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posted Jun 27, 2018, 10:17 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 10:17 AM ]

Archdiocese remembers Emeritus Cardinal Ivan Dias

The First Death Anniversary Mass for H.E. Cardinal Ivan Dias was held on June 19, 2018 at St Theresa's Church, Bandra, Mumbai. The Archdiocese of Bombay fondly remembered its third Cardinal Emeritus with much fondness and deep gratitude, recalling his unforgettable pastoral care and concern for the Church in Mumbai and India. His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, was the main celebrant, with concelebrants Archbishop Felix Machado (Vasai), emeritus Auxiliary Bishop Agnelo Gracias, Bishop John Rodrigues, along with several other diocesan and religious priests serving in Mumbai and Vasai.

The love and esteem in which the Cardinal, the Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples was held, could be gauged from the presence of a church-full congregation at the memorial service on a weekday. The gathering comprised the immediate members of the Dias family, religious sisters and laity from the local parish, as well as from other parts of Mumbai. In his homily, the Cardinal spoke about his personal friendship and invaluable advice and guidance he had received from his predecessor, which was indeed very inspirational. He also recalled the high regard and respect of the people of Europe for Cardinal Ivan; they flocked to him in large numbers for spiritual counselling. Archbishop Felix, in a brief speech after Communion, mentioned the special reverence Emeritus Pope Benedict had for Cardinal Ivan's erudition of Church law and administration. He added that the Holy Father never failed to speak about it when he met him. His nephew, Neil Dias, thanked the Cardinal and all those present on behalf of the family.


Why young people are less religious than older adults


Young people (up to 40 years of age) are less religious than older adults (over forty): this is the conclusion - in some respects, obvious - of a long study published by the Pew Research Center recently. What gives great relevance to this detailed study is the discovery that this difference between young people and adults involves all religions, even if there are some rare exceptions, and is visible in developed and developing countries. Young people's attitudes are influenced by greater well-being, greater access to study, changing mentalities throughout the course of life. Such a report is highly useful in preparation for the October Synod, which will focus on the situation of young people in terms of faith and vocation.

The Pew Research Center study covers 106 countries in the world, over a research period of ten years. In 46 countries, young people (aged 18 to 39) differ negatively to the elderly (40 and over) in saying that "religion is very important"; in 56 countries there are no differences between the two groups. Only in two countries—Georgia and Ghana—are young people more religious than the elderly.