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posted Feb 20, 2019, 9:01 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 9:02 AM ]


We are deeply saddened by the heinous terrorist attack on our CRPF troops on February 14, 2019 at Pulwama, in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 44 Jawans were killed and others injured. We condemn this and all such brutal acts.

In solidarity with the families of those killed in this tragic incident, the Archdiocese of Bombay offered a Memorial Mass at St. Michael’s Church, Mahim, at 8 am on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 followed by a Memorial Service and tribute to the fallen heroes.

Parishes in the Archdiocese have been urged to organise similar services on the weekend of February 23/24, 2019.

+ Bp John Rodrigues

Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Bombay

Asian bishops make refugee crisis a priority


An international seminar in Bangladesh focused on migrants, refugees, displaced persons, human trafficking and renewable energy options in Asia. The Feb. 11-17 conference, organized by the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), drew about 50 participants including Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario of Dhaka, nine archbishops and bishops, 14 priests, nuns and lay people from 11 Asian countries. The conference was held in Cox's Bazar, a southeastern district now home to more than one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

Participants visited Kutupalong refugee camp in six teams and submitted team reports.

Representatives of the 11 participating countries presented reports on the Catholic Church's responses and programmes for migrants, refugees, human trafficking and human rights.

The event also aimed to formulate a common framework for Asian churches to respond to issues such as migrants, refugees, human trafficking and renewable energy options, to be presented at an FABC meeting in 2020.


The Sacrament of Confirmation is a Call to live out the Gospel

The Confirmation 'season' is underway in our parishes. Here is what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had to say to Confirmation candidates during his pastoral visit to the Archdiocese of Milan, Italy in 2012.

"Dear young people, you are either preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, or you have just received it. I know that you have completed a good formation process. You have learned to recognise the wonderful things that the Holy Spirit has done, and is doing in your life, and in all those who say "yes" to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You have discovered the great value of Baptism, the first of the Sacraments, the entrance gate to Christian life.

Now you have grown up, and you yourselves can say your personal "yes" to God, a free and informed "yes". The Sacrament of Confirmation strengthens Baptism, and pours out the Holy Spirit upon you in abundance. You yourselves, full of gratitude, now have the possibility of accepting His important gifts that help you on your way through life to become faithful and courageous witnesses of Jesus. The gifts of the Spirit are stupendous realities that enable you to be formed as Christians, to live out the Gospel and to be active members of the community. I briefly recall these gifts, of which the Prophet Isaiah, and then Jesus, have spoken to us:

— the first gift is wisdom, which enables you to see how good and great the Lord is, and as the Word says, fills your life with flavour, so that, as Jesus said, you may be "salt of the earth";

— then there is the gift of understanding, so that you may understand in depth the Word of God and the truth of the faith;

— next is the gift of counsel, which will guide you to the discovery of God's plan for your life, the life of each one of you;

— the gift of fortitude, in order to overcome the temptations of evil and to do good always, even at the cost of making a sacrifice;