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Chowriah (80), father of Rev. Fr. Lourdraj Alapatti

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 passed away on Jan. 01, 2016. The funeral was held at on Jan. 02 at Guntur, Andrapradesh. May his rest in peace! We pray for the repose of the soul of the departed and offer heartfelt condolences  to the bereaved. May the Risen Lord bring consolation to those lost their loved one.

 

Sr. Rosaline, FS (85) passed away

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¬†on 04th September,2015. She had served as Superior and Manager of the Schools at Bellary, Hospet and TB Dam of the Diocese of Bellary. Her Funeral Mass is on 05th September, 2015 at 4 p. m at St. Antony’s Cathedral, Cowl Bazaar, Bellary. We pray for the repose of the soul of the departed and offer heartfelt condolences to the bereaved

 

Archbishop Moras ‚ÄúThankful‚ÄĚ To NHRC Report On Church Attacks

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altBENGALURU, AUG. 31: The following is the statement issued by Archbishop Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Benagalore in response to the NHRC report of the attack on churches in 2008:

I am relieved and thankful to hear that after almost seven years, the NHRC in its order dated August 20th 2015, has meted out justice to 12 victims of police excesses during the spate of attacks on Churches in the Dakshina Kannada district in 2008. 

The NHRC’s statement “It is not in dispute that the religious places of Christians were attacked by fundamentalists. It was natural for the followers of Christianity to feel agitated.¬† It is their fundamental right to protest against desecration of their religious places.¬† Even if it became necessary for the police to use the force to disperse the agitating mob, it should have used such force with utmost restraint.¬† The NHRC enquiry team establishes that the police used excessive force” gives us a sigh of relief.

With the NHRC has ordering a compensation of Rs.15,000 for the 12 victims, we are further convinced that the Jury acknowledges that we have suffered violence and injustice.  Though the hurt caused to the peaceful Christian community cannot be quantified I am happy that the NHRC pronounced that our Constitutional Right to worship was threatened.

While I recall having thanked the State government at a State media conference on October 24, 2014 for rejecting the “one-sided and biased” report of the B.K. Somashekara judicial inquiry commission report, I still feel that the police personnel who indulged in “excesses” as found by the NHRC, must be strictly penalized not just in the interest of the Christian community, but to send a signal to the police force to be sensitive to the sentiments of people of all religions.

Being a multi-cultural and multi-religious country, I hope and pray that peace and harmony will prevail over religious fundamentalism.  The police have an important role to play.  Those instigating or subtly inducing violence and hatred between religious groups need to be dealt with heavily.

I reiterate my appeal to the honorable Jury of the NHRC to bring the culpable police personnel and those indirectly involved in the “excesses” in Dakshina Kannada to bring them to further scrutiny and penalty.¬† Stringent action against these police personnel will prevent ensure greater caution and provide for an atmosphere of peace.

Most Rev. Bernard Moras

Archbishop of Bangalore 

President- All Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights (KUCFHR) 

 

New Office Bearers Elected For Catholic Association Of Ballari

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altBALLARI, AUG 26: The Catholic Association of Ballari at its general body meeting held recently, elected a new team of office bearers.

They are:

Mr. A. V. Jerald (President), Mr. Felix Braganza (Imm. Past President), Mr. Sunil Joseph (Vice President), Mr. Y. Joseph (Secretary), Ms. Agnesamma (Jt. Secretary), Ms. Celine Pushparaj (Org. Secretary), Mr. Suby Mathew (Treasurer) and Mr. Raju Balraj (Spokesperson).

The main thrust of the Association is to be “outward looking” and to foster leadership in the civil society.

The office bearers of CAB intend to expand membership and start units in the talukas.

 

The association intends to build bridges between communities and enhance social harmony. 

 

 
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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