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Abhaya Home For Special Children Opened Near TB Dam

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AMARAVATHI, TB DAM/ HOSPET, 10 AUG 2017:  Abaya Home for the special children was blessed and declared open on August 10 in Amaravati village, T.B. Dam, near Hospet town.

Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary blessed the new building and dedicated it to the special children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

President of JSW Mr. Rajshekhar Pattana Shetty declared the new home opened.

In his address, Bishop Henry D’Souza said, “Children are our future and our treasure.  They are to be tenderly cared for and prepared for the future.”

He regretted that special children who are either infected or affected or differently able are often neglected and even stigmatized in the society today” and it is our bounden duty to care them showing God’s unconditional love.

Situated amidst a scenic beauty surrounding Abhaya Home is indeed a blessing to the Diocese of Bellary. It is just about a kilometer away from the Tungabhadra Dam, Hospet and 10-15 kms to the World Heritage site Hampi.

Abhaya Home was financially supported by the Financially supported by Abaya India, a children’s sponsorship programme headed by Kathelijne Ritzen in Belgium and directed by Fr. Arokianathan in Bellary. Bishop lauded their work and thanked JSW-CSR for financial support and Fr. Francis B. for carefully supervising the construction work.

The children’s home will be run by the DSS Sisters, who have started their new convent at the beginning of this year.

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


New Old Age Home Blessed and Declared Open In Bellary

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Bellary, 22 JULY 2017: A home for the aged persons from economically poor background has been blessed and declared open on 22 July in Bellary.

Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary blessed and dedicated the new home, named Gnanamma Vriddhashrama, to the poor and neglected elderly persons of Bellary Diocese.

During concelebrated thanksgiving inaugural Mass in the chapel of the old age home, Bishop Henry said, “Grandparents play a very important role in the families in the upbringing of children. They also tenderly pass on the Faith and meaning of life to the younger generations.”

Bishop affectionately recalled the tender love and care received from his own grandparents at the occasion.

He regretted that elderly persons are neglected in the society today, with “use and throw culture”.

Named after their founder Servant of God Gnanamma, the Sisters St. Ann of Phirangipuram will take care of the new house built by the Bellary Diocese.

Addressing the gathering Bishop Henry said “In order to commemorate the “Year of Mercy” 2015, the Diocese of Bellary decided to construct a Home for poor and neglected elderly persons of this area.

Mr. Justice Michael D’Cunha, Judge of Karnataka High Court along with his wife Mrs. Usha D’Cunha declared the new house open. He congratulated the Diocese of Bellary for providing such a facility for the poor and neglected senior citizens of the place. He recalled the plight of elderly in the families of the present day society.

Sr. Anthoniamma CSSA, Superior General opened the new chapel and Vicar General Fr. Paul Raj and Sr. Ignatius Suman CSSA, Provincial superior, unveiled the plaques.

Built as a memorial of the Year of Mercy, the home is to show God’s Mercy by providing a dignified, peaceful life to the elderly poor at the evening of their life.

Built with the help of many generous donors, the home will serve all, with a preference for the catholic elderly. Initially the home can house about 50-60 elderly men and women.

Bishop felicitated Sr. Antoniamma the Mother General, Sr. Ignatius Suman, Provincial Superior and Sr. Mary Mathew the local Superior for shouldering the responsibility of autonomously run the home.

Gnanamma Vriddhashrama is situated by the Mother Teresa – OPD Road, Bellary. It is just across VIMS Medical College Hospital and besides St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Ann’s Pharangipuram was founded by a lay widow, the Servant of God Gnanamma. The Sisters trace back their very beginning of the Congregation to Bellary as early as 1871 to Bellary, with their first candidates Arulamma and Agathamma trained by the Good Shepherd Convent Sisters in Bellary under the direction of Fr. Arogyanathar the then priest of Bellary.

Many Priests, Religious and hundreds of people particularly the elderly, were present at the occasion.

Mother Antoniamma thanked all those present.

The architect and engineer Balasamy, contractor John Antony and Venkatesh and others were honoured at the occasion.

Fr. Maxim Dias, Diocesan PRO anchored the program. Fellowship meal followed at the end of the function. 


Motivation And Prayer for Evangelization Held

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BELLARY, JULY 12: The Bellary Diocesan Commission for Evangelization organized a day-long sensitization programme on Evangelization at St. Antony’s Community Centre, Bellary on July 12.

It was well attended by about 200 participants, who included priests, religious and lay leaders from different parts of the diocese.

The seminar began at 10.00 a. m. with invocation prayer service led by Bro. Innaci Muthu and Bro. Joseph.

Archbishop  Vincent Concessao, Emeritus Archbishop  of Delhi, Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary, Isaac Montero, Alwyn D’Souza, Vijay Bhatti of UCPI were the resource persons.

Archbishop Vincent Concessao while addressing the gathering stated, “As Catholics we are all meant to evangelize. We need not be the best theologians to spread the Good News. But our deep Faith in Jesus sustains us”.

“Also we need to team up our efforts to set the blaze of Evangelization”, he added.

Bishop Henry D’Souza in his keynote address said “Mission mandate is for all and for all times”. Quoting Pope Francis he said, “Missionary impulse is capable of transforming everything and the entire Church should be in a permanent mode of mission”.

Urging the priests, religious and lay leaders to be in permanent state of mission mode and appealed to them to be missionary disciples.

Bishop Henry applauded the initiative of the UCPI members and the Diocesan Commission for Evangelization for taking initiative to organize the seminar and appealed to continue.

Fr. Antonyraj P. is the Chairman and Fr. Lourdu Basilraj is the Secretary of the Diocesan Evangelisation Commission.

The participants evolved plans to reach out to active Catholic, inactive Catholics and people of other faiths with the Good News in our life-time.

The seminar concluded with the Holy Eucharist.


Cardinal Ivan Dias Goes To His Eternal Home

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ROME, JUNE19: Cardinal Ivan Dias passed away in Rome on June 19, 2017.  He was 81.

His  mortal  remains  were  laid  to  rest  on  June  22,  at  Verona Cemetery, Rome.

The Funeral Mass was held at St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, 21 June. It was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Dean of College of Cardinals, joined by several Cardinals, including the CBCI President, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Cardinal Telesphore Toppo and others. The final prayers of the funeral Rites were offered by Pope Francis.

Cardinal Ivan Dias entered into diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1964. He was ordained Bishop in 1982. He served in the diplomatic missions of the Holy See as Nuncio in Ghana, Togo, Benin, South Korea and Albania.

He was appointed Archbishop of Bombay in 1996 and was raised to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Saint John Paul II in 2001.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Prefect of the Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples on 20th May, 2006, the post he held with distinction till he retired from active service in 2011.

Cardinal Ivan Dias was an illustrious son of India, who served the Universal Church as a prelate and shepherd.

After his retirement, he continued to live in Rome till his death. May his soul rest in peace!

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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