Udupi : The Diocese of Udupi celebrated Christmas with the media fraternity on Saturday, December 19 at Bishop’s House here.
Most Rev Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi diocese presided over the programme. The programme began with invocation prayer song. Speaking at the inauguration of the program cutting the cake, Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo said, "We all live in a family called the world. As we live in a family, we must transcend our religion, culture, custom, way of life and spread human values. In this era requires a new way of thinking, a new worldview. We all belong to the same family,” said Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo.
Many people lost their jobs, many on the street, due to the lockdown due to the Covid epidemic. Those who suffered in that case needed peace and comfort. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the diocese helped nearly 9,000 families and 30,000 individuals with food kits, more than 3000 migrants have been helped. Many are provided shelter and basic facilities at our educational institutions. Not only that in all our 52 churches of the diocese, Rs. 40 lac has been spent on migrants and more than Rs. 63 lac has been spent on food kits. More than Rs 15 lac was spent for the destitute. At this time we have tried to lighten the suffering of the people irrespective of caste, creed and distinction, Bishop said.
The risk of corona infection has not yet left us. Everyone should be wary of this epidemic. We have decided to celebrate Christmas and New Year with simple atmosphere. Christian families in the diocese have already been called upon to comply that this Christmas is going to be more pompous and give the money saved to the poor. There would be no outside celebrations and will be more holistic celebration of Christmas, said Bishop.
Bishop said that doctors, nurses, and police have handled their duties as Covid warriors in a state of crisis like lockdown. Similarly, journalists have been subjected to an objective report on the tough days when no one can leave the house. He also said that journalists also worked as warriors. Bishop also said that Encyclical of Pope Francis regarding the Environment where he had stressed on Preserving, Protecting and Promoting the Environment. He said that all the brethren as brothers and sisters. Basavanna has also given the same message. All communities should come together under the value of humanity. Let Christmas be a festive of love, a ray of hope and shelter of peace. Let new year be filled with prosperity and happiness, Bishop said.
Udupi district Rajyotsava Award winning journalists Uday S Padiyar of DD news, Shreepathi Hegde of Vijayavani and the newly elected member of Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy Nazeer Polya of Varthabharathi were honoured during the occasion.
Meanwhile, Bishop Gerald released the book titled “Chetana Chintana” comprising of around 150 articles written by Rev Fr Chetan Lobo, Diocese PRO which was published in Prajavani over a period of three years. The book is being published by Chennabika Publications of Bangalore with the grant made available by the Karnataka Government.
Udupi District Working Journalists’ Association President Ganesh Prasad Pandelu spoke during the occasion and gave gratitude to organizers to organizing this get-together like every year.
Meanwhile, on the occasion Rakesh Kunjoor-president of Kaup Taluk Journalists Association, Secretary Shafi Uchhila, Secretary of Byndoor Taluk Journalists Association Arunkumar Shiroor and Secretary of Brahmavara Taluk Journalists Association Rajesh Ganiga were felicitated by Bishop by offering them roses.
Earlier, Fr Chetan Lobo Capuchin spoke key note address and welcomed the gathering. Diocese Media Co-ordinator Michael Rodrigues delivered vote of thanks. Rev Fr Royson Fernandes, Editor of Uzvaad journal compered the programme.
Rev Fr Charles Menezes, parish priest of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Udupi and Very Rev Fr Valerian Mendonca, parish priest of Milagres Cathedral Kallianpur were present.
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