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posted Jan 22, 2019, 1:39 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 22, 2019, 1:40 AM ]

New Delhi
New bishop for Tuticorin

Pope Francis appointed Fr Stephen Antony Pillai as the new bishop of Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu on January 17.

Pope Francis has also accepted the resignation of Bishop Yvon Ambroise from the pastoral care of Tuticorin diocese, according to Canon 401§ 1 on reaching the age limit. Bishop Ambroise will be the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese until the new bishop takes over.


Synod approves canonisation processfor congregation founders

The Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church, which is going on at the St Thomas Mount, Kakkanad, has approved the process of canonisation of Msgr Joseph Kandathil, the founder of Assisi Sisters of Mary Immaculate (ASMI), and Fr Varkey Kattarath, the founder of the Vincentian Congregation.

Msgr Kandathil was known for his work among leprosy patients, which earned him the name 'Kerala Damien'. Msgr Kandathil, born in 1904 in Chembu near Vaikom, was ordained in 1933. He established a leprosy hospital in Cherthala in 1942, and ASMI in 1949. He passed away in December 1991.


Sr Lidwin Fernandes appointed CCBI Women's Commission Secretary

Rev. Sr Lidwin Fernandes (42), from the North Province of Ursuline Franciscan Sisters (UFS), has been appointed as the Executive Secretary for the CCBI Commission for Women. Sr Lidwin was born on July 18, 1977 in Mangalore, Karnataka. She joined the Congregation of Ursuline Franciscan Sisters and made her first profession on April 4, 1999 and her final profession on April 5, 2005. She holds a BA in Arts and Education and a Master's degree in history. She has diplomas in Youth Ministry and Bible.


Public hearing on 2008 anti-Christian attacks

Nearly 10,000 people marked the 10th anniversary of the worst anti-Christian violence in India's history by attending a public hearing on the Kandhamal attacks. The Jan. 12 meeting involved Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, whose family was personally affected by the attacks.

A series of riots led by radical Hindus left roughly 100 people dead, thousands injured, 300 churches and 6,000 homes destroyed, and 50,000 people displaced, many forced to hide in nearby forests, where several more died of hunger and snakebites.

Barwa's own niece, a Servite nun, was gang-raped during the violence, and then paraded naked through the village in a final act of humiliation. A local priest, Fr Thomas Chellan, who served along with her in Kandhamal, was savagely beaten.

Barwa said the public hearing was in order to "express our closeness to the victims of the violence in the Kandhamal district."


New Delhi
150th birth anniversary of Venerable Fr Agnelo D'Souza

Three Bishops, over 25 priests, religious sisters and hundreds of faithful joined in the 150th Birth anniversary celebrations of Venerable Fr Agnelo at the Sacred heart Cathedral, New Delhi.

Archbishop William D'Souza of Patna who was the main celebrant at the Solemn High Mass recalled that Fr Agnelo, with his asceticism and saintliness, inspired people to come to the Lord. Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, and a member of the Society of Pilar, in his homily described how Fr Agnelo received his faith from his mother, who entrusted the family into the hands of the Heavenly Mother, even as she was on her death-bed, knowing she was leaving behind very young children. He emphasised the need for mothers to impart the faith to their children. Bishop Ignatius Mascarenhas, the Bishop of Shimla-Chandigarh, appreciated the Pilar Fathers for their hard work in very remote and difficult areas.


First marriage under CSI's 'Green Wedding' protocol

When Anjay and Nisha, a young couple from Kerala, were married at St Thomas' Church in Punnackadu, last month, they planted saplings as part of the Church of South India's new 'Green Wedding' protocol. The couple were the first to be married in the CSI, since the Green Protocol for Green Discipleship policy, which includes weddings, was agreed by the CSI Synod in December. In addition to the planting of saplings instead of the traditional lighting of a lamp, couples are encouraged to avoid plastic bottles at their reception by serving water in glasses.