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Pastoral visit to Sacred Heart Church, Yermal

August 16:It was the privilege of Sacred Heart Church, Yermal to receive the Bishop of Udupi, Most Rev. Gerald Lobo for their pastoral visit on 12th August, 2017.

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The Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary and 71st Indian Independence day celebrated by ICYM Cascia Unit

August 16: Members of ICYM Cascia Unit celebrated The Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary and 71st Indian Independence Day on 15th August 2017. A small programme was held in the Church premises after the 8 a.m. mass.

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First Anniversary Celebrated at St. Lawrence Basilica, Karkal, Attur

August 14:The first anniversary of proclamation and dedication of St. Lawrence Basilica at Attur on August 1, 2017.

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St. Joseph Agriculture Project began at Kwanyage, East Africa

August 14:The long awaited St Joseph Agricultural Project began after clearing the bushes on 10th August 2017 on the feast of St Lawrence.

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Students from Barkah International School Adyar visit St Anthony’s Jeppu

August 14:A group of students from Barkah International School visited the institutes along with their teachers on August 9th. They interacted with the inmates, conducted games for them and distributed prizes.

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’Black Day’ observed in protest of treatment of Dalit Christians

August 14:The Social and Media Committee of the Mangalore Diocesan Pastoral Parishad held a demonstration in front of D.K. D.C.s office on August 10th at 3.30 pm.

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St Lawrence Feast held at Bondel

August 12:The Feast of St Lawrence held at Bondel parish at 10 am on August 10, 2017.

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CAP QUIZ 2017

August 12: For the past few years CODP, has been conducting various career guidance programmes for the children and youth at Parish, Deanery and Diocesan level.

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Pakshikere Parish News

August 12:"Calvary Garden" was inaugurated at Pakshikere Church premises on Tuesday 8th August 2017. The newly built Calvary Garden and ‘bust’ (Statue) of Late Fr Stanley R. Periera - founder of St Jude Shrine Pakshikere was inaugurated.

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Training programme on raising the toast held at Eliyarpadav Church

August 9:Trainig Programme on raising the toast was organised at Holy Cross Chuch, Eliyar Padav .

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Preparations begin for four days Karnataka Regional Catholic Charismatic Convention in Mangalore

August 9: Most Rev. Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza the Bishop of Mangalore inaugurated the preparations for four days of Karnataka Regional level Convention to be held in the month of November 9th to 12th.

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The Journalism Course at Sandesha Concludes

August 9:The valedictory function of the Journalism Course - 2017, organized by Sandesha Foundation for Culture and Education in collaboration with Canara Communication Centre and Daijiworld Weekly, was held at Sandesha Hall, Bajjodi .

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Get involved in the Pastoral Plan and reach out to people: Bishop at Commission Secretaries Meeting

August 4:Mangalore diocese pastoral Commission secretaries meeting was held at Pastoral Institute Bajjodi presided over by Most Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D Souza Bishop of Mangalore on Thursday 3 August.

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Students from Barkah International School visit St Anthony’s Jeppu

August 4: Fifty three students from Barkah International School Adyar under the guidance of their teachers visited St Anthony’s Charity Institutes on 3rd August 2017.

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238th Book of Dr B.S Talwvdi “Sarastheeradha Sobagu “ released at Sandesha

August 4: A Catholic Scholar Dr B S Talwadi‘s “Sarastheerada Sobagu” a Tavellogue was released by Bishop Dr Ignatius D’Souza, Bishop of Bareilly at Sandesha Foundation on Wednesday 2 August.

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The Mangalore Ladies Beauty Association lends a helping hand

August 4:The Mangalore Ladies Beauty Association organized a day’s free service at Saint Anthony’s Charity Institutes Jeppu on 2nd August.

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Saverapura Parish News

August 4:Saverapura Parish of Moodbidri Deanery wore festive look on August 1 on the occasion of Silver Jubilee celebration of Chapel / Parish and inauguration of the newly built Parish House by Redemptorist Community of Nithyadhar Nivas, Alangar.

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Catholic Sabha Moodbidri Deanery organises Conference on Agriculture

August 1: Catholic Sabha Moodbidri Deanery organised Conference on Agriculture as part of their Silver Jubilee programmes on Sunday July 29, 2017 at Moodbidri Church Hall. Program began with prayer service by Catholic Sabha members.

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I.C.Y.M Episcopal City Deanery celebrated "Vanamahotsava 2K17"

August 1: Indian Catholic Youth Movement Episcopal City Deanery, Mangalore celebrated Vanamahotsava 2K17 by distributing various saplings to all the units of Episcopal City Deanery.

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Bondel Parish News

August 1:On the occasion of the Annual Feast of St Lawrence Church Bondel, "Vojem Purshav" was inaugurated on 31-July-2017 by Mr Valentine D’Souza, Assistant Commissioner of Police CCB by hoisting the flag at Bondel Church.

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Government to conduct ’world’s largest sample survey’ for students

August 18:The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has announced November 13 as the date for conducting its National Assessment Survey (NAS) for the students of Class 3, 5, and 8, officials said on Wednesday.

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London NRIs flag President Kovind on rights violations

August 18:Expressing “distress and concern” over the “human rights emergency” in the country, some Indian organisations based in the UK have sent a letter to President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

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TN CM announces judicial probe into Jayalalithaa’s death

August 18:Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Thursday announced that a judicial commission will probe the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and said her Poes Garden house will turn into a memorial.

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Government launches campaign for pollution-free Diwali

August 18:The Union Government on Thursday launched a campaign urging people to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali, an official statement said.

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Goa Church magazine likens contemporary India to Nazi Germany

August 18:An article published in a magazine run by the Goa Church has likened the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule in India to Nazi Germany and claimed that a state of "constitutional holocaust" prevails in the country.

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Flooding in Bihar kills 40, displaces millions

August 18: Flooding in India’s eastern state of Bihar, caused by incessant rain and release of water from upstream Nepal, has killed more than 40 people and affected an estimated 6.5 million inhabitants.

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6.5 mn hit by floods in Bihar, over 40 dead

August 16: More than 6.5 million people have been affected by floods in Bihar, that have claimed the lives of over 40 people so far, washed away thousands of huts, badly damaged buildings, roads.

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Be proud of your religious, ethnic identities: Khehar

August 16:Supreme Court Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar on Tuesday said every citizen should be proud of his or her religious and ethnic identify while being equally proud of their Indian identity.

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US religious freedom report highlights cow protection violence in India

August 16:The US State Department has highlighted attacks in India by cow protection groups against people accused of bovine trafficking or having beef in its annual report on religious freedom.

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Indian ad against missionaries irks Christians, civil leaders

August 16:Jharkhand state in eastern India has produced an advertisement against Christian missionaries, drawing protests from Christian leaders and civil society members who see it as part of a vicious ongoing campaign.

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Manipur Church organisations condemn burial denial incident

August 15: Various Christian organisations from Northeast region of India have condemned the inhumane act of denial of burial plot for a Catholic woman in Leingangching village in Ukhrul district, Manipur.

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Church calls for prayers for peaceful solution to Naga problem

August 15:: Bishop James Thoppil of Kohima has appealed the Catholic Church in Nagaland to observe August 15 as a special day for prayers for a peaceful solution to the Naga political issue.

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Indian Christians observe Black Day for Dalit rights

August 15: Indian Christians observed a "Black Day" Aug. 10 to express solidarity with the socially oppressed and poor Dalit groups who suffer from a discriminative state policy.

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Jharkhand criminalizes religious conversion

August 15:The eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has passed a law criminalizing religious conversions despite similar laws in six other states being used by hard-line Hindu groups to target Christians.

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First Anniversary Celebrated at St. Lawrence Basilica, Karkal, Attur

August 14:The first anniversary of proclamation and dedication of St. Lawrence Basilica at Attur on August 1, 2017.

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Vandals attack church in Ludhiana

August 14: An attack on a church has been reported in the Ladhowal area, about 15 kms from Ludhiana.

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Church people take lead in marking international tribal day

August 14:Church leaders, activists and political leaders have joined tribal people for programs across India to observe the International Day of Indigenous peoples Aug.9.

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Outrage after Catholic woman refused burial in Manipur village

August 14:A Manipur village denied permission to bury a dead woman because the village council had ex-communicated her family about seven years ago, following their conversion from Baptist to Catholic faith.

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Bishop supports dam-affected Indian villager’s struggle

August 12: Catholic Church officials are backing a hunger strike in support of demands for compensation and rehabilitation for 40,000 families affected by a major dam project in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state.

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Kerala Church finalizes plans for Rani Maria beatification

August 12: The Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala has planed a series of programs to celebrate the Nov. 4 beatification of Sister Rani Maria, a Franciscan Clarist missionary nun murdered in Madhya Pradesh 22 years ago.

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Pope Francis, Spanish bishops offer prayers after Barcelona terrorist attack

August 18:Catholic leaders voiced prayers for victims after a van sped into a crowd of people in the Las Ramblas tourist area of Barcelona on Thursday, killing at least 13 and injuring dozens more.

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How the Pope’s Paraguay trip inspired a children’s charity

August 18:In the wake of Pope Francis’ 2015 trip to Paraguay, a local charity was founded in order to help feed dozens of children whose parents struggle to make ends meet.

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High court weighs constitutionality of Chile’s abortion bill

August 18:After the recent passage of a bill that would allow some abortions in Chile, the country’s high court is considering whether or not the bill is a violation of the constitutional protections for unborn life.

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Archbishop Gomez: Make Oscar Romero’s mission your own

August 18:The 100th birthday of Blessed Oscar Romero was a time for Los Angelenos to reflect on the martyred Salvadoran bishop’s virtues and how his vision can be made a reality today.

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Theologian Pia de Solenni appointed Orange County chancellor

August 18:Moral theologian and cultural analyst Dr. Pia de Solenni has been appointed chancellor for the Diocese of Orange in California, effective Aug. 28.

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Guam’s Catholics pray for peace amid ongoing threats from North Korea

August 18:In the face of North Korea’s threats to bomb the island of Guam, the Catholic faithful have gathered in parishes across the US territory to pray for eased tensions between the two nations

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Pope prays for victims, rescue workers of Sierra Leone mudslide

August 18:With hundreds dead and nearly 600 more still missing as a result of a giant mudslide that ravished Sierra Leone’s capital, Pope Francis has prayed for the victims, their families and rescue workers providing relief to those affected.

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New petition calls for pro-life support against nuclear warfare

August 18:As political tensions increase between the United States and North Korea, one pro-life group began a petition urging nuclear disarmament around the world.

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What an academic institute in Canada means for Ukrainian Catholics

August 18:A longtime institute on Eastern Christianity has played a pivotal role in restoring the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church after the fall of communism, and it now has a new home in Toronto.

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No end in sight as Uganda receives one million South Sudanese refugees

August 18:The tally of South Sudanese refugees entering Uganda for shelter and safety marked 1 million this week, in what is now the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

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Planned Parenthood investigator claims victory in Washington State appeal

August 18:Lawyers for Planned Parenthood investigator David Daleiden claimed a victory on Wednesday as the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court sent back a lower court’s ruling against him.

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An Indian woman became a nun...because of elephants?

August 17:Nine years ago, Christians in the Kandhamal district of Odisha, India suffered the worst attacks against Christians in modern times in the country.

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Holy Snakes! A Marian feast day’s strange, stunning miracle

August 16:Every year, on the Orthodox feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, a monastery on a Greek island experiences a miracle – dozens of snakes come to ’venerate’ an icon of Mary.

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Twelve killed by falling tree before Marian procession in Portugal

August 16:A tree fell on a crowd taking part in the largest religious festival in Portugal’s Madeira region on Tuesday, killing 12 persons and injuring 52, according to local press reports.

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In Christ, Mary brings new joy and meaning to mankind, Pope says

August 16:On the Feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis said that in bringing Christ to the world, Mary also provides the joy and grace of her Son, which not only sustain us in difficulty, but are primarily intended for the weak and humble.

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Scotland’s rise in anti-Catholic crimes prompts call for government action

August 16:Crimes motivated by anti-Catholicism are on the rise in Scotland, and a leading Catholic spokesman has said the government must take more specific action to combat the trend.

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New Texas law axes insurance coverage for elective abortion

August 16:A new law in Texas removes elective abortion coverage from the standard package of health insurance benefits offered in many plans, a move that pro-life advocates hailed as a victory for those who do not want to subsidize abortion.

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’Forgive them’ – powerful words from father of Charlottesville victim

August 16:After recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia involving white supremacy groups and counter-protesters, the father of the woman who was killed after the rally spoke out against hatred and offered a different message: forgiveness and love.

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US State Department recognizes ISIS genocide in religious freedom report

August 16:Religious freedom advocates were heartened by the State Department recognizing in its annual religious freedom report released Tuesday the genocide of Christians by the Islamic State.

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Breaking Church-Growth Barriers: Build A Bigger Leadership Table

August 15:How many of us would admit that we have experienced more failures than we’d have liked in leading our churches?

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