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"It is love alone that gives worth to all things." St. Theresa of Avila
"In the Evening of Life We will be Judged on Love Alone." – St. John of the Cross.

Prayer for Rain (KCBC) മഴയ്ക്ക് വേണ്ടിയുള്ള പ്രാര്ത്ഥന

In the context of a long dry spell and huge deficit of rainfall and contingency in our land, the KCBC Executive Committee evaluated that; prayer for rain may be recited in all our parishes, convent and monastery chapels and other ecclesial institutions. Kindly give directives to the concerned persons to organize prayer for rain in a convenient day along with the Eucharistic celebration. Please instruct all our priests, religious and lay leaders to encourage every faithful to continue to pray for rain. Please find attached model prayer for rain.

Prayer for Rain

Consecration of Lisieux Church, Athirampuzha

ലിസ്യു ഇടവക ദേവാലയ കൂദാശ 

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11-05-2013 (Saturday)

Time: 05.00 pm

Consecrated by: His Grace Mar Joseph Perumthottam, Archbishop of Changanassery

Public Meeting: 07.00 pm

12-05-2013 (Sunday)

First Eucharistic Celebration: 10.00 am

Chief Celebrant: His Excellency Mar Bosco Puthur, Curia Bishop of Syro-Malabar Church

Snehavirunnu: 12.30 pm

19-05-2013 (Sunday) Feast of Pentecost

Parish Day Celebrations

Lisieux Theme Song

Lisieux Invitation 01 Lisieux Invitation 02

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Nigooda Manna – Abhishekom… Divyakaarunyathin Abhishekam നിഗൂഡ മന്ന – അഭിഷേകം…അഭിഷേകം…

അഭിഷേകം അഭിഷേകം ദിവ്യ കാരുണ്യത്തിൻ അഭിഷേകം
Abhishekom… Abhishekom… Divyakaarunyathin Abhishekam
Nigooda Manna (The Hidden Bread of Life)
(Super Hit Christian Devotional Song from Marian Creations)

നിഗൂഡ മന്ന – അഭിഷേകം അഭിഷേകം ദിവ്യകാരുണ്യത്തിൻ അഭിഷേകം…

(സൂപ്പർ ഹിറ്റ്‌ അഭിഷേക ഗാനം)

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Easter Thought (Malayalam)

ഈശോ ഉയിർത്ത പ്പോൾ …. കല്ലറ പൊട്ടി പിളർന്നപ്പോൾ …. വീണ്ടും ജീവിക്കുന്ന യേശുവിനെ കണ്ടപ്പോൾ …. മഗ്ദലേന മറിയത്തിനും യേശുവിന്റെ അമ്മയായ മറിയത്തിനും യേശുവിന്റെ ശിഷ്യന്മാർക്കും അതിരറ്റ സന്തോഷവും അതിലേറെ സമാധാനവും സ്വാതന്ത്യ വും കൈവന്നു. എന്നാൽ പടയാളികൾക്കും യഹൂദർക്കും അത് അങ്കലാപ്പ് ഉണ്ടാക്കി. ഭയപ്പാട് ഉണ്ടാക്കി. സന്തോഷം പോയി. സമാധാനം പോയി. സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം പോയി. അവരുടെ സന്തോഷവും സമാധാനവും യേശുവിനെ കല്ലറയിൽ അടച്ചപ്പോൾ ആയിരുന്നു. കല്ലറ പൊട്ടി പിളർന്നപ്പോൾ ….. യേശു ഉയിർത്തെണീറ്റപ്പോൾ സന്തോഷവും സമാധാനവും കൈവരിച്ച മഗ്ദലേനമറിയത്തെ പ്പോലെയും യേശുവിന്റെ അമ്മയായ മറിയത്തെപ്പോലെയും യേശുവിന്റെ ശിഷ്യന്മാരെപ്പോലെയും  യേശുവിനെ കല്ലറയിൽ കൊട്ടി അടച്ചപ്പോൾ സന്തോഷവും സമാധാനവും സ്വാതന്ത്യ വും കൈവരിച്ച പടയാളികളെ പോലെയും യഹൂദരെ പോലെയും ഇന്നും രണ്ടു കൂട്ടം ആളുകൾ ഉണ്ട്. സത്യവും നീതിയും സ്നേഹവും കാരുണ്യവും കനിവും ഒക്കെയും കല്ലറയിൽ അടക്കുമ്പോൾ സന്തോഷിക്കുന്ന, സമാധാനത്തിൽ ആയിരിക്കുന്ന, സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യം അനുഭവിക്കുന്ന ഒരു കൂട്ടർ. മറ്റേ കൂട്ടർക്കോ? കല്ലറ ക്ക് മുന്നിലെ കാവൽക്കാർ മറിഞ്ഞു വീണപ്പോഴാണ്. കല്ലറയെ കൊട്ടിയടച്ച കല്ലുരുട്ടി മാറ്റ പ്പെട്ടപ്പോൾ ആണ്… മുദ്ര വെച്ച കല്ലറ പൊട്ടി പിളർന്ന പ്പോഴാണ് … സന്തോഷവും സമാധാനവും സ്വാതന്ത്യ വും കൈവരിച്ചതു. അവർക്ക് മറക്കപെട്ട സത്യം സന്തോഷം നല്കില്ല നിഷേധിക്കപെട്ട നീതി സമാധാനം നല്കില്ല. അണ പൊട്ടി ഒഴുകാത്ത സ്നേഹവും കാരുണ്യവും കനിവും അവർക്ക് ശാ ന്തിയും സമാധാനവും സന്തോഷവും നല്കുകയില്ല. പുതിയ മാപ്പാപ്പയെ ഈ തുറക്കപ്പെട്ട കല്ലറയുടെ വക്ത്താവായാണ് ലോകം മുഴുവനും വാഴ്ത്തുന്നത് . പുതിയ പപ്പാ അടഞ്ഞ ബുള്ളറ്റ് പ്രൂഫ്‌ പാപ്പ മൊബീൽ തുറന്നിട്ട്‌ ജനങ്ങളെ ആശീർ വ്വദിച്ചു ജനങ്ങൾക്കിടയിലൂടെ നീങ്ങി. ലാറ്റിൻ അമേരിക്കയിൽ നിന്ന്  വാഴ്ത്തപ്പെട്ടവനായി ഉയർത്തപ്പെടാൻ പോകുന്ന  എൽസാൽവദോറിലെ ആർച്ച് ബിഷപ്പ് ഓസ്കാർ റൊമേരോക്ക് സത്യവും നീതിയും സ്നേഹവും കാരുണ്യവും കനിവും ഒക്കെയും കല്ലറയിൽ അടക്കപ്പെട്ടപ്പോൾ സ്വസ്ഥമായി ഉറങ്ങാനായില്ല. ദിവ്യബലി മദ്ധ്യേ അൾത്താരയിൽ വെടിയേറ്റ്‌ വീണു കാസയിലെ തിരു രക്തത്തോട് സ്വന്തം രക്തം കൂടി കലർന്ന് മരിച്ച ആർച്ച് ബിഷപ്പ് ഓസ്കാർ റൊമേരോയുടെ നാട്ടിൽ  നിന്ന് കല്ലറ തുറന്ന് കനിവും കാരുണ്യവും സ്നേഹവും സ്വാതന്ത്ര്യവും ആവോളം ഏകാൻ ഉയിർപ്പിക്കപെട്ടവന്റെ വിജയ കൊടിയുമായി ഫ്രാൻസിസ് പാപ്പ ഇന്ന് ഏവരുടേയും കണ്മുമ്പിൽ നിറയുന്നു.

യേശുവിന്റെ മരണത്തിനു ഒരുക്കമായി മറിയം കൊണ്ട് വന്ന നാർദിൻ സുഗന്ധ ദ്രവ്യ കുപ്പി യേശുവിന്റെ മനുഷ്യത്വത്തിന്റെ പ്രതീകമാണ്. കുപ്പി തുറന്നപ്പോൾ വീട് മുഴുവൻ നിറഞ്ഞ പരിമളം യേശുവിന്റെ ദൈവത്വവും. കല്ലറയിൽ അടക്കപെട്ട മനുഷ്യത്വം കല്ലറ പൊട്ടി തുറന്നു ദൈവത്വം ഉയിർത്തെ ണീ റ്റു. പുതു ജീവന്റെ പ്രതീകമായി നല്കുന്ന മുട്ട അമ്മ കോഴിയുടെ സഹനത്തിന്റെ ചൂട് ഏറ്റു വാങ്ങി പൊട്ടി പിളർന്നാലെ ജീവനുള്ള കോഴികുഞ്ഞു പുറത്തു വരികയുള്ളൂ . നമ്മുടെ ജീവിതമാകുന്ന കല്ലറകൾ പിളരട്ടെ.  നമ്മുടെ ജീവിതമാകുന്ന നാർദിൻ സുഗന്ധ ദ്രവ്യ കുപ്പി തുറക്കട്ടെ. ജീവിതത്തിന്റെ തൊണ്ട് പൊട്ടി പുതു ജീവൻ പകരട്ടെ …. ആമേൻ

Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants

Commission for Migrants

The Major Archiepiscopal Commission for

Evangelization the Pastoral Care of the Migrants

The Major Archiepiscopal Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants is constituted to assist the Major Archbishop of the Church in carrying out his responsibilities towards the Syro-Malabar migrant faithful out side the proper territory of the Syro Malabar Church (in India and aboard) and to animate and co-ordinate the evangelizing mission of the Church.

History

The Catholic Church is a communion of twenty three sui iuris Churches with different liturgy, theology, spirituality and administrative system. The Syro- Malabar Church is the second largest in number among twenty two Eastern Churches with a total population of 3.8 million faithful. It is a Major Archiepiscopal sui iuris Church with a Synodal structure. The Synod is the supreme legislative and judicial authority in the Church. The Major Archbishop is the father and head of this Church (CCEO, 55). As the father and head of the Church, the Major Archbishop must be solicitous not only for the faithful of his Church in the proper territory, but also for the migrants scattered all over the world. He enjoys certain rights and duties towards the faithful who belong to his Church no matter wherever they stay (CCEO.148§ 2). He exercises his pastoral authority in the Church with the help of various Commissions because canon 124 of the CCEO prescribes that there should be various Commissions to take care of the different fields of activities in the sui iuris Church. The Commissions are erected by the Major Archbishop, constituted of persons chosen by him and are governed by norms established by him (Synodal News, No. 1, August 1993, p. 47).

In the very first meeting of the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church, held from 20 to 25 May 1993 at the residence of Mar Antony Padiyara, the then Major Archbishop, at Ernakulam under the chairmanship of Archbishop Abraham Kattumana, the Pontifical Delegate to the Syro-Malabar Church, decision was taken to constitute the Major Archiepiscopal Commission for the Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants. This Commission was constituted to assist the Major Archbishop of the Church in carrying out his responsibilities towards the Syro-Malabar migrant faithful outside the proper territory of the Syro Malabar Church in India and aboard and to animate and co-ordinate the evangelizing mission of the Church. The same Synod elected Bishop Mar Gregory Karotemprel CMI as the Chairman and Bishops Mar Joseph Pallikaparampil (Pala) and Mar Paul Chittilapilly (Kalyan) as members of the Commission. (Synodal News, No. 1, August 1993, pp 6-7, Synodal News, No. 6, May 1995, p. 41).

While the VI Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church was in session from 12th to 24th January 1998, Mar Varkey Vithayathil C.Ss.R., the Apostolic Administrator of the Syro-Malabar Church reconstituted the Commission for the Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants with Bishop Mar Gregory Karotemprel CMI as the Chairman and Bishops Mar Joseph Pallikaparampil and Mar Gratian Mundadan CMI as members. The Commission members took charge on 21 May 1998 (Synodal News, No. 11, March 1998, p.15).

The VII Synod of Bishops, held at Mount St Thomas from 14 to 20 November 1999, took the decision to establish a Mission Secretariat under the auspices of the Major Archiepiscopal Commission for Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia, Mount St Thomas. Mar Varkey Vithayathil, the then Apostolic Administrator, canonically erected the Mission Secretariat at Mount St Thomas vide Decree No. 1871/99 on 17th December 1999. (Synodal News, Vol. 7, Nos. 1& 2, December 1999, pp 56, 70, 124)

In the course of the XI Synod of Bishops held at Mount St. Thomas from 3 to15 November 2003, Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop reconstituted the Commission for the Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants with Bishop Gregory Karotemprel CMI again as the Chairman and Bishops Mar Vijay Anand Nedumpuram CMI and Mar Mathew Vaniakizhakkel VC as members (Synodal News, Vol.11, No.2, December 2003, p. 30).

During the XVI synod, on 27th August 2008, Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop reconstituted the Commission for the Evangelization and Pastoral Care of the Migrants with Bishop Sebastian Vadakel MST as the Chairman and Bishops Simon Stock Palathara CMI and Mar Antony Chirayath as members (Synodal News, Vol.12, Nos.1&2, Novembers 2008, p. 47).

Mission

The love of Christ towards migrants urges us (cf. 2Cor. 5:14) to look afresh at their problems and to respond more efficiently to the pastoral needs of the Syro-Malabar faithful living outside the territorium proprium of the church in India and abroad and the zeal for Christ obliges us to be His witnesses in the whole world sharing the light of Faith lit by St Thomas the Apostle. Mission

Activities

Pastoral care of the emigrants of the Syro-Malabar Church has always been the priority of the Commission. Some of the members of the Commission in the past were appointed Apostolic Visitors of the USA and Canada as well as the European countries. They presented reports of their visitations to the Synod as well as to Rome. The Commission arranged several meetings and deliberations with the Latin prelates of the migrant areas and sent various memoranda to Rome as well as to other ecclesiastical authorities. As a result of these efforts, St Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago was erected for the Syro-Malabar migrants in USA and Canada, chaplains were appointed for the pastoral care of the Syro-Malabar migrants by the Latin prelates in many places and several Syro-Malabar parishes were established in Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Commission ensures regular correspondence with the emigrant communities

The Commission was entrusted with the task of arranging the conduct of the first Syro Malabar Mission Assembly. Accordingly a preliminary meeting was held in November 1998 at Poornodaya in Bhopal with delegates from all dioceses, especially from mission dioceses for drafting the first Working Paper (Lineamenta). The Mission Assembly was held from November 12 14, 1999 at Mount St Thomas. As per the direction of the Synod, held from November 14 20, 1999, the Commission convened a Meeting of the Bishops of the Dioceses of the Syro Malabar Church outside the Territorium Proprium and the major Superiors of the Syro Malabar Religious Congregations and Institutes of Apostolic Life, working in the above Dioceses at Poornodaya in Bhopal from 13 to 15 October, 2000.

An all-inclusive Syro-Malabar Catholic Directory was published by the Commission for the first time in November 2004. The Commission joyfully undertook the preparation of a Mission Policy of the Syro-Malabar Church in the challenging circumstances of the Mission of the Church in the third millennium. After several years of study, consultation, discussion and preparation it was finally promulgated on March 19, 2006. It was simultaneously translated into Malayalam as well. The Commission conducted the first ever Global Meet of the Syro-Malabar emigrants at Mount St Thomas, the Major Archiepiscopal Curia from 18 to 21 of August 2006 after a year long preparation. Almost 380 participants from all over the world participated in the Meet and of them some 100 were from outside India and others from various cities and Syro-Malabar dioceses in India. The Commission brought out a Directory of the Syro-Malabar Migrants, with a brief history, general statistics, contact details and other relevant pieces of information of every sizeable Syro-Malabar migrant community in India and outside. The Commission also published two issues of the Mission India. Around the time of Christmas in 2006 Syro-Malabar Global Mission was published for the emigrants of the Syro-Malabar Church as per the suggestions of the Global Meet 2006. Together with Sathyadeepam the Commission (CEPCM) brought out a Mission Supplement as a special issue in order to introduce the Syro-Malabar Mission Dioceses to the Mother Church in Kerala. The Supplement contained articles and pictures on all the Mission dioceses of the Syro-Malabar Church and it was a landmark achievement for the Commission. A study seminar on the Mission Policy of the Syro-Malabar Church under the title Mission Congress 2007 is being planned out by the Commission. The Commission intends to publish a shorter version of the Directory of the Syro-Malabar Church in 2008.

Church Teachings on Pastoral Care of the Migrants

            The history of humankind is a history of migration. Migrations are on the increase day by day for reasons of better livelihood, or for other demands of life like jobs, strenuous conditions in one’s own country, religious persecution and so on. It is a matter of serious concern for all nations and people. There are many advantages along with it, like good job opportunities, peaceful life, higher salaries, wide range of living standards and so on. But it is a fact that migrants who have had to give up their homeland, their possessions and relations inevitably carry with them the characteristics and memories of their own people as an indelible identity which cannot be renounced or denied. Experience has shown that the inability of expression in other than the mother language and loss of cultural and spiritual patrimonies not only damage the conscience but also cancel religious convictions and practices. As far as the Church is concerned, migration has a great missionary dimension. Pope Paul VI in Evangelii Nuntiandi notes: “It is the result of their living presence and witness in the midst of new people that forms new Churches. So they are the real seeds and the evangelizers” (n.21).

Migration always involves uprooting, detachment from one’s people, culture and place. At the same time it is for insertion and integration into a new society and place. In the Old Testament God brought the Israelites to the promised land to make them a chosen race and wanted them to keep up their identity in the new land. God did not want the Israelites to be scattered but united as the people of God. As Yahweh cared for the Israelites, the migrants need special pastoral care from the part of the Church lest they be disoriented in the new situation. St. Paul says: “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Rom.15:7).

Proper pastoral care of the migrants is a great mission entrusted to the Church. Erga migrantes caritas Christi, an instruction issued in 2004 by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People notes: “Welcoming the stranger is intrinsic to the nature of the Church itself and bears witness to its fidelity to the Gospel” (n. 22).The mission of the Church towards migrants calls for an integrated approach of the proclamation of the gospel, clear policy and programs of pastoral works, catechetical and liturgical formation, fostering dialogue with them, working for their human rights, dignity, etc.

There is no dearth of Magisterial material safeguarding the right of pastoral care of the migrants. Popes, Councils and Encyclicals recommend the retention and promotion of the rights of the migrants. None of the Vatican documents encourage absorption or integration of the immigrants into the Church of arrival. The teachings of the Church with regard to the pastoral care of the migrant faithful of any sui juris Church, anywhere in the world, are crystal clear from the following Church documents.

Teachings of the Councils

Lateran Council IV 

“Since in many places people of different languages live within the same city or diocese, having one faith but different rites and customs, we therefore strictly order bishops of such cities and dioceses to provide suitable men who will do the following in the various rites and languages: celebrate the divine services for them, administer the Church’s sacraments, and instruct them by word and examples” Lateran Council IV (1215), can. 9, Counciliarurn Eccumenicourum … Rome.1962, p. 215.

Second Vatican Council

ccFor the Catholic Church wishes the traditions of each particular church or rite to remain whole and entire, and it likewise wishes to adapt its own way of life to the needs of different times and places” (OE. 2).

ccTherefore these churches are of equal rank, so that none of them is superior to the others because of its rite. They have the same rights and obligations, even with regard to the preaching of the Gospel in the whole world (cf. Mk16:15), under the direction of the Roman Pontiff” (OE. 3)

ccProvision must be made therefore everywhere in the world to protect and advance all these individual Churches. For this purpose, each should organize its own parishes and hierarchy, where the spiritual good of the faithful requires it…each and every Catholic, as also the baptized members of any non-Catholic church or community who come to the fullness of the Catholic communion, must retain each his own rite wherever he is, and follow it to the best of his ability” (OE. 4)

ccIt likewise pertains to Episcopal conferences to found and promote agencies which will fraternally receive those who immigrate from missionary territories for of work or study, and which will aid them by suitable pastoral attention” (AG.38).

ccThis Synod solemnly declares that the Churches of the East, while keeping in mind the necessary unity of the whole Church, have the power to govern themselves according to their own disciplines, since these are better suited to the character of their faithful and better adapted to foster the good of souls. The perfect observance of this traditional principle-which indeed has not always been observed-is a prerequisite for any restoration of union” (UR. 16).

ccWhere there are faithful of a different rite, the diocesan bishop should provide for their spiritual needs either through priests or parishes of that rite or through an Episcopal Vicar endowed with the necessary faculties. Wherever it is fitting, the last named should also have an Episcopal rank” CD. 23) Teachings of Popes “Pope Pius XII says that “for Oriental Churches there should not be any compulsion to substitute their customs with those of the Latin Church and every Rite must have equal estimation and dignity before the common Mother Church” (AAS. 1944. P. 137)

ccRegarding the pastoral care of the faithful of the Eastern Rites who are living in Latin Rite dioceses, in accordance with the spirit and letter of the Conciliar Decree Christus Dominus 23 and OrientaliumEcclesiarum4the Latin Ordinaries (bishops) of such dioceses are to provide as soon as possible for an adequate pastoral care of the faithful of these Eastern Rites, through the ministry of the priests or through parishes of the Rites, where this would be indicated, or through an Episcopal Vicar endowed with the necessary faculties where circumstances would so indicate” (Letter of Pope John Paul II to the bishops of India on May 28, 1987).

ccThe migrant has the right to pastoral care from the local Church. It should be emphasized that he or she has the right not to the generic pastoral care common to the whole body of the believers but to a specific ministry adopted to their language and especially their culture” (Message of John Paul II on World migration day 1990, L’Osservatore Romano, August 6, n.32, Vol.23 (1990), p.11.

ccI particularly urge the Latin ordinaries in these countries to study attentively, grasp thoroughly and apply faithfully the principles issued by the Holy See concerning ecumenical cooperation and the pastoral care of the Eastern Catholic Church especially when they lack their own hierarchy.” (John Paul II, Orientale Lumen (1995), n.9.

 “There is an urgent need to overcome the fears and misunderstandings which appear at times between the Catholic Eastern Churches and the Latin Church… especially with regard to the pastoral care of their people, also outside their own territories.” (John Paul II, Ecclesia in Asia, 1999, n.27.

Canonical Dispositions

ccThe Christian faithful have the right to worshipping God according to the prescriptions of their own Rite approved by the 2 legitimate pastors or the Church and to follow their own form of spiritual life consonant with the teaching of the Church” (CIC.214).

ccIf the local Ordinary has faithful of a different rite within his diocese, he is to provide for their spiritual needs either by means of the priests or parishes of that rite or by means of an Episcopal Vicar” (CIC. 383§2).

ccThe Christian faithful have the right to worship God according to the prescriptions of their own Church sui iuris, and to follow their own form of spiritual life consonant with the teaching of the Church” (CCEO. 17).

ccNo one can presume in any way to induce the Christian faithful to transfer to another Church sui iuris” (CCEO.31).

ccThe Christian faithful of the Eastern Churches even if committed to the care of a hierarch or pastor of another Church sui iuris, nevertheless remain enrolled in their own Church” (CCEO.38).

ccNo one can validly transfer to another Church sui iuris without the consent of the Holy See” (CCEO. 32§1).

ccThe Christian faithful of the Eastern Churches even if committed to the care of a hierarch or pastor of another Church sui iuris, nevertheless remain enrolled in their own Church” (CCEO.38).

ccThe eparchial bishop to whom the care of the Christian faithful of any other sui juris Church is committed is bound by the serious obligation of providing all the things in order that these Christian faithful retain the rite of their own Church, cultivate and observe it as much as they can; he should foster relations with the higher authority of that Church” (CCEO 193§1).

ccThe eparchial bishop is to provide for the spiritual needs of those Christian faithful, if it is possible, through the presbyters or pastors of the same Church sui iuris as the Christian faithful or even through a syncellus constituted for the care of these Christian faithful” (CCEO 193§2).

ccIn places where not even an exarchv has been erected for the Christian faithful of a certain Church sui iuris, the local hierarch of another Church sui iuris, even the Latin Church of the place is to be considered the proper hierarch of these faithful, with due regard for the prescription of can. 101; if, however, there are several local hierarchs, that one is to be considered their proper hierarch who has been appointed by the Apostolic See or, if it is a question of the Christian faithful of a patriarchal Church, by the Patriarch with the assent of the Apostolic See” (CCEO. 916§5).

Era migrantes Caritas Christi 

Erga migrantes caritas Christi is an instruction issued in 2004 by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.

ccWelcoming the stranger is intrinsic to the nature of the Church itself and bears witness to its fidelity to the Gospel” (n. 22).

ccWith regard to Catholic migrants the Church makes provision for a specific kind of pastoral care because of the diversity of language, origin, culture, ethnicity and tradition, or of belonging to a particular Church sui iuris with its own rite… The uprooting that moving abroad inevitably involves (from country of origin, family, language etc.) should not be made worse by uprooting the migrant from his religious rite or identity too” (n. 49).

ccWhen groups of immigrants are particularly numerous and homogeneous therefore, they are encouraged to keep up their specific Catholic traditions. In particular, efforts must be made to provide organised religious assistance by priests of the language, culture and rite of the migrants selecting the most suitable juridical option from among those foreseen by the CIC and the CCEO.” (n. 50)

ccEastern Rite Catholic migrants, whose numbers are steadily increasing, deserve particular pastoral attention. In their regard we should first of all remember the juridical obligation of the faithful to observe their own rite everywhere insofar as possible, rite being understood as their liturgical, theological, spiritual and disciplinary heritage (cf. CCEO Can. 28, §1 and PaG 72) (n.51).

All the above official teachings of the Church attest to the solicitude of the Church for the migrants and defend their pastoral rights. The official ecclesiastical position on the emigrants from the time of Lateran IV (1215) favoured providing ministers of the rite and language of the emigrants because migration is no reason to dissolve one’s birth- rite. The inability of the Syro-Malabar Church to cater to the spiritual and liturgical needs of the migrants can lead to their alienation and ultimate separation from the Mother Church. The only solution to solve the above issue is to extend jurisdiction everywhere in the world as territorial or personal. Any further delay in doing so will result in irreparable damage to the entire Catholic Church. Besides, it is also a question of keeping up the credibility of the Catholic claim that the Church stands for justice, peace and harmony. It is all the more right and just for the Church to allow the faithful to protect as well as foster their own faith traditions everywhere in India through the establishment of appropriate juridical structures proper to the sui iuris Church.

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ഫ്രാന്‍സിസ് പാപ്പ, കര്‍ദിനാള്‍ യോര്‍ഗെ മരിയോ ബെര്‍ഗോളിയോ Pope Francis (Malayalam)

Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I

വത്തിക്കാന്‍ സിറ്റി: ഇതാ കത്തോലിക്കാ സഭയുടെ പുതിയ ആത്മീയാചാര്യന്‍-യോര്‍ഗെ മരിയോ ബെര്‍ഗോളിയോ. 266-ാമത്തെ മാര്‍പാപ്പയായി അര്‍ജന്റീനയുടെ കര്‍ദിനാള്‍ ബെര്‍ഗോളിയോ (76) തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടു. അമേരിക്ക ഭൂഖണ്ഡത്തില്‍ നിന്നുള്ള ആദ്യപാപ്പ. ലാറ്റിന്‍ അമേരിക്കയില്‍ നിന്നുള്ള ആദ്യ മാര്‍പാപ്പയായ ബെര്‍ഗോളിയോ യൂറോപ്പിന് പുറത്തുനിന്നുമുള്ള ആദ്യ പാപ്പയാണ്. പാപ്പയാകുന്ന ആദ്യ ജസ്യൂട്ടും അദ്ദേഹം തന്നെ. ‘ഫ്രാന്‍സിസ് പാപ്പ’ എന്ന പേരിലാകും ബ്യൂണസ് അയേഴ്‌സ് ആര്‍ച്ച് ബിഷപ്പായ ബെര്‍ഗോളിയോ അറിയപ്പെടുക.

വത്തിക്കാനിലെ സിസ്റ്റൈന്‍ ചാപ്പലില്‍ നടന്ന കര്‍ദിനാള്‍മാരുടെ കോണ്‍ക്ലേവിന്റെ രണ്ടാംദിവസത്തെ അവസാന വോട്ടെടുപ്പിലാണ് പാപ്പ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടത്. ബുധനാഴ്ച ഇന്ത്യന്‍സമയം രാത്രി 11.32-നാണ് പുതിയ പാപ്പ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടതിന്റെ സൂചനയായി സിസ്റ്റൈന്‍ ചാപ്പലിന്റെ ചിമ്മിനിയില്‍ വെളുത്ത പുക ഉയര്‍ന്നത്. ഇന്ത്യന്‍സമയം രാത്രി 12.45-ന് സെന്റ് പീറ്റേഴ്‌സ് ബസലിക്കയുടെ പ്രധാന മട്ടുപ്പാവില്‍ പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെട്ട കര്‍ദിനാള്‍ ഷീന്‍ ലൂയി തൗറാന്‍, ഹബേമൂസ് പാപ്പാം (നമുക്ക് പാപ്പയെ ലഭിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു ) എന്ന് പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചു. പിന്നാലെ സ്ഥാനചിഹ്നങ്ങളണിഞ്ഞ് പുതിയ പാപ്പ മട്ടുപ്പാവില്‍ പ്രത്യക്ഷപ്പെട്ടു. അപ്പോഴാണ് 120 കോടി കത്തോലിക്കരുടെ ആത്മീയാചാര്യനെ ലോകം കാണുന്നത്.
അഞ്ചാം റൗണ്ട് വോട്ടെടുപ്പിലാണ് പാപ്പ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെടുന്നത്. 2005-ല്‍ ബെനഡിക്ട് പതിനാറാമന്‍ നാലാം റൗണ്ട് വോട്ടെടുപ്പിലാണ് തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെടുന്നത്. രണ്ടാംദിവസം ഉച്ചയ്ക്ക് മുമ്പ് നടന്ന രണ്ട് വോട്ടെടുപ്പുകളിലും തീരുമാനമായിരുന്നില്ല. ഇന്ത്യന്‍സമയം വൈകിട്ട് നാലുമണിയോടെ ചിമ്മിനിയില്‍ നിന്ന് കറുത്ത പുകയുയര്‍ന്നു. ആദ്യദിവസം നടന്ന ആദ്യറൗണ്ട് വോട്ടെടുപ്പിനുശേഷവും കറുത്ത പുകയാണ് പുറത്തുവന്നത്. ബെനഡിക്ട് പതിനാറാമന്‍ രാജിവെച്ചതിനെ തുടര്‍ന്നാണ് പുതിയ പാപ്പയെ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കേണ്ടിവന്നത്. ശാരീരിക അവശതകളെ തുടര്‍ന്നാണ് അദ്ദേഹം ഫിബ്രവരി 11-ന് രാജിവെച്ചത്.
വത്തിക്കാന്‍ സിറ്റി: തീര്‍ത്തും അപ്രതീക്ഷിത മായാണ് ലാറ്റിനമേരിക്കയില്‍ നിന്നുള്ള ആദ്യമാര്‍ പ്പാപ്പയായി കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍ ബെര്‍ഗോളിയോ തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ടത്. റോമന്‍ കത്തേലിക്കാ സഭയുടെ ബ്യൂണസ് അയേര്‍സിലെ കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍. 76കാരനായ ഇദ്ദേഹം 2001ലാണ് കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍ പദവിയിലേക്ക് ഉയര്‍ത്തപ്പെട്ടത്.1998മുതല്‍ ബ്യൂണസ് അയേര്‍സിലെ ആര്‍ച്ച് ബിഷപ്പായിരുന്നു.

ഇറ്റലിയിലെ റെയില്‍വെ തൊഴിലാളിയുടെ അഞ്ചുമക്കളില്‍ ഒരാളായി ജനിച്ചു.സെമിനാരി പഠനത്തിന് ശേഷം 1958ല്‍ സൊസൈററി ഓഫ് ജീസസില്‍ ചേര്‍ന്നു.തത്വശാസ്ത്രത്തില്‍ ഓണേഴ്‌സ് ബിരുദം നേടി.ജര്‍മനിയില്‍ നിന്ന് ഡോക്ടറേറ്റ് നേടി. വിവിധകേളേജുകളില്‍ മനശാസ്ത്രവും സാഹിത്യവും പഠിപ്പിച്ചു.1969 ഡിസംബര്‍ 13ന് പുരോഹിതനായി അവരോധിക്കപ്പെട്ടു.
ജോണ്‍പോള്‍ രണ്ടാമന്‍ മാര്‍പ്പാപ്പയാണ് 2001ല്‍ ജോര്‍ജ്ജ് മരിയോ ബെര്‍ഗോഗ്ലിയോവിനെ വത്തിക്കാനിലേക്ക് കൊണ്ടുവന്നത്.റോമിലെ സെയിന്റ് റോബര്‍ട്ട് ബെല്ലാര്‍മിനോ ദേവാലയത്തിന്റെ കര്‍ദ്ദിനാളായി നിയമിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു. കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍ എന്ന നിലയില്‍ ഒട്ടേറെ ഭരണപരമായ ചുമതലകള്‍ വഹിച്ച അദ്ദേഹം ആശയപരമായി യാഥാസ്ഥിതികനായാണ് അറിയപ്പെടുന്നത്. വിനയാന്വിതമായ പെരുമാറ്റം,സാമൂഹ്യനീതിക്കുവേണ്ടിയുള്ള പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങള്‍ എന്നിവയും കര്‍ദ്ദിനാള്‍ എന്ന നിലയില്‍ ഇദ്ദേഹത്തെ വ്യത്യസ്തനാക്കി.ആഢംബരവാഹനം ഒഴിവാക്കി പൊതുഗതാഗത സംവിധാനത്തിലായിരുന്നു ഇദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ യാത്രകള്‍.തനിക്കാവശ്യമുള്ള ഭക്ഷണം സ്വയം പാചകം ചെയ്യുകയായിരുന്നു അക്കാലത്ത് അദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ രീതി

50th World Vocation Day 2013, Message by Pope Benedict XVI

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Here is the Malayalam translation of the Vocation Sunday Message of the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. This year Church celebrates Vocation Sunday on 21 April 2013, the fourth Sunday of the Easter. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI issued this message on 6 October 2012 and it is valid for the forthcoming Vocation Sunday.

Pope Francis I

Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

Born in Argentina, Pope Francis is the first Latin American to lead the Roman Catholic Church, as well as the first Jesuit.

“It seems my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world” to choose a pope, he told the crowd in St Peter’s Square in his first address – a joke which belied his image as the cardinal who never smiles.

Up until 13 March, he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires.

Analists did not see him as a favourite for the job of succeeding Benedict XVI and his advanced age – at 76, he is just two years younger than Benedict at the time of his election in 2005 – may have surprised those expecting a younger man as the 266th Pope.

However, he appeals to both Church conservatives and reformers, being seen as orthodox on sexual matters, for instance, but liberal on social justice – through far from being a “liberation theologist”.

Argentina's Jorge Bergoglio, elected Pope Francis I

Humble lifestyle

He was born on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, of Italian descent.

According to his official Vatican biography, he was ordained as a Jesuit in 1969 and went on to study in Argentina and Germany.

Who are the Jesuits?

  • The Society of Jesus is a male order of the Catholic Church, with 19,000 members worldwide
  • It was established in 16th Century Europe as a missionary order and members swear vows of poverty, chastity and obedience
  • The order became so powerful that it was suppressed at the end of the 18th Century but later restored
  • Have reputation as expert communicators

He became a bishop in 1992 and Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998. At the 2005 conclave, he was seen as a contender for the papacy.

His election took many by surprise in his home city, where many had thought his age ruled him out, says the BBC’s Marcia Carmo in Buenos Aires.

But any surprise soon gave way to the jubilant blaring of car horns on the streets.

As Cardinal Bergoglio, his sermons always had an impact in Argentina and he often stressed social inclusion, indirectly criticising governments that did not pay attention to those on the margins of society, our correspondent says.

Francesca Ambrogetti, who co-authored a biography of him, told Reuters news agency that part of his public appeal lay in his “sober and austere” humble lifestyle.

“That’s the way he lives,” she said. “He travels on the underground, the bus, when he goes to Rome he flies economy class.”

In Buenos Aires, he lived in a simple flat in the building of the Archdiocese.

When in Rome, BBC Latin America analyst Eric Camara writes, he often preferred to keep his black robe on, instead of the cardinal’s red and purple vest he is entitled to wear.

He is also said to have re-used the cardinal’s vest used by his predecessor.

According to a profile in the UK’s Guardian newspaper, when he was appointed a cardinal in 1998, he urged Argentines not to travel to Rome to celebrate but to give their money to the poor instead.

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‘Balancing force’

According to Ms Ambrogetti, he is a moderate in all things.

“He is absolutely capable of undertaking the necessary renovation without any leaps into the unknown,” she said.

“He would be a balancing force. He shares the view that the Church should have a missionary role, that gets out to meet people… a church that does not so much regulate the faith as promote and facilitate it.”

For the Church establishment, it will be a novelty to have a Jesuit in charge – members are supposed to avoid ecclesiastical honours and serve the Pope himself.

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Pope Francis

  • Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 (age 76) in Buenos Aires, of Italian descent
  • Ordained as a Jesuit in 1969
  • Studied in Argentina, Chile and Germany
  • Became Cardinal of Buenos Aires in 1998
  • Seen as orthodox on sexual matters but strong on social justice
  • First Latin American and first Jesuit to become pope, the 266th to lead the Church

As a Jesuit, he is a member of perhaps the most powerful and experienced religious order of the Catholic Church, known as expert communicators, writes David Willey, the BBC’s Rome correspondent.

It appears that few who know him doubt his conservative credentials.

This is how Monsignor Osvaldo Musto, who was at seminary with him, described him in a BBC News article back in 2005: “He’s as uncompromising as Pope John Paul II, in terms of the principles of the Church – everything it has defended regarding euthanasia, the death penalty, abortion, the right to life, human rights, celibacy of priests.”

His views have been put to the test in Argentina, the first Latin American country to legalise same-sex marriage with a President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who promotes free contraception and artificial insemination.

When he argued that gay adoptions discriminated against children, the president said his tone harked back to “medieval times and the Inquisition”.

However, she welcomed the election to the papacy of a fellow countryman, noting his choice of name appeared to be “in reference to St Francis of Assisi, the saint of the poor” and boded well for unifying “all humans as equal, with fellowship, with love, with justice and equity”.

Aside from his universal significance, the former cardinal appears to be a strong Argentine patriot, telling Argentine veterans of the Falklands War at a Mass last year: “We come to pray for all who have fallen, sons of the Homeland who went out to defend their mother, the Homeland, and to reclaim what is theirs.”

Junta years

One subject of controversy is his role under the Argentine military dictatorship of 1976-1983, and particularly the abduction of two Jesuits secretly jailed by the military government, suspicious of their work among slum-dwellers.

As the priests’ Provincial Superior at the time, he was accused of having failed to shield them from arrest. It is a charge his office flatly denies.

Quoting his official biographer, Sergio Rubin, AP news agency writes in its profile of the new Pope: “Both men were freed after Bergoglio took extraordinary, behind-the-scenes action to save them. His intervention likely saved their lives.”

Another accusation levelled against him from the “Dirty War” era is that he failed to follow up a request to help find the baby of a woman kidnapped when five months’ pregnant pregnant and killed in 1977. It is believed the baby was illegally adopted.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1973 Here is Jorge Mario Bergoglio as a priest in 1973

The cardinal testified in 2010 that he had not known about baby thefts until well after the junta fell – a claim relatives dispute.

“Bergoglio has a very cowardly attitude when it comes to something so terrible as the theft of babies,” said the baby’s aunt, Estela de la Cuadra. “He doesn’t face this reality and it doesn’t bother him.”

Like other Latin American churchmen of the time, he had to contend, on the one hand, with a repressive right-wing regime and, on the other, a wing of his Church leaning towards political activism on the left.

During Argentina’s economic crisis of 2001, Cardinal Bergoglio protested at police brutality during the unrest which saw President Fernando de la Rua swept from power.

“We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least,” he was quoted as saying by the National Catholic Reporter at a gathering of Latin American bishops in 2007.

“The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”

One issue for the Vatican may be the state of the new pope’s health. He lives with only one lung, since having the other removed as young man because of an infection. Nonetheless, he is said to be in good shape.

He is said to be a football fan, supporting Buenos Aires team San Lorenzo de Almagro.

Life without Luxury

With Bergoglio, they have elected an unpretentious, down-to-earth man who is close to the people. Instead of using the luxury sedan supplied to bishops, he uses public transportation. Rather than living in the bishop’s residence, he has a simple apartment. He even does his own grocery shopping and cooking. And, at meetings of the cardinals, he prefers to sit in the second row rather than the first.

In 2005, Bergoglio waved his candidacy to become pope, which benefited Joseph Ratzinger, who went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. In the third round of voting, up to 40 cardinals reportedly chose Bergoglio. With roughly one-third of cardinals supporting him, Bergoglio could have theoretically blocked any other candidate. But by withdrawing from the running he ultimately allowed Ratzinger’s election.

Quiet and Media-Shy

Bergoglio is thought to be quiet and media-shy, but his rare public pronouncements carry enormous weight in his home country. He avoids politics and takes on injustices such as corruption, poverty and inequality with clear statements.

But Bergoglio had hardly been identified as a favorite in recent weeks, having already failed to be selected back in 2005. His health has also been an issue. Since childhood he has struggled with lung problems, and after a fierce bout of the flu in 2005, he made a slow recovery. During the last conclave, critics said he lacked adequate passion to take on the position.

Still, Bergoglio must have been seen as a viable candidate back then, because his opponents brought forward all manner of allegations against him. Just three days after the conclave began, a lawyer pressed charges against the Buenos Aires archbishop for allegedly acting as an accomplice in the kidnapping of two Jesuit priests in 1976. Bergoglio was repeatedly accused of failing to take an appropriate position during Argentina’s military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. He denies all such charges to this day.

One of five children, Bergoglio was born on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires, the son of Italian immigrants from Turin. He holds citizenship in both Argentina and Italy — a fact that qualified him as a papal candidate. While his home is Latin America, Bergoglio is also at home in Europe. A man of the world church, his humility and modesty are said to be admired by other cardinals.

Time in Germany

Bergoglio studied chemical engineering before he went to seminary and joined the Jesuit order. He taught philosophy, psychology and literature courses, and became a priest in 1969, going on to lead Argentina’s Jesuit province. In 1985, his doctoral studies brought him to a seminary in Frankfurt, which is why he now speaks German. In 1998, Pope John Paul II named him archbishop of Buenos Aires, and in 2005 he became the head of Argentina’s bishops’ conference. He enjoys cooking, opera, Greek classics, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky and swimming.

He is known as a moderate and open theologian. Conservatives prize his role as a Jesuit, in addition to his church work with the poor and in developing countries. Bergoglio is an intellectual, but also a charismatic ascetic. He is well-read but grounded, well-travelled but deeply rooted to his home.

Far from being a theorist, he ventures out into the favelas to visit the people. He seldom seeks a large audience, but when he does, it’s because he has something to say. His main concerns are globalization and the divide between rich and poor. “The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers,” he reportedly told a gathering of Latin American bishops in 2007.

Conservative on Sexual Issues

Francis is conservative on questions related to sexual morals. He opposes abortion, gay marriage and contraception. In 2010 he got into a dispute with Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. The then-archbishop said that the adoption of children by gay couples would be child discrimination. The president said Bergoglio’s statements were reminiscent of the “medieval times and the Inquisition.”

On Catholic holy days, Bergoglio visited hospitals and prisons and washed the feet of patients and inmates. He stood up for those infected with HIV and for the baptism of children born out-of-wedlock, two stances that carried a lot of weight in a staunchly Catholic country like Argentina. In 2012 he criticized priests who refused to perform such baptisms as exhibiting a “hypocritical neo-clericalism.” Bergoglio is considered to be close to the conservative and socially engaged movement Communion and Liberation.

“We have to avoid the spiritual sickness of a self-referential church,” Bergoglio said recently, according to the National Catholic Reporter. “It’s true that when you get out into the street, as happens to every man and woman, there can be accidents. However, if the church remains closed in on itself, self-referential, it gets old. Between a church that suffers accidents in the street, and a church that’s sick because it’s self-referential, I have no doubts about preferring the former.”Pope Francis I

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected New Pope

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected in a surprise choice to be the new leader of the troubled Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, taking the name Francis I and becoming the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years.

Pope Francis speaks to the crowd

Pope Francis speaks to the crowd

Pope Francis, 76, appeared on the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica just over an hour after white smoke poured from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel to signal 115 cardinal electors had chosen him to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

“Pray for me,” the new pontiff, dressed in the white robes of a pope for the first time, urged a crowd of tens of thousands of people waiting in the square below.

The choice of Bergoglio, who is the first Latin American and first Jesuit pope, was announced by French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran with the Latin words “Habemus Papam” (“We have a pope.”)

Pope Francis addresses the crowd

Pope Francis addresses the crowd

Francis has became the 266th pontiff in the Church’s 2,000-year history at a time of great crisis, with the church under fire over a child sex abuse scandal and torn by infighting in the Vatican bureaucracy.

Although a conservative theologically, Francis is known for his concern for the poor and is expected to bring a radical change of style to the Church leadership, indicated by his choice for the first time of the name of St Francis of Assisi, who died in 1226 after living a life of poverty and simplicity.

He immediately showed the difference from his predecessor Benedict, an aloof theologian, with a gesture of humility, asking the waiting crowd to bless him before he blessed them.

Bergoglio shunned the papal limousine after his appearance on the balcony and chose to take a shuttle bus with other cardinals back to the Vatican residence where they are staying, for an evening meal.

Bergoglio is known as a humble man who leads an austere and sober life without ostentation, travelling by public transport and living in a small apartment outside Buenos Aires.

He is willing to challenge powerful interests and is deeply concerned about the social inequalities in Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America. He has had a sometimes difficult relationship with President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband and predecessor Nestor Kirchner.

Francis has spoken out strongly against gay marriage, denouncing it in 2010 as “an attempt to destroy God’s plan”.

ARGENTINES JUBILANT

Jubilant Argentines poured into churches, some crying and praying, after the announcement at the Vatican. “This is a blessing for Argentina,” one woman shouted on a Buenos Aires street.

“I hope he changes all the luxury that exists in the Vatican, that he steers the church in a more humble direction, something closer to the gospel,” said Jorge Andres Lobato, a 73-year-old retired state prosecutor.

The election was enthusiastically welcomed elsewhere in Latin America too.

“We’re happy because we have a new pope and because the choice of a Latin American shows that the Church is opening, is now focused on the entire Church. It’s not just a church only focused on Europe,” said Leonardo Steiner, general secretary of the national conference of Brazilian bishops.

Francis was not among the small group of front runners identified before the election. The Jesuit order to which he belongs was founded in the 16th century to serve the pope. It is best known for its work in education and the intellectual prowess of its members.

The monks at the convent of St. Francis in Assisi were overjoyed at the election of Bergoglio and his decision to take the name Francis for a pontiff for the first time.

“St. Francis still points to the path of humility and evangelical simplicity,” said the abbot, Father Mauro Gambetti.

Italian theologian Massimo Faggioli told Reuters: “I don’t expect him to change on doctrine, but he is a more pastoral person. It seems that this pope will be more aware of what life is all about.”

Faggioli, a professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, added: “He will have more room to make his message heard than Benedict did. The papacy needs to have an audience more open to listen to what the pope says. He is not an outsider. He didn’t present himself as a reformer with hatchet in hand.”

Bergoglio was born into a middle-class family of seven, his father an Italian immigrant railway worker and his mother a housewife.

Replacing Pope Benedict, who resigned last month, he overturned one of the main assumptions before the election, that the new pope would be relatively young.

Bergoglio is the oldest of most of the possible candidates and was barely mentioned in feverish speculation about the top contenders before the conclave.

He is the first non-European pope since Syrian-born Gregory III in the eighth century, and the third successive non-Italian pontiff.

The Vatican said his inaugural mass would be on March 19.

U.S. President Barack Obama said the election of Francis “speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world.”

“PRAY FOR BENEDICT”

In brief remarks from the balcony of St. Peter’s, Francis called on the faithful to pray for Benedict and said the Church was setting off on a “journey of fraternity, of love, of trust”.

It seemed the cardinal electors “went to the end of the world” to find him, he said.

The Vatican said Francis would visit Benedict soon at his temporary home in the summer papal residence outside Rome.

Thousands of people sheltering from heavy rain under a sea of umbrellas had occupied the square all day to await the decision and the crowd swelled as soon as the white smoke emerged.

They cheered wildly and raced towards the basilica as the smoke billowed from a narrow makeshift chimney and St Peter’s bells rang.

The tens of thousands in the square cheered even more loudly when Francis appeared, the first pontiff to take that name. “Viva il Papa (pope),” they chanted.

Front runners at the conclave had included Brazilian Odilo Scherer, and Italy’s Angelo Scola, who would have returned the papacy to traditional Italian hands after 35 years of the German Benedict XVI and Polish John Paul II.

The decision by cardinal electors sequestered in a secret conclave in the Sistine Chapel came sooner than many experts expected because there were several front runners before the vote to replace Pope Benedict.

The cardinals faced a thorny task in finding a leader capable of overcoming crises caused by priestly child abuse and a leak of secret papal documents that uncovered corruption and rivalry inside the Church government or Curia.

Francis will head a Church also shaken by rivalry from other churches, the advance of secularism, especially in its European heartland, and allegations of scandal at the Vatican bank.

The series of crises is thought to have contributed to Benedict’s decision to become the first pontiff in 600 years to abdicate.

RIVAL TO RATZINGER IN 2005

Bergoglio was a moderate rival candidate at the 2005 conclave to the conservative Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who went on to become Benedict.

Italian media say he impressed cardinals in pre-conclave meetings where they discussed the Church’s problems.

Reserved and humble, Francis does not fit the profile of an active preacher that many cardinals had previously said they were seeking. He studied chemistry before joining the priesthood nearly a decade after losing a lung to respiratory illness.

The secret conclave began on Tuesday night with a first ballot and four ballots were held on Wednesday. Francis obtained the required two thirds majority in the fifth ballot.

The previous four popes were all elected within two or three days.

In preparatory meetings before the conclave, the cardinals seemed divided between those who believe the new pontiff must be a strong manager to get the dysfunctional bureaucracy under control and others who are looking more for a proven pastoral figure to revitalize their faith across the globe.

Apart from Brazil’s Scherer and Italy’s Scola, a host of other candidates from numerous nations had also been mentioned as potential popes – including U.S. cardinals Timothy Dolan and Sean O’Malley, Canada’s Marc Ouellet and Argentina’s Leonardo Sandri.

But the front runners’ list never mentioned Bergoglio.

Emmanuel Retreats 2013

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MCBS Theologians perform Summer Retreats for the Children in Parishes.

Interested Vicars Can contact

Method & Style

  • Could be arranged in Retreat Model or Camp Model

  • Arranges for three days or even for two

  • A normal group consist of three theologians including a Deacon

  • Multimedia devices including projector & Laptop will be brought or could be arranged locally

 

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Diocese of Bathery

The Catholic Diocese of Bathery was established in 1978 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II and was formally inaugurated on2nd February 1979. By the grace of God, recently the diocese of Bathery was bifurcated and the new diocese of Puttur was erected by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. This was mainly due to the geographic vastness of the area. At present we have nearly 25,000 Malankara Catholic faithful in 102 parishes and mission stations in the diocese of Bathery. His Excellency Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios is transferred to the diocese of Puttur and His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thomas appointed as the new  bishop of Bathery. The eparchy comprises of the district of Nilgiris of Tamilnadu State; Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasargod districts of Kerala State. The diocesan headquarters is situated in Sulthan Bathery in the district of Wayanad in Kerala.

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE DIOCESE OF BETHERY

 The Malankara Catholic Eparchy of Bathery is the fruit of the missionary zeal and desire for the unity of the Church expressed by the committed laity, priests and prelates of the Syro-Malankara Church. In 1958, the Holy See extended the jurisdiction of the Eparchy of Tiruvalla further towards the North of Kerala and some districts of Karnataka and Tamilnadu. After the extension His Excellency late Zacharias Mar Athanasios sent priests to the new regions. These pioneers of Malabar mission began to work zealously among the Malankara faithful and they gave leadership for the Re-union movement and Evangelization. As a result parishes and mission centers were established in different places. In order to accelerate the re-union movement and evangelization, His Excecellency Most Rev. Zacharias Mar Athanasios requested the Holy See to bifurcate the Diocese of Thiruvalla and to erect a new Diocese with Sulthan Bathery as its headquarters. His Holiness Pope John Paul II erected the Eparchy of Bathery on 28th October 1978 and Rev. Dr. Cyril Malancheruvil was appointed as the first Bishop of Bathery.

His Excellency Most Rev. Cyril Mar Baselios officially took charge of the Eparchy of Bathery on 2nd Ferbruary 1979 and the new diocese was inaugurated during the solemn function held at St. Thomas Pro-Cathedral, Sulthan Bathery. There were arround 8500 Malankara Catholic faithful in 43 parishes and mission stations at the beginning of the diocese. The pastoral care of the community was entrusted to 18 diocesan priests and 2 priests from Bethany Ashram who was zealous and committed in the Apostolate. Bethany sisters and sisters of Deena Sevana Sabha also gave valuable services in different parts of the diocese. As a result, thousands of families and some priests from prominent families came into full communion of the Catholic Church. Within a short period of time, many parishes and mission stations were established in different parts of the Eparchy.

Most Rev. Cyril Mar Baselios gave great leadership for all the pastoral activities. The far-sighted vision of Mar Baselios led the Eparchy in the hights of its growth. The Apostolate of the Eparchy was organized under various departments. The faith formation of the children, youth, men and women were guaranteed by the Apostolate of Catechism, youth ministry, ‘Pithrusangam’ and ‘Mathrujyothis’. The Bible Apostolate Department takes initiative for the promotion of Bible studies and distribution of Bible among the faithful. Malankara Catholic Association is the official organization of the Malankara Catholic faithful for the Social involvement and leadership. The Eparchy also gave due importance to its social commitment, taking seriously the life situation of the people around. The Eparchy chalked out a social programme aimed at promoting the integral growth of men and Women. The Social Service Centre, named Shreyas, which is the official organ of the Eparchy for promoting Social justice and fellowship, is instituted in view of creating a more human and just society, based on Gospel values, through a scientific programme of mass education, mass mobilization and mass action. The Eparchy also started few educational institutions under the Corporate Educational Agency of the Eparchy to impart a value based education to the youth irrespective of caste and creed.

Msgr.Mathew Nedungatt and Msgr.Thomas Thannickakuzhy, Msgr. Thomas Charivupurayidom and Msgr. Eldho Puthenkandathil served the Eparchy as its Vicar Generals. The Diamond Jubilee of the Malankara Reunion Movement was celebrated in the Eparchy on 20, 21 September 1990 at Sulthan Bathery.

His Eminence Wladislao Cardinal Rubin, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches visited the Eparchy on 9th January 1981 and inaugurated the Pastoral Council and Parish Senate in the Diocese.

The Eparchy of Bathery was blessed by the .visit of His Eminence Simon D. Cardinal Lourdusamy, the then Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches on 25 August 1987.

After 17 years of inspiring leadership in the Diocese, His Excellency Most Rev. Cyril Mar Baselios left for Trivandrum on 12 December 1995 as he was appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum and the Head of the Malankara Catholic Church. His Grace Cyril Mar Baselios took charge of the Church and of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum on 14 December 1995. From 14 December 1995 till 5 February 1997, the Eparchy was led by Rev. Msgr.ThomasThannickakuzhy as its Administrator. On 18 December 1996 His Holiness pope John Paul ll appointed Very Rev. Dr. Varghese Ottathengil, the then Rector of St.Mary’s Malankara Major Seminary, Trivandrum as the new Bishop of Bathery, Msgr.Varghese Ottathengil was consecrated as Bishop on 5 February 1997 at Mar Athanasios Nagar, Bathery by His Grace Cyril Mar Baselios, the Head of the Malankara Catholic Church.

Rev. Dr. lsaac Thottunkal was the Vicar general of the Eparchy from 1999 to 2001. Then he was appointed Apostolic Visitor for North America & Europe and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archieparchy of Trivandrum, on 18 June 2001. His Excellency Rt. Rev. Msgr. lsaac Mar Cleemis was consecrated as bishop on 15 August 2001 at St. Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church, Thirumoolapuram, Thiruvalla.

The Eparchy of Bathery celebrated its Silver Jubilee year from 28 October 2002 to 28 October 2003. The SilverJubilee celebrations began with the Holy Qurbono by His Grace Most Rev.Dr.Cyril Mar Baselios, the first Bishop of Bathery and with the solemn declaration of the Jubilee year by His Excellency Most Rev Dr.Geevarghese Mar Divannasios On 28 October at St.Thomas Cathedral, Bathery. The concluding celebration of the Jubilee year was held along with the 73rd Re-union celebration of the Malankara Catholic Church on 18 to 20′ September 2003.

During the past years, the Eparchy of the Bathery and its pastoral leadership was formly established in the different geographical area of the Eparchy. As a result many parishes and mission stations together with social, charitable and educational institutions were established to the Karnataka region of the Eparchy. A new Eparchy for the Karnataka region was a long cherished dream of the Malankara Catholic faithful in the region. This dream was fulfilled at the moment of the solemn declaration of the new Eparchy of Puttur on 25th January 2010.

The Eparchy of Bathery was bifurcated and the new Eparchy of Puttur was established by the Holy Episcopal synod of the Malankara Catholic Church. His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios was appointed as the first bishop of the Eparchy of Puttur. His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thomas was appointed as the third Bishop of the Eparchy of Bathery. The enthronement of the new bishop was held on 13th April 2010. At present the Eparchy of Bathery compraise of the civil districts of Wayanad, Malapuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasargode of Kerala State and Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu. The ecclessiastical districts of the Eparchy at present are Bathery,Pulpally, Nilgiris, Nilambur, Edakkara, Kozhikode, Mananthavady and Kannur.

There are 87 priests of the diocesan clergy, three priests from Bethany Ashram and one priest from the OCD congregation who render their dedicated service for the pastoral care of the community. Sisters from Bethany Congregation, Daughters of Mary, Deena Sevana Sabha, Holy Spirit Sisters, FMM Sisters, John the Baptist Sisters are also give their valuable service in the Eparchy.

CONTACT:-

Catholic Bishop’s House
Sulthan Bathery PO – 673 592
Wayanad Dt.
Kerala, India
Ph: +91 4936 220207
Fax: +91 4936 221287

E-mail: bishopbty@gmail.com

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