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posted Jan 4, 2019, 8:24 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 8:24 AM ]

Christmas treat for street children

Rag Dreams' Weavers Association (RDWA), a non-profit organisation that works to connect youth to bring change in the lives of children in street situations through education, has given an innovative meaning to the celebration of Christmas.

The NGO, in collaboration with LA'CHEF Restaurant, Maris Road, Aligarh, gave people a chance to have their Christmas food with children and to interact with them to understand their lives on the street. For the children, it was their first time eating in a restaurant like any other customer, and for others, it was their first time eating and building a friendship with these children.


Annual feast of Infant Jesus

The Carmelite Friars and Brothers of Pushpashrama have decided to hold the Annual Feast of the Infant Jesus on the First Sunday of January - January 6, 2019. The Feast Day Masses are as follows: 6:45 am Malayalam; 8:15 am English; 9:30 am Konkani; 10:45 am Tamil; 12 noon Kannada. At 1 pm, there will be a Healing Prayer Service for the sick and Lunch. The Festal Solemn Mass is at 4:30 pm, followed by a candlelight procession. 


Celebrate Christmas enshrined in Indian values

"Christmas should help people lead lives with values like 'samvedana' (sensitivity) and 'karuna' (compassion), which form the ethos of Indian civilisation," said Goa's Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao in his annual civic reception address. The civic reception, held at the Bishop's House in Panaji on December 28, was attended by top functionaries of the state, including Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, ministers and bureaucrats, among others.


Archbishop Machado joins survey on urban homeless

Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore joined a survey being conducted on the urban homeless in Bengaluru, capital of the southern Indian state of Karnataka.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike assigned the responsibility of conducting the survey in the West and South Zones of Bengaluru to the NGOs under the leadership of Fr Edward Thomas, founder of Dream India Network that looks after hundreds of children in foster homes in Karnataka. Dream India Network and Impact India Consortium jointly conducted the survey in different parts of Bengaluru city, in association with 35 voluntary organisations.

Archbishop Machado joined the group for a night survey; he visited the urban homeless at Kalasipalyam temple and the Naada Prabhu Kempegowda Railway station. He gave a patient hearing to the residents' struggle and covered people sleeping in the cold weather with blankets.


Four Kandhamal survivors ordained Capuchin priests

Four survivors of the worst anti-Christian violence in modern India were ordained as Capuchin priests on December 27.

"God chose you like Moses to be faithful and responsible to lead the people," Bishop Sarat Chandra Nayak of Berhampur, who led the ordination ceremony, told the newly ordained during his homily.

Around 1,500 people, including 47 priests and 20 nuns, attended the ceremony at Mary Mata Parish, Simonbadi, Kandhamal district under Cuttack-Bhubaneswar archdiocese of Odisha state. The venue of the ordination ceremony was 12 km from Arundaya Capuchin Ashram Minor Seminary at Barokhoma that was attacked twice during the 2007-2008 anti-Christian violence that engulfed the Kandhamal district.