Sunday, April 16, 2006

Goa Archbishop's Easter Message - 2006

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao

Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao - EASTER MESSAGE - 2006


To all who celebrate the Feast of Easter and to every person of goodwill I am pleased to convey my warm greetings and prayerful wishes for God's abundant blessings and every good gift. Easter indeed celebrates the gifted-ness of God, who did not shun taking up human nature and who, most of all, laid down his life for his friends (Gospel of John, 15:13). His greatest gift, however, is that he conquered death, opening for humanity the way to a new life characterized by Victory: of Life over death, of Love over hatred, of Peace over conflict.

Easter, therefore, challenges us to be agents of peace, understanding and goodwill, engaged in the building of a new society wherein the interests of the other fellow human beings, irrespective of their social, cultural or religious background, reign uppermost. My sincere wish is that all of us, living in this beautiful State of Goa, may join together in the building of such a society, where peace, mutual respect and frank collaboration will be the hallmarks.

+ Filipe Neri Ferrão
Archbishop of Goa and Daman

Archbishop's House, Panjim, April 16, 2006.

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