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Bangalore Archbishop Launches Youth Website

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BANGALORE, JULY 20 (Fr Mari Joseph): Bangalore Archbishop Bernard Moras launched Karnataka Regional Youth Convention website at the Archbishop’s House, today.

Archbishop, who is also President of the Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishops Council (KRCBC), clicked on by the specially designed website .

Expressing his joy over the forthcoming Regional Youth Convention – Karnataka YUVAJANOTSAVA, Archbishop Moras urged: “the youth should not hesitate to declare their Catholic identity. Youth must declare their discipleship of the Lord and love the Church.”

Earlier Chairman of the KRCBC Youth Commission of KRCBC Bishop Henry D’Souza in his welcome address introduced the salient features of the website such as online registration facility, and diocese and parish wise data of the entire region.

Bishop D’Souza said that over 1,500 youth leaders from all the parishes of the region will participate in the 3 day convention Sep. 28-30 and over 5,000 youth would attend the youth rally on the last day.

Present on the occasion were: Bishop Thomas Vazhapilly of Mysore, Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo newly appointed first Bishop of  Udupi, Bishop  Aloysius Paul D'Souza of Mangalore Bishop Thomasappa Anthony Swamy of  Chikmagalur, Bishop Robert Miranda of Gulbarga, Archdiocesan PRO Fr. Anthony Swamy, Fr. Mari Joseph, Karnataka Regional Youth Director, Mr. Emmanuel Santhosh, Regional Youth President, Catholic leaders Mr. Ronald Colaco, Roy Castelino, JR Lobo and others.

Fr Mari Joseph informed that the registration for the convention was already open – only catholic youth of the age group of 15-30 residing in Karnataka may register.

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