A memorandum was issued by the KRCBC to be presented to the state governor seeking speedy investigation.
April 25, 2013, 5:54 PM
Bangalore: Catholic church officials organized a prayer meeting to help speed up the probe into the killing of a seminary rector in Bangalore three weeks ago. Father K.J. Thomas, rector of St Peter's pontifical seminary, was found dead on April 1 morning inside the seminary but police were unable to identify the criminals or motive behind the crime even after 23 days.
The prayer meeting at St Francis Xavier Cathedral ground on April 23, also attended by Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore.
The meeting aimed to put "more pressure on the Bangalore police authorities to take action as soon as possible," said meeting organizer Amith Nigli.
"It is very shocking that someone could enter a religious place and commit such a heinous crime on a priest," said Archbishop Moras. "The culprit must be found at the earliest, or it is going to give rise to many rumors and suspicions which we do not need right now," he said.
However, they did not blame police. Father Ronnie Prabhu, another organizer said it was "not to blame them (police) completely. Everything takes its own time, but we do need immediate answers and that's our only request to the authorities."
President of Karnataka region catholic bishops' conference (KRCBC), Father Archibald Gonsalves asked the crowd to fight for justice constantly. "Why is it taking as long as 23 days for them to catch the culprits?" he asked. "It was not just death that took him away, it was a murder and we need our answers." A memorandum was issued by the KRCBC to be presented to the state governor seeking speedy investigation.
Vatican City: The Church is not a bureaucratic organization, it is a story of love, if "it creates offices and becomes somewhat bureaucratic, the Church loses its main substance and is in danger of turning into an NGO. And the Church is not an NGO". The statement was repeated at Mass this morning by Pope Francis celebrated in the chapel of St. Martha's residence. Among those present, were employees of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR).
According to Vatican Radio, the Pope himself brought the subject up: "It's a love story ... But there are those from the IOR ... excuse me, eh! .. some things are necessary, offices are required ... ok! but they are necessary up to a certain point: as an aid to this love story. But when organization takes first place, love falls down and the Church, poor thing, becomes an NGO. And this is not the way forward."
The readings of the day tell the story of the first Christian community that grows and multiplies its disciples. A good thing, says the Pope, but that can push to make "deals" to get even "more partners in this venture." "Instead, the path that Jesus willed for his Church is another: the path of the difficulties, the path of the Cross, the path of persecution ... And this makes us wonder: What is this Church? This, our Church so it doesn't seems a human enterprise".
The Church is "something more": "the disciples do not the Church make, they are only the messengers sent by Jesus. And Christ was sent by the Father." So, you see that the Church begins there, in the heart of the Father, who had this idea ... I do not know if He had an idea, the Father: the Father had love. This love story began, this love story that lasts through time and still has not ended. We, the women and men of the Church, we are in the middle of a love story: each of us is a link in this chain of love. And if we do not understand this, we do not understand anything about what the Church is. "
"The Church does not grow thanks to human strength: some Christians made mistakes for historical reasons, they took a wrong turn, they had armies, and they waged wars of religion: that is another story, which is not this love story. We too must learn by our mistakes how the love story progresses. But how does it grow? Like Jesus simply said, like the mustard seed, it grows like the yeast in the flour, without noise. "The Church grows "from the bottom, slowly." "And when the Church wants to boast of its quantity and makes organizations, and makes offices and become somewhat bureaucratic, then the Church loses its main substance and is in danger of turning into an NGO. And the Church is not an NGO. It's a love story ... But there are those from the IOR ... excuse me, eh! .. some things are necessary, offices are required ... ok! but they are necessary up to a certain point: as an aid to this love story. But when organization takes first place, love falls down and the Church, poor thing, becomes an NGO. And this is not the way forward. "
A head of state, he said, asked how big the Pope's army was. But the Church does not grow "through the military", but with the power of the Holy Spirit. Because the Church is not an organization. "No, it is a Mother. It is a Mother. There are many mothers here, at this Mass. How would you feel if someone said to you:' So... you are the manager of your house '?' No, I am the Mammy!. 'And the Church is Mother. And we are in the middle of a love story that runs on the power of the Holy Spirit and we, all of us together, are a family in the Church who is our Mother. "
GLOBAL : Francis’ secret weapon: a sense of humour by Christopher Lamb (The Tablet via CNUA) The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) - the office historically responsible for the inquisition - is not something people publicly crack jokes about (excepting of course Monty Python and their take on the Spanish Inquisition). Nonetheless Pope Francis has managed to find a funny side to the bogeyman department seen as responsible for silencing theologians and disciplining errant nuns. In a homily on Tuesday the Pope talked about Barnabas being sent on an 'apostolic visitation' to find out about what has happening among Christians in Antioch. 'We might say this was the theological beginning of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,' he joked. The tone of Francis' pontificate has also had a light-hearted feel - from the 'Buona sera', his first words on the balcony of St Peter's when he was elected, to the 'buon pranzo' (have a good lunch) he routinely says to pilgrims following the Sunday Regina Coelis.
Being able to joke is a healthy sign. It
suggests a confidence in oneself and in the office he holds, although in no way devalues the serious task he has ahead of him. It is also very clever. Given the high tension and sensitivity surrounding the CDF, what better way than to bring things down a notch by cracking a joke? Cardinal Basil Hume, when Abbot of Ampleforth, once counselled his monks: 'Take life seriously. Take God seriously. But don't, please don't, take yourselves too seriously.' That is the key. Fine if you take your faith seriously. But if you cannot be self-deprecating about yourself or the institution to which you belong, then you are in trouble. Comedian Eddie Izzard used to joke that Catholics are the only group of Christians who say the Alleluia without smiling. This seriousness can lead to conflict between groups who are both convinced they have all the answers. Of course faith is not a laughing matter and vigorous argument is important. But so often it seems that humour and religion are opposed. If the Pope can make us laugh a little, the Church will be a far healthier place. - http://thetablet.co.uk
Richard Gomes (25), Near Sacred heart Church, Karikal Post,Bhatkal
Richard Gomes (25), son of Matis Gomes and Monthin Gomes, living near Near Sacred heart Church, Karikal Post,Bhatkal (Uttara Kannada district), has been diagnosed with end stage renal disease. He is presently on thrice-a-week maintenance haemodialysis, and has been advised to continue lifelong maintenance haemodialysis or go for renal transplantation.
Richard’s father expired three years ago, and his mother, a diabetic, works as housemaid. His sisters have been married. His family is very poor, and unable to meet cost of haemodialysis which works out to Rs 25,000 to 30,000 per month, or the kidney transplantation, which costs four to five lac rupees excluding post transplant immune suppressive medication. These costs have been certified by A J Hospital and Research Centre, where he is being treated now. As the family is faced with acute shortage of funds for Richard’s treatment, it has requested willing donors to extend possible help.
Bank Account Details: SB account number: 03052210031953 Monthin M Gomes (mother) Syndicate Bank, Bhatkal branch, near Shamsuddin Circle, Bandar Road, Bhatkal – 581320. IFS code: SYNB0000305 Phone: 91 99801 81311
Sabina Kansara (49), wife of the late Simon Kansara, resident of I Wing, Room No. 7, Gala Shirdi Nagar, Achole Road, Nallasopara (East), Mumbai, has been suffering from chronic renal failure since the last about three years. Navneet Hospital, Nallasopara (East), Mumbai, has certified that Sabina incurs an amount of Rs 1,08,720 per year for her thrice-a-week haemodialysis treatment.
Sabina, who is a widow, says she does not have any source of income, and that her financial condition is very poor. Her only son is studying in the eighth standard, and she adds that she is finding it hard to meet the exorbitant expenses of her treatment. Therefore, she has requested willing donors to extend possible help.
Bank Account Details: SB account number: 19510110038260 Benedicta Remus D’Souza (sister) and Sabina Simon Kansara Uco Bank, Nallasopra branch, Greater Bombay, Nallasopara, Mumbai. IFS code: UCBA0001951 Phone: 91 90041 91249
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