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Ballari Arogya Mathe Shrine Declared Diocesan Shrine

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altBallari, 13 Nov. 2016: Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine (Our Lady of Good Health) was officially declared Diocesan Shrine on Sunday, November 13 by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary. 

The celebration coincided with the concluding ceremony of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

Earlier Bishop D’Souza had promulgated a Decree on the Solemnity of All Saints day, Nov.1, officially announcing the elevation as the diocesan shrine.

Large gathering of faithful from various parts of the city and elsewhere witnessed the occasion.

Fr. Ganapragasam T, rector of the shrine presented the decree and showed it to the people. There was great rejoicing and the pilgrims gathered responded - “Thanks be to God, Praise the Lord!”

Decree was promulgated at the request of the shrine rector and unanimous recommendation from the Council of Priests.

The shrine was dedicated on September 8, 2000 on the occasion of the great Jubilee Year of Redemption and golden jubilee year of the erection of the Diocese.

The much popular shrine was built under the leadership of the then Bishop of Bellary, Most Rev. Joseph D’Silva.

Bishop D’Souza gratefully recalled late Bishop Joseph D’Silva, the founder of the shrine who had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He also thanked the former rectors, namely Frs. Anthonyraj and Chourappa Y. for their dedicated services.

Also, Bishop remembered with gratitude the priests and religious priests and sisters and donors who served at the shrine.

The shrine has become a popular, attracting pilgrims both among Christians and people of other faiths alike from far and wide.

Every year thousands of pilgrims of various religions visit the Shrine and many experience miracles.

It is situated at Cantonment, Bellary, close to VIMS (Vijayanagara Institutute of Medical Sciences).

It can be reached by train and bus. It is about two and a half kilometers away from both the Bellary railway station and bus stand. 


New Presbytery Opened At Yelburga

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altYELBURGA, 7 NOV 2016: Newly built priest’s residence was blessed and inaugurated by Bishop Henry D’Souza on Monday, Nov. 7 at Yelburga in Koppal district.

Yelburga is the taluk headquarters in Koppal district. The Yelburga mission was started five years ago with Fr. Danappa as the first priest in charge.

Presently Fr. Job Stanislaus is serving in the mission, since May 2016.

Bishop appreciated the service put in by both Fr. Job Stanislaus and Fr. Danappa to build the presbytery.

Fr. Job completed the work begun by his predecessor.

A modest school building is coming up in the church land which was acquired some years ago for the new mission with a small Christian community.


Divine Mercy Guru Nivas Opened At Karatgi

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KOPPAL, NOV 6, 2016:  Newly built presbytery (Guru Nivas) was blessed and inaugurated by Bishop Henry D’Souza at Karatgi, Koppal, on Sunday, 6th November.

While appreciating the efforts made and the hard work put into by Fr. Antonyraj, who volunteered to work in the new mission zealously, the Bishop applauded his contribution to establishing Karatgi mission and for building harmonious relationship with the people around.

alt“Situated amidst lush green paddy fields, the priest’s residence cum chapel is a promising mission in the service of the proclamation of Good News”, observed Bishop.

In particular the Bishop highlighted the cooperation given by the local Hindu families in building up the new mission.

In preparation for the inaugural event, a two days renewal retreat was organized and around 150 people of Karatgi and neighboring villages participated in the spiritual programme.  

Bishop Henry D Souza and around 40 priests concelebrated in the Holy Eucharist.

Many religious and hundreds of people participated. Fr. Antonyraj thanked all the donors and well-wishers. 


CBCI Calls For Day Of Prayer For India On Sunday, Oct. 16

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altOCT. 16: Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India has called for a day of Prayer for India on Sunday, October 16, 2016. The following is the full text of the message:

Your Eminences, Graces, Excellencies and all People of Good Will,

Greetings of love and peace from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India!

On 2ndOctober, we Indians celebrated Gandhi Jayanti, the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our beloved nation. On October 4, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a messenger of peace andcological harmony. On 11thOctober, our Hindu Brethrencelebrate Dusserah or Vijaya Dashami that is the victory of good over evil.  Muharram, a day of special significance to the faith of our Muslim brethren falls on 12thOctober. On October 20, our Sikh brethren remember the birth of the Guru Granth. Deepavali, the festival of lights will illuminate our skies on 30thOctober, reminding us of the victory of light over darkness.

Amidst all these festivals, our beloved Country is going through extraordinary challenges especially on its borders. The Catholic Church prays for our beloved Country, for justice and peace prosperity and welfare, harmony and unity. 

On behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, I call for a day of PRAYER FOR INDIA on Sunday, October 16, 2016. I request all our Bishops, Parish Priests, Religious and Lay leaders to conduct special liturgies and prayers for the nation on this chosen day. I invite all our countrymen and women of good will to join us in praying for the Country. May every place of worship chime with prayers for our beloved nation, its leaders and its people. 

I sincerely thank you in anticipation for your collaboration and cooperation.

May the Almighty Lord bless our Country.

Your Sincerely in Our Lord Jesus Christ,


+ Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholicos

President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India

October 4, 2016, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

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Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine

Bellary-Mathe-small The Shrine of Bellary Arogya Mathe was blessed and dedicated on 8th September 2000 on the feast of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary in memory of the great jubilee 2000 and the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of Bellary


Diocesan Diamond Jubilee

This year is Diamond Jubilee of our Bellary Diocese.  It is completing 60 years in the service to God and His people.


Loss of Life and Property due to Flash Floods in Bellary Diocese

 Number of people affected : 151,934
Loss of life : 72
Villages affected : 1,296
Houses destroyed/damaged : 118,833
Relief being distributed to : 3,500 families
No. Catholic houses lost: 560
Number of medical camps held : 22