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posted Dec 5, 2018, 8:45 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 8:46 AM ]

Most Rev. Elias Gonsalves appointed new Archbishop of Nagpur

In the light of the communication received from the Apostolic Nunciature, I wish to inform you that His Holiness, Pope Francis has appointed His Lordship Rt. Rev. Elias Gonsalves, until now Bishop of Amravati, as the new Archbishop of Nagpur.

This ecclesiastical provision was made public in Rome on Monday, December 3, 2018, at noon local time, corresponding to 16:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.

His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Elias Gonsalves was born on July 4, 1961, in Chulna Village, Vasai Road, Maharashtra. He studied at St Pius X Seminary, Mumbai, and was ordained priest on April 1, 1990 in Vasai, for the Archdiocese of Bombay. He has a B.A. in History and Economics from Bombay University (1982). He did his studies in Community Based Development and Leadership, from St Francis Xavier University, Coady Institute, Canada, and studies in Counselling. He was Assistant Parish Priest at Nandakhal, Vasai (1990-1991) and Sandor, Vasai (1991-1997); Youth Coordinator for South Vasai Deanery (1993-1996); Priest in-charge at Roha (1997-2004); Priest in-charge at Panvel (2005-2008); Asst. Director and then Director, Centre for Social Action, Mumbai (2008-2012); Director, Sarvodaya Centre for Capacity Building, Mumbai (2009-2012). He was elected Bishop of Amravati on July 11, 2012 and consecrated on September 29, 2012. As Bishop, he has been in charge of Catholic Education in the Western Region Catholic Bishops' Council.


Justice Kurian Joseph retires

Justice Kurian Joseph, number three of the Supreme Court's top ten judges, retired on Nov. 29, with this advice to advocates: "Life is worthwhile with a smile." Addressing colleagues on his last working day, Justice Joseph said, "When you smile, others also smile."

As per the custom, he sat with the Chief Justice of India, Rajan Gogoi, in Court Room No. 1, where his family members were also present. "The Chief Justice must ensure that the replacement of Justice Kurian must be a person with a smile," he told his boss.

While senior Supreme Court advocate and former Attorney General, Mukul Rohatgi said that Justice Joseph is the "most popular judge with a smile," others like Attorney General KK Venugopal, Vikas Singh - the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Indira Jaising profusely praised the way Justice Joseph "handled cases with sensitivity and a human touch."

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Holy Family Church - a beacon of hope in Kashmir

The Holy Family Catholic Church, the only Catholic church in Srinagar and the second in the whole of the Kashmir Valley, tries to be a "beacon of hope and peace" in the midst of violence, said Parish Priest, Fr Roy Mathew.

Speaking to AsiaNews, the clergyman talked about his congregation, marked by uncertainty and poverty. The Kashmir Valley has been torn by a long and never-ending struggle between India and Pakistan. Its legacy has been a trail of "open wounds: poverty, unemployment, inadequate schools, impossible education, psychological traumas, people blinded by banned BB guns. Children are those who suffer the most." Nobody "knows what will become of us tomorrow. As a result of this, there is no peace."


Kolkata to host next International Day of the Sick

The next World Day of the Sick will be celebrated in Kolkata on February 9-11, 2019. It was introduced by Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1992 and is celebrated on the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes (Feb. 11). The day is also the anniversary of his 1984 Apostolic Letter Salvificidoloris on the Christian meaning of human suffering. Kolkata was chosen to celebrate the XXVII World Day of the Sick (WDS) to honour mainly "in light of the experience of St Teresa of Calcutta," to quote Peter Cardinal K. A. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery organising the World Day. This is only the second time a place in India has been chosen; the first was Vailankanni.

"The annual celebration of the 'World Day of the Sick', therefore, has the manifest purpose of making the People of God, and as a consequence, the many Catholic healthcare institutions and civil society itself, more aware of the necessity of ensuring the best possible care for the infirm, of helping the sick person to make the most of suffering, on the human level, but most of all, on the supernatural one, of especially helping the Dioceses, Christian communities and religious families to be involved in the health care apostolate, of enhancing the ever more valuable commitment of volunteers, of reminding people of the importance of the spiritual and moral training of healthcare workers, and last of all, of creating a better understanding of the importance of religious care for the sick among diocesan and religious priests, as well as among those who live and work at the side of the person in pain."