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Large Gathering Witnesses Blessing Of Sahayamathe Church At Devadurga

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DEVADURGA, JAN 24,2017: Large gathering of Christians and others rejoiced over the blessing and inauguration of the newly built Church on Jan. 24, on the feast day of St. Francis De Sales, the Patron of Salesians at Deodurga in Raichur district.

Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary blessed the newly built Church and Fr. Joyce Thonikuzhiyil sdb,  Provincial of the Salesians of the Province of Bangalore,  inaugurated the magnificent place of worship.

A large number of  priests, religious and lay faithful participated in the event.

The new church is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians (Sahayamathe), the heavenly patroness of the Salesians.

Bishop D’Souza appreciated and thanked Fr. K C Mathew SDB, the Rector of the Salesian community of Devadurga and Fr. James Antony Paul sdb, Parish Priest, Fr. Kuriokose sdb, Asst. P.P.  of the Sahayamathe Church for their hard work in constructing the artistically built church.

The Devadurga Taluk of Raichur district has been entrusted to the Salesians in the year 1996.

Bishop appreciated the pastoral and educational and health care apostolate done by the Salesians and the Assisi Sisters for the people of Devadurga, which is a backward area.

Salesians are running a High School and boarding for boys and girls and Child Helpline in Devadurga.

The Assisi Sisters are involved in health ministry and care of girls boarding.

Devadurga has a 350 Catholics spread over many sub-stations.

Fr. James Paul sdb, thanked the donors for their generous contribution towards the construction of the Church at Deodurga.

The programme ended with a fellowship meal for all.


Fr. KA William Appointed Bishop of Mysore

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altNEW DELHI, JAN 25: Pope Francis has appointed Fr. K.A. William,  of the clergy of Mysore as new Bishop of Mysore Diocese.

Ecclesial provision was made public in Rome on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Pope Francis has accepted  resignation of Bishop Thomas Vazhapilli, Bishop of Mysore from Pastoral responsibility.

The bishop-elect was born in Pollibetta, in the Diocese of Mysore, on Feb. 27, 1965.

He studied at the St. Mary’s Minor Seminary and at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary. He was ordained a priest on May 18, 1993.

He acquired a Master’s Degree in Canon Law and M.A. in Christianity.

Presently he is the Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Church and Secretary, Mysore Diocesan Educational Society. May God abundantly bless his Episcopal ministry!

We appreciate and thank Bishop Thomas Vazhapilly for his dedicated Episcopal ministry for fourteen years.

We wish him robust health and happiness in the years ahead.


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.

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Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine

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Diocesan Diamond Jubilee

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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