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First English Medium PU College In Devadurga Opened

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DEVADURGA, AUG. 22: Don Bosco P. U. College and it’s new building were blessed and inaugurated by the Bishop on Aug. 22 at Devadurga.

The Devadurga Mission under the pastoral care of the Salesians of Don Bosco has been providing pastoral care to the many sub-stations and promoting quality education in Devadurga.

The new PU College will have science and commerce sections.

Congratulations to Fr. K.C. Mathew and teams of priests and sisters for the excellent work.

 

Clergy Meeting And Study Session On The Joy Of Love Held

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BALLARI, AUG. 19: A clergy meeting of the pastoral clergy and a day of study of the Pastoral Exhortation- The Joy of Love was held on August 18-19, 2016 at St. Anthony’s Centre, Bellary.

 

The pastoral clergy attended the day-long clergy meeting which discussed on the activities of the diocesan pastoral commissions, the liturgical practices, liturgical language and pastoral matters.

 

The study sessions on Amoris Laetitia were animated by Frs. Sagaya John, Arul Raj csc and Lourdswamy T.

 

Pope Francis Leads The World’ Youth Day Celebrations

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KRAKOW, AUG. 1: Pope Francis led the Catholic youth of the world during World Youth Day celebrations July 26-31 at Krakow, Poland.

Over 2 million Catholic youth from 187 countries participated in the global event.

The theme was: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7). 

The youthful face of God's mercy can change the hearts of people who have lost hope”, Pope Francis said in his inaugural message. A young person who is touched by Christ is "capable of truly great things," the Pope told the mammoth gathering of youth at Blonia Park.

On the final day over 2 million youth participated in the open air Mass at Campus Misericordia.

The city of Krakow was veritably turned into a youth capital of the world. The youth made pilgrimages to the holy sanctuaries such as Jasna Gora of Black Madonna, the Divine Mercy Shrine and the Shrine of St. John Paul II.

Over 1000 youth from India participated along with Telesphore Cardinal Toppo, Archbishop Abraham Viruthakulangara and Bishop Henry D’Souza. 

 

First House Of St. Ann’s Sisters of Phirangipuram Opened In Ballari

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altBALLARI, 12 JUNE 2016:  The first convent of the Sisters of St. Anne of Phirangipuram was blessed and opened at Bellary on June 12, 2016.

Bishop Henry D Souza, Bishop of Bellary  formally welcomed Sisters of St. Ann’s of Phrirangipuram, Andhra Pradesh, to the Diocese of Bellary at a thanksgiving Mass and reception  at the Diocesan Library and Research Center, Cantonment, Ballari.

While addressing all those gathered at the occasion, the Bishop said “men and women of today need to courageously witness to Christ’s love and compassion fearlessly, no matter what the challenges are”.

“The courage of faith comes from the joy of the Gospel through encounter with Christ, who is the model and inspiration to love, to forgive and to serve with compassion” added Bishop.

The Bishop joyfully welcomed the sisters by garlanding each of them. 

The sisters would be serving in the diocese by running a new home for the aged which is being built in the Jubilee Year of Mercy and also serve in the diocesan school.

The Congregation of Sisters of St. Ann’s Phirangipuram was founded by a lay widow, Venerable Gnanamma. The Sisters trace back the origin of the Congregation to Ballari as early as 1871 as their first candidates Arulamma and Agathamma were trained by the Good Shepherd Convent Sisters in Ballari under the direction of Fr. Arogyanathar the then priest of Ballari.

The superior general Mother Antonamma welcomed the gathering and introduced her congregation and the members of the new community.

The provincial superior Sr. Ignatius Suman thanked the gathering and introduced the sisters of the Ballari community - Sr. Mary Mathew, Sr. Hemalatha and Sr. Shobha Rani. The Sisters also help in the education mission in the Diocesan School, St. John’s at Fort, Bellary. 

The celebration coincided with the anniversary of the Episcopal consecration of Bishop Henry D’Souza. Bishop completed 8 years of his Episcopate in Ballari. 

 
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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

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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.

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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