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REQUIEM MASS FOR IVAN CARDINAL DIAS, CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY NAME

REQUIEM MASS FOR IVAN CARDINAL DIAS, CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY NAME

“One life – but he had such a tremendous influence on thousands of lives.”

CID Requiem Mass

The Bishops, Priests and Religious, together with the lay faithful of the Archdiocese, attended the Requiem Mass celebrated by His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay ...

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Public Requiem Mass for Ivan Cardinal Dias on June 28

Public Requiem Mass for Ivan Cardinal Dias on June 28

Celebrated by His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias

His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, will celebrate a Public Eucharist (concelebrated) for the repose of the soul of the late Ivan Cardinal Dias, Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Bombay, on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Cathedral of the Holy Name ...

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SSC Results analysis

SSC Results analysis

SSC 2017 – THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES

 

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world!” – MalalaYousafzai

Of the 128 SSC Board of Education schools in the Archdiocese of Bombay (AOB), affiliated to the Archdiocesan Board ...

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Laity Sunday

Laity Sunday

Sunday, 25 June 2017, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) is being celebrated as LAITY SUNDAY in our Archdiocese, and in our country.

In his Apostolic letter, Misericordia et Misera (Mercy and Misery), issued by Pope Francis at the ...

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OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (VIII)

OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (VIII)

 

Fr. Carlton Kinny: to be Acting Priest-in-charge, Mary of Nazareth, Alibag while continuing to be Priest-in-charge of St. Francis Xavier Church, Mahad

Fr. Prakash Rumao (Vasai Diocese): to be Assistant, Good Shepherd Church, Four Bungalows, Andheri

Fr. Nicholas Dias (Delhi ...

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OFFICIAL - ZONAL BISHOPS

OFFICIAL - ZONAL BISHOPS

 

The following is the arrangement for the jurisdiction of our Zonal Bishops:

BIshop Dominic Savio Fernandes: South Mumbai, Andheri, Kurla Deaneries

Bishop John Rodrigues: Bandra and Borivli Deaneries

BIshop Barthol Barretto: North Mumbai, Central Surburbs, Bhyanadar Deaneries

Bishop Allwyn D ...

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OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (VII)

OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (VII)

 

Fr Vincent D’Mello      : to be Parish Priest, St Paul Church, Dadar (E)

Fr Edward Jacinto          : to be Parish Priest, Holy Magi Church, Gorai

Fr Venancio Mascarenhas: to be Parish Priest, St Joseph Church, Belapur CBD

Fr Ajit Tellis OFM ...

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OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (VI)

OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (VI)

 

Fr Ajit Bandekar           : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church,  Manori

Fr Merwyn D’Souza    : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Sewri

Fr Abel Fernandez        : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Health Church ...

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OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (V)

OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (V)

 

Fr Joseph Borges                    : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Korlai

Fr Sushanth Mantri MSFS     : to be Parish Priest, St Francis de Sales Church, Koparkhairane

Fr Terrie Pinto MSFS             : to be Priest-in-charge, Holy Redeemer Church, Khopoli

Fr Robin ...

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COMMUNICATING HOPE & TRUST IN OUR TIMES  – Symposium to mark World Communications Day 2017

COMMUNICATING HOPE & TRUST IN OUR TIMES – Symposium to mark World Communications Day 2017

St Pauls

St. Paul’s Institute of Communication Education (SPICE) in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Bombay organised a symposium-cum-workshop, ‘Communicating Hope And Trust In Our Times’, on May 7, 2017 at the SPICE Institute, Bandra.

The event commenced with an opening ...

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 BISHOP ALLWYN CELEBRATES FOUNDER’S DAY AT BANDRA GYMKHANA

BISHOP ALLWYN CELEBRATES FOUNDER’S DAY AT BANDRA GYMKHANA

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, Bishop Allwyn D’Silva celebrated his first mass as Bishop at the tennis courts of Bandra Gymkhana on the occasion of the popular member’s day. Fr. Caesar D’mello, Fr. Colman Carlos, Fr. Joe ...

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OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (IV)

OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (IV)

 

Fr Ravi Thanaiah Marineni PIME :to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Health of Velankanni Church, Irla

Fr Kuriakose Jolly M. SVD   : to be Parish Priest, St Theresa Church, Bandra (W)

Fr Innocent Fernandes SVD : to be Parish Priest, Sacred ...

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Press Note With respect to the demolition of the Holy Cross in Bandra, on April 30, 2017.

Press Note With respect to the demolition of the Holy Cross in Bandra, on April 30, 2017.


The  following is the information that we have in hand:

From the information we have received, we understand that the BMC had a meeting on April 3, 2017, with the local communities. The concerned Officer made the community members aware ...

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OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (III)

OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (III)

OFFICIAL

 APPOINTMENTS (III)

 Fr Austin Norris : to be Parish Priest, St Vincent de Paul Church, Khar

 

Fr Alban D’Souza : to be to be Assistant, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Borivli (W)

Fr Henry S. D’Souza   : to ...

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Faith on Campus

Faith on Campus

ST. ANDREWS COLLEGE OF ARTS, SCIENCE AND COMMERCE, BANDRA

       Lent is a season of self-introspection, cleansing, reconciliation with neighbor and restoration of our relationship with Christ. The Faith On Campus, better known as F.O.C., group of St ...

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 Cardinal Oswald celebrates Easter with retired priests

Cardinal Oswald celebrates Easter with retired priests

MUMBAI, India  - Cardinal Oswald Gracias spent Easter morning celebrating Mass for the retired priests of the Archdiocese of Bombay, telling them “Thank you very much, dear Fathers! God bless you!”

It is a tradition which the cardinal has carried out ...

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OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (II)

OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (II)

OFFICIAL- APPOINTMENTS (II) 

Fr Vijay Drego : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Remedy Church, Poinsur

Fr Don John D’Souza : to be Parish Priest, St. Andrew Church, Chowk

Fr Lawrence J. D’Souza  : to be Parish Priest, St. Joseph ...

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Official Message from His Eminence for Easter

Official Message from His Eminence for Easter

Easter is the Feast of the triumph of good over evil, of light over darkness, of justice over injustice: of God over Satan. In the world of today we see so much of senseless hatred and violence: with some acts ...

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FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY

FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Divine Mercy, a Feast instituted by Saint John Paul II,on the Sunday after Easter. The Novena to the Divine Mercy appropriately begins on Good Friday and this Feast of the Divine Mercy ...

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OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (I)

OFFICIAL - APPOINTMENTS (I)

Fr Herman Almeida : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Mazagaon 
Fr Jude V. Botelho : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Glory Church, Byculla 
Fr Peter D’Cunha : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of the ...

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Mass of the Holy Oils (Chrism Mass), Cathedral of the Holy Name

Mass of the Holy Oils (Chrism Mass), Cathedral of the Holy Name

Holy Oils

“The Chrism Mass is one of the most solemn liturgies of the Church. This liturgical celebration, at which the holy oils are blessed and consecrated, also acknowledges the ministry of the priesthood instituted by Christ.”

-excerpt from Commentary

The Bishops ...

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Homily by his Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias at the ordination to the priesthood, April 1, 2017

Homily by his Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias at the ordination to the priesthood, April 1, 2017

Ordination

My dear Brother Bishops, my dear Fathers, Religious Sisters, Brothers and Sisters in Jesus and very specially my dear deacons Savio, Oscar, Robinson, John and Simon.

Today is a very special day for each one of us. This ceremony will ...

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TWENTYNINTH ANNUAL LENTEN WALKING PILGRIMAGE FOR PEACE

TWENTYNINTH ANNUAL LENTEN WALKING PILGRIMAGE FOR PEACE

Every year, on the appointed night, the devout gather at the Cross in Cross Maidan, South Mumbai for the Annual Lenten Walking Pilgrimage that culminates at Mount Mary’s Basilica, Bandra.  No matter the age, or even sometimes the handicap ...

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‘LET IT BE DONE ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD’

‘LET IT BE DONE ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD’

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25, 2017, His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, ordained two permanent (married) Deacons – Frederick Correa and Sylvester Lobo - for the Archdiocese of Bombay, at the 6.30 PM Eucharist at Cathedral ...

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The Cardinal meets with Musicians

The Cardinal meets with Musicians

 The Cardinal meets  with musicians, choir conductors and singers who  are involved in both Church and secular music. The meeting discussed the joys and challenges that these musicians experiences in Church ministry. The Cardinal while thanking them for their dedication ...

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A report on the interactive meet between His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias the Civil Services Aspirants

A report on the interactive meet between His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias the Civil Services Aspirants

 

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today!” – Malcolm X

23 young Civil Services Aspirants were invited to attend an interactive session with His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias on Tuesday, 28th February 2017 at the Archbishop’s ...

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Official - Lent: A Season to Promote the Culture of Mercy

Official - Lent: A Season to Promote the Culture of Mercy

With Ash Wednesday on March 1, 2017, we begin the specially grace-filled season of Lent, during which we are invited to meditate on the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord.

At the basis of everything is the Word of ...

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Carbon Fast 2017

Carbon Fast 2017

During Lent, a Carbon Fast can honour God’s creation

During Lent, a Carbon Fast can honour God’s creation

A carbon fast challenges people to examine their daily actions and reflect on how they have an impact on the environment.  The carbon fast campaigns are designed so that, during ...

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Official in the light of the forthcoming BMC elections

Official in the light of the forthcoming BMC elections

The Catholic Church has always supported and co-operated with the democratically elected government of the day through its various institutions. And, like any other civil society association or organisation, Catholics claim and reserve the right: to speak out against environmental ...

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FROM THE PRESS OFFICE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY

RE:  VIDEO BEING CIRCULATED PURPORTING TO BE AN ENDORSEMENT OF POLITICAL PARTY BY THE ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY

The following clarification is issued by the Press Office of the Archdiocese of Bombay:

It has been brought to our attention that pictures ...

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Week of prayer for Christian Unity

Week of prayer for Christian Unity

Click here to view or download the prayer

Every year, from January 18th to 25th, Christians all over the world observe a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. A theme is chosen jointly by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian ...

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Korlai

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Korlai

Inauguration & Blessing of Community Hall and Parish House

The atmosphere was charged with joyful anticipation as almost the whole village of Korlai gathered at the village bus stop. The brass band played their marching tunes with gusto, the ladies, in their traditional dress, shared their excitement in their ...

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 National Award to Health Promotion Trust.

National Award to Health Promotion Trust.

Health Promotion Trust (HPT) Team is happy to bring to your kind attention that our work of Preventive Health Care is recognised at the National Level.

Just a month ago, HPT received a letter from International Business Council, New Delhi ...

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Cardinal meets with the Migrant Workers on Christmas morning

Cardinal meets with the Migrant Workers on Christmas morning

His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, meets with members of the migrant community from the Chotta Nagpur tribal belt as part of his Christmas outreach. During this interaction, one of the members of the community said, "We have come from far ...

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The Cardinal's Birthday Celebrations by the ABE — at Cathedral of the Holy Name.

The Cardinal's Birthday Celebrations by the ABE — at Cathedral of the Holy Name.

The best way to celebrate ones birthday could be a party for one,hanging out with friends for another, spending time with loved ones for yet another or charity. And to a prominent face of our Archdiocese , celebrating the Eucharist ...

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INTER RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

INTER RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

On 18 December, 16, The Archdiocese of Bombay hosted an Inter Religious Christmas Celebration at the Holy Name High School Hall, Mumbai. Dignitaries and various religious leaders joined in the Christmas celebration which commenced with the lighting of the lamp ...

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Two new Auxiliary Bishops appointed for the Archdiocese of Bombay

Two new Auxiliary Bishops appointed for the Archdiocese of Bombay

 The Archdiocese of Bombay is pleased to announce that Pope Francis has appointed two new Auxiliary Bishops for this Archdiocese. They are Bishops Elect Fr. Allwyn D’Silva and Fr. Barthol Barretto.  The Archdiocese of Bombay will now have four ...

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Marriage Preparation Courses 2016 in English

Marriage Preparation Courses 2016 in English

SNEHA- VIVAH TWO DAY Non-Residential course in AC Conference Hall (Only couples)

¨      04 - 05 Mar.    Sat-Sun.      -  Salvation Church Hall, Dadar (W)

¨      08 - 09 April    Sat-Sun.      -   Salvation Church Hall, Dadar (W)


¨      02 - 03 July   Sat-Sun.      - Salvation Church Hall, Dadar (W)

¨      03 ...

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Marriage Preparation Courses in Marathi

Marriage Preparation Courses in Marathi

 

Marriage Preparation Courses in Marathi to be held during the year 2017

  • 7th and 8th January 2017                 Second Saturday and Sunday
  • 4th and 5th February 2017               First Saturday and Sunday
  • 4th and 5th March ...
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The Closing of the Holy Doors of Mercy at The Cathedral of the Holy Name

The Closing of the Holy Doors of Mercy at The Cathedral of the Holy Name

Never has a ‘farewell’ been so joyful!  Not because the Doors of Mercy were closed but because the mercy experienced will live on and on – a beautiful reason to rejoice.

The closing ceremony was preceded by an ‘Evening of Mercy ...

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Advent Campaign Against Hunger and Disease

Advent Campaign Against Hunger and Disease

As we prepare for Christmas, our hearts can’t ignore those who are born, like Jesus, in vulnerable situations. Images flashing from the newsrooms across the world connect us with the trauma of those who are victims of hate and ...

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PROCLAMATION COMMISSION FESTIVAL OF “THE LIGHT”: Let your light shine

PROCLAMATION COMMISSION FESTIVAL OF “THE LIGHT”: Let your light shine

The Proclamation Commission held a two-day non-residential festival on 29th and 30th October, 2016, at St Pius X Seminary, Goregaon. It was a fitting theme as it coincided with Diwali (The Festival of Lights) and while everyone across ...

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JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

The Jubilee Year of Mercy will conclude with the closing of the Holy Door at St Peter's Basilica by Pope Francis on November 20, 2016. A week earlier, other Holy Doors of Mercy will be closed all over the ...

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Clergy Retreat

Clergy Retreat

Please find below the details of the second Clergy Retreat for the current Academic year 2016 - 2017

Clergy Retreat

Date:              Sunday, December 4, 2016 (supper) – Friday, December 9, 2016 (lunch)
Venue:           Sarvodaya, St. Pius X College Campus, Goregaon (E)
Preacher ...

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Cardinal Gracias to undertake Jubilee pilgrimage in Mumbai, visiting the sick and tribals

Cardinal Gracias to undertake Jubilee pilgrimage in Mumbai, visiting the sick and tribals

Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), will be a simple pilgrim for two days in his diocese and will accomplish two works of mercy.

Next Saturday and Sunday (5-6 November ...

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Our Response to the apology received from Mr. Riyaaz Amlani CEO of the groups that runs the Social Brand

Our Response to the apology received from Mr. Riyaaz Amlani CEO of the groups that runs the Social Brand

Reproduced verbatim, below, is the apology received from Riyaaz Amlani, CEO of the group that runs the Social brand.  

While we accept the apology in the spirit in which it was tendered, we will continue to monitor the situation in ...

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Press Statement on the Offensive décor of Goregaon Social

Press Statement on the Offensive décor of Goregaon Social

It has been brought to our attention that the decor of the pub 'Goregaon Social' at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon (East), Mumbai, is blasphemous and hurts the religious sentiments of the Christian community. We strongly condemn what appears to be a ...

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O SING TO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN

O SING TO THE CHIEF MUSICIAN

Fr. AnicetoA Tribute to Fr. Aniceto Nazareth in Celebration of his Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee (Sunday, October 16, 2016, St. Pius X College, Goregaon) It was an evening of glorious Sacred Music in the Seminary chapel, where The Proclaimers – the all-Bombay choir ...

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MISSION SUNDAY OFFICIAL - "Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy"

MISSION SUNDAY OFFICIAL - "Missionary Church, Witness of Mercy"

We celebrate World Mission Sunday this year on October 16. This year marks the 90th Anniversary of World Mission Sunday, first approved by Pope Pius XI in 1926. Year after year, the Holy Father dwells on different aspects of the ...

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Boat blessing at Uttan

Boat blessing at Uttan

Boat blessing 2

Every year, in the month of October, Our Lady visits each and every house at Uttan! People of other faiths, too, ask for the statue in Bhate-Bunder village. During this month, one day is kept aside for the area Mass ...

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AGERA – The Harvest Festival of the East Indian Community.

AGERA – The Harvest Festival of the East Indian Community.

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The East Indian community, sons of the soil of Mumbai, Thane, Raigad and Vasai celebrate this festival on the first Sunday of October. More recently, the Archdiocese of Bombay also celebrates this day as 'Thanksgiving Sunday' - a day when we ...

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Bikers Pilgrimage

Bikers Pilgrimage

Bikers Pilgrimage

The Archdiocesan Youth Centre has adopted an innovative initiative to encourage Youth to be proactive in faith: a Bikers Pilgrimage from the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra to the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Karjat.

The ...

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Orlem parish beautifies the same railway station it helped establish a century ago

Orlem parish beautifies the same railway station it helped establish a century ago

In its 100th year, Our lady of Lourdes Church in Orlem, Malad, is collaborating with NGOs Mumbai First and Make A Difference (MAD) to beautify Malad station.This is part of the `Hamara Station, Hamara Shaan' drive during Daan Utsav ...

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HIS EXCELLENCY, ARCHBISHOP SALVATORE PENNACCHIO  BIDS FAREWELL TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY

HIS EXCELLENCY, ARCHBISHOP SALVATORE PENNACCHIO BIDS FAREWELL TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY

Cathedral of the Holy Name, Fort, Mumbai

September 26, 2016

His Excellency, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal from 2010 to 2016, celebrated a ‘farewell’ Eucharist with Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay at the Cathedral of ...

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THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY CELEBRATES  THE CANONISATION OF SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY CELEBRATES THE CANONISATION OF SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA

Mumbai, September 25, 2016

St. Francis Xavier Church, Vile Parle

 

In a time when indifference to another’s suffering seems so widespread, there was one person, in our time, who was not indifferent: Mother Teresa had eyes that saw, a ...

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The Archdioceses Celebrates the Canonisation of St. Teresa of Calcutta

The Archdioceses Celebrates the Canonisation of St. Teresa of Calcutta

The Archdiocese of Bombay celebrates the Canonisation of St. Teresa on Sunday 25th September 2016 at 5:30pm on the grounds St. Francis Xavier church, Vile Parle. We welcome all to this celerebration of faith and service.

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A Day of Prayer For Peace

A Day of Prayer For Peace

On Tuesday, 20th September, Pope Francis will be presiding over an Inter-Religious Meeting in Assisi on the theme, ‘Thirst for Peace: Religions and cultures in dialogue.’  Parishes and Schools all over the world have been requested to observe this ...

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Catholic Directory for The Archdiocese of Bombay Released

Catholic Directory for The Archdiocese of Bombay Released

Bishop John released the Catholic Directory in Sept 6, 2016 at the Bishops House.These directories are available at Archdiocese of finance office Colaba, the diocesan pastoral centre, bandra, St. Pius X the Archdiocesan Seminary Goregaon and St. John the ...

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Mumbai Celebrates Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Mumbai Celebrates Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Mumbai Celebrates Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Nineteen years after her passing away, thousands gathered at Vatican City on Sunday, 4th September 2016, to celebrate the sainthood of Mother Teresa. This was the woman who inspired them in some way ...

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Logo For Mother Teresa's Canonisation By Graphic Designer From Mahim

Logo For Mother Teresa's Canonisation By Graphic Designer From Mahim

Logo 

When September 4th was announced the date for the canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa, the Archdiocese of Calcutta wasted no time in celebrating her entrance into sainthood. The Archdiocese has planned events like a music and film show, symposiums, a ...

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Tender Notice

Tender Notice

Further to our notice in ‘The Examiner’ of July 30, 2016, fresh tenders are being invited for construction of Temporary Stalls for Traditional Mount Mary Feast along the steps of Mount Mary Basilica. 

Blank Tender forms will be available from ...

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Thank you very much, Dear Fathers! God bless you!

Thank you very much, Dear Fathers! God bless you!

On August 7, 2016, we celebrate the Feast of St John Marie Vianney, patron of all priests engaged in the pastoral ministry. This is a day when we priests refl ect on the life of our patron, St John Marie ...

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THE WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: 25 YEARS

THE WORLD COMMUNITY FOR CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: 25 YEARS

A Report on the International Conference of National Coordinators.

68 Delegates from 44 countries that included Fiji, Latvia, the Ukraine as well as Trinidad and Jamaica gathered together at Ashburn Place, East Sussex, England in the United Kingdom from June ...

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A Report on the Archdiocesan initiative with regard to the Development Plan 2034

A Report on the Archdiocesan initiative with regard to the Development Plan 2034

On July 27, 2016, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, personally spoke to the Municipal Commissioner Mr. Ajoy Mehta, and voiced the concerns of the Christian Community with regard to the D. P. Plan.  The Commissioner was very polite ...

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OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS (IX)

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS (IX)

Fr Anthony Charanghat : to be Dean, South Mumbai Deanery

Fr Gilbert de Lima : to be Dean, Borivli Deanery

Fr Milton Gonsalves : to be Dean, Bandra Deanery

The above appointments take immediate effect 

June 29, 2016
Feast of Sts Peter and ...

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Discussion on BMC New Development Plan organized by the Bombay Catholic Sabha

Discussion on BMC New Development Plan organized by the Bombay Catholic Sabha

On Friday, July 1, 2016 the Bombay Catholic Sabha has organised a meeting at St Michael's Auditorium, Mahim at 7 pm, where presentations on the new Development Plan will be made and the anomalies discussed.

Godfrey Pimenta of Watchdog ...

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Well Done ABE Schools!

Well Done ABE Schools!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela.

In this respect, we change the world everyday through our efforts to promote literacy and the importance of education. Along with teachers and parents ...

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Laity Sunday

Laity Sunday

Laity Sunday is being celebrated in our Archdiocese on June 26, 2016.

The Jubilee Year of Mercy is half over, and we need to use the remaining months to deepen further our reception of God’s gift of mercy, and ...

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Why Politics Should Matter to Catholics

Why Politics Should Matter to Catholics

A report of the BCS Panel Discussion on India’s Current Political Scenario

Why Politics Should Matter to Catholics: A report of the BCS Panel Discussion on India’s Current Political Scenario 

 On Sunday, 29th May 2016, the Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS) organised a panel discussion on the “Political Scenario in Our Country ...

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Prayer For Rains

Prayer For Rains

This year our country is facing an unprecendented drought. In our own State of Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidharba are going through dark times, with people specially women having to trudge miles to get water for drinking, washing etc. Some dams ...

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Human Chain protest at Our Lady of Remedy Church

Human Chain protest at Our Lady of Remedy Church

NOT A SINGLE INCH OF OUR LAND

A human chain was organised on Sunday, May 22 between 10.30 a.m and 11.30 a.m.  Over 3000 citizens participated from all over Mumbai at this event.

This  protest was ...

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Official Appointments (VI)

Official Appointments (VI)

Bishop John Rodrigues : to be Rector, Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra

Fr Aniceto A. Pereira : to be Rector, St Pius College, Goregaon (E)

Fr Emmanuel K.T : to be Judicial Vicar, Archdiocesan Metropolitan Tribunal

Fr Richard Crasto ...

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Official Appointments (V)

Official Appointments (V)

Fr Oscar Mendonca : to be Assistant, St Anthony Church, Vakola

Fr Prashant Padu : to be Assistant, St Anthony Church, Dharavi (and not as previously announced)

 Fr Ernest Fernandes :  to be on the Staff at St John the Baptist Church, Thane ...

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Official Appointments (IV)

Official Appointments (IV)

Fr Denis Lemos MSFS : to be Parish Priest, St Joseph Church, Kurla (W)

Fr Melwin D’Souza SAC : to be Priest-in-charge, Christ the King Church, Rasayani

 Fr Jesuraja MSFS :  to be Assistant, St Joseph Church, Kurla (W)

Fr Edwin Azavedo ...

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Official Appointments (III)

Official Appointments (III)

Fr Savio D’Souza SDB : to be Parish Priest, St Dominic Savio Church, Wadala (E) 

Fr Thomas D’Costa SDB : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala (W)

Fr Felix D’Souza SJ : to be Assistant, Holy Family ...

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SSVP’s Tryst with the Holy Doors of Mercy

SSVP’s Tryst with the Holy Doors of Mercy

On Sunday, April 24, 2016, members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, from all over Mumbai, even as far away as Nerul and Uttan, gathered at the Cathedral of the Holy Name, Colaba, to  walk through the Holy ...

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Official Appointments (II)

Official Appointments (II)

Fr Harold A. Vaz : to be Rector, Holy Name Cathedral, Fort 

Fr Colman Carlos : to be Parish Priest, St Anne Church, Bandra (W)

Fr Francis Carvalho : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Goregaon (W)

Fr James ...

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Official Appointments (I)

Official Appointments (I)

Fr Christopher Alvares : to be Parish Priest, St Francis Xavier Church, Dabul

 Fr William Athaide : to be Parish Priest, St Stephen Church, Cumballa Hill

Fr Vincent Barboza : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Forsaken Church, Malwani

Fr Epiphany ...

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Diocesan Ordination at St Pius X College, Goregaon

Diocesan Ordination at St Pius X College, Goregaon

8 Deacons to be ordained to the ministry of Holy Orders by Cardinal Oswald Gracious at the St. Pius X, Goregaon on 9th August at 05:00 p.m.

Here are link to their Testimonal videos.

Deacon Jodman Pereira 

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Statement from Cardinal Gracias

Statement from Cardinal Gracias

We are given to understand from media reports that a popular Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan had, in January, tweeted a flippant refrence to the Pope, the Supreme Head of the Catholic Church, that could be construed as derogatory.

 While this ...

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Easter Message 2016 from His Eminence

Easter Message 2016 from His Eminence

Easter Message 2016 from His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay

Each one of us has to understand that we are sinners and are in need of God’s mercy. We need to feel this in reality. Every saint ...

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Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata

Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata

The Archdiocese of Bombay joyfully welcomes the news of Blessed Mother Teresa’s canonization, which will take place in Rome on  September 4, 2016.

The day chosen for her canonization is also the day dedicated to celebrating the Jubilee for ...

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Circular on Maundy Thursday Washing of the Feet

Circular on Maundy Thursday Washing of the Feet

News Source: ccbi.in

To: All Member Bishops
Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India

Your Eminence / Grace / Excellency,

On the first Maundy Thursday service after his election as Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis washed the feet of several inmates ...

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Cardinal Wuerl’s Homily at the Cathedral of the Holy Name

Cardinal Wuerl’s Homily at the Cathedral of the Holy Name

Before beginning these reflections on our liturgy this evening and the Word of God we just listened to, I once again wish to thank Bishop Agnelo Gracias for his words of welcome. I would also like to say a word ...

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Annual Clergy Lenten Recollection and Chrism Mass

Annual Clergy Lenten Recollection and Chrism Mass

As part of our Lenten preparation in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the annual Lenten Clergy Recollection will be held at St Pius X College, Goregaon on Thursday, March 10, 2016, at 10.00 am, with fellowship at 9.30 ...

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Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington celebrates Eucharist at the Cathedral of the Holy Name

Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington celebrates Eucharist at the Cathedral of the Holy Name

Cardinal Wuerl is here in India to address the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) as the Keynote Speaker at the forthcoming plenary meeting to be held in Bangalore. At the invitation of Oswald Cardinal Gracias, he stopped over in ...

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24 HOURS FOR THE LORD

24 HOURS FOR THE LORD

Pope Francis has asked dioceses all over the world to be part of the initiative ‘24 hours for the Lord’ to be held on Friday, 4th March and Saturday, 5th March 2016.  During these 24 hours arrangements will ...

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Please Pray for Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Please Pray for Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Cardinal Oswald Gracias had gone to the United States for his comprehensive health check-up. There was a cyst and the doctors decided it would be appropriate to remove  it.  The surgery is completed and successful.  The cyst is removed.  Cardinal ...

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ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY NAME, JANUARY 20, 2016 (CHRISTIAN UNITY OCTAVE)

ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY NAME, JANUARY 20, 2016 (CHRISTIAN UNITY OCTAVE)

Hosted by His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, the Service was attended by Rev. M.A. Daniel, All India General Secretary of the Methodist Church and Rev. Abhijeet Sasane, Auxiliary Secretary of the Bible Society of India.

During ...

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Clarification on the Whatsapp message being-circulated with regard to the Doors of Mercy

Clarification on the Whatsapp message being-circulated with regard to the Doors of Mercy

There is a Whatsapp message being circulated with regard to the Doors of Mercy which is misleading. It gives the impression that merely walking through the Doors of Mercy will result in the forgiveness of sins.

 It must be understood ...

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E-newsletter - vol 1 : 3

E-newsletter - vol 1 : 3

The Archdiocese of Bombay spearheads multiple efforts for the Community which may largely go unmarked because publicity has not accompanied the activities and projects undertaken. In order to implement an effective ‘Communication Strategy’, the Archdiocese of Bombay now puts out ...

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Archdiocesan brings one-stop admission portal for its schools

Archdiocesan brings one-stop admission portal for its schools

Jan 06 2016 : Mirror (Mumbai)

In a relief to harried parents trying to get their children admitted to schools, the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) has come up with the solution of providing a one-stop admission portal for all KG ...

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Lunch party for the street kids of Colaba

Lunch party for the street kids of Colaba

That familiar childhood injunction, ‘Wash your hands!’ came vividly to mind as one followed the line of parents and children forming at the door to the hall of the Holy Name High School. Volunteers with liquid soap and hose pipe ...

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Homily of His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias at the Midnight Mass

Homily of His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias at the Midnight Mass

HOMILY OF HIS EMINENCE, OSWALD CARDINAL GRACIAS, ARCHBISHOP OF BOMBAY, AT THE CHRISTMAS VIGIL SERVICE (MIDNIGHT MASS),

DECEMBER 24. 2015 IN THE HOLY NAME ORATORY

Dear Brothers and Sister in Jesus Christ, there are events that remain always etched in ...

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Opening of the Holy Doors

Opening of the Holy Doors

Opening of the Holy Doors at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra, Mumbai, India on 20th December 2015

The inaugural rite prior to the opening of the Holy Doors at the Basilica of Our Lady of the ...

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Cardinal Oswald shares his experience at the Synod on the Family  in Rome

Cardinal Oswald shares his experience at the Synod on the Family in Rome

The Synod on the family from October 4 – 25, 2015 was the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Although technically it was “Ordinary” it was certainly “extraordinary” in many ways. A few weeks have lapsed since ...

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A birthday wish for His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias

A birthday wish for His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias

An annual feature on the school calendar for the 151 schools affiliated to the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE), the Thanksgiving Eucharist to felicitate His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, was held this year on December 17, 2015 at the Cathedral ...

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Gaudete Sunday, December 13, 2015

Gaudete Sunday, December 13, 2015

Gaudete Sunday, December 13, 2015

The ceremony was officiated over by Bishop John Rodrigues, Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay
The faithful, in anticipation, raised their voices in song, ‘As we gather may your Spirit work within us; as we gather may ...

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Press Release on Fr. Johnson

Press Release on Fr. Johnson

Fr L. Johnson, a priest of the Archdiocese of Bombay, assigned as Priest-in-charge of Christ the King Church, Shivaji Nagar, Govandi is in judicial custody for allegedly having sodomised a 13-year-old boy in Govandi on November 27.

 The Cardinal has ...

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‘Panis Angelicus’  featured on news channels

‘Panis Angelicus’ featured on news channels

The Archdiocesan Heritage Museum, Mumbai is hosting an exhibition on the Eucharist called, ‘Panis Angelicus’ as part of the National Eucharistic Congress

Eucharistic objects like vestments, sacred vessels, chalices, ciboriums, cruet sets, candle stands, tabernacles, altars, copes, humeral veils, canopies ...

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THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY BIDS FAREWELL TO BISHOP FERDIE

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY BIDS FAREWELL TO BISHOP FERDIE

Bishop Ferdinand Fonseca, fondly known as Bishop Ferdie, passed away on Friday, 2nd October, 2015.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Andrew’s Church, Bandra on 3rd October, by Bishop Bosco Penha. The concelebrants included 7 Bishops from the ...

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Message of Condolence from Oswald Cardinal Gracias at the Funeral of Bishop Ferdinand Fonseca

Message of Condolence from Oswald Cardinal Gracias at the Funeral of Bishop Ferdinand Fonseca

I saw Bishop Ferdie on Monday evening in the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit of Holy Family Hospital.  He looked very weak.  The nurses told me he had not taken alimentation the whole day.  When I received the news of his ...

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Bishop Ferdinand Joseph Fonseca returns to his Heavenly Father

Bishop Ferdinand Joseph Fonseca returns to his Heavenly Father

We regret to inform you that Bishop Ferdinand Joseph Fonseca passed away today, 2nd October 2015, early in the morning..Bishop Ferdinand fondly known as Bishop Ferdie was an Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Bombay. This Funeral Mass ...

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PRESS STATEMENT ON THE PLAY 'AGNES OF GOD'

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE PLAY 'AGNES OF GOD'

The Play ‘AGNES OF GOD’ to be staged in Mumbai has created a furore amongst some Christians.  In this connection, we are issuing the following Statement:

 

  1. 1.There are serious reservations with regard to the promotional bill board advertisements and ...
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 Archdiocesan Heritage Museum  Celebrates it's fourth Aniversary

Archdiocesan Heritage Museum Celebrates it's fourth Aniversary

The Archdiocese of Bombay is proud of the Archdiocesan Heritage Museum which celebrates its 4th Aniversary today. Through this project it has indeed  created a future for its past. In order to protect and preserve the rich and ancient traditions ...

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 Clarification on Press Reports of St. Xaviers School Andheri East

Clarification on Press Reports of St. Xaviers School Andheri East

There have been a number of enquiries regarding the matter, concerning 'St Xavier’s High School' in Andheri East, which has been reported in the media.

 

We wish to clarify and emphatically state that this school is not a Church ...

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PRESS RELEASE - Archdiocesan Primary Schools to give seniority scale

PRESS RELEASE - Archdiocesan Primary Schools to give seniority scale

ARCHDIOCESAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO GIVE SENIORITY SCALE

In the name of the Archdiocese, on Teachers’ Day, I wish to express my appreciation for all that the teachers do to prepare our young students for the future as good citizens of ...

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Clarification from Fr George Athaide, Secretary, ABE

Clarification from Fr George Athaide, Secretary, ABE

Clarification from Fr George Athaide, Secretary, ABE:

The Declaration and the  Code of conduct for staff members given in the ABE Child Protection Policy is to be signed by the new recruits. Those already employed could be invited as a ...

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Archdiocese of Bombay implements child protection policy

Archdiocese of Bombay implements child protection policy

Source: Hindustan Times

 

Staff working in 150-odd Catholic schools in the archdiocese of Mumbai have been asked to submit character references that will prove that they are suitable to work with children.

Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) which manages these ...

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CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS: OUR LADY OF LOURDES, ORLEM

CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS: OUR LADY OF LOURDES, ORLEM

A flashback to one hundred years ago would allow us to see the jubilation of those first 12 families who, together with Fr. Joseph Maria Braz de Souza, were instrumental in the building of a chapel in Valnai (now Orlem ...

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Clarification of Article published in Mumbai Mirror

Clarification of Article published in Mumbai Mirror


An article has appeared in today's Mumbai Mirror (Thursday, June 25, 2015) with the following headline 'Right-to die could be an option: Catholic hospitals'. Please note that this headline does not reflect the teaching of the Catholic Church. Fr ...

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CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE ARCHDIOCESE: BUILDING MEN 	AND WOMEN OF CHARACTER

CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE ARCHDIOCESE: BUILDING MEN AND WOMEN OF CHARACTER

 “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”- Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is the philosophy advocated by the Archdiocese of Bombay. Every ...

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CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE ARCHDIOCESE: NEW INITIATIVES TO EQUIP OUR CHILDREN AND LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE ARCHDIOCESE: NEW INITIATIVES TO EQUIP OUR CHILDREN AND LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

It has been noticed that many Catholic families, who can afford quality education, choose not to send their children to the Parish based schools that offer only the SSC stream of education. A concern, raised over a period of time ...

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ARCHDIOCESAN CORPUS FUND TO ASSIST DISADVANTAGED  CATHOLIC FAMILIES TO MEET THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS

ARCHDIOCESAN CORPUS FUND TO ASSIST DISADVANTAGED CATHOLIC FAMILIES TO MEET THEIR HEALTH CARE NEEDS

The creation of the Corpus Fund for St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore (the largest Catholic Institution in India), owned and managed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) turned out to be a grand success -  the Fund ...

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Official Appointments - List  10

Official Appointments - List 10

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS - LIST 10

Fr. Fitzgerald Fernandes : to be Director of Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bandra, with the assignments already announced.

Fr. George Athaide : Secretary of Archdiocesan Board of Education, to be in residence at St Joseph Church, Colaba (and not ...

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St Andrews College admissions

St Andrews College admissions

St Andrews College (Bandra) admissions are now online. You can apply on the college website given below

standrewscollege.ac.in

 

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Official Appointments - List  9

Official Appointments - List 9

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS - LIST 9

Fr. Donald Rodrigues : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Egypt Church, Kalina (and not as previously announced)

Fr. Joachim Rodrigues : to be Assistant, St Joseph Church, Mira Road.

Fr. Anthony J Fernandes :  to be Ecclesiastical Advisor ...

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Primary SectionTeachers in Non Aided Catholic Schools (affiliated to the ABE) : Demands for Arrears

Primary SectionTeachers in Non Aided Catholic Schools (affiliated to the ABE) : Demands for Arrears

Through various Press Reports, we have been given to understand that the Primary Teachers from Non-Aided Catholic Schools, affiliated to the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE), will join the protest and fast  at Archbishop's House. We wish to place ...

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Official Appointments - List  8

Official Appointments - List 8

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS - LIST 8

Fr Basil Lobo OFM : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Sion
                                 (with effect from July 1, 2015)

Fr Alex Gonsalves : (on loan from Vasai diocese) to be Assistant at Our Lady of ...

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RECENT ALLEGATIONS LEVELED AGAINST  THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY

RECENT ALLEGATIONS LEVELED AGAINST THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOMBAY

It has been brought to our attention that there are a number of emails, SMSes and WhatsApp messages doing the rounds, attacking the Archdiocese, Archbishop’s House and, in recent times, even Cardinal Gracias, on a range of issues.  Most ...

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Official Appointments - List  7

Official Appointments - List 7

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS - LIST 7

Fr Melvin D’Cunha OCD : to be Parish Priest, St Joseph Church, Mira Road

Fr Philip D’Souza SFX : to be Assistant, Holy Cross Church, Juhu

Fr Emilio Almeida SFX : to be Priest-In-Charge, St Francis Xavier ...

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Official Appointments - List 6

Official Appointments - List 6

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS - LIST 6 

Fr John Barretto : On the Staff, St Pius X College, Goregaon

Fr Marcellus R. Crasto : On the Staff, St Pius X College, Goregaon

Fr Julian Saldanha s.j.:  On the Staff, St Pius X College, Goregaon ...

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Official Appointments List 5

Official Appointments List 5

Fr Herman Almeida : to be Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Church, Santa Cruz 

(and not as previously announced)

Fr Dominic G. Alves : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Assumption Church, Kandivli

Fr Peter A. D’Mello :  to be Parish Priest ...

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Official Appointments List 4

Official Appointments List 4

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS - LIST 4

Fr Lancy D’Silva CSC : to be Parish Priest, St Louis Church, Dahisar

Fr Philip Gonsalves OFM Cap : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Fatima Church, Kirol

Fr Edwin Colaco SDB : to be Parish Priest ...

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Official Appointments List 3

Official Appointments List 3

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS - LIST 3

Fr Christopher Alvares : to be Assistant, Infant Jesus Church, Dombivli

 Fr Michael D’Cunha : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Glory Church, Byculla

 Fr Jeffrey D’Souza : to be Assistant, Our Lady of Victories Church, Mahim ...

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Official Appointments List 2

Official Appointments List 2

OFFICIAL APPOINTMENTS - LIST 2

Fr Ajit Bandekar : to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Sea, Madh

Fr Joe D’Mello : to be Parish Priest, St Joseph Church, Belapur

 Fr Peter D’Mello : to be Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Church ...

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Official Appointments - List 1

Official Appointments - List 1

Fr Herman Almeida, Parish Priest, St Francis Xavier Church, Kanjur Marg

Fr Rocky Banz, Parish Priest, St Joseph Church, Vikhroli

Fr Anthony F D’Souza, Parish Priest, St Anthony Church, Vakola

Fr Evan D’Souza, Parish Priest, Our Lady of ...

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Call to Action

Call to Action

28th March 2015 saw a huge convergence of the Roman Catholic community, the students and exstudents of the  Convent of Jesus and Mary who  met on the grounds of Holy Name Cathedral, Fort Mumbai, to deliberate on the growing ...

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Members of National Minorities Commission meet his Eminence

Members of National Minorities Commission meet his Eminence

Members of National Minorities Commission met with his Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, members of the Syro Malabar Clergy and other Catholic laypersons in the Archdiocese of Bombay Office to discuss issues of concern and ally fears in connection to the ...

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Police make arrest in nun rape case

Police make arrest in nun rape case

Indian police have made their first arrest over the rape of an elderly nun that has shocked the country, a senior official said on Thursday.

Investigators traced the suspect to the western city of Mumbai and detained him on Wednesday ...

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Family Synod 2015 | Survey Questionnaire

Family Synod 2015 | Survey Questionnaire

Pope Francis has asked the faithful to suggest different ways in which the Church can provide better pastoral care to the families. This questionnaire has been designed to gather your opinion about solutions to the challenges that our families face ...

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PRESS STATEMENT

PRESS STATEMENT

It has been alleged that certain discriminatory statements on Interfaith Marriages and Gender Stereotyping have been made in the course of a Lenten Retreat in a particular parish of the Archdiocese of Bombay.

This clarification is being issued from the ...

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Press note on the meeting with he Education Minister,  Hon'ble Shri Vinod Tawde

Press note on the meeting with he Education Minister, Hon'ble Shri Vinod Tawde

The Archdiocesan  Board of Education (ABE) sought an appointment with the Education Minister,  Hon'ble Shri Vinod Tawde,  to discuss issues and concerns experienced by Catholic schools affiliated to the ABE.

The representatives were given an appointment today, February 21 ...

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Archdiocese of Bombay Android Application Update

Archdiocese of Bombay Android Application Update

Welcome to Version 2.0 of the Official App of the Archdiocese of Bombay. This user friendly update for Android will connect you on the go, anytime, anywhere to stay Catholic and alive in spiritual and practical ways!

The App ...

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The Cardinal's Official

The Cardinal's Official

Common practice of penance in the Archdiocese of Bombay

With Ash Wednesday on February 18, 2015, we begin the specially grace-filled season of Lent, during which we are invited to meditate on the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord ...

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Visa request of 2 Vatican officials rejected

Visa request of 2 Vatican officials rejected

The Catholic church on Wednesday alleged that two key Vatican officials who were to address the 27th national assembly of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) in Bengaluru had been denied visa.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, CCBI president, said ...

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Police Drag Priests, Women Into Buses During Protests Against Church Attacks

Police Drag Priests, Women Into Buses During Protests Against Church Attacks

NEW DELHI:  A large number of policemen today swooped down on a protest in Delhi against attacks on churches, and dragged activists, including priests, into buses.
 
The protest outside the Sacred Heart cathedral in the heart of the city was ...

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Govt silence on ghar wapsi irks Cardinal

Govt silence on ghar wapsi irks Cardinal

As a child growing up in cosmopolitan Mahim, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, now archbishop of Mumbai, was surrounded by people of all faith. “There were Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians in our neighbourhood.We would celebrate each other's festivals and ...

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Pope Francis lauds first Sri Lankan saint's 'undivided love for God'

Pope Francis lauds first Sri Lankan saint's 'undivided love for God'

Pope Francis on Wednesday, 14th January, canonized Joseph Vaz, Sri Lanka’s first saint, praising the 17th century priest’s love for the Sri Lankan people, his “missionary zeal” and his example for all Christians.

“Leaving behind his home, his ...

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Rao lauds contribution of Christians to India's progress

Rao lauds contribution of Christians to India's progress

Business Standard
 Wednesday, December 8, 2014 

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao paid glowing tributes to the Christian community in India saying that even though the community is numerically small, its contribution to the socio-economic progress of the nation has been ...

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I am Catholic, I am alive!

I am Catholic, I am alive!

Parish by parish, the grounds at Don Bosco, Matunga, started filling up as parishioners joyfully arrived to participate in the culmination of the Archdiocesan Eucharistic Congress – the spiritual, uplifting, encouraging finale to the celebration of the Sacraments and Works of ...

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LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN......

LET THE CELEBRATIONS BEGIN......


On this day, 50 years ago the 38th International Eucharistic Congress was inaugurated with a solemn Mass at the Oval Maidan. As you are aware the Archdiocese of Bombay is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of that event of grace ...

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CBCI Deplores the blasphemous news item published in yesterday’s “Times of India”

CBCI Deplores the blasphemous news item published in yesterday’s “Times of India”

New Delhi: November 12, 2014

 The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India deplores and strongly condemns the blasphemous news item, published in the “Times of India” November 11, 2014, edition, that Jesus married the prostitute Mary Magdalene and had two children ...

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Circle of Life

Circle of Life

Commencing on Tuesday, 4th November 2014 and culminating with Benediction on 29th November, 2014 at St. Peter’s Church Bandra, the Archdiocese of Bombay will witness a series of Eucharistic Processions from church to church, which will criss-cross the Archdiocese ...

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Archdiocese of Bombay - Press Release

Archdiocese of Bombay - Press Release

The Union Social Justice Minister, Thavar Chand Gehlot, has made a public statement with regard to Dalit status for converts (which appeared in the TOI of October 10, 2014). The appeal is before the Supreme Court and while the Government ...

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OFFICIAL

OFFICIAL

Forthcoming Maharashtra Assembly Elections

Once again, Maharashtra will be having its State Assembly Elections. I invite all to pray for a peaceful election process which will give us a Government that is good and effective. We are particularly concerned that the Government takes care ...

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His Eminence appointed as special envoy to Myanmar

His Eminence appointed as special envoy to Myanmar

The Holy Father has appointed Oswald Cardinal  Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, as his special envoy to the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the evangelisation of Myanmar, to be held in Yangon from 21 to 23 November 2014.

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Our Teacher... A Legend.

Can you imagine a musician who can play Chopin, Beethoven, Bach and Palestrina, from memory, on a simple piano? An organist who is as comfortable with a medieval pipe organ as with the latest Korg? A maestro who plays flamboyant ...

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MariNagar Press Note

MariNagar Press Note

MARINAGAR

 

Fr. Simon Borges the Parish Priest of St. Michael Church has kept me informed regarding recent developments in connection with the Marinagar Property.

            I was surprised and saddened to hear that the 108 tenants housed in the five buildings ...

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OFFICIAL

OFFICIAL

A grave humanitarian crisis has unfolded in Iraq with thousands of Christians and other religious minorities being displaced from their homes and cities by the forces of invading religious extremists. The increasing violence and bloodshed has forced almost 200,000 ...

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Press Response To Fr. Conrad article in the Mumbai Mirror

Press Response To Fr. Conrad article in the Mumbai Mirror

 

We are disappointed in the way that Mumbai Mirror has reported the case of Fr. Conrad. Inspite of providing the newspaper with a detailed reply, they have chosen to pick a few random statements to explain the situation regarding Fr ...

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Year-long Chavara celebrations to begin tomorrow

Year-long Chavara celebrations to begin tomorrow

The year-long celebrations of the canonization of blessed Kuriakose Elias of Chavara would start from tomorrow.

Fr. Walter Thelappilly, provincial of Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, an order founded by Chavara, said the celebrations would start as part of his canonization ...

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St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body a "treasure" for Indian society

St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body a "treasure" for Indian society

"A treasure for the Church, and the key to meet the most urgent needs of today's society," this is how Msgr. Agnelo Gracias, President of the Human Life Commission for diocese of Mumbai, described St. John Paul II's ...

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Church in India celebrating the restoration of the Society of Jesus

Church in India celebrating the restoration of the Society of Jesus

On 7th August, the Society of Jesus will mark in India as well as the rest of the world the bicentennial of its restoration by Pope Pius VII. On 16 August 1773, Clement XIV had suppressed it with the ...

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ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT

It will soon be the First Anniversary of the death of our beloved Simon Cardinal Pimenta who did so much for the Church in Mumbai and India as a whole. We remember Cardinal Simon with gratitude. As an expression of ...

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Press Release on the Vandalisation of the Crucifix on July 14, 2014

Press Release on the Vandalisation of the Crucifix on July 14, 2014

The Archdiocese of Bombay is deeply pained at the vandalisation and desecration of the Crucifix in Vile Parle.

The Archdiocese of Bombay is deeply pained at the vandalisation and desecration of the Crucifix in Vile Parle. This is the second time this Crucifix in the LIC Housing Colony at Vile Parle West has been vandalised and damaged. Till ...

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias' prayer for good monsoon

Cardinal Oswald Gracias' prayer for good monsoon

Cardinal Oswald Gracias (Archbishop of Bombay) urges all to pray for a good monsoon. We encourage you to pray and share the same.

Prayer for Rain

O God in whom we live and move and have our being, grant us ...

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APPOINTMENTS VI

APPOINTMENTS VI

Archdiocese of Bombay

Fr. Vivian D’Souza SDB: to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala (W)

Fr. Salvador D’Souza SDB: to be Assistant, Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala (W)

Fr. Donald Fernandez SDB: to be ...

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APPOINTMENTS V

APPOINTMENTS V

Archdiocese of Bombay

Fr. Ryan D’souza: To be Director, Archdiocesan Youth Center, Diocesan Pastoral Center, Bandra.

Fr. Peter D’cunah: To Be Assistant, Archdiocesan Vocation Promoter while continuing to be the Parish Priest, Our Lady of Bethlehem Church, Dongri ...

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Cardinal's official on the election results

Cardinal's official on the election results

Heartiest congratulations to BJP and the NDA on the resounding victory in the General Elections. The people of India have given a clear call to the NDA led by the BJP to lead the country in the coming years. 

We ...

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APPOINTMENTS IV

APPOINTMENTS IV

Archdiocese of Bombay

Fr Lawrence Correa SVD: to be Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Church, Andheri (E)

Fr Andrew D’Costa SFX: to be Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Church, Roha

Fr Lawrence Fernandes SFX: to be Parish Priest, Holy Cross, Juhu-Tara ...

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OFFICIAL 1

OFFICIAL 1

THANKSGIVING EUCHARIST

Pope Francis gave the Church the gift of two new canonized saints on April 27, 2014, St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II.  I was privileged to join the Holy Father in this special celebration for the ...

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APPOINTMENTS III

APPOINTMENTS III

Archdiocese of Bombay 

Fr John Lobo: to be Parish Priest, St Paul Church, Dadar (E).

Fr Samuel Rayer, MSFS: to be Priest-in-Charge, Holy Redeemer Church, Khopoli.

Fr Constancio Rodrigues S.J.: to be Priest- in Charge, St Joseph the Worker ...

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Mumbai: Cardinal Gracias honours Udupi bishop Dr Gerald Lobo at UKM event

Mumbai: Cardinal Gracias honours Udupi bishop Dr Gerald Lobo at UKM event

Archbishop of Bombay archdiocese, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, praised Christians settled in Karnataka for their hard work, unity, service-mindedness, dedication towards their religion, and spiritual aptitude. He expressed happiness for the emergence of Udupi diocese as the top diocese of India ...

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The two canonised Popes united in their love for the Church: Carmelite Prioress

The two canonised Popes united in their love for the Church: Carmelite Prioress

Sister  Marie  Gemma, Prioress of the Discalced Carmelites in Mumbai, speaking about Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II said: "For us, each one was a familiar figure," "They were popes of our time. We knew them. Their canonisation ...

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Mumbai's Catholic community fondly remembers canonized Popes

Mumbai's Catholic community fondly remembers canonized Popes

Sunday's historic canonization of two former Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, in Vatican City pleased and energized the city's Catholic community. Both erstwhile heads of the Church were declared saints in the presence of two living ...

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APPOINTMENTS II

APPOINTMENTS II

Archdiocese of Bombay 

APPOINTMENTS (II)

Fr Richard Crasto: to be Director, Diocesan Estate Office and Director, Roman Catholic Cathedral Trust while continuing as Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Goregaon (W).

Fr Seraj Y. Pinto: to continue as ...

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Official

Official

Feast of the Divine Mercy

The Universal Church celebrates the feast of Divine Mercy on Sunday, April 27, the first Sunday after Easter. Blessed John Paul II instituted this Feast, and urged us all to celebrate it with devotion and ...

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Cardinal Gracias Makes Pilgrimage to Mark Canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII

Cardinal Gracias Makes Pilgrimage to Mark Canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII

Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, wants to "consecrate India to Our Lady to intercede for the renewal of our lives, and for the new evangelisation of the country". He will do so when he makes a pilgrimage to Mount ...

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Card Gracias: We vote and serve to build a better India

Card Gracias: We vote and serve to build a better India

The sixth phase of the 2014 general elections is being held today in India: one of the most important, because among the targeted districts, there is also that of Mumbai, the most populous city in the country with over 18 ...

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Official I

Happy Easter!

‘When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again,’ is what we all acclaim after the Consecration at Mass. In Holy Communion we receive the Risen Lord. The ...

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APPOINTMENTS I

APPOINTMENTS I

Archdiocese of Bombay

Fr. Michael Goveas: to be Rector, Cathedral of the Holy Name, Fort.

Fr. Rudolph Andrades: to be Parish Priest, Our Lady of Mercy Church, Pokhran.

Fr. Ajit Bandekar: to be Parish Priest, St Anthony Church, Saki Naka ...

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Friday 4th April to be a day of Fasting and penance so that we get a good Government

Friday 4th April to be a day of Fasting and penance so that we get a good Government

March 27, 2014

To all Parish Priests / Priest in- Charge / Heads of Institutions (Religious Men and Women)

My dear Fathers / Sisters,

The General Elections are around the corner. As CBCI President I had issued a Pastoral Letter for all our ...

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Mumbai: 7000 Catholics Participated in the Walking Pilgrimage from Mira Road to Uttan

Mumbai: 7000 Catholics Participated in the Walking Pilgrimage from Mira Road to Uttan

For the second time, St. Joseph Church and Deanery Parishes organized a walking pilgrimage from Mira road to Uttan shrine.

More than 7000 pilgrims from all the Deanery parishes participated in this mega walking event.  The procession began at St ...

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For Card Gracias, Pope Francis' first year centred on the Church's first task, the mission

For Card Gracias, Pope Francis' first year centred on the Church's first task, the mission

In order to give thanks for the first year of Pope Francis' pontificate, who said " the first task of the Church is the mission," Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, and 32 priests will celebrate Mass on Thursday, anniversary of ...

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Official for Lent 2014

Official for Lent 2014

               

              Common practice of penance in the Archdiocese of Bombay 

With Ash Wednesday on March 5, 2014, we begin a specially grace-filled season of Lent, during which we are invited to meditate on the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord ...

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The Archdiocese of Bombay Launches its First Ever Android App

The Archdiocese of Bombay Launches its First Ever Android App

The Archdiocese of Bombay has now carved space for itself on the Google Play Store with its dedicated Android App. The ‘App’lication will be launched by the Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias on March 5, 2014, Ash ...

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Card Gracias calls on Catholics in Mumbai to take part in a 'green' Lent

Card Gracias calls on Catholics in Mumbai to take part in a 'green' Lent

Oswald Cardinal Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, wants Catholics to go 'green' this Lent. Calling on the faithful to go on a 'carbon fast' to reduce pollution, protect the environment and create a more sustainable world, he told AsiaNews that Lent ...

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1st helpline to update voter’s card

1st helpline to update voter’s card

Around 40 lakh voters in the Mumbai region, comprising the island city, suburbs and Thane & Raigad districts, are yet to update their status by enlisting themselves properly on the voters’ list to ensure correct voter ID cards. To update their ...

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The Cardinal Ivan Dias Prize 2014

The Cardinal Ivan Dias Prize 2014

Winners

Every year, beginning with this year, the Archdiocese of Bombay wishes to encourage works that can reach out to a large audience and are the expression of a strong Christian commitment to the exemplary life and role of Mary in ...

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East Indians to celebrate feast of first Roman Catholic saint in India

East Indians to celebrate feast of first Roman Catholic saint in India

The East Indian community, often called as the original inhabitants of Mumbai, has appealed to their brethren to celebrate February 6 as the feast of the first Roman Catholic saint from India, Saint Gonsalo Garcia, and recognise him as the ...

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Fr.Peter Drego (80) passes away

Fr.Peter Drego (80) passes away

We regret to inform you of the death of Fr. Peter Drego aged 80 (Born 28-6-33; Ordained on 21-12-1959). Fr. Drego passed away at the Clergy Home today, February 3, 2014. The funeral will be held at St. Andrews Church ...

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Card Gracias: Poverty and attacks on life threaten democracy in India

Card Gracias: Poverty and attacks on life threaten democracy in India

India, a nation "of democracy, freedom and dignity of all citizens” recently celebrated the 65th Republic Day. The anniversary falls on the day on which the current Constitution came into force, on 26 January 1950. Card. Oswald Gracias, President of ...

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A mission among Mumbai lepers fighting disease and fear

A mission among Mumbai lepers fighting disease and fear

Some missionaries of the Immaculate Conception, a female congregation associated with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), have a history of service among the lepers of Mumbai, which began almost by chance in a slum where scores of people ...

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Mumbai: St Joseph Church, Mira Road celebrates Infant Jesus feast

Mumbai: St Joseph Church, Mira Road celebrates Infant Jesus feast

The lively and dynamic St Joseph Church celebrated the Infant Jesus feast and conducted an Inter-Religious Dialogue session, on Sunday January 12 at 6:30 pm on St Joseph Church Grounds. Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay Dominic Savio Fernandes presided over ...

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Feast in honour of first Indian saint, devotees head to Vasai Fort

Feast in honour of first Indian saint, devotees head to Vasai Fort

Vasai fort came alive on Sunday as the Gonsalo Garcia church hosted a feast in honour of its patron saint. Thousands of devotees were expected to throng the fort, which is the birthplace of Saint Gonsalo Garcia, India’s first ...

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Card Gracias: The Message of Peace is a recipe for India's development

Card Gracias: The Message of Peace is a recipe for India's development

Pope Francis's theme of "Fraternity as the foundation and pathway to peace" and his message for peace are very relevant to India today. Fraternity is urgently needed to herald sustainable peace, development and progress in our country.

Following India ...

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Salesian Province of Mumbai Gifted with Three new Priests

Salesian Province of Mumbai Gifted with Three new Priests

The Eucharist celebration began with a ceremonious procession of the deacons to-be ordained priests accompanied by their parents, His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Salesian priests and other priests.

Around 70 priests were present for the ordination ceremony.  The Cardinal began ...

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Prayers, church bells herald Christmas in Mumbai

Prayers, church bells herald Christmas in Mumbai

With the chimes of church bells, moving midnight mass, earnest prayers and warm greetings early on Wednesday, Mumbai celebrated Christmas.

Archbishop of Mumbai, Cardinal Oswald Gracias led the midnight mass at the Holy Name Cathedral till past 2 am on ...

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Celebratory Eucharist to felicitate Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Celebratory Eucharist to felicitate Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Every year, representatives from each of the ABE affiliated schools (three children and one teacher) come to the Cathedral of the Holy Name, in the week before Christmas, to felicitate Cardinal Oswald for his Birthday which actually falls on December ...

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India: The Church wishes Happy Birthday to Pope Francis, in memory of Mother Teresa

India: The Church wishes Happy Birthday to Pope Francis, in memory of Mother Teresa

The Church of India and its 18 million Catholics sent their birthday greetings to Pope Francis, who celebrates today his 77th birthday. Card. Gracias, President of the Bishops Conference and Archbishop of Mumbai told AsiaNews -"We pray to the Lord ...

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Support pours in for Captain Sunil James's kin

Support pours in for Captain Sunil James's kin

With every passing day, the chances of Captain Sunil James being able to see Vivaan, his 11-month-old son, one last time are getting bleak. Even after 14 days of Vivaan’s death, his body continues to be at the morgue ...

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Ancient Mumbai crucifix desecrated. Card Gracias : A wound for the entire population

Ancient Mumbai crucifix desecrated. Card Gracias : A wound for the entire population

An ancient crucifix was vandalized and desecrated yesterday in Vile Parle , a suburb of Mumbai. The authors of this terrible attack remain unknown thus far, but the attack itself has shocked the local Catholic community. Speaking to AsiaNews Card. Oswald ...

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For Indian Priest, Evangelii Gaudium challenges the people of Mumbai

For Indian Priest, Evangelii Gaudium challenges the people of Mumbai

Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium "addresses the struggles, concerns and challenges that affect the physical, emotional and spiritual survival of the people of Mumbai," said Fr Aniceto Pereira, Vice Rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount (Mount Mary ...

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Supreme Court rules homosexuality is a crime. Gays are not criminals: Cardinal Gracias

Supreme Court rules homosexuality is a crime. Gays are not criminals: Cardinal Gracias

The highest Indian court has overturned a 2009 judgment of the High Court of Mumbai , which had decriminalized homosexual acts . LGBT activists blame the Islamic and Christian religious organizations of lobbying to reinstate the ban. The Supreme Court of India ...

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Catholic media group awards investigative journalist

Catholic media group awards investigative journalist

The association of Indian Catholic journalists marked its golden jubilee on Sunday by honouring Josy Joseph, a senior journalist who six months ago won a prestigious award for his in-depth reporting. At the end of the associations' two-day golden Jubilee ...

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Mumbai: inspired by Ecclesiastes, young Catholics say goodbye to the Year of Faith

Mumbai: inspired by Ecclesiastes, young Catholics say goodbye to the Year of Faith

Students at St Andrew 's College in Bandra, Mumbai, decided to celebrate the feast day of St Andrew and bid farewell to the Year of Faith in a two-hour show that included gospel music and topical monologues inspired by Ecclesiastes ...

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Pune remembers 160 years of Jesuit service

Pune remembers 160 years of Jesuit service

On the feast of St Francis Xavier on Dec. 3, the Jesuits in Pune will launch a year-long celebration to mark the 160th year of the arrival of the German, Swiss and Austrian Jesuits in western India.

The jubilee celebrations ...

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Cardinal Gracias celebrates the start of Advent among Dharavi’s poor

Cardinal Gracias celebrates the start of Advent among Dharavi’s poor

A pastoral visit among the poor in the slums of Dharavi , to celebrate the beginning of Advent and respond to the needs of those most in need . This is how Card. Oswald Gracias , Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the ...

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Mumbai Jesuits design insurance for migrants

Mumbai Jesuits design insurance for migrants

The Xavier Institute of Management and Research, (XIMR) in Mumbai has designed a unique financial solution to help migrant tribal people in Mumbai, India's financial capital.

The scheme, designed in collaboration with the Chotanagpur Migrant Tribal Development (CMTD) Network ...

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Mumbai school kickstarts 150 year anniversary celebrations

Mumbai school kickstarts 150 year anniversary celebrations

One of the oldest schools in city, St Mary’s ICSE, Mazgaon, kicked off its 150 year anniversary celebrations on Saturday amid much fanfare. The school, which was founded in 1864, will host a series of events over the next ...

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The Year of Faith Concludes

The Year of Faith Concludes

November 17, 2013

(from the Homily by His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias)

The Year of Faith was a tremendous gift given to the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI, to mark the 50th anniversary of the commencement of Vatican ...

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Christian Meditation: Day of Silence

Christian Meditation: Day of Silence

The WCCM Community in Mumbai is organising a Day of Silence on Thursday, November 14, 2013 (a public holiday).

It will be held at the Diocesan Seminary, Goregaon, from 9.30 am to 5 pm. Registration begins at 9 am ...

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Mumbai Musicians’ Mass

Mumbai Musicians’ Mass

The annual Mumbai Musicians’ Mass will be held at St Anne’s Church, Pali Hill, Bandra, on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 5.30 pm. This Mass is held on the feast day of St Cecilia - the patroness of musicians ...

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Scadams Music Concert

Scadams Music Concert

Santa Cruz Amateur Dramatic & Musical Society (SCADAMS) are the pioneers in promoting the Arts continuously right from the 1930s. They have successfully staged musicals such as Pirates of Penzance, St Zita, Wanted One Body, Trial by Jury, The Black & White ...

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East Indian community sets up its new international body

East Indian community sets up its new international body

The East Indians have decided to setup a new international body for their community to represent their associations and professional in Indians abroad. A decision in this regard was taken at the first ever East Indian Conclave held in Mumbai ...

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Card. Gracias: Shocked by the attack on Nunciature in Damascus

Card. Gracias: Shocked by the attack on Nunciature in Damascus

It is with "deep sorrow and grief" that the Church in India has learned of "the attack on the Damascus Nunciature", which took place this morning. As president of the Episcopal Commission of India (CBCI), Card. Oswald Gracias sent a ...

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Migrant Catholic Community of Mumbai Celebrate their Faith

Migrant Catholic Community of Mumbai Celebrate their Faith

Some 6000 Catholic migrant workers in Mumbai came together at St. Theresa’s Church, Bandra,  to celebrate God’s love together with their Shepherd Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Bishop Agnelo  Gracias, Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes and  Bishop John Rodrigues. Most of ...

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Mother Teresa Award goes to biker-turned-activist fighting to free child soldiers

Mother Teresa Award goes to biker-turned-activist fighting to free child soldiers

"This award belongs to the thousands of children in war-struck Sudan, and in many other parts of the world, who live a daily life with the constant fear and threat of attacks. I thank the Harmony Foundation for this honour ...

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PYAS Advanced

PYAS Advanced

The Diocesan Youth Centre is organising a two-day workshop — PYAS (Parish Youth Animation Skills).

The Advanced workshop will be held on November 2 and 3, 2013, at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bandra. PYAS Advanced is for those who have completed ...

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Bishop Savio Fernandes: “We must celebrate the culture of life.”

Bishop Savio Fernandes: “We must celebrate the culture of life.”

 A five-day-old infant was found last night unconscious and in a pool of blood on the tracks of Kalyan Station, in suburban Mumbai. Thanks to the quickness of people present at the scene, the baby boy was taken to Rukminibai ...

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A Memorable day with 600 Senior citizens

A Memorable day with 600 Senior citizens

Senior Citizen’s Day was celebrated in the Community Hall  at St. Joseph Church, Mira Road on Sunday Oct. 13th . The program began with the Eucharistic Celebration. Rev. Fr. Ivan D’souza celebrated the solemn mass at 9.30am. Fr ...

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For Indian nun, Saint Teresa of Ávila relives in Pope Francis

For Indian nun, Saint Teresa of Ávila relives in Pope Francis

Saint Teresa of Ávila, whose liturgical memorial falls today, and Pope Francis share several things, such as their call to reform the "battered " Church; union with God "only through prayer"; and the simplicity, humanity and "filial devotion to Mary". On ...

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St Peter’s Association Barkoor Celebrated Silver Jubilee

St Peter’s Association Barkoor Celebrated Silver Jubilee

St Peter’s Association Barkoor (Mumbai) celebrated their silver jubilee celebration at Vincent Pallotti parish, Vijayanagar, Marol, Andheri (East) here on Sunday October 13. Bishop Dr.Henry D’Souza of Bellary, Karnataka celebrated the Thanksgiving Mass at Vincent Pallotti parish ...

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Calling the faithful to go, grow and glow

Calling the faithful to go, grow and glow

The National Convention of the Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), a three-day workshop (October 14 – 16, 2013) is being held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of WME, when participants will take a look at contemporary marriage issues and ...

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Start from the family to change society and stop violence against women

Start from the family to change society and stop violence against women

"In order to stop violence against women and instil the values ??of respect, dignity, honesty and morality towards all human beings, we must start from the family, which is the fundamental basis of society," said Msgr Savio Fernandes, Auxiliary Bishop ...

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Like the pope's namesake, Mumbai priest blesses pets

Like the pope's namesake, Mumbai priest blesses pets

Dogs, cats , turtles and parrots of various species were are among the pets who yesterday received the special blessing of Fr Joseph D' Souza, parish priest at St Pius X Catholic Church in Mulund, Mumbai. The clergyman started the tradition ...

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Mumbai divided on welfare policy for elderly

Mumbai divided on welfare policy for elderly

The city is divided on the way the state plans to implement its senior citizens’ welfare policy.  With a view to allow senior citizens to live a life of dignity, the policy will ensure health, security and housing for the ...

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East Indians celebrate traditional harvest festival

East Indians celebrate traditional harvest festival

Prem Moraes remembers heading to paddy fields in Santa Cruz, and watching his family cut the first stalks of the harvest in the presence of a priest. The green blades were then dis-tributed by the church to parishioners. The 'blessed ...

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Mumbai Christians reflect on diminishing roles

Mumbai Christians reflect on diminishing roles

On the day the Indians remembered the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation, a group of Christians gathered in Borivali, a Mumbai suburb, reflecting on their diminishing role as equal citizens of India. The Christian Community, which once ...

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Pope experienced a 'great light' before accepting the papacy

Pope experienced a 'great light' before accepting the papacy

In a recent interview, Pope Francis shared a mystical experience he had shortly before accepting the role as Bishop of Rome and also touched on several issues surrounding Church reform. The Pope recounted his experience during a Sept. 24 interview ...

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Mumbai: there are new 'Lazarus and Dives' in India

Mumbai: there are new 'Lazarus and Dives' in India

Be "sensitive to the poor, and include them in social life", recalling Pope Francis' invitation to a "poor Church and a Church that is for the poor": this is the invitation launched on September 29 to faithful by Mons. Nereus ...

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 Nair excels for Holy Family in Inter-Parish Rink football

Nair excels for Holy Family in Inter-Parish Rink football

Harikesh Nair struck a fine hat-trick to power Holy Family 'C', Andheri to a 4-1 win over St Anthony's, Sakinaka in a first round match of the 26th Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana (WCG) annual Inter-Parish Rink Football Tournament.

Other results ...

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Bombay archdiocese hosts seminar on beauty of stained glass

Bombay archdiocese hosts seminar on beauty of stained glass

To promote a revival of beautiful Christian art in India, the Archdiocese of Bombay has held a seminar on stained glass windows in local parishes, called “Windows of Faith.”

“Stained glass brings in an ambiance of prayerful atmosphere, fostering sacred ...

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Conference of St. Vincent de Paul

Conference of St. Vincent de Paul

Celebrating 150 glorious years – 1862 - 2013

As home to the first Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paulin India, when it came to Bombay in 1862, the Church of Our Lady of Health, Cavel today proudly leads celebrations on it’s landmark 150 years ...

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Seeking a common goal: the quest for peace

Seeking a common goal: the quest for peace

In order to condemn the recent twin blasts at the Church in Peshawar and express solidarity with the minority communities in India, Mrs. Janet D’souza, Vice Chairperson, Minority Commission along with Mr. Suhail Lokhandwala, the Ex Chairperson of the ...

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Suicide bombing: Catholic forum urges govt to raise the case with Pakistan

Suicide bombing: Catholic forum urges govt to raise the case with Pakistan

Mumbai-based activist community organization, the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF), has urged the Pakistani high commissioner Salman Basheer in New Delhi to assist in organizing a delegation of Indian Christians to Peshawar to express solidarity with the victims of the blasts ...

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Christian Chamber of Commerce confers annual awards

Christian Chamber of Commerce confers annual awards

The eleventh annual general body meeting and the annual award ceremony of Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) were held at Hotel Kohinoor Continental banquet hall, Andheri (East) here on Saturday September 21 evening. Mumbai auxiliary Bishop Dr John ...

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Mount Mary fair draws devotees in droves, over a lakh in two days

Mount Mary fair draws devotees in droves, over a lakh in two days

Like every year, this year too devotees have been thronging to the Mount Mary festival. This year, the eight-day festival’s start coincided with Mother Mary’s birthday on Sunday. Vice-rector of the Mount Mary Basilica Father Aniceto Pereira said ...

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‘Queen of Peace’ attracts thousands to Mount Mary

‘Queen of Peace’ attracts thousands to Mount Mary

At a solemn service held to honour the birthday of Mother Mary on Sunday, the Archbishop of Bombay, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, described Our Lady as the "Queen of Peace who makes us disciples of Jesus". The special mass celebrating the ...

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East Indians pray to save their land from tourism plan

East Indians pray to save their land from tourism plan

On September 6, the birthday of Mother Mary and Catholics across the world was celebrated.  In Mumbai, Mount Mary's is the Church saw a majority of the Catholics visiting for veneration.  Locally, in many East Indian dominated parishes novenas ...

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Mount Mary gets relic with blood of Pope John Paul II

Mount Mary gets relic with blood of Pope John Paul II

A relic containing the blood of Pope John Paul II will now find a permanent place in Bandra’s Mount Mary Basilica. The relic, a special gift from Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the Vatican’s representative to India, comes ahead of ...

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Being gay not a sin:  Oswald Cardinal Gracias

Being gay not a sin: Oswald Cardinal Gracias

The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, assured the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT) community that he would advise priests to be more sensitive while referring to homosexuality during their sermons or in their public statements, a ...

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A Pope of Surprises

A Pope of Surprises

It was a meeting that made a very deep, personal impression on me......

The Examiner September 07, 2013

From October 1-3, 2013, the Holy Father will be having his first formal Meeting with the Council of Cardinals appointed by him to advise on different matters concerning the Universal Church, including the changes that ...

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Renowned Konkani writer, dramatist Joe D'Souza no more

Renowned Konkani writer, dramatist Joe D'Souza no more

Joe D’Souza hailed from Karkala and was residing in Everard Nagar, Sion. For the past 5 decades, he has been known among people for his social service. In Mumbai, he founded Karkala dramatic association and encouraged several drama artistes ...

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Vatican ambassador will lead Mount Mary prayers

Vatican ambassador will lead Mount Mary prayers

The Mount Mary Basilica in Bandra is ready to celebrate the feast of Our Lady. The Vatican's ambassador to India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, will arrive to celebrate the holy mass at 11.30am on the opening day on Sunday ...

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Keep our 37 Million Diyas burning!

Keep our 37 Million Diyas burning!

The struggles of girls and women are now the concern of all right-thinking people in India....

Mary’s birthday and Girl Child Day are missing in our official Ordo this year, since it has coincided with the 23 parish in Mumbai will remember Mary. And with the rape of a 22 year old, while on a ...

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Oswald Cardinal Gracias: Millions of Indian children in prayer with the Pope for Syria

Oswald Cardinal Gracias: Millions of Indian children in prayer with the Pope for Syria

The Church in India is responding to Pope Francis appeal and September 7th will observe a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East and throughout the world. Card. Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and president ...

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Cardinal condemns Mumbai gang rape

Cardinal condemns Mumbai gang rape

Cardinal Oswald Gracias has condemned the recent gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai.

“Rape is the worst thing a woman can undergo. Rape is physical and psychological terrorism, an abominable crime against the honor of women,” he said. The ...

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Doctorate of letters for Fr. (Dr) George Kaitholil

Doctorate of letters for Fr. (Dr) George Kaitholil

In recognition of his contribution to literature through his numerous books, Fr George Kaitholil, a member of the Society of St Paul and author of nearly 80 books and hundreds of articles on various topics, has been chosen to receive ...

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25 Silver Years - All Night Eucharistic Adoration

25 Silver Years - All Night Eucharistic Adoration

Saturday, September 7, 2013, is the Silver Jubilee of the All-Night Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St Paul’s Church, Dadar, started by its former Parish Priest, Fr Gregory Lobo.

The All-Night Adoration is held every first Saturday of ...

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Teachers, school kids to be sensitized about gender

Teachers, school kids to be sensitized about gender

Once again, the need for gender sensitivity among youth has risen following the recent case of brutalization of a photojournalist, which has shocked society. Taking a leaf from this, the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) will conduct gender sensitivity sessions ...

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Mumbai reacts with shock and anger, says tough laws not enough

Mumbai reacts with shock and anger, says tough laws not enough

Shock and anger over the gangrape of a photojournalist was palpable across the city on Friday. From the head of the Catholic Church to lawyers and women activists, each condemned the crime in the strongest possible terms. The archbishop of ...

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Parenting Seminar at St.Francis De Sales Church

Parenting Seminar at St.Francis De Sales Church

St Francis De Sales Church, Koparkhairane, celebrated Parents’ Day on Sunday, July 28, 2013. Parents’ Day began with a concelebrated Mass by Fr Prabhakar msfs. Preaching on the occasion, Fr Prabhakar stressed on the importance of parents in everyone’s ...

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Very Verdi and Wonderfully Wagner

Very Verdi and Wonderfully Wagner

As the world celebrates the 200th birth anniversaries of the two great opera composers, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, the Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble (conductor: Alfred J D’Souza, Accompanist: Leon de Souza), while celebrating the 30th anniversary of its existence ...

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Bible Seminar on the New Evangelisation

Bible Seminar on the New Evangelisation

The Catholic Bible Institute is organising a course entitled ‘The New Evangelisation in India’. Based completely on the Bible, the sessions will be led by Dr Renu Rita Silvano OCV, Jesuit Frs. Fio Mascarenhas and Simon D’Souza, It would ...

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Calling all alumni of St Stanislaus High School

Calling all alumni of St Stanislaus High School

St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra (W) has completed 150 years since 1863. On this occasion, the School would like to document 150 years of its influence, tradition and practice. The School calls upon its ex-students to add value to this ...

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Bandra fair 2013 says bye-bye bamboos

Bandra fair 2013 says bye-bye bamboos

Thousands of devotees eagerly awaiting the Bandra fair and Mother Mary’s birthday feast at Bandra’s Mount Mary Basilica are in for a surprise. Instead of the bamboo shed which has been erected every year for the last 26 ...

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Vasai diocese celebrated 15th year with cultural fest

Vasai diocese celebrated 15th year with cultural fest

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Catholic diocese of Vasai, the 66th Independence Day of India and the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Diocesan Commission for Promotion of Culture organized a 'Culture ...

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Liturgical Music cum Training Seminar

Liturgical Music cum Training Seminar

A Liturgical Music cum Training Seminar with live Demos was held at St Joseph’s Church, Mira Road, for the Mira-Bhayander Deanery, on August 9, 2013, under the aegis of the Archdiocesan Liturgy Committee. This initiative was undertaken by the ...

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Youth Retreat

Youth Retreat

The Diocesan Youth Centre (DYC) is organising a retreat for youth entitled ‘FAITH IN YOUTH’ from Saturday, September 7 to Monday, September 9, 2013 (Public Holiday) at R.C. Church, Khandala. The preachers are Fr Gerard Rodricks sj, Fr Allwyn ...

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Basic Legal Knowledge sessions at St Joseph’s Convent, Girls School, Malad

The Legal Aid Cell of the Justice and Peace Commission, in coordination with the Borivli Deanery Coordinator of the Women’s Commission, is conducting six sessions of Basic Legal Knowledge and training programmes with the objective to create basic legal ...

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Diocesan Youth Centre: TOP

This year, the TOP (Teenagers Orientation Programme) has been conducted so far at Canossa High School, Mahakali, and at Holy Cross High School, Thane. TOP is a one-day programme specially designed for Std X students of Catholic schools. It has ...

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Clergy Home celebrates Vianney Sunday

Clergy Home celebrates Vianney Sunday

The Young Pauline Collaborators did their best on the evening of Vianney Sunday, not only to entertain the ailing and ageing clergy of the Archdiocese, at Clergy Home, Bandra, but also to give them a beautiful reminder of their vocation ...

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Re-constitution of the CCR Service Team

Re-constitution of the CCR Service Team

On August 4, 2013, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal witnessed the formation of the new Bombay Service Team (BST), as all the Prayer Group leaders, Zonal Coordinators, BST members (past and present) gathered together at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E) from 3.30 ...

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Catholic institituions now join in the protest against politicians' move to dilute RTI Act

The Centre's move to dilute the Right to Information (RTI) Act has caused anger and consternation within public spirited citizens across the nation. In Mumbai, thousands of people rallied at various railway stations Monday to condemn the government's ...

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Cardinal on Pope’s advisory board: I ‘fully support’ jailed Canadian pro-lifer

Cardinal on Pope’s advisory board: I ‘fully support’ jailed Canadian pro-lifer

An influential Indian Cardinal says he “fully support[s]” the efforts of a Canadian pro-lifer who is serving a long-term stint in jail for entering abortion facilities to rescue unborn babies. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, was recently tapped ...

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Voice Workshop at Mt. Carmel

Voice Workshop at Mt. Carmel

Acclaimed Concert Artist, Vocal Coach and Consultant based in California, USA, Ms Deirdre Lobo-D’Cunha, Soprano, will hold a voice workshop for ages 8 years and up, consisting of a six-day voice workshop on Musical Theatre from August 16-18 and ...

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Annual Inter-School English and Konkani (Open) Elocution Competition

Annual Inter-School English and Konkani (Open) Elocution Competition

The Annual Inter-School Elocution Competition for the Dr Menino de Souza Rolling Shield will be held on August 25, 2013, at 2 pm (Elimination round) and The Konkani (open) Elocution Competition and the finals will be held on September 1 ...

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Visit to the RBI Coin Museum

Visit to the RBI Coin Museum

On Sunday, July 28, 2013, around 30 Altar Servers of the Cathedral of Holy Name, Fort, visited the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Monetary Museum, Fort, together with Fr Navin Mendonca and some parishioners.

The tour began with a presentation ...

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Cardinal Gracias lauds Pope’s encyclical

Cardinal Gracias lauds Pope’s encyclical

Cardinal Oswald Gracias has lauded Pope Francis’ encyclical “Lumen Fidei” as notable for exploring the “valuable richness” of faith and for being an “answer to the present challenges to faith.” “Lumen Fidei is a challenge to us not to take ...

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WWME National Convention

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter - India, is holding a National Convention to celebrate 40 Years of WWME in India from October 13-16, 2013. The event would be conducted at Sarvodaya, St Pius X College Campus, Goregaon, Mumbai. The theme is ‘Go ...

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Final Goodbye to Late Ignatius Cardinal Simon Pimenta

The Missa Coram Corpore of the late Simon Ignatius Cardinal Pimenta at the Cathedral of Holy Name saw the faithful coming in to witness his mortal remains from 10 a.m. onwards while hymns were sung, passages from scripture were ...

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Press statement on Mr. Sanal Edamaruku

It has  been brought to the notice of His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, that a FIR filed against Mr. Sanal Edamaruku by a group of Catholics because of certain derogative statements made against the Catholic Church

 

We ...

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Sale of Church Property

Sale of Church Property

Since there have been some reports about the sale of Church property, I think it is necessary to clarify Archdiocesan policy and procedures regarding this.

As a policy, in the Archdiocese of Bombay, no Archdiocesan property is to be sold ...

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