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Thousands Of School Children Join Pope’s Green Crusade; Leaders Urge United Action

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altBALLARI, JULY 25 (Sagaya):  

Over 6,000 school children and political and religious leaders, govt. officers and teachers converged from all over Bellary city to participate in Clean – Green Ballari campaign at St. Philomena’s PU College grounds, July 25.

The campaign was jointly organized by all the Catholic schools of Ballari in collaboration with the district administration, Forest Department and Education Department.

The mega campaign was inspired by Pope Francis’ call to make “World Our Common Home and the India’s campaign for Swachcha Bharat (Clean India).

The programme was inaugurated by Karnataka Government’s Minister for Forests and Environment Sri B. Ramanath Rai.

In his message Minister Rai emphasized on the need of promoting social amity and environmental protection. He lauded the Ballari initiative to encourage thousands of school children to join the campaign – to "reduce, reuse, recycle". “The campaign should not be restricted to Ballari only. It should the entire Karnataka state and the country”.

Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary in his welcome drew the attention of the large audience to the call given by the Pope to protect our common home and to promote clean-green environment. He lauded the effort made by the schools and students by enthusiastically participating in the poster making, slogan writing, quizzing, and planting of over 2,000 saplings. Bishop urged all religious leaders and officials to rise to the challenge of “bequeathing a cleaner, greener and healthier world to the next generation”.


The Diocese of Bellary is one among many in the country to the initiative in the background the papal document “Laudato Si” to address the environmental challenges.


The pope also states that environmental protection is a moral value. If we don’t protect and care for our environment it is a “sin”. As humans we are stewards of God's earth and share a responsibility to help each other.

Swami Sri Jaya Basava and Sri Khazi Ghouse Siddiqi appreciated the initiative and assured whole hearted cooperation in spreading the movement to all sections of the society.

Vinay Luthra, IFS, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Dr. Ravi Ralf, ifs, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wild Life), Sameer Shukla, ias, Ballari Deputy Commissioner, Thakhat Singh Ranavath, ifs, Deputy Conservator of Forests, DDPI and many church leaders, heads of institutions and political leaders attended the programmme.

Bellary Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla led the pledge in which all those participated resolved and committed to:

  v To replace misuse with moderation ,greed with generosity ,wastefulness with sharing;

  v  To reduce, reuse, recycle with minimum garbage, no litter;

  v To conserve water by plugging leaks and stopping wastage;

  v To save electricity by turning off lights and gadgets while not in use;

  v To stop food wastage  and minimize junk food;

  v To celebrate festivals  with no air and sound pollution;

  v To use notebooks fully and both sides of paper;

  v To save lakes and ponds; respecting parks and forests as green lungs;

  v To plant saplings every year and protect them;

  v To give life, save life and donate organs to needy;

  v To keep our Ballari clean and green!

There Catholic schools which participated in the event are: St. John’s Group of Institutions, St. Joseph’s Boys’ School, St. Joseph’s Girls School, St. Joseph’s Co-Ed School, St. Mary’s School, St. Philomena’s School and Vianney Vidyalaya. ¬†¬†


Over Ten Thousand School Children To Support Pope‚Äôs ‚ÄúWorld Our Common Home‚ÄĚ

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altBELLARY, JULY 22, 2015: Over ten thousand school children of Bellary join “Green Pope” Francis’ call to make the “world our common home” through an awareness programme organized by the Diocese of Bellary.

Pope Francis’s much acclaimed Encyclical Laudato Si is on the care of the “world our Common Home”. Released on 18 June, 2015, the Pope powerfully draws the attention of the world to the urgent need of addressing the environmental challenges.

Inspired by the Pope’s initiative, we the Catholic schools of Ballari in collaboration with the Ballari District Administration and the District Forest Department will together organize CLEAN – GREEN BALLRI campaign at 9.00 am on July 25 at St. Philomena’s School premises.

Sri B. Ramanath Rai, H’ble Minister for Forests and Environment, Govt. of Karnataka will be the Chief Guest.

Religious leaders Bishop of Bellary Henry D’Souza, Swami Jaya Basava Swamiji and Sri Khazi Ghouse Siddiqi will give messages and bless the event.

The programme is aimed to sensitize the school children, who will be tomorrow’s adult citizens.

Over ten thousand children have already participated in the preparatory class wise group events such as Quiz on Environment (Common answer entered after discussion), Class Poster on Clean-Green Ballari and Slogan contest (Five slogans, each not exceeding 10 works in English and Kannada languages.

The school children, animated by the class teachers and school managements have participated in the events enthusiastically.

The 25th programme will include public pledge by the students to protect environment, planting of 2,000 saplings and prizes for winners in the competitions.

Proposed programme on July 25:

8.45    am      : Arrival at the venue

9.00¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Prayer song and Naada Geethe

9.10¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Welcome by Bishop

9.15¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Lighting of the lamp

9.20¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Message & Prayer/Blessing I

9.25¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Message & Prayer/Blessing II

9.30¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Speech by Minister Sri B. Ramanath Rai

9.40¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Distribution of prizes

9.45¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Distribution of saplings to school Managers & SPLs

9.50¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : Pledge by all students

9.55¬†¬†¬† ”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† : National Anthem


Bala Yesu School Building Blessed At Vidyanagar, Raichur

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altRAICHUR, JULY 17, 2015 (Fr. Jeyaraj Putti): A new building for Bala Yesu School (CBSE) was blessed and opened today at Vidyanagar, Raichur.

Bishop of Bellary Henry D’Souza blessed the building at a well attended function and laid the foundation stone for the lunch hall.

While appreciating the new school building which is a land mark in the area, Shri BV Naik, Member of Parliament of Raichur constituency lauded quality of education and the harmony inculcated in the young minds in order to foster all round development.  

Shri Laxmikanth Reddy (IAS), alumni of the Infant Jesus School who was honoured on the occasion, highly appreciated the quality education imparted by the Christian institutions very specially Infant Jesus School. He declared, ”The strong foundation laid at¬† the school in my life¬† transformed and empowered me to go for Indian Administrative Service and secure 21st rank“.

In his message “Education is an environment given in order to transform individuals into empowered persons in the society. In a multi cultural and multi religious context of our country, education should enable them to respect rich diversity of our country and foster cooperation” said Bishop.

Bishop also appreciated the hard work put in by the school management Fr. Jeyaraj Putti, former Managers and the school staff members, donors for this memorable gift for the people of Raichur.

School manager Fr. Jeyaraj Putti honoured and thanked all the special invitees, the architect, the contractor and others. 


Nonagenarian Fr Kuttiyani Passes Away

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altJUNE 07, 2015 (Sagaya): Zealous and dedicated missionary of Bellary diocese, Fr. Antony¬†¬† Kuttiyani, aged 92, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital, Bellary, at 5.30 am local time on Sunday, 07 June 2015.

He was one of the pioneer priests ordained for Bellary diocese in 1952 by Bishop John Forest Hogan, the first Bishop of Bellary.

The diocese of Bellary places on record the commendable service of Fr. Kuttiyani who served as Vicar General for 16 years under two Bishops and Administrator of the diocese for two years.

He was the parish priest of ¬†Fort parish, correspondent and manager of St. John’s ¬†educational¬† institutions for 17 years. During his time St. John’s High School was raised to Junior College.

His total commitment to the pastoral work was exemplary and his life borne much spiritual fruit in the parishes and institutions he served.

Fr. Anthony kuttiyani was born in Perumkavu, Kudiyathur Parish, Kottayam District, Kerala, to late Mathew kuttianikal and Anna. He was the   eldest of the two brothers .

He is survived  by his only younger brother Mr. Joseph Kuttianikal.

He was the first priest from his parish.

After his primary & secondary school at Bharaninganam (St. Alphonsa’s native place). At the age of 18 he joined the Alwaye St Joseph Pontifical Seminary in Kerala for his ecclesiastical studies .

In 1945 when Bishop Hogan, the first Bishop of Bellary approached him, stating the need of  priests in Bellary mission, he readily accepted to be a priest in the then Bellary  Mission.

He was one of first priest ordained for the diocese of Bellary in 1952. His other companions were Frs. Augustine  Kandathil, Anthony Puthenkalam and Sebastian Kulathinal .

He was ordained at Alweye in St. Joseph’s Papal Seminary on 17th March 1952. Right after he served in¬† Adoni, Ramadrug and Yemmiganur of the then Andhra Pradesh, then part of Bellary Diocese, and Kavithal, Jawelegera, Manvi, Cathedral, Fort, Cantonment and Lakshminagar parishes. ¬†

Fr. Kuttiyani took suddenly ill on 6th June. He was immediately administered the Sacrament of Anointing. Thereafter, he was rushed to the neibouring St. Mary’s Hospital.

He breathed his last peacefully at about 5.30a.m on 7th June, on the feast day of Corpus Christi.

His mortal remains are kept at Bethany, the Senior priest’s house for people to pay their last respects.

The funeral rites would be held at 4.00 pm. on Monday, June 8th at St.Anthony’s Cathedral and mortal remains would be interred thereafter at Cowl Bazaar Cemetery.

“Fr. Kuttiyani was a simple and unassuming priest with minimum needs. He lived an exemplary life and endeared himself to all sections of people”, stated Bishop Henry D’Souza.

“Fr. Anthony Kuttiyani was a simple deeply spiritual and zealous priest. He lived totally for the poor,” affirmed one of his colleagues in the senior priest’s house.¬†

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 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