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government to merge OCI and PIO cards, Eduardo
Joaquim Fernandes,TNN |
Dec 17, 2013 | Sent By:Antonio Mascarenhas -
Panaji: Former Union minister Eduardo Faleiro on
Tuesday said thatPrime Minister Dr Manmohan
Singh has announced that OCI (overseas citizen
of India) card would be provided to all PIOs
(persons of Indian origin) who migrated from
India after January 26, 1950 and that the OCI
and PIO cards would be merged.
Briefing the media, Faleiro said that at present
the PIO cards are issued to Indians who have
been staying abroad for a couple of generations
whilst OCI cards are given to those who are more
recent migrants. The present validity of the PIO
card is 15 years while the OCI card is for life.
There are some other benefits that OCI enjoy
which are not available to PIO cardholders,
Faleiro said, adding that the bill to give
effect to this assurance and to accordingly
amend the Indian citizenship Act is being
drafted by the government of India.
Faleiro also said that two former Indian Prime
Ministers - Narasimha Rao of the Congress and
later A B Vajpayee of the BJP - had agreed to
granting dual citizenship to Indians but the
decision could not be implemented.
Day for the Church in Mangalore:
New Tomb for Servant of
God Raymond F. C. Mascarenhas
16th 2013 was indeed a special day for the
Church in Mangalore. In St. Sebastian’s Church
Bendur – the mortal remains of the Servant of
God Raymond Francis Camillus Mascarenhas were
exhumed, identified and transferred from its
original place in the nave of the Church, to a
newly erected tomb.
The meticulously prepared and long ceremony
began at 8. 30 a m was presided over by Rt. Rev
Aloysius Paul D’souza the Bishop of Mangalore.
The select gathering present for the ceremony
included Rev. Msgr. Denis Prabhu, Vicar General
of Mangalore; Fr Henry Sequeira, the Episcopal
Delegate; Fr. John Mendonca, the Promoter of
Justice; Fr. Vincent Saldanha, the Notary;
medical experts: Dr. Edward Nazareth (MS Ortho),
Dr. Ronald Menezes (Dr. Ortho), Dr. Udaykumar,
(M.D. Forensic) Sr. (Dr.) Jeevitha B.S. (MD) and
other medical assistants; members of the
Historical Commission: Fr. J. B. Saldanha, Fr.
Peter Mascarenhas SMM, Fr. George Painadath; Fr.
Cedric Prakash SJ the great grand nephew of the
Servant of God and other special invitees.
Welcoming the Bishop, the dignitaries and other
invitees, Sr. Wilberta, the Superior General of
the Bethany Congregation said it was a special
moment of grace not only for Bethany but for the
many people from all walks of life who pray to
and venerate the Servant of God. Sr Lillis, the
Postulator of the Cause of the Beatification of
the Servant of God then gave a brief history of
Msgr. Raymond. Bishop Aloysius highlighted the
virtues of Msgr. Mascarenhas and felt that all
of us should try to emulate them. Msgr. Denis
Prabhu then read the Letter from the Vatican
approving the process of the day
The elaborate programme lasted for several hours
and ended with a blessing from the Bishop and a
It is important to recall, that the Servant of
God Raymond Mascarenhas was a holy priest who
served the poor and the marginalized selflessly
till his death on December 23rd 1960. He founded
the Congregation of the Sisters of Little Flower
of Bethany (Bethany Sisters) -who today work all
over India and abroad in several
fields-specially in the education of the girl
child and in women empowerment programmes.
The Cause of the Canonization of the Servant of
God Mgr. RFC Mascarenhas was introduced in 2008,
by the Bishop of Mangalore. The newly built tomb
now has greater access to the public for prayer
and veneration. It is a fitting tribute to the
man who built the Church in 1914 (exactly one
hundred years ago) and served the parishioners
there, as a compassionate pastor for seventeen
Church Facing Pastoral Vacuum
Posted on December 16, 2013, 4:57 PM
The greatest concern
of the Church is that the new generation will be
losing the tradition dating back close to two
millenia, that it claims to possess.
The Syro- Malabar Church in India is
experiencing pastoral vacuum with the increasing
number of youth belonging to the congregation
seeking better pastures abroad.
The spiritual leadership of the Church, which is
one of the largest Christian denominations in
Kerala, is intensifying its pastoral activities
because of the apprehension that the next
generation may altogether abandon them.
According to a survey conducted by the Laity
Commission, of the 3.5 million member- strong
Church, 78 per cent of its ‘sheep’ in the age
group of 20-32 years are living out of Kerala or
India and are unlikely to settle back in Kerala.
“It is true that the migration is affecting the
social atmosphere of Syro Malabar families. At
the same time we are not in a position to blame
those leaving country seeking better
opportunities,’’ points out V C Sebastian,
Secretary of the Laity Commission.
The greatest concern of the Church is that the
new generation will be losing the tradition
dating back close to two millenia, that it
claims to possess.
“Children of Syro Malabarians who are brought up
in a different country, in a different socio-
cultural atmosphere, will remain ignorant of the
tradition. Even if these children are taken back
home, the character formation would have
happened. This situation certainly worries the
Church,” said Bishop Mathew Arakkal of
Kanjirappally, who is also the chairman of Laity
The Commission takes care of the pastoral
affairs of members of the Church, both inside
the country and abroad.
The Laity Commission has already opened Laity
Centers in different countries and across India
to facilitate members of the Church who live
away from their home. These centers are being
opened as directed by the Bishops’ Synod.
“Though the focus was on Syro-Malabar community,
the flow of youth from other religions and
communities is also on the rise. But this has
not affected those communities much. There has
not been any in-depth study on this subject,”
The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is an East
Syrian Rite. It is one of the 22 sui iuris
Eastern Catholic Churches in the Catholic
Church. It is the largest of the Saint Thomas
Christian denominations with around four million
believers and traces its origins to the
evangelistic activity of Thomas the Apostle in
the 1st century. It is also the second largest
Eastern Catholic Church in communion with the
Bishop of Rome.
Source: New Indianexpress
Fernandes to hold additional charge of Labour
By PTI | 16 Dec, 2013, Post a Comment
Road Transport and Highways Minister Oscar
Fernandes has been given the additional charge
of Labour and Employment Ministry following the
death of Sis Ram Ola.
Delhi: Road Transport and Highways Minister
Oscar Fernandes has been given the additional
charge of Labour and Employment Ministry
following the death of Sis Ram Ola.
Fernandes had held the Labour portfolio during
the UPA 1 rule.
According to a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement, the
President, advised by the Prime Minister, has
directed that Fernandes shall be given
additional charge of the work of the Ministry of
Labour and Employment.
Ola, who had assumed charge of the Ministry in
June this year, died in a Gurgaon hospital
The 86-year-old Congress leader from Rajasthan
had been suffering from various ailments for
some time. PTI SGI
The President of India, as advised by the Prime
Minister, has directed that Shri Oscar Fernandes,
Minister of Road Transport and Highways shall be
given additional charge of the work of the
Ministry of Labour and Employment.
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