26 Letters

posted May 8, 2019, 7:51 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 8, 2019, 7:52 AM ]

Burning furnaces of prayer

Sir, The inspiring words of Cardinal Gracias, regarding the role of our Priests, brings into focus the sacrifices that priests have made for us, 'Retired priests are 'burning furnaces of prayer' (The Examiner, dated May 04-10). We, as lay people, thank our priests for bringing our children into the Church, and sustaining their souls with the Sacraments. We thank you priests for welcoming them into the Church informally, as well. We see them look at you like celebrities, and we're glad the first "celebrity" they got to meet was a man of God. >>>

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Security of churches must be stepped up

Sir, In the aftermath of the Easter bombings of churches in Sri Lanka, we need to take extra precautions for the safety of churches and devotees. Uppermost is the need for a large and strong cadre of volunteers/ushers, trained by professionals in disaster management and evacuation procedures.

Our community is well organised in areas of imparting education and providing healthcare services and always in the forefront in addressing issues of natural calamities. We now need to turn our attention to our own self-defence. Our youth must come forward in large numbers to volunteer. They can also provide technological support.

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Cyber Attacks

Sir, TNN Bangalore recently revealed that in 2018, there were 1.4 lakh Account-Take-Over (ATO) login attacks in India every hour, from people using stolen or generated usernames and passwords. According to this report, Credential Stuffing Attacks and Economies, by the global firm Akamai, India clocked more than 120 crore ATOs login attacks in just one year. But India was second to the USA, which saw more than 1,200 crore ATO attacks, because many of the most popular targets were based there.

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The Big C

Sir, I refer to the very interesting article in The Examiner (April 27, 2019) on the above subject by Dr Ian Pinto, Oncologist. It made excellent reading, giving us the truth on the Big C, and this should give encouragement to many people to have doubts cleared and also consult an oncologist, if they have suspicions about harbouring any cancerous sites in their bodies.

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Our Democracy – where is it heading?

Sir, Another phase of the current Lok Sabha Elections came to an end on April 29, 2019, with the Mumbai region posting a 30-year high voter turnout of around 55%. That may seem like great news, but where were the young adults and the youth; are they part of this voting percentage? Are they too lazy to vote or just not bothered to exercise their vote? In one of the long queues that I saw that day, one could see more middle-aged and senior citizens.

I came across a young adult who had not voted, and the reason was she had a programme the previous evening at a location far from her place of residence, so she stayed back at a relative's place. She was too lazy to get up the next morning to go home and cast her vote. Did she have a Voter ID? No, but she did have her Voting slip on which she could have voted!

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Apologetics Course

Sir, The recently concluded three-month Apologetics Course has been a great learning experience of the richness of the Catholic faith. The topics covered were Fundamentals of Catholic Apologetics, Church History, Scripture and Tradition, Sacraments, Apostolic Succession, Mariology, Saints, Images/Icons, Purgatory, Salvation etc. The resource persons were Bishops, Priests, a Deacon and lay persons, and the main coordinator of the programme was Fr Vincent Barboza.

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Fr Roland, RIP!

Sir, With immense sadness, I express my sentiments on behalf of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Mumbai at the passing away of our dear Fr Roland Fialho.

Fr Roland first encountered the Lord, while he was actively involved in the Salmiya Prayer group in Kuwait. A few years after his ordination, he was appointed as the Chairman of the Bombay Service Team 2000-03, and thereafter served as the Spiritual Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Archdiocese of Bombay till August 2018. He was actively involved in night vigils, was part of the monthly Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat team, and made himself available for counselling, >>>

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