Saturday, December 31, 2005

Papal Prayer Intentions for 2006

Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for 2006


General: That the effort to bring about the full communion of Christians may foster reconciliation and peace among all the peoples of the earth.

Missionary: That Christians may know how to welcome migrants with respect and charity, recognizing in each person the image of God.


General: That the International Community may be ever more aware of the urgent duty to bring an end to the trafficking of human beings.

Missionary: That in the Missions the lay faithful may recognize the need to serve their own country with greater commitment also in its political and social life.


General: That young people who are searching for the sense of life may be understood, respected and accompanied with patience and love.

Missionary: That, throughout the Church, there may grow that shared missionary awareness, which favors the collaboration and exchange of those who work in the missions.


General: That the individual, social and political rights of women may be respected in every nation.

Missionary: That the Church in China may carry out its evangelizing mission serenely and in full freedom.


General: That the abundance of the gifts the Holy Spirit bestows on the Church may contribute to the growth of peace and justice in the world.

Missionary: That in the mission countries those responsible for the public institutions may, with suitable laws, promote and defend human life from its conception to its natural termination.


General: That Christian families may lovingly welcome every child who comes into existence and surround the sick and the aged, who need care and assistance, with affection.

Missionary: That Pastors and the Christian faithful may consider inter-religious dialogue and the work of acculturation of the Gospel as a daily service to promote the cause of the evangelization of Peoples.


General: That all those who are in prison, and especially young people, may receive the necessary support from society to help them rediscover a sense to their own existence.

Missionary: That in the mission territories, different ethnic and religious groups may live in peace and together build a society inspired by hu­man and spiritual values.


General: That orphans may not lack the care necessary for their human and Christian formation.

Missionary: That the Christian faithful may be aware of their own missionary vocation in every environment and circumstance.


General: That those who use the means of social communication may always do so conscientiously and responsibly.

Missionary: That in the mission territories the entire People of God may recognize that permanent formation is their own priority.


General: That all those who are baptized may mature in their faith and manifest it through clear, coherent and courageous choices in life.

Missionary: That the celebration of World Missionary Day may everywhere increase the spirit of missionary animation and cooperation.


General: That, everywhere in the world, an end be put to all forms of terrorism.

Missionary: That through the effort of believers, together with living forces of society, the new and old chains which prevent the development of the African Continent may be broken.


General: That Christ, meek and humble of heart, may inspire those responsible for nations to use power wisely and responsibly.

Missionary: That in every part of the world missionaries may live out their vocation with joy and enthusiasm, faithfully following in Christ's footsteps.

Posted by Alfred de Tavares


Friday, December 30, 2005

The Konkani Catholics Blog

A blog for all Konkani Catholic Christians around the world

Konkani Catholics - Uniting Konkani speaking Catholic Christians worldwide for the faith!

Mission Sunday this year (23rd Oct, 2005), saw the launching of a very special mission among Konkani Christians. It was christened "Konkani Catholics" after those whom it meant to reach out to. Konkani Catholics started off with a very successful eGroup which has become the common interactive platform for all members. All Konkani speaking Catholics around the world, can request free membership from the website.

This blog has been introduced to complement the egroup and in order to provide members with yet another platform to exhibit their talents. Announcements related to Konkani Catholics and other inspirational posts may also find their place here.

Incidentally this blog is launched on the Feast of the Holy Family (Dec 30, 2005), which places before us a great model, whose love and unity we wish to imitate as one large family endeavouring to live faithfully, the will of God in our lives. We extend this invitation to all Konkani Catholics of Goa, Mangalore, Karwar, Mumbai (Bombay), Udupi and those spread around the world who would like to live and grow in the holy Catholic faith in obedience to the teachings of the Church. In a very special way we invite the Konkani Clergy, Religious, Deacons, Seminarians, members of various pious associations, movements, initiatives, prayer groups and all Lay persons to join us!