22 Letters

posted Jul 11, 2018, 10:03 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 11, 2018, 10:06 AM ]

A Silver Jubilee Legacy of Service

Sir, Congratulations to the Editor and his team who will be completing 25 years of service this year. Your very subtle yet scholarly penmanship was evident in the way you unveiled this one of the great milestones in the annals of The Examiner. At the helm of affairs as Editor of The Examiner for 25 years, you have been carrying on the baton of its uninterrupted publication with your passion and commitment to what Pope Francis has termed a “journalism for peace.”

Under your Editorship, your significant emphasis has always been that a religious paper must necessarily have a focus on faith and distinctive mark of objectivity, truth and authenticity. Your credo has been prophetic, and was confirmed by the theme of Pope Francis’ message, “The Truth Will Set You Free: Fake News and Journalism for Peace”. The Pope’s Communications Day message reveals the urgent need for reliable and trustworthy sources of information and The Examiner has been and continues to be that source.

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Evolving Examiner

Sir, I thank you for an Editorial laden with ideas and meaning (The Examiner, July 07-13, 2018). You have told us the why and wherefore of The Examiner's existence in today's print media. You have also described the mind and mentality of writers contributing to The Examiner or what you expect them to be. The last paragraph is also a search and reaffirmation of the raison d'etre of The Examiner. Many thanks again for a thought-provoking Editorial.

This issue of The Examiner is replete with interesting articles. Two attracted my attention – ‘Book reading - A declining habit’ and ‘NUTS and BOLTS of getting articles published’. The reading habit has declined. Young people are impatient with reading the printed word, and unfortunately, the smartphone, WhatsApp and the internet are responsible for drawing people away from the printed page. >>>

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Fr Felix Rebello: A promoter of ecology

Sir, Few years ago, the Church in the City, on a mission to open up Civic & Political Cells in every parish, visited Our Lady of Mercy parish, Pokhran.

There we were in for a big surprise; the parish priest was Fr Felix Rebello. At our very first encounter, he took us all around his campus, proudly showed us his vermiculture pit. Then he showed us packages of composted manure which was given to parishioners; he took delight to show us the vegetables that were grown around. We were all talking about “going green”, but we witnessed Fr Felix showing us in reality the true green environment.

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A parishioner's tribute to late Fr Felix Rebello

It was the seventh of January, nineteen fifty eight,

When the Rebello family began to rejoice and celebrate.

As God showered them abundantly with happiness and joy,

And blessed Francis and Alice with a beautiful baby boy.

Just like an angel sent from heaven above,

He was born for a purpose – to spread God’s love.

Adorable and charming was this little fellow,

And soon they named him Felix Rebello.

As a young boy, he grew up to be passionate and kind,

His motto of life was to serve God and humankind.

Amongst his siblings, he was their guide,

He was their mentor and his family’s pride.

God called him to serve Him, for he was humble and good,

He answered God’s call and joined the priesthood.

He began his race from a parish at Vikhroli,

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Goa tourism getting a bad name

Sir, Shocking cases of rapes in the past few months have given Goa tourism a bad name. Already hit by a ban on mining, Goa cannot afford a setback to tourism, which is now its biggest source of revenue and livelihood of its people.

We have to admit that at the root of this sorry state of affairs is the availability of cheap alcohol, which attracts tourists in droves from all corners of the country. Easy access to cheap alcohol provides a fertile environment for drugs, prostitution and rape to thrive. If Goa is to be saved, the government has no option but to increase the cost of alcohol considerably. For the needs of local Goans, the price of Feni, the local brew (which has few takers among foreign or Indian tourists), may remain untouched.

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