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Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro New Nuncio In India

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altNEW DELHI, JAN. 22: Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro is appointed by Pope Francis as Apostolic Nuncio in India and Nepal on 21 January 2017.


The ecclesiastical provision was made public in Rome on Saturday, 21 January, 2017 at noon local time, corresponding to 16.30 hours, Indian Time.


Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro was born in Bologna (Italy) on March 18, 1954.


He was ordained priest on 24 August, 1981.


He holds a Doctorate in Canon Law (JCD) from the Lateran University and Post Graduation in Dogmatic Theology from the Gregorian University, Rome and entered Diplomatic Service of the Holy See on May1, 1985.


He served in the Apostolic Nunciatures in Central African Republic, The Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad, the United Nations and later in the Secretariat of State of the Vatican and in the Apostolic Nunciature in Italy.


On April 2, 2005, Pope Saint John Paul II appointed him Titular Archbishop of  Giromonte and Apostolic Nuncio to Panama.


On 4 June 2005 he was consecrated Archbishop in Ragusa, Sicily, Italy. And he began his mission in Panama on July 12, 2005.


On November 21, 2008 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia.


He is fluent in French, Spanish and English. 


Daya Nilaya Convent Opened At Amaravati

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BALLARI, JAN 10: Daya Nilaya Convent of Deena Sevana Sisters (DSS) was blessed by Bishop Henry D’Souza and opened by Sr. Daniela, DSS, superior general along with the provincial superior Sr. Georgia DSS at Amaravati today.

Attached to the Abhaya Home for special children affected by HIV/AIDS, the convent is a newly erected foundation in the diocese.

Welcoming the Sisters, Bishop stated, “Abhaya Home and the Daya Nilaya Convent are a blessing to the diocese of Bellary in the new year”.

Bishop emphasised on the need of caring for children who are differently abled, mentally challenged and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Abhaya India is sponsoring over 250 children from economically poor and socially backward sections of the society through distant adoption by sponsor parents in Belgium.

The programme is headed by Kathelijne Ritzen in Belgium and directed by Fr. Arokianathan in Bellary.

The Abhaya Home is being built under the supervision of Fr. Francis Bashyam and is expected to house over 75 disadvantaged children, when completed.

Bishop thanked and lauded the Abhaya India donors for their generosity and Fr. Arokianthan for the hard work in building the Abhaya Home.

The inauguration was followed by the thanksgiving Eucharist presided over by the Bishop.

Many priests, religious men and women and local people participated in the event.

The programme ended with a fellowship meal.


Silver Jubilee Celebration of Infant Jesus School Attracts Large Gathering

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altRAICHUR, JAN 6: Enthusiastic and colourful celebrations marked the silver jubilee of Infant Jesus School Vidyanagar, Raichur January 4-5.

The celebrations attracted huge gathering of dignitaries, parents, teachers and students.


The celebrations started with a thanksgiving Holy Eucharist presided over by Bishop Henry D’Souza on Jan. 4. It was following by a well attended cultural evening by the alumni and students.


The main event was held on Jan. 5, presided over by Bishop Henry D’Souza, and Bishop Jayarao Polimera, Bishop of Eluru as chief guest.


The students of Infant Jesus School and Bala Yesu CBCE School presented colourful cultural events which enthralled the audience.


Vicar General Fr. Paulraj, BDBE Secretary Fr. MD Vincent and a galaxy of dignitaries attended the function.

Fr. Jaya Raj Putti, school Manager welcomed and thanked the gathering.


Infant Jesus School was established in the year 1991-92 in a two room makeshift building by Fr. Antony Puthenkalam and continued by Fr. Sebastian Kulathinal who designed and laid the foundation stone for the massive structure and built the 1st floor.


The school was further improved both in structure and academics by Frs. Bhagavantraj and Thomas Michael.

The school is marching ahead successfully promoting academic excellence under the leadership of Fr. Jayaraj Putti, Manager and Correspondent.


This school has both the mediums in English and Kannada and has more than 2000 students.


Infant Jesus School’s vision is to enable each student to achieve his/her potential within a learning environment that is safe, positive, respectful, inclusive and welcoming in all the spheres of life.


Diocesan Sponsorship Committee Organises Children Sponsorship Meet

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BALLAri, DEC.18: The Diocesan Sponsorship Committee (BSSK) hosted children’s get- together at Lingsugur and Ballari on Dec. 11 and 18.

The well attended programmes were held at Little Flower School, Lingsugur on for children of the Raichur district. The children of Bellary and Koppal districts met at St. Joseph’s Boy’s School, Ballari.

The children’s sponsorship programme helps children from economically poor and socially backward sections to pursue their studies.

Many of the sponsored young boys and girls are pursuing college and professional studies.

Bishop Henry D’Souza urged the sponsored children to be grateful to their sponsor parents and to take their studies seriously, nurturing a dream to be successful in life.

Bishop thanked the Diocesan Sponsorship committee with Fr. Sam Nalan as chairman, Fr. O. Vincent as Secretary and Sr. Shyamala fs as Coordinator.

He expressed his gratitude for the sponsor parents, sponsorship directors Fr. Arokianathan and Fr. Lourdsamy T., parish priests, parents and the children for their cooperation.

Fr. O. Vincent, Secretary of the Sponsorship programme, coordinated the meets. Frs. Paulraj (V. G.), Sam Nalan, Bagawanthraj, MD Vincent, Yagappa, Lourduraj, Maxim Dias, Sisters Dorin A.C., Sr. Shyamala fs and others helped.

The diocese has sponsorship programmes such as FQ-Ankura, Abhaya India directed by Fr. Arokianathan and Amo India by Fr. Lourdsamy T.  

The programme is promoting the uplift of children who are the most deprived, socially backward and some of whom are physically challenged. 

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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