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posted Apr 16, 2019, 8:17 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 16, 2019, 8:17 AM ]

Prison Ministry India
Glimpse from ExCo 2019

The National Executive Body meeting was held at the National Office, Prison Ministry India (PMI), Bengaluru on April 3, 2019. Most. Rev. Allwyn D'Silva, Chairman of Prison Ministry India, Most. Rev. Peter Remigius, former Chairman, Fr Sebastian, National Coordinator, Sr Lini Sheeja MSC, National Secretary, Regional Coordinators, representatives of State Coordinators, rehabilitation centres, laity, seminary, and nominees of both the new and old committees were present for the meeting.

In his address, Bp Allwyn highlighted the importance of encountering Jesus, in order to lead the Church in a more meaningful and relevant way, as the Magi encountered Jesus in the manger and took a different route.


Catholic laypeople to launch new TV channel

A news and entertainment television channel led by a Catholic lay preacher is slated to go on air on April 28 in Kerala. Santhosh Karumathra, owner of Shekinah, told The Hindu on April 9 that it would take three months before the channel's full operations could begin. Ignatius Gonsalves, a Kochi-based veteran journalist and President of the Indian Catholic Press Association, will head the channel's editorial team located at Thrissur.


Salvation Run

On April 13 morning, Christians from all denominations came together to take part in Salvation Run, a sports module conceptualised in accordance with the Word of God, for Christian believers to empower their lives with healthy lifestyle and living through the sport of running.

At the crack of dawn on April 13, Christians came in droves to St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Frazer Town, Bengaluru at 5:30 am, and actively participated in the event. It began with a praise and worship session by the Bread of Life team, led by Donn D'Souza. The event had two categories — a 3-km walk and a 5-km run. The start and finish was at the cathedral.


UTTAR Pradesh
Church under construction demolished by bulldozers

More than 150 Christians in Atrauli, a city in Aligarh District, Uttar Pradesh, watched helplessly as the initial work on their church was torn down. The members of the Assemblies of God (AG) Church had waited for two years, before they got the right papers authorising construction.

The demolition of their would-be church is the umpteenth example of discrimination against Christians, according to Persecution Relief. Shibu Thomas, the Christian NGO's founder, blames local religious fanatics led by the "chairman of the Municipal Council" who said, "as long as I am here, I will make sure the church is not built".

Two years ago, Rev. Raju Abraham, who has headed the local AG community for ten years, obtained the permits needed to build a church on private land, about 165 square metres. On March 30, work began on the walls after a solemn ceremony and a festive inauguration. "It was not an easy task to start the building," the clergyman said. But "people had donated their hard-earned money to build it."


Christians pray for peaceful elections

In view of the General Elections starting April 11, India's Christians are praying that a peaceful and transparent vote may bring "well-being and harmony" for the future of the country. Involved as citizens, at least 5,000 Indian Christians, including bishops, clergy and Christian faithful of various confessions joined recently in the capital Delhi to pray for the nation.