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

Dec. 20, 2016

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 with the school family of the Archdiocese of Bombay is a tradition he has been following to celebrate his birthday.

The 17th of December, 2016 marked the 80th birthday of His Holiness Pope Francis. It is on this day that The Archdiocesan Board of Education celebrated the birthday of His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias. As is every year, students and their teachers, from the schools affiliated to the Archdiocese, joined in the Eucharistic celebration.

The choir of the Apostolic Carmel Convent school, led the student community in praise with their melodious singing. His Eminence expressed his joy in meeting the children and gave them a beautiful insight into the meaning of Christmas . He emphasized on the speciality of Christmas and the significance of Christ's birth; that all over babies grow to be Kings, but He is the first and the only King who came to earth to live among his people.

Many say that Easter is the most important feast for Christians. But if it weren’t for the birth of Christ, there wouldn’t be the passion, death and resurrection to save us from our sins. God sent His only Son to save us from the original sin committed when man defied God.

Christmas changed the word completely… Earlier, schooling was available only for the elite. The first educational institution began because of the teachings of Jesus. This has changed lives, the way individuals think, the way the society works. All the progress in civilisation is due to the application of the teachings of Jesus to men and women.

He concluded with a message, that we, as a family, must look out for each other at all times. We must pay special attention to the weaker ones; reach out to them, pull them up and stand in unity with God.

After the mass, the choir sang in unison to the sound of music to wish His Eminence on this special occasion. The cake cutting was followed by each of the students and teachers conveying their wishes to him personally.

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