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The Apostolic Nuncio appointed for India & Nepal – Article from Mangaloretoday News network

The Apostolic Nuncio appointed for India & Nepal – Article from Mangaloretoday News network.

Mumbai, Jan 21: His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed His Excellency Most Reverend Giambattista Diquattro, till now Apostolic Nuncio to Bolivia, as the new APOSTOLIC NUNCIO to INDIA and NEPAL.
This ecclesiastical provision is made public in Rome today, Saturday 21st January 2017, at noon local time, corresponding to 16:30 hours, Indian Standard Time.
Pope has appointed Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro as the new apostolic nuncio to India and Nepal.
The 62-year-old Italian prelate is currently the nuncio to Bolivia, a country in central South America.
The formal announcement was made at 12 noon in Rome (4:30 pm in India), on January 21.
The new nuncio is expected in India mid-February, sources in the apostolic nunciature told Matters India.
Archbishop Diquattro, who was ordained a priest 35 years ago, has been a bishop for 11 years.
He took over as the nuncio to Bolivia on November 21, 2008.
He was on March 18, 1954, in Bologna, the capital and the largest city of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. It is the seventh most populous city in Italy.
He was ordained priest on August 24, 1981, for Ragusa diocese in Italy and ordained bishop on April 2, 2005.
He was appointed apostolic nuncio to Panama on April 2, 2005.
On January 19, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a papal adviser, told Matters India that the Indian government had cleared the nuncio’s name.
India has been without a Vatican ambassador since early October when Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, who was the Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal for six years, left for Poland.
The new nuncio is taking over at a time when India is preparing to receive Pope Francis, who has shown interest in visiting the country.
India witnessed three papal visits so far. The first Pope to visit India was Pope Paul VI, who came to Mumbai in 1964 to attend the International Eucharistic Congress.
Pope John Paul II visited 14 places in India in February 1986 and New Delhi in November 1999.
Several Indian dignitaries have, from time to time, called on the Pope in the Vatican. The latest was federal External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who led the Indian delegation at the canonization of Mother Teresa on September 4, 2016, at the Vatican.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi me the Pope in 1981, and I.K. Gujral, another premier, in 1987. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was the prime minister three times, called on the Pope in 2000 during his official visit to Italy.
Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat represented the country at the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
The Vatican has a nunciature in New Delhi while India has accredited its embassy in Bern, Switzerland, to the Holy See as well. India’s current ambassador to the Holy See is Smitha Purushottam since September 2015.
The Vatican-India bilateral relations was formally started on June 12, 1948, nearly a year after India became an independent nation. However, an apostolic delegation existed in India from 1881. The apostolic delegation to the East Indies then included Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and was extended to Malaca in 1889, and then to Burma in 1920.
The connections between the Catholic Church and India are traced to Saint Thomas the Apostle, who, according to tradition, came to India in 52 AD.
Bishops were sent to India from Syria as early as the 6th or 7th centuries. There is a record of an Indian bishop visiting Rome at the time of Pope Callixtus II (1119–1124).
Pope Pius XII It raised it to an Inter-nunciature in 1948 and to full apostolic nunciature in 1967 by Pope Paul VI.
The notification letter from the Secretary General, CBCI – Bishop Theodore  Mascarenhas. 
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Part of the video of the event took place day for before Canonization of Mother Teresa on September 03, 2016 where Usha Uthup performed along with some other talented artist.

The below video is only 20 minutes of the almost three hour long celebration took place on September 03, 2016 at St. Peter’s Square. During this event of “Catechesis for worker of mercy” where there were several testimony by different people from several countries. Usha Uthup along with several other talented artist performed during this event. Please click below for the short version of 20 minutes. (Courtesy- Vatican TV)

Please click below for the full version of the event “Catechesis for worker of mercy”. Please note it is three hours long. (Courtesy – Vatican TV) 

 

World Meeting of Families 2015 – Love is Our Mission – The Family fully alive

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The Diocese of Metuchen, NJ has made arrangements for bus transportation to the Papal Mass on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia from various locations throughout the diocese. A number of parishes/groups are also running bus trips to the Papal Mass (check with your parish). The Papal Mass is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Benjamin Franklin Boulevard, Philadelphia. Once we have a clear picture of the number of people who want to participate from each site, we will assign bus coordinators and send confirmation materials with precise details. Prayer and reflection resources will also be provided to enable pilgrims to share a common experience as the Diocesan Church in preparation for and on the day of this special event.

 

The round trip bus reservation and pilgrimage package will be $55. per person. Each participant is responsible for their own meal costs on that day and also any train/shuttle expenses from the parking lot to the event site and back. Pilgrims should be physically fit and prepared to walk several miles. Reservations for bus seats are limited and will be accepted on a “first-come first-served” basis. For those interested in reserving a bus seat, you may do so starting on July 8, 2015 using the preferred online method by visiting: www.diometuchen.org/WMOF

 

You may also register via phone by calling 732-562-1990 ext. 1543 during the hours of 10am -1 pm, Monday thru Friday starting on July 8, 2015. All payments will be by credit card only. Space is limited. There will be no refunds. Once the seats are filled, a waiting list will be formed. All participants must make payment and agree to the Trip Terms and Conditions before reservations will be confirmed. Additional details regarding the Pilgrimage will be sent out at the end of the summer.

 

Bus Trip Pick-Up Locations:

 

*       Immaculate Conception, Annandale

 

*       St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Bridgewater

 

*       St. Bartholomew, East Brunswick

 

*       St. Cecelia, Iselin

 

*       St. Augustine of Canterbury, Kendall Park

 

*       St. Thomas the Apostle, Old Bridge

 

*       St. John Neumann Center, Piscataway

 

*       St. John Neumann Center, Piscataway

 

*       Our Lady of the Mount, Warren

 

*       St. Joseph, Washington

 

Thank you Sr. Ruth Bolarte I. H. M., Director for the above information.

 

Schedule: 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America

 

 

Here is the schedule for Pope Francis’ September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015.  All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

tuesday, september 22 (washington, dc)

  • 4:00 p.m.    Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews

wednesday, sePtember 23 (washington, dc)

  • 9:15  a.m.  Welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House
  • 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew’s Cathedral
  • 4:15  p.m.  Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

thursday, september 24 (washington, dc, new york city)

  • 9:20  a.m.  Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress
  • 11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
  • 4:00 p.m.   Depart from Joint Base Andrews
  • 5:00 p.m.   Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • 6:45 p.m.   Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (NEW YORK CITY)

  • 8:30  a.m. Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
  • 11:30 a.m. Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
  • 4:00  p.m.  Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
  • 6:00  p.m.  Mass at Madison Square Garden
  • Tickets will not be sold and they will be extremely limited. Tickets will be primarily distributed to parishes within the Archdiocese of New York, with a limited number distributed to the other dioceses in New York State. Other Catholic organizations and institutions throughout the archdiocese of New York will also receive tickets, who will then extend invitations to their members. You can contact your own diocesan chancery office after July 1 for more information. There will be no tickets available publicly through any other means, if you live in New York, we suggest that you reach out to your parish after July 1. 

saturday, september 26 (new york city, philadELphia)

  • 8:40  a.m.  Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • 9:30  a.m.  Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
  • 10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
  • 4:45  p.m.  Visit to Independence Mall
  • 7:30  p.m.  Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway

sunday, September 27 (philadelphia)

  • 9:15   a.m.  Meeting with bishops at at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • 11:00  a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
  • 4:00  p.m.   Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 7:00   p.m.  Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation
  • 8:00   p.m.  Departure for Rome

 

 

World Meeting of Families 2015 – Love is Our Mission – The Family fully alive

world-meeting-of-families-philadelphia-2015-logo

The Diocese of Metuchen, NJ has made arrangements for bus transportation to the Papal Mass on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia from various locations throughout the diocese. A number of parishes/groups are also running bus trips to the Papal Mass (check with your parish). The Papal Mass is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Benjamin Franklin Boulevard, Philadelphia. Once we have a clear picture of the number of people who want to participate from each site, we will assign bus coordinators and send confirmation materials with precise details. Prayer and reflection resources will also be provided to enable pilgrims to share a common experience as the Diocesan Church in preparation for and on the day of this special event.

 

The round trip bus reservation and pilgrimage package will be $55. per person. Each participant is responsible for their own meal costs on that day and also any train/shuttle expenses from the parking lot to the event site and back. Pilgrims should be physically fit and prepared to walk several miles. Reservations for bus seats are limited and will be accepted on a “first-come first-served” basis. For those interested in reserving a bus seat, you may do so starting on July 8, 2015 using the preferred online method by visiting: www.diometuchen.org/WMOF

 

You may also register via phone by calling 732-562-1990 ext. 1543 during the hours of 10am -1 pm, Monday thru Friday starting on July 8, 2015. All payments will be by credit card only. Space is limited. There will be no refunds. Once the seats are filled, a waiting list will be formed. All participants must make payment and agree to the Trip Terms and Conditions before reservations will be confirmed. Additional details regarding the Pilgrimage will be sent out at the end of the summer.

 

Bus Trip Pick-Up Locations:

 

*       Immaculate Conception, Annandale

 

*       St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Bridgewater

 

*       St. Bartholomew, East Brunswick

 

*       St. Cecelia, Iselin

 

*       St. Augustine of Canterbury, Kendall Park

 

*       St. Thomas the Apostle, Old Bridge

 

*       St. John Neumann Center, Piscataway

 

*       St. John Neumann Center, Piscataway

 

*       Our Lady of the Mount, Warren

 

*       St. Joseph, Washington

 

Thank you Sr. Ruth Bolarte I. H. M., Director for the above information.

 

 

Schedule: 2015 Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to the United States of America

 

 

Here is the schedule for Pope Francis’ September 2015 Apostolic Journey to the United States of America as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015.  All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

tuesday, september 22 (washington, dc)

  • 4:00 p.m.    Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews

wednesday, sePtember 23 (washington, dc)

  • 9:15  a.m.  Welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House
  • 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew’s Cathedral
  • 4:15  p.m.  Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

thursday, september 24 (washington, dc, new york city)

  • 9:20  a.m.  Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress
  • 11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
  • 4:00 p.m.   Depart from Joint Base Andrews
  • 5:00 p.m.   Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • 6:45 p.m.   Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (NEW YORK CITY)

  • 8:30  a.m. Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
  • 11:30 a.m. Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
  • 4:00  p.m.  Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
  • 6:00  p.m.  Mass at Madison Square Garden
  • Tickets will not be sold and they will be extremely limited. Tickets will be primarily distributed to parishes within the Archdiocese of New York, with a limited number distributed to the other dioceses in New York State. Other Catholic organizations and institutions throughout the archdiocese of New York will also receive tickets, who will then extend invitations to their members. You can contact your own diocesan chancery office after July 1 for more information. There will be no tickets available publicly through any other means, if you live in New York, we suggest that you reach out to your parish after July 1. 

saturday, september 26 (new york city, philadELphia)

  • 8:40  a.m.  Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • 9:30  a.m.  Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
  • 10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
  • 4:45  p.m.  Visit to Independence Mall
  • 7:30  p.m.  Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway

sunday, September 27 (philadelphia)

  • 9:15   a.m.  Meeting with bishops at at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • 11:00  a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
  • 4:00  p.m.   Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 7:00   p.m.  Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation
  • 8:00   p.m.  Departure for Rome

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan as Archbishop of Gandhinagar Archdiocese.

BTMVatican City, 12 June 2015 – Today the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Thomas Ignatius Macwan as archbishop of Gandhinagar (area 29,942, population 11,123,000, Catholics 15,683, priests 28, religious 112), India. Archbishop Macwan, previously Bishop of Ahmedabad, India, succeeds Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes, S.J., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the Archdiocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 

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Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA proudly congratulate Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan on his appointment as Archbishop of Gandhinagar, by Holy father Pope Francis. We have so many fond memories of his presence with us here in the States as a priest, as a Bishop in the last 15+ years.

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History was written when Fr. Thomas Macwan (native Gujarati) was appointed as Bishop of Ahmedabad Diocese. This is even bigger history making news that Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan is now appointed as Archbishop of Gandhinagar. We wish him all the best and we know he will do his best to serve not only people of Gujarat but Gujarati people from all around the world.

 

Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan will be formally installed as Archbishop of Gandhinagar on September 25, 2015.

 

The members of Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA are eager to welcome him as Hon. Archbishop of Gandhinagar in near future.

 

Thanks to Fr. Avinash Parmar (Secretary of Hon. Bishop Thomas Macwan) for the information.

 

ABSFatGCSAt this time we would like to express our gratitude and thanks to retiring Hon. Archbishop Stanislaus Fernandes. He was the very first appointed Archbishop for Gujarat. We are fortunate to meet and greet him not only back in India but in USA too. He presided on the “DOOT” 100th anniversary celebration held by Gujarati Catholic Samaj of USA in 2010. We are also blessed and thank him for being a celebrant of holy Eucharist for us, with his for couple of times.

 

We wish him happy retirement. May God grant him healthy and happy life.

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