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Indore’s martyr nun Rani Maria beatified – The Times of India

•Beatification is one step away from Canonisation, and Sister Maria is the first nun from north India to be Beatified. (From The Times of India)

(News from “The Times of India:)INDORE: “Blessed Rani Maria, pray for us,” proclaimed Vatican ambassador Cardinal Angelo Amato on Saturday. And 15,000 Christians repeated the words after him at a local school in Indore, marking the beatification of Sister Rani Maria Vattalil as a martyr.

In the audience, was seated her killer Samandar Singh. Next to him sat the Blessed Maria’s sister, Sr Selmi. “I cannot undo what happened. That was also God’s call. This, too, is God’s call. She was a saint, and now she’ll be declared one too,” said Samandar who had stabbed her viciously 22 years ago. He was sentenced to life but was released in 2002 after Sister Selmi visited him in jail and asked that he be pardoned.

Bishops attend a ceremony for beatification of Rani Maria in Indore on Saturday.

Beatification is one step away from Canonisation, and Sister Maria is the first nun from north India to be Beatified and the seventh Indian to be beatified after Sister Alphonsa, Fr Kuriakose Chavara, Mother Euphrasia, Fr Joseph Vaz, Fr Gonsalo Garcia and Mother Teresa. The ceremony was held St. Paul’s HS School in the presence of Cardinal Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for Cause of Saints (Vatican), and 45 bishops and five cardinals from India.

Just before Gloria (singing praises of God), Cardinal Amato read out the apostolic letter in Latin, announcing Pope Francis’s declaration that Sr Rani Maria be called Blessed and her feast may be celebrated every year on February 25 — the day she was martyred in 1995. The Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops arrived in the form of a procession.

•Her killer Samandar Singh, who was in the audience, said “I cannot undo what happened. That was also God’s call. This, too, is God’s call. She was a saint, and now she’ll be declared one too”.

Right after the announcement, a relic and a large portrait of Sister Maria were brought to the altar by the family members, representatives from the church in Kerala and representatives of Sr Rani Maria’s Franciscan Clarist Congregation. Cardinal Angelo Amato said, “She’s not just an inspiration to Udainagar church but to Catholics across the globe. Her sacrifice has become a beacon of light for missionaries. “

Please click here to watch a full five hours ceremony video.

Mr. Babu Varma was one the several recipients of this year’s congressional community heroes award – father of the year.

Picture by Asian Media USA-Congressman Danny K. Davis awarding Mr. Babu Varma
7th Annual  Congressional Awards Gala 2017 was held on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Meadows Convention Center, 2950 W Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis’s Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force was established in 2010. The 7th Congressional district’s MEATF plays an important role in promoting and protecting minorities.  The Annual Award attracts physicians, professionals and businessmen from all walks of life, especially from 24 ethnic communities including Africa, Mexico, Nigeria, Ghana, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Jordan, Middle East, Palestine, Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Greece, Ukraine etc.
Congratulation to Mr. Babu Varma. Mr. Babu Varma was one the several recipients of this year’s congressional community heroes  award – father of the year. Mr. Babu Varma is a well-known community leader in Chicago area. He is a president of Indian Christian Federation of Midwest. He is very active in FIA activities.

Video taken by Ranjan Patel:

Pictures by Asian Media USA, Ranjan Patel, Amrita Varma.

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Please click here to see lot more pictures of this event. 

“Samajmitra” published a special edition in memory of Late Mr. Joseph Macwan.

“Samajmitra” published a special edition in memory of Late Mr. Joseph Macwan. This edition is taken from Mr. Ganpat Vankar’s Facebook page. 

Please click on the image to read the magazine.

The Diocese of Ahmedabad organized a Blind Walk Rally on World Sight Day – October 13, 2017. Similar rally was organized in Nadiad too.

૧૦૦ અમદાવાદીઓએ આંખે પટ્ટી બાંધી સમાજને નવો રાહ ચીંધ્યો.

આજે world blind WALK ના પ્રસંગે મહાધર્માંધ્યક્ષ માન્યવર થોમસ મેકવાની આગેવાની હેઠળ શરૂ થયેલ પ્રોજેક્ટ વિઝન-૨૦૧૭ અંતર્ગત ગુજરાતમાં સૌપ્રથમવાર blind walk નું આયોજન કરાયું હતું.

નેત્ર દાન પ્રતિ જાગૃતિ ફેલાવવાના ઉમદા આશયે શરૂ કરાયેલ આ રેલીને સવારે ૧૦ કલાકે ગાંધીગ્રામ રેલવેસ્ટેશને થી જાણીતા ગુજરાતી ફિલ્મ ડિરેક્ટર શીતલ શાહે ઝંડી બતાવીને રવાના કરી હતી.

૧.૩ કિમી અંતરની મજલ કાપીને માઉન્ટ કર્મેલ સ્કૂલ પહોંચેલી આ રેલીમાં ઓક્સિજન ફિલ્મની સમગ્ર ટીમ તથા અમદાવાદના રેડીઓ મીરચીના રેડિયો જોકી દૃવિત પણ હાજર રહયા હતા.

આ પ્રસંગે સ્વામી આધ્યાત્મનંદ, મહાધર્માંધ્યક્ષ થોમસ મેકવાન,સિસ્ટર લુસી,ફિલ્મી હસ્તી શીતલ શાહ તથા ભક્તિ કુમાવતે પ્રાસંગિક પ્રવચનો કર્યા હતા. શીતલ શાહ તથા ભક્તિ કુમાવત સેન્ટ ઝેવિયર્સ તથા માઉન્ટ કાર્મેલમાં ભણ્યા હોવાથી પોતાના જીવનના પ્રસંગોને વાગોળ્યા હતા.

સેંટ ઝેવિયર્સ મિર્ઝાપુરના આચાર્ય તથા આજની રેલીના સર્વેસર્વા ફાધર ટાઇટ્સ દ્વારા નેત્ર દાન બાબતે ઉપસ્થિત મેદનીને પ્રતિજ્ઞા લેવડાવી હતી.

અંતે દુનિયામાં 100 વાર થી વધુ વખત રક્તદાન કરી ચૂકેલા ૧૦૨ જેટલા સેનચુરિયન રક્તદાતા ધારવવાનો વિશ્વ વિક્રમ જેને નામે છે તેવા અમદાવાદીઓએ પ્રસ્તુત રેલી પર સફળતાની મહોર મારી હતી.

– હસમુખ ક્રિશ્ચિયન ” રિશ્તા “.

The below pictures are taken from Mr. Hasmukh Christian and Mr. Cyril Marin Macwan’s Facebook page.

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The below video is from Fr. Ashok Vaghela Facebook page.