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MLC Ivan Briefs Ballari Public On Govt’s Christian Development Schemes

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BALLARI, SEP. 23: Mr. Ivan D’Souza, Chief Whip of Karnataka Government in State Legislative Council and Member of Karnataka Christian Development Council briefed the public about Govt. schemes for Christian community at Ballari today.

While addressing a large number of Christian leaders and citizens at St. Antony’s Community Center, Ivan strongly encouraged leaders of the community and the department staff to take up initiative at all levels to sensitise regarding the Government schemes available  for the benefit of the community and to utilize them fully.

The awareness program was conducted by District Officer, Dept. of District Minority and Backward Class welfare Department.

Mr. Suresh Babu, the director welcomed the gathering. And a power point presentation regarding the available schemes was made on the occasion.

Christian Development Council members Anil Redson, Y. Anand, Bhaskar Prashant, Zilla Panchayat member Allam Prashant and Deputy Mayor Basavaraj were present at the occasion.

The United Christian Forum of Bellary was represented by Fr. Paulraj, vicar general and CSI area chairman Rev. Gona Emmanuel and Pastor Gunalan on the dais.

Mr. D’Souza also recommended that instead of Minority Council it would be better to have Christian development Corporation as is the case in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

He also invited the local Christian leaders to promote political representation/ leadership in the district.

Sri Ivan D Souza and other Minority Council members visited various churches and institutions like Christ the  King Church at Cantonment, Sacred Heart Church, Fort, Telugu Church, Trinity Church and St. Antony’s Cathedral also St. Joseph’s Boys’ School, C.B. Ballari.

Local parish priests, religious communities and heads of institutions enthusiastically participated in the programme.

Fr. Maxim Dias, Diocesan PRO and Director, St. Antony’s Community Center facilitated the programme.

Office bearers of Catholic Association of Ballari (CAB) Gerald Valentine, Raju Balraju, Suby Mathew and others helped in organizing the program.

Earlier on Sep. 20 MLC Ivan D’Souza addressed the public at St. Mary’s Hall, Raichur where the programme was facilitated by Fr. Leo Michael and Benjamin John. 


Ballari Religious To Move From Institutional To Mission Mode

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altBELLARY, SEPT 18: 36 Religious superiors and heads of institutions decided to move from institutional mode to mission mode here on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Bishop’s House.

Gathered for an annual meeting to reflect on the pastoral challenges of today and Pope’s Pastoral Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), strongly felt the need of effectively responding to the present day pastoral by emphasizing on mission.

Bishop Henry D Souza presented the highlights and main thrusts of the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis.

He also sensitized the heads religious communities that the church should avoid judging people and imposing rules without being sensitive to their problems and struggles.

Bishop D’Souza urged the leaders to celebrate of the Holy Eucharist according to liturgical norms and to avoid all sorts of liturgical aberrations.

The religious joyfully agreed to participate in the mission of the Church through greater collaboration with the Bishop and integration into the pastoral life of the pastoral community.

Bishop also presented the highlights of the Career Advancement Programme (CAP India) launched by CBCI Youth Council for Catholic students to Prepare Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.

Bishop D’Souza urged the leaders to take steps to encourage catholic students from their institutions to enroll in the CAP India program at the earliest.  

The day’s program was concluded with Holy Eucharistic celebration and a fellowship meal.  


“Mother Teresa – Best Bharat Ratna”; Leaders Laud Her Services

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altBALLARI, SEP 10: Local leaders of Ballari lauded Mother Teresa as the “Best Bharat Ratna” and lauded her services to the poorest, last and the least, today at a public function held to celebrate the canonization of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta and the golden jubilee of the foundation of the MC Convent in Ballari.

Ever since the starting of the MC Convent and the asylum for the destitute, Mother Teresa had visited Bellary thrice and made it “hallowed city”.

Recalling the words of introduction of Mother Teresa by the then Secretary General Perez de Cuellar to UN General Assembly in 1985 Bishop quoted: “Now we have the privilege to have the most powerful woman in the world…She is the United Nations. She is peace in the world”, Bishop Henry D’Souza praised her as “the model and example as to what a human being can become and achieve”.


Bishop D’Souza emphasized as to how Mother Teresa saw the face of Jesus in the poor – “Seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, all the time, and his hand in every happening. This is what it means to be contemplative in the heart of the world. Seeing and adoring the presence of Jesus, especially in the lowly appearance of bread, and in the distressing disguise of the poor”.


He also insisted on the need of bringing love into all relationships families and institutions. Quoting Mother Teresa, “It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start” he reminded.

Local MLA NY Gopalakrishna, Ballari city MLA Anil Lad, MLC KC Kondiah, former MLA Somashekar Reddy and many other dignitaries including Vicar General Fr. Paul Raj participated in the event and lauded the noble contribution of Mother Teresa to humanity.

Earlier Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary presided over the concelebrated thanksgiving Eucharist.

A statue of St. Teresa of Calcutta was unveiled on the occasion.

The students of St. Philomena’s School presented a meaningful dance drama on the life and work of Saint Mother Teresa.

3-4 thousand people, mostly from economically poor background attended the programme and participated in the fellowship meal.

The chaplain of the MC Convent Fr. Maxim Dias and the MC Sisters ably assisted by the local leaders organized the programme meaningfully and effectively.

The programme was held at Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine, of which Fr. Gnanapragasam T. is the Rector.


Mother Is Saint Teresa Of Calcutta Now On

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altBALLARI, SEP 04: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata) was elevated to sainthood by Pope Francis today in the Vatican.

Hundreds of thousands of dignitaries and pilgrims witnessed the event of global importance.

The canonisation of Mother Teresa, a Nobel prize winner who was known as the “Saint of the Gutters” for her work with impoverished and dying people living in the slums, was been highly anticipated by admirers all over the world, and is the highlight of the church’s jubilee year of mercy.

Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on 26 August 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, Teresa joined the Loreto order of nuns in 1928.

In 1946, while travelling by train from Kolkata to Darjeeling, she was inspired to found the Missionaries of Charity order.

The order was established in 1950 and has since opened houses in more than 130 counties with over 6,000 members worldwide providing comfort and care for the needy, dying and sick.

She died in 1997 and was beatified in 2003 and was declared Blessed in 2013.

The Bellary Diocese is blessed with a convent of Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa who are caring for the poorest, physically challenged and aged.

The Diocesan thanksgiving celebration will be held on Sep. 10 at the Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine.

Many dignitaries, priests, religious and lay faithful are expected to participate in large numbers in the event enthusiastically.

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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