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Mary's Assumption and India's Day of Independence
The two events fall on 15 August. People must wake up to India's problems and learn to deal with violence, female infanticide, environmental degradation, etc. Fr Errol Fernandes, a Jesuit parish priest and Seminary Professor in Mumbai, gives his thoughts about the Magnificat.
Assumption an occasion to ponder the full meaning of existence says Pope
Benedict XVI highlights how the Virgin Mary teaches us that "God is always the priority”. Her life, like that of every Christian is a journey in the footsteps of Jesus, with a clearly defined goal, a future already mapped out: final victory over sin and death and full communion with God
Pope: like Mary, we are all called to say yes to God
The Blessed Virgin agreed to "give" Jesus flesh so he could "descend" from heaven and she in turn was "taken" to the place from which he descended. In a certain sense, it is the destiny of all humanity; God asks us to place our existence at his disposal so He can be in the world. He gives mankind the Eucharist, with which death is conquered.
No persecution can destroy our faith, says Orissa archbishop
Interview with Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar. He is on spiritual retreat 10-14 December) with his priests, victims of anti-Chritian pogroms. Fr Errol Fernandes is in charge of the retreat, centred on the Year of Faith. In 2008, the Jesuit priest met Hindu students at a Mumbai college to describe what was happening to Christians in Orissa.
Spiritual retreat for clergymen hurt during Orissa persecution
Organised by Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, the meeting will be held from 10 to 14 December. It will bring together clergymen hurt during anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal (2008). Fr Errol Fernandes, a Jesuit priest will run the retreat, speaks about it. Besides the pain and suffering, Christ "must remain the inspiration" to face every challenge.
Mumbai: online spiritual retreat for people who have to work
Fr Errol Fernandes SJ, professor of Scriptures at Mumbai's archdiocesan seminary, is behind the initiative. This year's 'Net Retreat' will run from 23 March to 5 April. "It is my constant endeavour to make God's word as practical and tangible as possible."
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