reading (John 18:33-37).

"The Kingdom of God takes its power from the strength of Christ's love, not from the strength of the sword. History shows that kingdoms built on the power of arms do not last. But the Kingdom of God is founded on His love, rooted in human hearts, giving peace, freedom and the fullness of life to those who welcome it."

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Being an IAS officer...

Sir, 'IAS officer who takes on politicians shunted again'; this was a disturbing report in the newspapers (Mumbai Mirror) on November 22, 2018. The officer concerned is Tukaram Mundhe, known for his honesty and uprightness. He has been transferred from his post of Nashik Municipal Commissioner, after severe opposition reportedly from politicians. The report further says that this is his 12th transfer in 13 years, and fourth since May 2016.

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