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Vol. 170 No. 05 • FEB 02 - 08, 2019

04 Engagements

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:49 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:49 AM ]

05 Editorial - Be "Influencers" of Faith, Hope and Life - Fr. Joshan Rodrigues

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:34 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 4, 2019, 8:14 AM ]

The week-long Catholic youth extravaganza of faith, culture and life came to an end on January 27, 2019 with the announcement that Lisbon, Portugal would host the next World Youth Day in July 2022. "Nos vemos en Portugal," declared Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who is the Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Marriage and Family, whose department is in charge of overseeing World Youth Day planning.

During the closing Mass of the 34th World Youth Day, which took place in the John Paul II field, some 15 miles from downtown Panama City, Pope Francis told the nearly half a million young people from around the world that Jesus is not "an interval in life, nor a passing fad," but a loving God who's concrete and close. Pope Francis then quoted his predecessor, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI: "It is hard to accept that 'God's love can become concrete, and can almost be experienced in history with all its painful and glorious vicissitudes'." He looked out into the crowds, and told them: "You, dear young people, are not the tomorrow; you are not the 'meantime', you are the Now of God."

Pope Francis seemed at his elemental best throughout the week – the energy, faith and 'loudness' of the young people present clearly rubbing off on him. Though an international gathering with participants from more than 156 countries, this World Youth Day had been billed as the WYD of the Americas, with the host city of Panama strategically chosen as the midpoint uniting the two continents. Clearly referring to the famed Panama Canal, he described the country as a "bridge between the oceans and natural land of meetings," and hoped that it would foster "new channels of humanity" that break through division, anonymity and isolation.

His ability to connect with young people with ease was on full display, as he spoke about "apps", "influencers", "cloud" and "tutorials" in his addresses to them. Leading a prayer vigil on the penultimate day, the Pope told them that Mary wasn't an "influencer," yet she became the "most influential woman in history," because of her "yes" to God. Life, he said, is not "a salvation up 'in the cloud,' and waiting to be downloaded, a new 'app' to be discovered, or a technique of mental self-improvement."

To feel acknowledged and loved, Pope Francis said, people need more than simply being "online," needing to find spaces where they can feel part of a larger community. To be an "influencer" in the twenty-first century is to be "guardians of roots, guardians of all that prevents our life from dissipating and evaporating into nothingness. Be guardians of everything that can make us feel part of one another, to feel that we belong."

Exhibiting the 'Francis' touch, he made time to visit Casa Hogar del Buen Samaritano, a centre for people with HIV and AIDS, who have been rejected by their own families. The Pope praised the work of those who assisted at the Centre, and emphasised that "this is the face of the Church that normally is unseen and unnoticed, but it's a sign of the concrete mercy and tenderness of God. It's a living sign of the good news of the resurrection that is at work today in our lives."

The Pope concluded his visit by thanking the more than 20,000 Panamanians and 2,200-plus international volunteers who had spent the entire week organising and assisting at the various events. "You could have easily chosen to do other things, but you wanted to be here!" The Holy Father likened it to Jesus' miracle of the multiplication "not only of loaves, but also of hope." He urged the bright yellow-shirted volunteers to continue their mission of helping others. "Go out and tell everyone about what you have seen and heard. Many words are not needed; only simple and ordinary gestures that transform and renew each hour of the day." (Collated from various online news sources)

Fr Joshan Rodrigues is on the Editorial board of The Examiner.

06 Pope Francis: A Dream named Jesus

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:33 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:33 AM ]

Pope Francis on Thursday, January 24, presided over the Official Welcome and Opening Ceremony of World Youth Day 2019 in Panama. This is the full text of his speech addressed to the crowds gathered at the Santa Marta La Antigua Field in Panama City.

Dear Young People, good evening! How good it is to get together again, this time in a land that receives us with such radiance and warmth! As we gather in Panama, World Youth Day is once more a celebration of joy and hope for the whole Church, and for the world, a witness of faith.

I remember that in Krakow, several people asked me if I was going to be in Panama, and I told them: "I don't know, but certainly Peter will be there. Peter is going to be there." Today, I am happy to say to you: Peter is with you, to celebrate and renew you in faith and hope. Peter and the Church walk with you, and we want to tell you not to be afraid, to go forward with the same fresh energy and restlessness that helps make us happier and more available, better witnesses to the Gospel. To go forward, not to create a parallel Church that would be more "fun" or "cool" thanks to a fancy youth event, as if that were all you needed or wanted. That way of thinking would not respect either you or everything that the Spirit is saying through you.

Not at all! With you, we want to rediscover and reawaken the Church's constant freshness and youth, opening ourselves to a new Pentecost (cf. SYNOD ON YOUNG PEOPLE, Final Document, 60). As we experienced at the Synod, this can only happen if, by our listening and sharing, we encourage each other to keep walking and to bear witness by proclaiming the Lord through service to our brothers and sisters, and concrete service at that.

I know getting here was not easy. I know how much effort and sacrifice was required for you to participate in this Day. Many weeks of work and commitment, and encounters of reflection and prayer, have made the journey itself largely its own reward. A disciple is not merely someone who arrives at a certain place, but one who sets out decisively, who is not afraid to take risks and keeps walking. This is the great joy: to keep walking. You have not been afraid to take risks and to keep journeying. Today, we were all able to "get here" because for some time now, in our various communities, we have all been "on the road" together.


08 Theological Symposium on Faith in the Indian Context - CBCI Press Release

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:32 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:32 AM ]

A Theological Symposium on Christian Faith in a Multicultural Context was held at St John's Medical College Campus in Bangalore, India from January 21 to 24, 2019. The Symposium, organised by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was attended by 44 Bishops and Theologians from India.

The CDF Delegation consisted of Cardinal Luis F. Ladaria, SJ, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, OP, Adjunct Secretary, and some Officials of the same Congregation. Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, the Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See in India, also took part in the meeting.

The participants from the Indian Episcopate, representing the three Ritual Churches of the country, were led by Cardinal Oswald Gracias, President of the CBCI, Cardinal Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, President of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Syro-Malankara Church, Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, President of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church, and Archbishop Thomas Mar Koorilos, Chairman of the CBCI Office for Doctrine. The meeting was attended by another 18 Archbishops and Bishops, and 22 theologians - priests, sisters and laymen, representing the three sui iuris Churches in India.

The idea for an annual meeting between Bishops and Theologians in India was initiated in 1996. Later, during the gathering of a delegation of Indian Bishops with representatives of various Dicasteries of the Holy See in Rome, a proposal was made for the participation of the CDF in such a meeting. Responding affirmatively to this invitation, the Congregation participated in a Theological Colloquium with Bishops and Theologians from January 16 to 22, 2011.


09 To Reconcile and Renew all things in Christ - Fr. Thomas K.D. & Fr. Jervis D'Souza

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:30 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:30 AM ]

Archbishop Elias Gonsalves was installed as Archbishop of Nagpur in a solemn ceremony on January 27, 2019.

At exactly 3:30 pm on January 27, 2019, when the bells of St Francis de Sales Cathedral began pealing, over 14 Archbishops, Bishops and nearly 100 priests joined His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, in the solemn installation ceremony of Archbishop-designate Elias Gonsalves for the Archdiocese of Nagpur. The St Francis de Sales Cathedral grounds were packed to capacity with over 4000 people, consisting of religious brothers, sisters and lay faithful who came from Vasai, Amravati, Mumbai and Nagpur to pray and to greet the new Archbishop.

The Eucharist began with the installation ceremony. The appointment decree, the Bull from Rome, was first read in Latin by Msgr Patrick Saw Zay Han, First Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature, New Delhi. Fr Isaac, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, then read it in English, and Fr Saiju Jacob, Judicial Vicar, read it in Hindi.

Designate Archbishop Elias then read out the Profession of Faith and took the Oath of Fidelity. The crozier and the keys of the Cathedral were presented to Designate Archbishop Elias. The ceremony concluded with Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Archbishop Emeritus Stanislaus Fernandes, sj, Apostolic Administrator of Baroda inviting the new Archbishop to occupy the cathedra, the Official Bishop's chair of the diocese.

Cardinal Gracias, in his homily, spoke on the Sunday Gospel, in which Jesus shares His manifesto in the synagogue as He began His mission. It was an appropriate text as Archbishop Elias begins his new ministry. He pointed out that Archbishop Elias had done very well as a priest in Mumbai, and then as Bishop of Amravati. He also spelt out the challenges that the new assignment would bring. His Eminence pointed out that the people of Nagpur look to him with great hope, but Archbishop Elias by himself cannot achieve these plans and dreams. He needs the support of the efficient clergy, the hard-working religious and the talents and cooperation of the lay faithful. Archbishop Elias' motto is "to reconcile and renew all things in Christ". This fitted in very well with the manifesto of Jesus.


10 'Kristapurana' architect's Fourth Death Centenary - Msgr Francis Correa

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:28 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:28 AM ]

Fr Thomas Stephens (1619-2019)

This year, the literary world of Maharashtra observes the fourth death centenary of the architect of Kristapurana - Fr Thomas Stephens, an Englishman. Kristapurana is the first Catholic literary work in India to be accepted as an epic in the Marathi-literary world. It was completed by Fr Thomas Stephens in the year 1614 and published in 1616. This renowned poet died three years later. Probably, he died at the main House of the Jesuits, known as Bom Jesu, Goa,

Thomas was born in 1549 in the village of Clyffe Pipard, Bushton in the region of Wiltshire, England. His father, also named Thomas Stephens, was a well-to-do merchant; his mother, Jane, was a housewife. For better prospects, Thomas the senior moved to London. Junior Thomas, who probably attended the New College, Oxford, was elected a scholar of Winchester in 1564. It is at this college that Thomas came in close contact with the literary circle of England, an environment in which Shakespeare was also moulded. This was a time when there was the great turmoil of the Catholics and Protestants in England. The statues of the Catholic saints were shunned and put in godowns or crushed by the new trend of Anglicanism. Seeing the sight of the breaking of the statues, Thomas too was deeply broken within himself.

Thomas’ family was totally on the side of the Catholics, in which the letters coming from the Far East, written by none other than Fr Francis Xavier, and translated into English, were being read by the family. Thomas nurtured the thought of furthering the work of the great missionary Fr Xavier. This made him fly from the anti-Catholic environment of England, and land on the shores of the mainland of Europe.


12 Goa Tourism hurt by Over-exploitation - Bosco de Souza Eremita

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:24 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:25 AM ]

The planeloads of foreign tourists and pleasure-seekers are no longer descending on the coastal state of Goa — a bastion of Christianity in India — with such regularity, lured by its palm-fringed beaches and hippie vibe. The lines of local tourists vying to try their hand at jet-skiing or paragliding have also shortened. For the first time in years, hotel occupancy rates reportedly shot down to around 50 per cent on average over Christmas and New Year, significantly lower than in previous peak seasons in this former tourist hot-spot. But now, Goa's tourism industry is in trouble, industry experts say, and increasing costs are just one factor.

Britain's Rob Humper has been a regular visitor in the past, but he doesn't plan on returning any time soon. "We're backpacking folk. The food here has been really good, but we won't be coming next season. It's hard to afford the taxes, visa prices, and the ever-growing basic room rates, and even harder to find available trains," he said. "I don't blame the locals for wanting more profit, but I wonder if they've shot themselves in the foot," Humper added.

Other tourists have taken to social media to express their gripes, especially about what they see as over-inflated prices. "For those with white skin, the prices are doubled, even tripled. I doubt I will return; rather look at Southeast Asia," one disgruntled traveller posted on Facebook. Lower taxes in countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as their more liberal visa policies, are poaching tourists, said Savio Messias of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) that the federal government introduced in 2017 has made room tariffs uncompetitive, Messias said. High petrol costs and spiking taxi fares were cited as other contributing factors. He took issue with the government's "lopsided policies," and said that Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has not met with other stakeholders, since he took charge of the ministry in March 2017.


14 Obituary

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:22 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:22 AM ]

Decorated War Hero Passes on to Eternal Reward

Lt. General Francis T. Dias, PVSM, AVSM, VRC (Retd.), a much decorated war hero of the Indian army for his erstwhile services to his country during war and peacetime, passed away to his eternal reward on January 26, 2019 in Mumbai. He was the brother of Cardinal Ivan Dias of revered memory (Archbishop of Bombay and Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at the Vatican), beloved husband of Selda, devoted father of Sharon and Fiona and dedicated and fondly remembered grandfather of his several grand-children.

Preceding the funeral rites and mass held at the Church of St Anne's, Pali Hill, Bandra, the current parish of his family home, there were majestic military funeral honours accorded to Lt. General Francis T Dias with a gun salute. High-ranking military officers placed floral wreaths around the casket that carried his mortal remains. They represented the battalions he had either served actively in during military operations in Arunachal Pradesh on the Indo-Chinese border and during the operation against Pakistan in the Eastern Sector, while commanding the 11 Gorkha Rifles.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias who presided at the concelebrated funeral Mass for Lt. Gen. Dias, in his homily cum panegyric, aptly summed up the multi-faceted life and mission of the war veteran. Quoting St Paul, he said," I have fought the good fight, I have run the race, I have remained faithful to the end." Francis, at end of his earthly journey, could confidently give an account of himself before God with these words. The Almighty has a plan for each, and being a man of faith, Francis considered his talents, his spiritual values, his interests, circumstances and the situation of history. In life, he discovered his mission and call in life to serve God, humanity, family, society and the nation.


16 Notes & Comments

posted Jan 30, 2019, 9:19 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 9:21 AM ]

Resting in Peace & Beauty


Shroud Burials have been discussed in the various parishes of our archdiocese for quite some time now. It is heartening to note that both, parishes and individuals, have begun to increasingly opt in favour of shroud burials. For those who are still in doubt whether this is a "dignified" or even a "Christian" manner to bury the dead, it is good to recall that Christ Himself was buried wrapped in a simple linen cloth.

But beyond shroud burials, which I hope will soon become the normal practice across the Bombay Archdiocese, it is important that we discuss another issue that we seem to be ignoring – the garbage that is often strewn across graveyards. It is really distressing to come across cellophane sheets from old bouquets, floral foam, discarded plastic vases and containers used for flowers, thermocol, and other such materials lying over the graves, or dumped in the corners of the cemeteries. Not only is this an eyesore, it is also disrespectful towards the departed lying in the graves, to have this garbage piled over them.

It is understandable that we want to express our undying affection towards our beloved departed, and flowers are easily the best way to display our emotions. Yes, we can definitely lay fresh flowers over the graves – but just flowers, not bound together by silver foil or wrapped in cellophane, not stuck into a plastic container or floral foam, not adulterated with thermocol beads. All these extra trappings actually diminish the beauty of the flowers and leave behind a trail of trash. Just flowers and ferns - certainly that's beautiful and expressive enough?


FIAT Festival

Christopher White,

While World Youth Day may be a mega-event for the global Catholic Church, American pilgrims on hand in Panama were focusing on the small ways in which they might be able to live holy lives upon returning home.

A panel discussion - "Young People, Called to Holiness, In the Church and In the World Today" - tackled a range of themes related to marriage, secularization, same-sex attraction, and more during an hour-long discussion during the 'Fiat Festival' held during the WYD. The festival, organised by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), FOCUS, and the Knights of Columbus, was the major event geared toward English language pilgrims, drawing an estimated 10,000 English language youth to the Amador Convention Centre on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

The panelists, which included a mix of young pilgrims, besides Bishop Edward Burns of Dallas, responded to written audience questions about the practical applications of World Youth Day once pilgrims return home. Drew Dillingham, who along with his wife Kim, had previously given a testimonial about the vocation of marriage, was asked about why marriage within the Church matters in a world that increasingly sees it as unnecessary.


Pope keen to visit India

Matters India/Asia News

Bedwin Taitus K. of India was among ten young people — five men and five women — chosen to share a meal with the Pope at St Joseph's Major Seminary in Panama during the recently concluded World Youth Day. Bedwin said the food they ate was typically Panamanian, and "was really tasty." However, "the food was secondary," he said, "We were too busy concentrating on talking to the Pope!"

Each participant was given the opportunity to ask Pope Francis a question. The conversation turned to the question of if and when Pope Francis will make a pastoral visit to India. Bedwin was encouraged when the Pope said he is "trying to come to India"; he was particularly excited to discover the Pope knew about his home state of Kerala. Bedwin told journalists he was initially nervous, but became at ease and was moved when the Pope told him that "he takes India in his heart and deeply cares for India."

The Indian youth said his question for Pope Francis was "very different" from those of his peers."I asked him how many hours he sleeps," Bedwin said. "He laughed and told me he sleeps for six hours. I told him that I would pray that every day he sleep peacefully." The Pope's response "was very thought-provoking." He told us, 'You have to take care of your Holy Father.' So I had a very beautiful experience." Bedwin, who hails from Kochi, Kerala, had earlier worked in Jesus Youth, an international Catholic movement.

A taste of Panama hospitality

The Indian delegation, comprising of some 56 young people, landed in Panama on January 15, and were hosted in the parish of Atalaya in the Diocese of Santiago de Veraguas, for the preliminary 'Days in the Diocese' event of the WYD. They were accompanied by nine priests, a nun, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Pandarasseril of Kottayam and Fr Deepak Thomas, executive secretary of the Youth Commission of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI).


18 Local News

posted Jan 30, 2019, 8:30 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 8:30 AM ]

The Bible through her eyes

On January 13, 2019, a group of women from across parishes gathered in the hall of St John the Evangelist Church, Marol to attend a session on 'Reading the Bible through her eyes'. Dr (Sr) Ananda Amritmahal, the Principal of Sophia College for Women, explained the topic, giving many examples from the Old Testament and also by sharing certain instances from her experience in the past of working at a leprosy hospital.

Referring to the passage about Lot from Genesis 19, Sr Ananda questioned Lot’s right to give his two virgin daughters to his two male guests. She went on to say that when man and woman have been created in God’s own image and likeness, then when did woman become unclean? Likewise, Sr Ananda cited many other passages from the Old Testament which speak about women, like Hagar, Esther, Judith, etc., and very profoundly interpreted the meaning of the same from a woman’s perspective.

Post the tea-break, we formed groups, and every group was given a different passage from the New Testament. After deliberating on the passages, a member from the group shared a summary of the discussion with the larger group. This was a very enriching experience for all, as for the first time, it helped us ponder upon the passages from a woman’s point of view. This gave us immense satisfaction, courage and freedom, as we could reflect on the way a woman would experience a given situation, without being afraid of people’s thoughts and opinions. This session, brilliantly conducted by Sr Ananda, will always be remembered by all those who attended, as something which not only helped in bringing a different approach in reading and interpreting the Bible, but also something which encouraged us to think about women in a much more valuable, respectable and appreciative way.

It was really good to see 60 participants for the training session. The highlight was that, besides women, the audience also included four men and a fair number of youth. Kudos to the Women’s Commission, Andheri Deanery, for organising this event. Sincere thanks goes out to Fr Glen D’Mello for his meticulous planning and unstinted support and also the Women’s Cell team of St John the Evangelist parish for managing the event.

Navi Mumbai Deanery Sports Day 2019

Navi Mumbai Deanery Sports Day 2019 took place on Sunday, January 20 at Sacred Heart High School, Vashi. This year, the Sports Day saw great participation from ten of the 12 parishes in the Deanery: Christ the King Church (Rasayani), Our Lady of Purification Church (Uran), St Francis Xavier Church (Panvel), Divya Kripa (Kharghar), St Joseph Church (CBD Belapur), Our Lady of Visitation Church (Nerul), Good Shepherd Church (Sanpada), Sacred Heart Church (Vashi), St Francis De Sales Church (Koparkhairne) and St Theresa of the Child Jesus Church (Airoli).

The day kicked off with great enthusiasm from the sizeable crowd of almost 350 youth. The chilly morning proved to be the perfect setting for the 100 metres and Relay races that drew the crowd to the sidelines to cheer for their respective parishes. Table tennis too was a warmly anticipated sport, with the crowd fully engaged in the game. The post-lunch period coaxed the entire crowd of ten parishes to their feet raucously cheering for their Throwball (Girls) and Football (Boys) teams.

The parishes that emerged victorious are: Our Lady of Visitation Church, Nerul (1st place), Sacred Heart Church, Vashi (2nd place) and St Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, Airoli (3rd place). Our congratulations to the winners and thanks to Fr Baptist Viegas (Youth Director) and the Navi Mumbai Deanery parish representatives for a successful event.

The goal of the Sports Day is healthy competition, for youth to develop their talents and bring together all parishes of the deanery to create new friends and fond memories.

Book on 'Children of Migrant Construction Workers in India' released at Boscoree 2018

The research study on the children of migrant construction workers in six cities of India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai and Pune, authored by Dr Ajoy Fernandes, Director of Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC), Mumbai, was released on January 3 at the 13th National Boscoree 2018 in Nashik, Maharashtra, by Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Don Bosco South Asia Regional Head of Operations.

This is a research study exploring the impact of the socio-economic and living conditions of migrant construction workers, especially on the health and education of their children. The book identifies local, state and national-level policies and schemes, particularly the good practice interventions of Government and Non-Governmental Organisations to help migrant construction workers gain access to entitlements for food, accommodation, healthcare and education for their children.

Fruit of a long-drawn labour of great intensity, involving Dr R. B. Bhagat and Dr R. S. Reshmi of the International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai, Dr K. Anilkumar and Dr Nilesh Gawde of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and Fr Savio Silveira who provided technical guidance and training, the book opens up pathways for further research by civil and government organisations.

The herculean task of data collection across the six cities in India was handled by Shailesh Parmar of STEP Foundation, Ahmedabad, V. Shivshankar of Bengaluru, Chandana Das of Delhi, Dr Ajith Kumar of the Centre for Socio-Economic and Environmental Studies, Kochi, Kerala, and Don Bosco Research Centre in Mumbai and Pune. Dr Mansi Bawdekar of the Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work did the statistical analysis of the data.

Fr Fernandes said, "I am deeply indebted to the DBRC research, field and accounting staff, to the Salesians of Don Bosco for the effort made to discuss this crucial topic in the light of earlier researches. The information and insights in this book will definitely be a valuable resource for all the stakeholders to understand the struggles of migrant construction workers and their children, and thus seek out interventions to assist them."

The first copy of the book was presented to Mr Boman Irani by Fr Kanaga. Mr Irani, a committed Don Bosco collaborator and acclaimed film personality remarked, "It is really a challenge to work with the migrant population, especially children and youth. They need to be empowered with health and education."

Published by Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications Mumbai, the book priced at Rs 375 is available for sale from the Tej-Prasarini Mumbai Office or log on to Contact - 022 2415 0680; e-mail -

Fr Joaquim Fernandes, South Asia Don Bosco Communications Delegate and Director of Tej-Prasarini Don Bosco said, ''This is a massive work of collaboration and coordination. With this publication, we Salesians of Don Bosco will be able to reach out better in a planned manner to uplift the migrant population, especially the children in our mega cities.''


Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday, February 8 (7:30 am) to Sunday, February 10 (5 pm) at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E), behind Holy Family Church, Chakala. Conducted by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Mumbai. OPEN TO ALL. Registrations at the CCR Office, Dadar (W) – 2430 3626 / 2421 0881/99309 40705. Register early.

Atma Darshan

1. Family And Couples Retreat: Feb 15 - 17
2. Psycho-Spiritual Inner Healing Retreat: March 08 - 10
3. Lenten Inner Healing Service: March 23
4. Guided Retreat: May 05 - 11

For Registration & Inquiry, contact: Atma Darshan, Gyan Ashram Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 093. India. Tel : (0091) (022) 2836 3120/ 2824 2419. Mobile : (+91) 97696 94422.

Bible Commission: Part Three of the 'Introduction to the Old Testament' will be taught on Sat. Feb. 16 at the Loyola Hall of St Peter Church, Bandra, from 9:15 am to 1 pm, by Dr Renu Silvano OCV and Fr Fio Mascarenhas SJ. To register, call Deacon Inacin on 98196 01562, latest by Feb. 11.

Gain a competitive edge! St Pauls Institute of Communication Education, Bandra invites admissions for a certificate course in Digital Marketing, commencing on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Register early. Call +91-(0)22-2643 5709/+91-98338 06739/+91-97699 05813 or e-mail:

Mentors Accompanying Youth: The Diocesan Youth Centre is organising a workshop for Youth Animators, and those mentoring and animating youth groups and young people:

1. Sun. Feb. 10—9 am to 2:30 pm at St John the Baptist School Hall, Thane.
2. Sun. Feb. 17—9 am to 2:30 pm at St Andrew's College Conference Hall, Bandra.

Register with the DYC, Bandra on 2643 1384 / 2642 2556.

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