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Archbishop Moras “Thankful” 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. 



Fr. Ronnie Prabhu Crusader Of Inter-religious Dialogue And Ecumenism Passes Away

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BENGALURU, AUG. 19: The Diocese of Ballari salutes the champion of inter-religious dialogue and ecumenism Fr. Ronnie Prabhu of the Society of Jesus who passed away today in Bangalore.

Fr. Ronnie Prabhu during his tenure as Provincial of Karnataka Region initiated  Pannur- Manvi Jesuit Mission  in 1998 at Jagir Pannur and Manvi areas.

Today Jesuits at Jagir Pannur –Manvi Mission, besides providing pastoral care, run two English Medium Schools, a PU and Degree College for the underprivileged in Raichur District. Today over 2000 students are being educated in Loyala Institutions at Manvi – Pannur. They also run a dispensary at Jagir Pannur. Fr. Ronnie was the force behind it.

 He was recently nominated for an award for ‘Outstanding Community Leaders of Mangalore’ which he was to receive sometime this year. At the time of his death, Fr Prabhu was the public relations officer for all the dioceses in Karnataka.

  Fr. Ronnie was diagnosed with terminal cancer at his abdomen at the beginning of this year. He bravely faced death with a smile.

Fr. Ronnie was born in Mangalore. Recently he celebrated his Diamond birthday in April this year.   

The Bishop ,Priests, religious and entire Diocese condole the sudden demise of Fr. Ronnie Prabhu. His death is a real loss for  Karnataka and particularly the Jesuits

May the Lord reward him with beatific vision and his soul finds in the company of angels and saints.

+ Bishop Henry D’Souza

Bishop of Bellary


Foundation Stone Laid for Home For The Aged

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altBALLARI, AUG 06: The Foundation stone was blessed and laid by Bishop for St. Joseph Old Age Home at Cantonment, Bellary on August 6.

When completed, it will be the first of its kind in the Diocese of Ballari. 

The Home would initially accommodate about 70 elderly from economically poor background from the backward region of Hyderabad Karnataka.

The Home will have chapel, shared living rooms, dining hall and kitchen among other necessary facilities. St. Mary’s Hospital and the VIMS Medical College Hospital are nearby to the proposed Home for the Aged.

Bishop Henry D'Souza requested individuals, institutions and people of good will to pray for the success of the project and donate their mite.

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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