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posted Nov 6, 2018, 8:16 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 6, 2018, 8:16 AM ]

Cardinal Gracias: Synod document must be adapted to Asian youth


As the synod on young people drew to a close, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Mumbai, spoke to America not only about the Synod and the issues discussed, but also about his own plans to adapt the synod process in the Church in India—the country with the largest number of young people in the world, 600 million under the age of 25.

While the 73-year-old cardinal has attended many synods over the years, this one made him feel "very happy." He said it was "a wonderful experience," especially because of the presence of 36 young people from all continents.

"They fully participated as youth," he said. "They were yelling; they were happy; their presence was made felt. They had no inhibitions about saying what they felt. I think they also gave us an insight into the mind and the world of the youth and their aspirations, their joys, their hopes for the Church and their generosity for the Church, which is much more than we anticipated, though, of course, this was a special group."

He reported that "the issue of hope for the youth" came out strongly, as did two other themes. The young people "said repeatedly 'hear us' and 'take us seriously' and asked 'accompany us,' 'be with us.' This raised the question: 'How do we accompany them? They have a vocation; how do we help them to discern that vocation?'"


Pope greets Young, Elderly, Sick and Newlyweds


Pope Francis on October 31, 2018, offered particular thoughts to several groups during his General Audience in St Peter's Square:

"A particular thought goes to young people, the elderly, the sick and newlyweds. Tomorrow, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints and, day after tomorrow, the Commemoration of all the deceased faithful. May the witness of faith of all those who have preceded us, reinforce in us the certainty that God accompanies each one on the path of life; He never abandons anyone to himself, and He wants all of us to be holy, as He is holy."


Sr Prema MC's meeting with Mrs Maneka Gandhi

Press Release

On October 29, 2018, Sr M Prema MC, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity met Mrs Maneka Gandhi, Honorable Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development. The meeting was held in New Delhi at the request of the Minister.

Mrs Gandhi, who expressed her appreciation of the good work of the Missionaries of Charity, asked Sr Prema MC for collaboration with her Ministry by registering all the MoC-run Child Care Institutions under the Juvenile Justice Act 2015, and also linking them with the Specialised Adoption Agencies who would carry out the placement in adoption of the children declared legally free for adoption.

Sr Prema informed the Honorable Minister that the majority of their Homes for Children are already registered under the Juvenile Justice Act 2015, and the remaining Homes are in the process of completing the registration formalities. Sr Prema MC further stated that the Homes will be linked to nearby Specialised Adoption Agencies in accordance with Section 66, Para 2 of the JJ Act 2015.


Gloria Church will make every Mumbaikar proud


The 160-feet tall heritage landmark Gloria Church in Byculla has been reopened for worshippers after a prolonged restoration project. On Sunday, October 28, parishioners witnessed a few spectacular changes, including the grand altar, stained glass and the statues of various saints.

This Gothic-style church has a Latin cross and lofty towers which are very rare in Mumbai churches. One of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in Mumbai, it was built by the Portuguese Franciscans in 1632. However, the modern structure was built in 1911 in English Gothic style. It acquired 'heritage status' in 1995.

While talking to the Times Of India, Parish Priest Fr Jude Botelho said, "We have been undertaking restoration work since six years in phases. Portions of the church were cordoned off for months at a time. Now the interior has attained its original glory."