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Do not be afraid a child is born to you…!

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NEWDELHI, SEP. 8: Today the human life both before and after birth, finds itself in a situation of grave danger. ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you’ (Jer 1:5): the life of every individual, from its beginning, is part of God’s plan. It cannot be separated from the wise and loving work of the creator and left prey to human caprice.

Every person can come to recognize the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end. It can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree.

Today there exist a great multitude of weak and defenseless human beings, unborn children especially girls, whose fundamental right to life is being trampled upon. Life comes from God; it is a precious gift. Human is an imprint of God and part of God’s breath of life. The life of a human person is the greatest human good that all must protect. Man is called to the fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God.

 

The 2001 Census shows a dismal sex ratio of 933 girls per 1000 boys. The sex ratio is 927 girls per 1000 boys for children between the age group of 0-6 yrs. The child sex ratio in  Delhi ,the capital of India has  only 868.As a result of sex selective abortion, between 35 and 40 million girls and women are ‘missing’ from the Indian population. The female mortality rate exceeds male mortality rate in 224 out of 402 districts in India. Death rate among girls below the age of 14 years is higher than that of boys.

 

Commemorating the Birth of Mother Mary, whose birth announced the salvation for the entire humanity by Jesus Christ, the Church in India celebrates 8th September as the Girl Child Day. At this occasion, let us spread the good news “Fear not a child is born to you” and welcome the girl child in our midst.

 

United in  Spirit let us offer our prayers and petitions to God, who is our mother and father to bring about a change in the mindset of people towards the girl child to stop the discrimination and violence against the female specie. (CBCI Commission for Women)

 
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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

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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.

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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