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Pope Francis: At Christmas we Encounter the Lord

Pope Francis: At Christmas we Encounter the Lord

Pope Francis: Never hide our religious identity

Pope Francis: Never hide our religious identity

Seminar on “Evangelii Gaudium” organised by POC

The POC is  organizing one day seminar and two three days seminars to study the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium / സുവിശേഷത്തിന്റെ  സന്തോഷം. Details are here… Suveshasha Anandam seminar leaflet innerSuveshasha Anandam seminar leaflet cover

 

Pope Francis to the Bishops: Be in the Midst of Your Flock

Pope Francis to the Bishops: Be in the Midst of Your Flock

Pope Francis: Centrality of Man Over Money

Pope Francis: Centrality of Man Over Money

Pope Francis: The Faith is not Ideological, Be Open to Other

Pope Francis: The faith is not ideological, Be Open to Other

Priestly Ordinations of Kothamangalam Diocese 2013-14

Priestly Ordinations of Kothamangalam Diocese 2013-14Priestly Ordinations 2013-14: Diocese / Eprachy of Kothamangalam (Syro-Malabar Diocese in Kerala, India)

Pope Francis: We are pilgrims from death to the fullness of life

Pope Francis: We are pilgrims from death to the fullness of life

Pope Francis: God’s hands Accompany Us

Pope Francis: God’s hands Accompany Us

Pope Francis, Confess to God without Fear

Pope Francis, Confess to God without Fear

Pope Francis: Baptism is a Christian’s Identity Card

Pope Francis: Baptism is a Christian’s Identity Card

Pope Francis: Let us take care of our Elderly

Pope Francis: Let us take care of our Elderly

 

Pope Francis: God forgives those who repent

Pope Francis: God forgives those who repent

Indian Major Archbishops with Pope Francis

Major Archbishop of Syro-Malabar Church Cardinal George Alenchery and Major Archbishop of Syro-Malankara Church Cardinal Cleemis Meets Pope Francis.

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World Food Day Message by Pope Francis

Pope Francis met with media

Pope Francis

A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE CAN LIVE WITH DIGNITY

The Holy Father has written a message to Jose Graziano de Silva, director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on the occasion of World Food Day, celebrated every year on October 16 to mark the foundation of the FAO, and which this year focuses on the theme: “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition”.

“Paradoxically, in a moment in which globalization allows us to be informed of situations of need throughout the world, and to multiply exchanges and human relations, there appears to be a growing tendency towards individualism and inwardness, which leads to a certain attitude of indifference – at a personal, institutional and State level – towards those who die of hunger and suffer as a result of malnutrition, as if it were an inescapable fact”, writes the Pope. “But hunger and malnutrition can never be considered a fact of life, to which we must accustom ourselves, almost as if it were ‘part of the system’. Something must change in us, in ourselves, in our mentality, in our societies”.

For these changes to be made, Pope Francis adds that “an important step is to break down decisively the barriers of individualism, of being wrapped up in ourselves, of slavery to profit at all costs, and this applies not only to the dynamics of human relations, but also in the global economic and financial dynamics”.

He continues, “I think that it is necessary, today more than ever, for us to educate ourselves in solidarity, rediscovering the value and meaning of this uncomfortable word which is so often set aside, and to turn it into the attitude that forms the basis of decisions made at a political, economic and financial level, and of relations between people, populations and nations”.

Although steps have been taken, “we are still far from a world in which everyone may live in a dignified way”, he writes. “This leads to serious questions on the need to modify our lifestyles in a concrete way”, including our approaches to food which, “in many areas of the planet, are marked by consumerism, waste and squander. … It would be sufficient to eliminate such waste to drastically reduce the number of people who go hungry”.

Pope Francis introduces a third element for consideration: “education in solidarity and a lifestyle that rejects the ‘throwaway culture’, and which truly places each person and his or her dignity in the centre, begins in the family”. He concludes by emphasizing that “the Catholic Church walks this path with you, aware that charity and love are the soul of her mission”.

Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Alwaye

Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Alwaye is an Institute in Kerala, India, which is predominantly an inter-ritual Faculty. One can learn theological and philosophical discipline as well as culture, heritage and tradition of the Kerala Church. “The Pontifical Institute, Alwaye” was erected by the Holy See at Alwaye, Kerala State, India in 1972. On 15th February 1973, the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Alwaye, was officially inaugurated by His Excellency, the Most Rev.Dr.John Gordon, then Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India. On 25th April 1997, through a decree the Congregation for Catholic Education separated the Pontifical Institute from the Pontifical Seminary. At present the Pontifical Institute functions at two separate campuses – Mangalapuzha and Carmelgiri, and offers simultaneously courses of theology and philosophy in both campuses. It is entrusted to the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council and is under the overall supervision of the Congregation for Catholic Education. It has at present the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and may open new Faculties with the approval of the Holy See.

A Brief History of  The Pontifical Institute of Theology & Philosophy, Alwaye

The Beginnings

The Carmelite Missionaries, who were sent to Malabar by Pope Alexander VII, started a small Seminary at Verapoly in 1682 for the formation of both the Latin and the Syrian clergy.  Due to the lack of conveniences the Seminary at Verapoly was shifted to the new buildings at Puthenpally in 1866.  In 1888, the Seminary at Puthenpally was constituted the Major Central Seminary for the whole of Malabar, and was placed under Congregation of Evangelization of Peoples.  Owing to the increase in the number of students, a new Seminary with better accommodation was built at Mangalapuzha, Alwaye.  The new Seminary was officially inaugurated on 28th January 1933.  The increase in the priestly  vocations  necessitated  further extension.  On 24th November 1955  the new philosophical college at Carmelgiri was solemnly blessed and inaugurated by His Excellency Most Rev.Martin Lucas, then Apostolic Internuncio to India.  In 1964 the Seminary was raised to the ‘Pontifical’ status by the Holy See.  On June 12,1976, the direction and administration of the Pontifical Seminary was entrusted to the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council.

Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy

  The first step towards the realization of the plan for a Faculty had been taken on October 7, 1959, when the Congregation issued a decree affiliating the theology department of the Seminary with the Lateran University, Rome.  With this, the theology department of the Seminary became “Studium Theologicum” which was governed by norms given by the University and a convention between the Rector of the Lateran University and the Rector of the Seminary.  In April 1971, the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council sent a petition to the Congregation for the erection of an autonomous Faculty.  On February 24, 1972, the Congregation for Catholic Education issued the decree erecting the Theological Faculty in the Pontifical Seminary.  The decree granted the new Faculty all the rights and privileges which were enjoyed by Theological Faculties.  It also empowered the Faculty to confer suitable degrees to students who are successful in their studies and research.  The power of conferring the degrees of Bachelor and Master (Licentiate) in theology was explicitly granted.  On 15th February 1973, the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Alwaye, was officially inaugurated by His Excellency, the Most Rev.Dr.John Gordon,  then Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India.  On 25th April 1997, through a decree the Congregation for Catholic Education separated the Pontifical Institute from the Pontifical Seminary.  At present the Pontifical Institute functions at two separate campuses – Mangalapuzha and Carmelgiri, and offers simultaneously courses of theology and philosophy in both campuses.

Patron of the Institute

Saint Joseph

Joseph (Hebrew יוֹסֵף, “Yosef”; Greek: Ἰωσήφ) is a figure in the Gospels, the husband ofMary the mother of Jesus and the guardian of Jesus. In Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodoxand Anglican Christian traditions he is regarded as Saint Joseph.

The Pauline epistles, generally considered the earliest extant Christian records, make no reference to Jesus’ father; nor does the Gospel of Mark, generally considered the first of the gospels.[2] The first appearance of Joseph is therefore in the gospels of Matthew andLuke. Each contains a genealogy of Jesus tracing his ancestry back to King David, but the two are from different sons of David; Matthew follows the major royal line from Solomon, while Luke follows a minor line from Nathan, another son of David and Bathsheba. Consequently all the names between David and Joseph are different. According to Matthew “Jacob was the father of Joseph,” while according to Luke, Joseph, or possibly Jesus, is said to be “of Heli.” Some scholars reconcile the genealogies by viewing the Solomonic lineage in Matthew as Joseph’s major royal line, and the Nathanic lineage in Luke to be Mary’s minor line.[3][4]

MISSION

The Institute is entrusted with “the task of preparing with special care students for the priestly ministry for teaching the sacred sciences, and for the more arduous task of the Apostolate”. It is also the task of the Institute “to explore more profoundly the various areas of the sacred disciplines so that day by day a deeper understanding of the Sacred Revelation will be developed, the heritage of Christian wisdom handed down by our ancestors will be plainly brought into view.

PROFILE

The Institute erected by the Holy See at Alwaye, Kerala State, India, shall be called “The Pontifical Institute, Alwaye”. It functions in St. Joseph’s Pontifical Seminary Mangalapuzha and Camelgiri. It is entrusted to the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council and is under the overall supervision of the Congregation for Catholic Education. It has at present the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy and may open new Faculties with the approval of the Holy See.

Academic Degrees 

According to the Statutes drawn up for the Faculty, the institutional cycle leading to the degree of Bachelor of  Theology consists of two stages.  The first stage comprises three years of Philosophy with languages and subsidiary subjects on Religion and Social Sciences.  A Diploma in Philosophy used to be given to the students who successfully completed this course.  On 1st October 1974 the Congregation for Catholic Education issued a decree authorising the Pontifical Institute of Theology and Philosophy  to confer the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy. At present the Institute is empowered to confer the following degrees:

1) Bachelor of Philosophy

2) Bachelor of Theology

3) Master of Theology

4) Doctor of Theology

The degree of Bachelor of Philosophy is conferred on those who  successfully complete the three years course in Philosophy.  Those students who hold a University Degree prior to their joining the Institute can follow a two year cylce leading to the Degree of Bachelor in Philosophy. The degree of Bachelor of Theology is conferred on those who successfully complete the three and a half years course in Theology.  The degree of Master of Theology is conferred on those who successfully complete the four semesters of specialization in a prescribed branch of Theology. At present Spiritual Theology, Dogmatic Theology,  Pastoral Theology & Counselling and Biblical Theology are offered by the Institute as branches of specialization.The degree of Doctor of Theology is conferred after two semesters of the doctoral course and on fulfilment of the conditions stipulated by the Institute.

CONTACT INFORMATION

PONTIFICAL INSTITUTE ALWAYE
Mangalapuzha, P.B. No.1, Alwaye
Kerala, India – 683 102
Phone  :  0484-2606745
E-mail  :  info@mangalapuzha.org

Mangalapuzha Campus, Aluva 683102  

Tel:  0484-2606745,  2606746
Fax:  0484-2604729

E-mail: mangalapuzhaseminary@gmail.com

Website: http://www.mangalapuzha.org

Carmelgiri Campus, Aluva  683102 

 Tel:  0484-2604120,  2606632
Fax:  0484-2606520

E-mail: carmelgirialuva@gmail.com

Website: http://www.carmelgiri.com

Click here for the Official Website of Pontifical Institute

Mar Jose Puthenveettil, Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam-Ankamaly Archdiocese

Bishop Mar Jose Puthenveettil

Appointment Order

Mar Jose Puthenveettil

In the light of the Communication received from the Apostolic Nunciature, I wish to inform you that the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, gathered at Mount St. Thomas, Kerala, having received prior Papal Assent according to CCEO can. 184, canonically elected to the office of Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly Rev. Fr. Jose Puthenveettil, till now Syncellus of the same Archeparchy. The newly elected Auxiliary Bishop succeeds Right Rev. Thomas Chakiath, whose resignation from the same office was accepted by the Synod according to CCEO 210 § 1. The Holy Father Pope Francis has assigned to the Auxiliary Bishop-Elect the Titular See of Rusubbicari.

This Ecclesiastical Provision was made public in Rome on Friday, 23rd August, 2013, at noon local time, corresponding to 15:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.

Episcopal Ordination on 21-09-2013

Mar Jose Puthenveettil Episcopal Orination

Mgr. Jose Puthenveettil was ordained bishop by His Beatitude George Cardinal Alencherry with Archbishop George Valiamattam of Tellicherry and Bishop Sebastian Adaynathrath, Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly as co-consecrators during the ceremony today that started at 2.30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Ernakulam. More than 20 Bishops participated in the ceremony. The ceremony began with the reading of the Major ARchiepiscopal Letter of Canonical Provision in Englishn by Fr. Antony Kollannur, the Major Archiepiscopal Chancellor and in Malayalam by Fr. Varghese Pottackal, the Chancellor of the Arch Eparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly. Archbishop Andrews Thazhath preached the homily. After the homily, His Excellency Salvatore Pennacchio, the Apostolic Nuncio felicitated the Mgr. Jose Puthenveettil on behalf of the Holy Father and presented a gift to him. There were a large number of priests, sisters and lay faithful participating. After the Episcopal Ordination, the new Bishop concelebrated the Holy Qurbana. At the conclusion of the Qurbana, the new Bishop assumed his office as the Auxiliary Bishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly. This was followed by a public meeting to felicitate the new Bishop in which Mr. K.V. Thomas, Honourable Union Minister for food, Mr. Oommen Chandy, honorable Chief Minsiter of Kerala and number of civil and ecclesiastical dignitaries participated.

Mar Jose Puthenveetil Episcopal OrinationBishop Mar Jose Puthenveetil

Reception to Mar Puthenveettil

Mar Puthenveettil with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy

Mar Puthenveettil