Newsletter. Issue 25. December 08, 2012


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Letter on Climate Change from the Canadian Council of Churches to the Minister of the Environment Re: COP18, Doha, Qatar

The Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Council of Churches has written to The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, in advance of the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha, Qatar. CJP requests an opportunity for dialogue with the Ministry of the Environment.


Preparing for ‘Year of Faith’
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Year of Faith, an awaited event in the Catholic world, was announced by Pope Benedict XVI in his apostolic letter “Porta Fidei (Door of Faith)“ on October 17, 2011. Year of Faith will begin on October 11, 2012, to mark two great events in the life of the Church: the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council called by Blessed Pope John XXIII in 1962, and the 20th Anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, given by Blessed John Paul II in 1992. The Year will end on November 24, 2013, the Feast of Christ the King.


Vatican praises new UN status for Palestine, urges full sovereignty
Catholic News Service

Quoting the pope's 2009 speech in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Vatican said that peace can result only from a situation of justice for all parties: the recognition of Israel's right to exist "and to enjoy peace and security within internationally agreed borders," as well as the Palestinians' right "to a sovereign independent homeland, to live with dignity and to travel freely."

Vatican City — The Vatican praised a United Nations vote making Palestine a non-member observer state but called for full recognition of Palestinian sovereignty as necessary for peace in the region.


Daewoo International signs deal to build $1.3bn Kenyan power station in Mombasa
Monday, November 19 2012

Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who was in Seoul on Sunday to sign the agreement, said the new power station is seen playing a key role in the Kenyan government's objective to add 1,500 megawatts of new power capacity by 2019.


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When silence is deafening
Posted on November 26, 2012, 5:27 PM

It is time to speak out but India's Church appears to be tongue tied.

New Delhi: In one of the more traumatic recent weeks in India, the media – electronic and print – exposed their bigotry and their blood thirst in ample measure.


Interview: West needs new view on China: Kevin Rudd 2012-12-02 | by Li Zhihui

Dubai, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd said that despite value differences and misunderstandings, the West should engage more with a rising China, and a new strategic roadmap between China and the United States should be developed as both sides have more in common than it seems.

People Places and Things

International Goan Organization (Ontario) launches refreshed image and ideas

On November 29, 2012 the Directors and Associates of the International Goan Organization(Ontario) - IGO(O), unveiled their new logo and website, and showcased their project plans.

In attendance were the former directors of the organization, presidents of the largest Goan cultural groups in the Greater Toronto Area - The Goan Overseas Association(Toronto) and the Can-Orient Christian Association, and heads of several other Goan groups, and supporters.


St. Francis Xavier unites the Goan community in Nairobi in prayer and celebration
Wednesday, December 05 | Fr. Mervin, Nairobi | Bellevision Media Network

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Nairobi, 04 Dec 2012: In keeping with their long-rich tradition, the Goan community in Nairobi marked the feast of St. Francis Xavier, popularly known as "Goencho Saib" (Lord of Goa) with great devotion and religious fervour on 3 December 2012. The celebration began with Eucharistic celebration that started at about 10.30 am at the Holy Family Minor Basilica located in the heart of Kenyan capital, Nairobi. About 300 Goans and a good number of local faithful participated in the Holy Mass, paying glowing tributes to the great missionary, often referred to as the ‘Apostle to the East’.


Goan Taxation Personnel Get Together
By Armand Rodrigues

Canada Revenue Agency – Goan personnel at Christmas Lunch – Photo Francis Carvalho

Socializing is second nature to a Goan. Some primordial urge leads him or her to a gregarious mode of living, and with a tendency to wallow in commonalities.


Yoga is beyond religion: Catholic priest
Posted on November 5, 2012,

He termed it as "truly universal."

A Catholic priest in Agra, whose book on yoga was recently released, said the exercise is beyond religion and "truly universal".


Goan graves and a Kenyan Safari
by Mayabhushan Nagvenkar | Sent by Mervyn Maciel of UK

It was a time when lions reigned supreme, disease was rampant and life hung by a thread. Yet hundreds of Goans made their way to Africa to help build the continent’s first railway, leaving behind their serene land for the hope of better money in the wild plains of Kenya. Now the souls of 170 Goan pioneers are ‘reaching out’ to their kin from beyond their unclaimed graves in a Nairobi cemetery – with a little help from a Kenya-based grave enthusiast, an elderly Goan author and, until his death last February, a British historian who discovered the tombs.


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For Christmas Treats try Mandazi - Coconut Bread (Mahamri)

This East African coconut bread is slightly sweet and has often been likened to doughnuts.

It is available everywhere in East Africa; it is typical street food, mandazi is eaten at anytime, for breakfast with tea, for a snack or with bharazi for lunch or dinner.

News Clips from Goa

Goa govt to file criminal cases against 2 former CMs
Times of India
Panaji: The Goa government on Friday submitted a 68-page letter to the Supreme Court's central empowered committee (CEC) saying it will file criminal proceeding against former chief ministers Pratapsingh Rane and Digambar Kamat for allegedly illegally...

Goa: Carmelites Remember First Martyrs

Goa, Dec 1: The Discalced Carmelites of Goa (Margao,Mapusa Xellim and Chicalim) along with the faithful gathered at the ruins of the first foundation Monastery in Old Goa to celebrate the feast of the first Carmelite Martyrs- Blessed Dionysius and ...

Goa Shipyard Ltd's skill development project launched
Times of India

In an effort to impart employability skill among the unemployed youth and school dropouts, a Skill Development Programme as a CSR project of Goa Shipyard Ltd, was launched at Institute of Ship Building Technology, Vasco on November 27. the Society for ...

Canacona taluka records sharp rise in HIV cases
Times of India

Statistics of the Goa State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) show 14 persons contracted the virus up to October this year as against four persons in the corresponding period last year; a rise of over 300%. The state's apex body for control of HIV/AIDS in ...

'Permit resumption of mining operations'
Times of India

Panaji: Asserting that the government is serious and committed in combating the ills in mining, the Goa government in an letter to the Supreme Court's Central Empowered Committee (CEC), said the state should be permitted to resume mining operations on ...

'Local handicrafts need promotion'
Times of India

From crochet, woodcraft, wall hangings to jewellery and even homemade Feni - Goan craftspersons are getting a rare worthy chance to showcase their handicrafts at the ongoing India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW), where fashionistas from different corners of

Deconstructing Goan food
Anoothi Vishal: Sep 02 2012, 02:35 IST

One of India’s biggest, but unacknowledged, exports to the world is the curry. From Africa to the Caribbean, south-east Asia to the UK, the curry in various forms and flavours, bears testimony to colonial trade and the major part that spices from India played in it. Yet, curry itself is not quite an Indian term. Nor is the concept, as understood largely the world over, really part of our regional cuisines.  As any food historian will claim, the term itself came into being when British settlers took up the Tamil word kaari, meaning pepper water or pepper infused, and popularised it as standing for the typically spicy gravy they tried to replicate in their own kitchens. For this they used a generic spice mix, ‘curry powder’ that you will still never find in Indian stores....

Israel refutes Church’s claim of dehumanised soldiers

Panaji: A senior Israeli diplomat has refuted the remarks by the Goa Church’s social wing that the country’s soldiers holidaying in the state were "dehumanised.

"The statement made by a part of the Church in Goa is full of nonsense. Those who did research were not even priests and no one gave them right to conduct the study," said Orna Sagiv, Consul General of Israel in Mumbai.

News Clips from India

International Olympic Committee suspends India, Indian athletes barred from Olympics

Officials in the know of the details have claimed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended India's national Olympic committee because of government interference.


India records 57% drop in new HIV cases
By Owen Weldon | Dec 2, 2012 - Comments

India has recorded a 57 percent drop in number of new HIV infections during the last decade, say latest figures from the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO).


From Goan priest, to face of Catholics in India
By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa, | TNN | Dec 6, 2012, 03.46 AM IST

Panaji: Bishop Anil Couto of Jalandhar returns to Delhi archdiocese as archbishop and the possibility of becoming the face of India's Catholics, as he heads the country's most politically influential diocese.

Past archbishops of Delhi have wielded influence in national matters and Couto's predecessors-Archbishop Alan de Lastic and Archbishop Vincent Concessao-have proved this by their deeds.


Kenya taps Indian technology to boost agriculture
By Titus Too

The Indian government will actively support Kenya to develop technologies to enhance food production. Sibabrata Tripathi, the High Commissioner of India said his country is partnering with Kenya towards realisation of technological advancement in agriculture. “More than 100 Kenyans benefit from Indian scholarships annually to train in new technologies in agriculture,” said Tripathi.


Geneila D`Souza turns 'bride' again

Candolim: Actress Geneila D`Souza, who got married to long-time beau Riteish Deshmukh earlier this year, turned into a "bride" again for designer Neeta Lulla at the ongoing India Resort Fashion Week (IRFW).

The four-day fashion extravaganza started here Wednesday. This was Geneila`s first ramp show dressed as a bride after getting married to Riteish Feb 3. She looked as vivacious as ever in a pastel colour lehanga-choli and minimal make-up. "Actually this is my second ramp show after marriage but yet it`s first time in bridal wear," the 25-year-old actress told IANS.