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Vatican Seeks Input On The Family From Catholics Worldwide

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BALLARI,alt DEC. 12: For the second time in two years, the Vatican has asked national bishops' conferences around the world to seek input from Catholics at "all levels" about how the church should respond to sometimes difficult questions of modern family life, such as divorce and remarriage.

Issuing a document in preparation for a second worldwide meeting of Catholic bishops on family life next year, the Vatican has also stressed the need for mercy in responding to such difficult situations.

The call for input came Tuesday in a document released by the Vatican's Office for the Synod of Bishops, which in October 2015 will host the second of two global bishops' meetings called by Pope Francis for 2014 and 2015.

The document is partly a summary of the last meeting in October and partly a series of 46 questions meant to help prepare for the next synod. The Vatican synod office is sending the document in coming days to bishops' conferences around the world.

In its preface, Dec. 9's document states that the questions are aimed "an in-depth examination of the work initiated" at the last synod.

"The proposed questions which follow ... are intended to assist the bishops' conferences in their reflection and to avoid, in their responses, a formulation of pastoral care based simply on an application of doctrine, which would not respect the conclusions of the Extraordinary Synodal Assembly and would lead their reflection far from the path already indicated," the document states. 


Ballari To Host Christha Nanama Christmas TV Programme

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altBALLARI, DEC. 11, 2014: Christha Namana Christmas cultural programme of music and dance which will be telecast live by Doordarshan’s Chandana Channel will be held in on Dec. 14 at Bellary.

The colourful cultural fiesta will commence at 5.30 pm on Sunday, Dec. 14 at Good Shepherd Auditorium, St. Philomena’s School, Ballari.

organized on 14th December ,Sunday at 5.30p.m at Good Shepherd Auditorium , St. The two-hour event will be jointly organized by Doordarshan Kendra Bangalore, All India Radio Hosapete, Catholic Diocese of Bellary and United Christian Forum Ballari.

Christha Namana event is held annually in order to celebrate holy season of Christmas.

The program will be inaugurated by Archbishop Bernard Moras, Archbishop of  Bangalore and President of Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Swami Kalyana Mahaswami of Kalyana Mutt Ballari, Khaji Ghouse Siddiqui, and Brahmakumari Nirmalaji of Ballari Center.

Ballari Member of Parliament Sri Sriramulu, Ballari MLA Sri Anil Lad, City Corporation Mayor Sri Ramesh and Ballari Zilla Panchayat President Smt. B. Anita Anand will be the guests of honour.

Invitations have been sent in the name of Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Ballari, Dr. Mahesh Joshi, IBS, Addl. Director General (South Zone) Doordarshan, Sri N. Chandrashekar, IBS, Deputy Director General, DDK, Bengaluru, and Sri Arun Prabhakar, IBS, Director (Engineering ) AIR, Ballari- Hosapete.

City institutions such as St. Philomena’s School, St. Joseph’s Co-Ed School, St. Joseph’s Boys School, Holy Cross School Laxminagar Camp, St. Anthony Cathedral Choir, Cantonment Church Choir, Bandihatti Church Choir, Trinity Church Choir, AG Church Choir and many other organizations will contribute programmes to Christa Namana.


Mount Carmel Guru Mandir Blessed And Inaugurated At Gurugunta

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altGURUGUNTA, RAICHUR, DEC. 8, 2014:  Newly built presbytery which is named Guru Mandir was blessed and inaugurated by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary at Gurugunta, Raichur on December 8, the solemnity of Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary.

Recalling the simple dwelling place of Blessed Virgin Mary in Nazareth which became the “tabernacle of God with us”, Bishop urged all to be “living temples” of divine presence.

“All Holy God has chosen a people to be a holy nation and a royal priesthood”, which demands that all live a life of holiness”, reminded the Bishop.

Bishop thanked and congratulated Fr. Sunder Raj for courageously taking up the new mission of Gurugunta. He complimented him for rejuvenating the local community, for starting and school and for building the priest’s residence. He also appreciated fostering of a harmonious relationship with the people around. 

The presbytery has been constructed with the financial support of Propaganda Fide and other donors. 

Many priests, religious of the diocese of Bellary and Gulbarga and the neighbouring Catholics were present at the occasion. 

The golden jubilarian Fr. Thomas D’Souza and silver jubilarians Frs. Leo Michael and Arogyanathan were honoured at the occasion.

Students of Mount Carmel School presented an impressive march fast and a colourful cultural programme.

Fr. Sunder Raj thanked all the donors and well-wishers. The function ended with a fellowship meal. 


Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee Of Fr. Thomas D’Souza Celebrated Meaningfully

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altBALLARI, DEC. 04: The golden jubilee celebration of priestly ordination of Fr. Thomas J. D’Souza was meaningfully held at today at St. Anthony’s Community Center, Ballari. 

The climax of the celebration was the thanksgiving Holy Eucharist. In his homily Bishop Henry D’Souza thanked the jubilarian for his prolonged priestly ministry and congratulated him for his ministry.

“Ministerial priesthood is for the service of the Church and the people of God” reminded Bishop. “One can attain sanctification through any state of life; however, the pastoral clergy do through their ministry of teaching, sanctification and servant leadership”, he added.

“A jubilee is a time to be grateful to God for the gift of priesthood and a time to rededicate oneself”, affirmed Bishop.

“Fr. Thomas D’Souza was always people’s priest. Contented and ever smiling in the service of the Lord, building community of faithful”, declared Bishop D’Souza.

Many priests, the Religious, and some relatives of Fr. Thomas D’Souza joined in the thanksgiving Holy Eucharist. The celebrations ended with a felicitation function and an agape.

The golden jubilarian worked in the Diocese in different positions  such as Asst. Parish Priest, in Jawalgera (1964-66), Cathedral (1966-68,), Mudgal (1968-69), parish priest at  Maski (1969-75), Cathedral (1975-80), Munirabad (1980-81), Gangavathi (1981-87), 1987-94), Chithapur Jawalgera (1994-99), City Parish (1999-2004) and Siruguppa (2004-09).

He was fortunate to be ordained along with 140 other priests from various parts of the country during the Eucharistic Congress held at Bombay in 1964 and led by his Holiness Saint Pope Paul VI. It was the first time the Pope ever visited India.

Fr. Thomas Jerome D’Souza was born in 21st December 1937 to Santan D’Souza and Catherine Saldanha in Kirem, Mangalore.

His other companions in the seminary from the diocese of Bellary were Frs. Archibald Correa, Denis Menezes, Henry Fernandes and Charles D’Souza.

At present Fr. Thomas D’Souza is residing at Bethany Senior Priests Home, 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


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