Orientation and Vocation camp organized by the Diocese Platinum Jubilee Committee in the diocese
Large number of students from different parishes of the diocese of Bellary who completed SSLC, PUC participated in the orientation and vocation camp organized by Diocesan Platinum Jubilee Committee and Vocation and Formation Commission of the Diocese.The orientation camps were held in different dates and different parts of the diocese to facilitate more participation .Hospet and Koppal deanery 24 youngsters both boys and girls who have completed their SSLC and PUC participated in the whole day’s program held on 21 st April, Read More ➟

Thousands rejioce over the dedication of renovated sacred heart church at mudgal
MUDGAL, RAICHUR, APRIL 22,2024: Thousands witnessed the opening and dedication of the renovated and extended Sacred Heart church at Mudgal, Raichur District with great rejoicing. The inauguration ceremony commenced at 10 a.m. on 22 nd April, 2024. Archbishop Peter Machado, Archbishop of Bangalore solemnly blessed and dedicated the Church in Mudgal town. Read More ➟

New block for science lab,library inaugration at blessed alphonsa school,shaktinagar raichur
A new block for Science lab , library and separate toilet block for girls at Blessed and inaugurated at Blessed Alphonsa School, Shaktinagar on April 21, 2024 by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary and President of Bellary Diocesan Board of Education. Blessed Alphonsa School, started in 1989 at this Thermal Power Station of Raichur is doing yeoman service in transforming individuals into empowered citizens of the society ever since in this power house of Raichur district. Read More ➟

Kathargi,kappagal chapels of manvi parish blessed
Kathargi, St. Antony’s chapeland Arogya Mathe Chapelof Manvi parish wereblessed and inauguratedon April 15 by bishop Henry D’ Souza in the presence of a large gathering of villagers and parishioners. This was an occasion to witness Christ and his message. Both Kathargi and Kappagal chapels were constructed in the year 1985 by then Parish Priest of Manvi, late Fr. Alphonse M.A. Parts of the land on which the chapels stand were donated by the local villagers for the construction of place of worship. Read More ➟

52 Children Enthusiastically Participated in the Yuva Pratibha Shibira
Over 52 Catholic children aged 10-15 years, from all over the diocese participated enthusiastically in the Musical Summer camp in Keyboard and Guitar held at Deeksha Bhavan, Bishop’s House Campus, Cantonment, Bellary. Rev. Frs. Alphonse George, P. V. Antony along with Mr. Alwyn D’Cunha from Mangalore and Mr. Immanuel from St. Antony’s Cathedral Church, C.B., Ballari organized the ten days camp held from 11 th April till 20 th ,2024. The children participated with keen interest and learned basic musical notation and some songs. Read More ➟

Renovated christ the king church blessed at kustagi, koppalapr 07.2024:
The renovated and extended Christ the King Church at Kustagi, Koppal district of Karnataka was blessed and rededicated on April7 th on Divine Mercy Sunday at 5.30 p.m., by the Bishop of Bellary, Most Rev. Henry D’Souza. It coincided with the Platinum jubilee year of the diocese of Bellary. A large number of devotees, Priests,and Religious witnessed the occasion. The Kustagi Mission was erected in the year 1995 by the late bishop of Bellary Most Rev. Joseph D’ Silva with Rev. Fr. Antony Fernandes as its first Parish Priest. The Christ the King Church was built and blessed on 1 st Feb., 1999. Read More ➟

Inauguration of the newblock atst mary's hospital, contonment, bellary
A New block at St. Mary’s Hospital, Cantonment, Bellary was Blessed by Bishop Henry D’ Souza, Bishop of Bellary, and inaugurated by Sr. Florence Gitanjali Fernandez FHIC, Provincial Superior on Divine Mercy Sunday,7 th April 2024 at 11a.m.amidthe large gathering. St.Mary’s Hospital in Ballari has a history of over hundred and fiftyyears.Which wasstarted as the “BritishFemale Hospital” in BritishIndian times probably in the year 1825. Later Bishop John Hogan,the first Bishop of Bellary purchased the hospital in 1937 and started the medical mission with the help of FMM Sisters. Read More ➟

United Christian Forum – Ballari Elects New Office Bearers BALLARI
United Christian Forum – Ballari held its Annual General Body Meeting at which new team of office bearers was elected on Tuesday, 9 January at Bishop’s House, Ballari. Incumbent President Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary and Chairman of United Christian Forum was re-elected by acclamation. Read More ➟

Christmas celebrated with Trans-genders and Devadasis at Bellary
Over 100 trans-genders and Devadasi women joyfully celebrated Christmas at Holy Trinity Church, Kudathini on December 22. The programme was organized by the Bellary Diocesan Commission for Trans-genders and Devadasis, facilitated by Fr Jai Prakash and Sister Merin Jose SJC. Read More ➟

Joyful Christmas celebrated in Bellary Central Prison
Christmas was celebrated joyfully at the Central Prison Ballari on Dec 20. Orgnanised by the Bellary Diocesan Prison Ministry Team, over 400 prisoners attended. Read More ➟

Special children celebrate Christmas in a very special way in Bellary
Over 250 special children differently abled celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities along with Christmas on December 18 at St Anthony Community Hall, Bellary. The programme was organized by the Bellary Diocesan Commission for the Physically Challenged with Sr Franzina SJC, as chairperson. Read More ➟

Ecumenical Christmas celebrated; “Promote universal human fraternity”, urges Bishop of Bellary
"Christmas is a universal, world-wide celebration. It embraces all cultures and all age groups – young and old. Divine love embraces all unconditionally. Therefore, all pastors, the religious and Christians need to strive to promote universal fraternity Read More ➟

Christians of Siruguppa hold Christmas Peace March
Over thousand Christians and their fiends held a Christmas Peace March and ecumenical Christmas celebration on Dec 9 at Siruguppa in Bellary Diocese. Read More ➟

ICYM Bellary elects a new team of office bearers
Indian Catholic Youth Association, Bellary elected a new team of office bearers, led by Miss. Jessy Kotha Anand as president. The diocesan level election was held on Sunday, Dec 3 at Holy Family church premises. Read More ➟

Over 150 children joyfully take part in Children’s Talent Festival
A Talent Festival for Children was held at Bellary Deanery level on 26 th November 2023 at St. Antony Pastoral Centre. It was organized by the Catholic Association, Bellary. The festival was arranged on the occasion of the Children’s Day. The festival was organised in two phases. In the first phase, Read More ➟

“Fight Superstition; Cultivate A Scientific Temper”: Bishop Henry D’Souza
“Fight superstition and cultivate a scientif temper in students”, urged Bishop of Bellary, Bishop Henry D”Souza today at Bellary. Bishop Henry D”Souza was opening “Gnana Deevige” a Science and Arts Exhibition at St Joseph Boys School at Bellary. Read More ➟

Ongoing Formation Given to Sixty Five Teachers
Sixty five teachers of faith formation and moral education were given ongoing formation on 27 Oct 27 at St Antony Pastoral Centre, Bellary. The programme was animated by Fr. Vincent Suresh, secretary of the diocesan commission for faith formation. Read More ➟

Renovated 200 Year Cemetery Chapel Blessed
The renovated chapel of the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Cowl Bazaar, Bellary was blessed and rededicated on November 2, 2023, by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary. There was an old cemetery chapel of the British era that existed as early as the 19 th century. Bishop Ambrose P. Yeddanapalli, OFM, Read More ➟

MC Brothers House for Destitute Men opened in Bellary
Dheeksha Bhavan Bellary Diocesan minor seminary alumni meet held 3-4 August instilled joy and vigour in the priests.The meet was organizedby the Rector, Fr Alphonse George and was inaugurated by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary.... Read More ➟

Minor Seminary alumni meet instils new vigour
Dheeksha Bhavan Bellary Diocesan minor seminary alumni meet held 3-4 August instilled joy and vigour in the priests.The meet was organizedby the Rector, Fr Alphonse George and was inaugurated by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary.... Read More ➟

Large Number Witnessed Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Toranagallu Church
The silver jubilee celebration of the Holy Spirit church in Toranagallu, Steel Town was held with fervour and joy on July 30. The concelebrated Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, was presided by Bishop Henry D’ Souza, Bishop of Bellary along with a large number priests.... Read More ➟

Religious Superiors and HMs to strengthen value education
The superiors of religious houses and HMs of educational institutions of Bellary Diocese resolve to strengthen value education in schools in the Catholic Diocese of Bellary.Superiors and HMs participated enthusiastically in a day – long session held on “Value Education".... Read More ➟

District Minister Nagendra Launches Diocesan Green Sunday
Ballari District in-charge Minister Sri Nagendra, launched the Bellary Diocesan Green Sunday Campaign by planting saplings in the cathedral premises on July 16. H’ble Minister for Youth Empowerment, sports and Tribal welfare, Government of Karnataka.... Read More ➟

Bellary Christians demand: end to violence, restore peace in Manipur
A large number of Christians and well wishers joined, braving the rain showers, demanding immediate end to violence and restoration of peace in Manipur. A prayer meeting for peace held at Gandhi Bhavan and a peace march through the city... Read More ➟

43 New Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Commissioned
43 new Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were commissioned at Bellary on Sunday, 18 June 2023. Bishop Henry D’Souza presented a letter of appointment, a shawl and a copy of the New Testament to the candidates who participated in the day-long formation programme held at the Bishop’s... Read More ➟

Feast of St. Antony celebrated with great fervor
The Feast of St. Antony of Padua, patron of the Diocese of Bellary was celebrated on 13 June at St. Antony’s Cathedral Church, and St. Anthony Shrine Church, Bandihatti, Bellary, with great fervor. The festival was climaxed with a solemn Eucharistic Concelebration presided over by Bishop... Read More ➟

New convent building blessed at Chikkehesarur
Newly built convent building for the Good Shepherd Sisters at Chikkehesarur was blessed by Bishop Henry D’Souza on 31 May 2023. “In a multi-religious context, the presence of the religious sisters should be shining light illuminating the minds of people through education... Read More ➟

Deacon Arogya Dani ordained a priest
Bishop Henry D’Souza , Bishop of Bellary, ordained Deacon Arogya Dani a priest for the Diocese of Bellary on 15 May, 2023 at St. Antony’s Cathedral, Bellary The ordination ceremony begun with Rector, Fr. Alphonse George presenting the candidate to ordaining prelate.... Read More ➟

Bellary major seminarians attend mission experience joyfully
All the major seminarians of the Bellary diocese had a mission experience during the summer holidays, 10-30 April 2023. They were sent out to different mission stations of the diocese like Maski – Anthargangi, Nanjaldinni, Hanchinal, Uskiyal, Kotnekal , Medikinal, Kottur- Ayynahalli... Read More ➟

Diocesan Yuvajanostava held at Loyola College
The Diocesan Youth Convention was held 21-23 April at Loyola College Campus, Manvi, Raichur district. Over 340 youth participated enthusiastically. The theme of the convention was: Youth Marching with Faith in Christ! Yuvajanotsava is an important event aimed at bringing... Read More ➟

Diocesan convention of Friends of Jesus held
Eighty three persons from various parishes in the diocese participated in one day conference organised by the Diocesan Commission for Evangelization. The day’s animation began at 9.30 a. m at Bishop’s House, Bellary The program begun with “Praise and Worship” animated by Fr. Jose Prakash... Read More ➟

Renovated Bishop’s House inaugurated and blessed
Ambulance service for the poor was launched by the Catholic Diocese of Bellary on 18 February 2023. Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary blessed the new ambulance and placed it under the auspices of BDDS, the diocesan social development society... Read More ➟

Bellary Diocese launches Ambulance Services for Poor
Ambulance service for the poor was launched by the Catholic Diocese of Bellary on 18 February 2023. Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary blessed the new ambulance and placed it under the auspices of BDDS, the diocesan social development society... Read More ➟

Thousands bid tearful farewell to Swamy Dayanad
Swamy Dayanand OFM, a mendicant “sadhu” who walked in the footsteps of his Master Jesus Christ and St Francis of Assisi with simplicity and austerity, went to his eternal reward on Sunday, 22 Jan, 2023. Born as Jose Malekudiyil, in Kerala on 19 June 1950, entered the order of Franciscan... Read More ➟

“United witness is the heart of the Christian Mission”: Bishop Henry D’Souza
“United witness of all is the heart of Christian Mission; hence a priority for all Christians,” declared Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary. Bishop Henry D’Souza was addressing a well attended ecumenical prayer meeting held Jan.18 at Shalom AG Church, organized by the United Christian Forum (UCF) of Bellary... Read More ➟

Bellary Bishop condoles the death of Emeritus Pope Benedict
Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary expressed his profound grief at the passing away of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI . “Pope Benedict was a devoted shepherd, an outstanding theologian and an eminent writer,” stated Bishop Henry. “I had the privilege on personally meeting... Read More ➟

Ecumenical Christmas Celebration Held With Trans-genders
Christmas cum New Year celebration was held on Sunday I January, 2023 at Holy Trinity Mission, Kudthinni. The Special invitees for the occasion were trans-genders of Kudthinni locality. Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary presided over the ecumenical celebration. ... Read More ➟

Ecumenical Christmas Get-together Held at Ballari
Prominent leaders of the Christian communities – priests, pastors and congregation leaders of the Bellary district jointly celebrated Christmas at St. Anthony’s Pastoral Centre on Dec. 8. The ecumenical meet was organized by the Catholic Association – Ballari, United Christian Forum and the Ecumenical ... Read More ➟

Ongoing formation on synodality held for priests and religious
A day-long ongoing formation on “Promotion of Synodality in Communities and Transforming Pastoral Structures was held for priests and religious of the Bellary Diocese. The animation programme was held Dec. 12-13 at the St. Anthony Pastoral Center, Bellary ... Read More ➟

Fr. Charles D’ Souza, An Exemplary Pastor Called To Eternal Home
Fr. Charles D’Souza, Notary of the Diocese of Bellary and former Chancellor and Rector of St. Anthony’s Cathedral, passed away on 29 July, at about 12.45 pm due to a massive heart attack. He was 78. Fr Charles was residing in Bethany Senior Priests’ Home... Read More ➟

SFS Fathers Help Needy Affected by Lockdown
Parish at Koppal had executed several activities to help out the poor families in the Parish and migrant people from Orisa who were travelling from Koppal to Orisa during the pandemic Covid 19. This program is financially supported by VIKASJYOTHI, Fransalian Resource Centre... Read More ➟

Bellary Diocese holds Special Formation Program For Seminarians
A three days intensive formation program was held for the major and minor seminarians of Bellary Diocese at Deeksha Bhavan Minor Seminary, Bellary from July 12-14. The program was inaugurated by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary. In his inaugural address, Bishop D’Souza spoke... Read More ➟

Ballari Boys Scouts Hold Vana Mahotsava
Boys Scouts of St. Joseph’s Boys School, Ballari, celebrated “Vana Mahotsva” (Forest Festival), launched by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary on June 5 in Cowl Bazaar, Ballari. The programme is part of the diocesan programme to plant 2,000 saplings in church... Read More ➟

Bellary Diocese Blessed With Two New Priests
Fr. Rayappa T. and Fr. Xavier Ravi were ordained priests on 21 June at Deeksha Bhavan diocesan minor seminary chapel, Bellary by Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary. The ordination ceremony was held with only the close family members and a few priests present... Read More ➟

Food Kits Distributed To 2,200 Families In Bellary Diocese
Bellary Diocese in collaboration with Jesuit Mission, Manvi, distributed food kits to 2200 families affected by Covid lockdown in Bellary, Koppal, Raichur and Vijayanagar districts. This distribution mainly aimed at helping families which are hard hit during the second wave of the Covid pandemic... Read More ➟

Bishops’ Synod 2023 – Theme “Synodality of Church” Is Timely And Relevant: Bellary Bishop
Bishop of Bellary Henry D’Souza has “joyfully and enthusiastically” welcomed the theme of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: ‘For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission’ “is timely and relevant.”... Read More ➟

Fr Antonyraj P – Vicar General and Cathedral Rector Called to Heavenly Home
BALLARI, MAY 21: Fr. Antonyraj P. - Vicar General and Rector of St. St Anthony’s Cathedral, Ballari was called to his heavenly abode at 6.20 pm on May 20 at St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Bangalore. He was 68 years of age and 41 years a priest... Read More ➟

Covid Care Center Opened at BDDS In Bellary
MAY 8, 2021: Bishop Henry D’Souza along with other Executive Committee members of United Christian Forum, Ballari opened a Covid Care Center (CCC) at Bellary Diocesan Development Center (BDDS) on May 8. Run by the Catholic Diocese of Bellary in collaboration with Caritas India and United Christian Forum under the direction... Read More ➟

Fr. NA Vincent Called To His Heavenly Home
Fr. NA Vincent, Judicial Vicar of the Diocese of Bellary and Manager of St. Joseph’s Boys’ School, Bellary, was called to his heavenly home on April, 23, 2021. He died at 11 AM due to a massive heart attack. He was 62 years of age and 35 years a priest. In morning he celebrated Holy Eucharist... Read More ➟

Kavital Sevashram Convent And Children’s Home Golden Jubilee Held
The Golden Jubilee celebration of Sevashram Convent and Children’s Home was held on 10 April 2021 at Kavithal,Raichur district. Sisters of Charity of Sts. Bartholomea and Vincenza Gerosa begun their mission at Kavithal which is a rural area in Lingasugur Taluk of Raichur district 50 years ago... Read More ➟

Bellary Christians Mark Good Friday With Great Fervour
Large number of people from all walks of life and beliefs participated in Good Friday procession in Ballari. Right after the Good Friday liturgical services, the large number of faithful, priests and religious men and women gathered at Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine Church for veneration of the cross... Read More ➟

Sindhanur Deanery Organized Lenten Retreat
Over 1500 people from Sindhanur deanery parishes participated in the retreat held at Holy Family Church preises, Mar. 19-21. The retreat was animated by Bro. Peter and his team. The retreat was concluded with the Holy Eucharist presided by Bishop Henry, Bishop of Bellary. During the homily Bishop urged the faithful to... Read More ➟

Feast of St. Joseph Celebrated With Solemnity In Bellary
Bishop Henry D’ Souza, Bishop of Bellary along with many priests of Bellary concelebrated Holy Eucharist at 5.30 pm in Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine Church, on March 19, the solemnity of St. Joseph. Large number of faithful participated. Pope Francis has declared this year 2021 as the year of St. Joseph. It is in order to... Read More ➟

Catholic Healthcare Professionals Meet In Bellary
Heads of healthcare institutions serving in the Diocese of Bellary enthusiastically participated in a workshop on March 18 at Bishop’s House, Bellary The meet was organized by the Heath Commission, Diocese of Bellary. The workshop was animated by Fr. Santhosh Dias, Regional Secretary of KRCBC Health Commission ... Read More ➟

“Women Mould the Society”: Bishop Henry D’Souza
“Women are the great moulders of the society”, said Bishop Henry D’Souza of Bellary Diocese, while addressing over 250 women, gathered at St. Antony’s Community Center, Bellary for International Women’s Day celebration held on March 14. “Without women our society... Read More ➟

Lenten Youth Retreat organized at Adhyatma Retreat Center
Over 400 Catholic youth from all over the Diocese of Bellary participated in Lentern Youth retreat held at Adhyatma Retreat Center, Arogya Mathe Shrine premises, Bellary, Mar.12-14. The retreat was animated by TK George and team. Several priests from Bellary deanery assisted the youth spiritually. Youth benefitted from Taize... Read More ➟

Over 100 Candidates Benefit From Pre-Cana Course In Bellary
A three-day Pre-Cana preparation course was held on Jan. 24-26, 2021 for the marriageable young men and women at St. Antony’s Pastoral Center, Ballari. Over 100 young persons from different parts of the diocese participated. It was ably animated by the Diocesan Family Commission... Read More ➟

Bible Sunday Celebrations held in the Diocese of Bellary
Bible Sunday was meaningfully celebrated in the Diocese of Bellary on Jan 24, well organized by the Diocesan Commission for Bible. At the solemn Eucharistic celebration held at St. Antony’s Cathedral, Ballari on Sunday, Jan 24, in his homily Bishop Henry D’Souza urged every family to have a “family Bible”... Read More ➟

Ecumenical Prayer Octave Celebrated Enthusiastically in Bellary
Representatives from various Christian denominations – pastors, priests and Christian leaders participated in large number in the Ecumenical Prayer Service organized by United Christian Forum, Bellary, at St. Antony’s Cathedral Church, Cowl Bazaar, Sunday, Jan 24 at 6.15 pm. Bishop... Read More ➟

"This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” declares the Psalmist in Ps. 118:24.
Fr. Paul Fernandes has become golden. Therefore, joyfully and gratefully we are celebrating 50 years of God’s loving faithfulness in her life and her joyful priestly commitment. ... Read More ➟

Bellary Ecumenical Meet Warmly Welcomes Pope Francis' "Fratelli Tutti"
BELLARY, DEC 10: All Christians ecumenical meet held today at Bishop’s House, Bellary, enthusiastically welcomed the Pope Francis's recent encyclical "Fratelli Tutti" (All Brothers and Sisters). The meet was organized by United Christian Forum and Catholic Association of Bellary to prepare for Christian ecumenically... Read More ➟

Pope Francis’ “Fratelli Tutti”: Bellary Religious Leaders Commit to Promote Human Fraternity
BELLARY, DEC 7, 2020: Bellary religious leaders commit themselves to promote universal human fraternity and solidarity with each other at an inter-religious leaders meet held at Bishop’s House, Bellary on Sunday, Dec. 6. The meet was held in the context of Pope Francis’ recently published encyclical Fratelli... Read More ➟

Archbishop Machado blesses 6 houses for poor in Bellary
BALLARI, NOV 18 (Sagaya): Newly built 6 houses for the rain affected families in Ballari diocese were blessed and opened by Archbishop Peter Machado, Archbishop of Bangalore on 16 November, 2020. Bishop Henry D'Souza Bishop of Bellary thanked the donors for helping the poor... Read More ➟

Fr. Thomas D’Souza passes Away
BELLARY, SEP. 28: Fr Thomas D’Souza (83) passed away at 9.25 PM Sep. 27, at Trauma Care Center, Bellary. He was 56 years priest.Fr. Thomas D’Souza was admitted in St. Mary’s Hospital, Bellary on Friday the 18 September. He was being treated for lower limbs weakness.... Read More ➟

Fr. M.A. Alphonse Called To His Eternal Home
BELLARY, SEP.21,2020: Rev. Fr. MA Alphonse Liquory, parish priest of Burma Camp parish, passed away this morning at 6.30 AM at VIMS Medical College Hospital, Bellary. On Friday the 18th September, Father Alphonse collapsed in his wash room, in the parish house... Read More ➟

Bellary Blessed With Four New Priests
BALLARI JUN. 10: Deacon Chandrakant from Chikkahesarur, Deacon Nelson Menezes from Donimalai, Sandur, Deacon Nikson from Munirabad, Koppal and Deacon Suresh Vincent of Maski were ordained priests on 10 June at St. Anthony’s Cathedral,... Read More ➟

Bellary Diocese Provides Relief Affected By COVID-19 Lockdown
BALLARI, May 15: Diocese of Bellary, in collaboration with donors and Catholic organizations provided relief material to over 5,200 families seriously affected by Covid-19 nationwide lockdown. The Catholic Diocese of Bellary, Jesuit Educational Society–Manvi, B.D.D.S. and Vimukti-Pothnal, in collaboration with the district administration of Bellary... Read More ➟

Covid-19 Lockdown: Diocesan ICYM Announces Online contests
BALLARI, MAY 15: The Diocesan Executive Committee of ICYM Bellary has announced diocesan level online contests to involve our families, children and youth. The contests are intended to re-juvenate and unite our families and the faithful We earnestly request all our priests, the religious and PPC members... Read More ➟

Bellary Joins Worldwide Day Of Prayer n Fasting Against Covid-19
BALLARI, MAY. 14: All religions prayer for deliverance from Covid-19 pandemic was held at Bishop House, Bellary on May 14. Top religious leaders of Bellary participated. The prayer meet was organized in response to Pope Francis' appeal along with Higher Committee of Human Fraternity (HCHF) for world-wide human solidarity... Read More ➟

Let us pray, “Father, Make This Cup Pass”: Bishop Henry D’Souza
The following is the full text of Bishop Henry D'Souza’s circular dated 4 March 2020:
01. Request to join the nation in solidarity
As announced by the Prime Minister of India, we request all our parish priests, heads of institutions and religious communities to join... Read More ➟

"We Will Rise With Faith, Not Fear!": Bishop Henry D'Souza
The following is the full text of the circular of Bishop Henry D’Souza, Bishop of Bellary.
01. "Fight Corona united, through solidarity": Pope Francis "In these trying days, while humanity trembles due to the threat ... Read More ➟

Bellary Bishop Henry D’Souza: Fear Not, Cooperate With Lock Down
The following is the full text of the message of Bishop Henry D’Souza to the faithful of the Diocese of Bellary:
Dear Rev. Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,... Read More ➟

First House Of MC Brothers Opened In Ballari
BALLARI, MARCH 11: The newly built temporary residence of Missionaries of Charity Brothers was blessed by Bishop Henry D’Souza and opened by the Superior General Bro. Paul Eaton MC on March 11 in Bellary. Located in Basavangunte, Devinagar, next to the Christian... Read More ➟

Workshop On Leadership Role Held
BALLARI, FEB. 22: Over hundred Catholic teachers working in Catholic Schools in Bellary area enthusiastically participated in a workshop on "fostering leadership" 22 February, at Dheeksha Bhavan Hall, Ballari. It was organized by Diocesan Pastoral Council and Ballari Catholic Association... Read More ➟

Diocesan Pastoral Council Urges To Rejuvenate PPCs & PFCs
BELLARY, FEB. 21: A meeting of Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) was held on Feb. 21 at Bishop's House. Mr. Y. Joseph, Vice President II of DPC led the gathering with praise and worship service. Bishop Henry D'Souza in his introductory session highlighted the final statement of the plenary ... Read More ➟

Golden Jubilee Of Fr. Anthaiah Celebrated Joyfully
BALLARI, JAN. 17: Sacerdotal golden jubilee celebration of Rev. Fr. Anthiah celebrated joyfully at St. Antony's Cathedral, Ballari, on January 17. The thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration was the climax of the celebrations. The joy was enhanced by the graceful presence of Bishop Henry D'Souza... Read More ➟

Fr. Aruliah Called To His Eternal Home
BELLARY, DEC.13, 2019: Fr. Aruliah (57), parish priest of Infant Jesus Church, Vidya Nagar, Raichur, passed away this afternoon. Fr. Aruliah died of a massive heart attack at about 12.45 PM at VIMS Medical College Hospital, Bellary, while undergoing dialysis treatment. He was suffering with acute diabetic mellitus and chronic kidney failure. Bishop Henry D’Souza, ... Read More ➟

Religious Leaders Urge To Bridges Of Peace And Harmony
BALLARI, DEC. 8, 2019: Prominent religious leaders of all mainstream religious faiths gave a clarion call to shed religious fanaticism and prejudices, and urged “to build bridges of peace and harmony” here at Bellary today. Religious leaders from Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism and Lingayats addressed a large gathering of audience which included priests, ... Read More ➟

9th Karnataka Yuvanajostova Held; Youth Urged To Usher In A New World
BALLARI, OCT 27: Over 2,000 Catholic young leaders from all the 14 dioceses of Karnataka participated in Regional Yuvajanostava 2019 held at Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine premises, Oct. 24-27. On the last day there were over 2500 participated in the event. It was jointly hosted by KRCBC Youth Commission and the Diocese of Bellary. ... Read More ➟

Diocesan Mission Year Inaugurated
BALLARI, NOV 1: The Diocesan Mission Year was inaugurated by Bishop Henry D'Souza at a solemn Holy Mass held in St. Anthony's Cathedral today, on the solemnity of All Saints Day in Ballari. In his homily Bishop Henry D'Souza reminded of the missionary mandate given by Jesus to His... Read More ➟

1,500 youth leaders of Karnataka to commit themselves to "care for the earth for a better world"
BALLARI, OCT 23: Over 1,600 youth leaders from all over Karnataka will hold a four day convention - Yuvajanotsava on the theme - "Youth Caring for Earth for a Better World", October 24-27 in Ballari. Aimed at empowering the youth for leadership roles,... Read More ➟

Annual Shrine Festival Opened, Bishop Urges Pilgrims "To Face Life's Problems With Faith And Courage"
BALLARI, AUG. 30, 2019: In preparation for the annual festival of the Ballari Arogya Mathe Shrine, the nine-day novena began today with thousands of pilgrims attending it with joy and fervor. Member of Parliament Dr. Nasser Hussein hoisted the festival flag and Bishop Henry D’Souza led the procession. Read More ➟

Over 300 Prisoners Treated Medically In Ballari Central Jail
BALLARI, AUG. 24, 2019: A free medical camp was held in the Bellary Central jail on August 24. It was organized by the Diocesan Prison Ministry Team, CRI Ballari, Bellary Unit and Diocesan Health Commission. A Medical team consisting of 7 doctors, 9 nurses and other lab technicians and volunteers Read More ➟

Seminar On "You Are Light Of The World" Held In Ballari
BALLARY, AUG. 13, 2019: Over 75 priests and religious from various parts of the Diocese of Bellary enthusiastically participated in a day’s seminar on “You are the light of the world” on August 13, at St. Antony’s Community Center, Cantonment, Bellary. The seminar was on Pope Francis’ recent guidelines to deal with sexual by clerics and religious. It was recommended by the Council of Priests. Read More ➟

Diocesan Phase Of Investigation For The Cause Of SoG FX Kroot Closed
The diocesan phase of investigation of the life, the works and the virtues of the Servant of God Msgr. Francis Xavier Kroot, MHM, was solemnly closed on Sunday, July 7, 20019, in Bellary. The ceremony was held in the St. Anthony’s Cathedral during the thanksgiving Mass, presided over Read More ➟

World Communications Day: Pope urges to build network of human communities
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Synod of Bishops Ends, Journey Begins
Bishop Henry D'Souza, India

The just concluded Synod of Bishops was, one could say, indeed a new springtime, a new freshness in the life of the Church today. It was not just a synod on youth, but it was a synod with the youth, who brought in joy and energy to the synod hall. Someone even remarked, "I never ever thought that a synod could be so enlightening and enjoyable!" The synod was full of the "upper room" experience.

In many countries, especially in Asia, youth form the largest segment of today's society. Nearly half the population in these countries is young. Such a large population can be a God-given "demographic gift and potential" if harnessed well, if not a "demographic drain and disaster".

The synod reminded of the young St. Augustine whose heart was restless - weary from seeking God in passing attractions. In this restlessness some youth are already hearing Jesus asking them in their hearts: "what are you looking for?'. Others may be brought to an encounter with Jesus by fiends or other well-wishes in their life - Just as Andrew introduced Jesus to Simon Peter, saying: "We have found the Messiah" (Jn 1:41).

The synod theme was "the youth, the faith and vocational discernment". The synod fathers focused on "recognizing; interpreting; and choosing". They felt the youth have a great potential for mission and evangelization. The digital generation can be an evangelizing generation, sharing the good news of joy, promoting unity of all people and caring for our "common home".

The synod felt that it can respond to the desire of many young people for stable reference points, moorings or stepping stones to help them to steer their way through often confusing and contradictory messages hurled at them from all directions. Pastors and youth animators be collaborators of their joy, so that their "expectations turn in ideals".

Listening to the well articulated interventions of the dynamic youth leaders of the world, the synod felt that youth of today have dreams, they have energy and they want to be achievers. They do not want to be "mere spectators" in the Church and the society, but "active participants". They need to be consulted, engaged and actively involved through a process of teamwork. That can be realized when pastors and youth chaplains listen, consult and discern.

The synod strongly insisted that the young people are not simply the OBJECTS of evangelization and pastoral ministry; they are also the AGENTS. With proper formation and accompaniment, youth can be missionary disciples who will bring the light of faith to their peers and even those away from the Church.

Such an active collaborative approach would be possible not through a moralistic approach with ready-made answers, but by accompanying young people in a climate of joy and dialogue, as Jesus did with the two disciples of Emmaus.

The Synod felt that the youth are a God-given precious gift. They are our present and the future. They offer great possibilities. Through a process of accompaniment and discernment, they are given proper formation through education, catechesis and witnessing to be mature disciples of Jesus, living their life in dignity, freedom and joy.

The Church is a mother; she does not abandon her sons and daughters. She is ready to accompany youth on new roads, "on the path of high ground, where the wind of the Spirit blows more strongly, sweeping away the mist of indifference, of superficiality, of discouragement".

In its message for the youth of the world, the synod emphatically stated that "the Church and the world urgently need your enthusiasm". It urged the youth of the world to "make the most fragile, the poor, those wounded by life" their fellow travelers.

The youth of today are facing multiple challenges such a unemployment, migration, corruption, poor governance and violence. Only through accompaniment and right motivation they can be assisted to live in dignity and hope.

In one of his homilies during the synod, Pope Francis stated: Today Jesus invites us to return to the source of joy, which is the encounter with him, the courageous choice to risk everything to follow him, the satisfaction of leaving something behind in order to embrace his way".

We wish to take the synod experience to our dioceses and youth movements, bringing the synod experience of listening and discernment to all spheres of pastoral ministry. Youth would be encouraged to transform the temporal order through biblical worldview and values of the Gospel. Efforts will be made to prepare tomorrow's leaders today, both for the church and the society.

In its message to the youth, the synod summed up: "For a month we have walked together with some of you and with many others related to us through prayer and affection. We wish to continue the journey now in every part of the earth where Jesus sends us as missionary disciples".

The synod has ended, but the synod journey has just begun. May the synod experience and the spirit reach to the ends of the earth, accompanying and transforming youth, to usher in a "new heaven and a new earth" (Rev 21:1).

We should and we will do our best to rejuvenate the youth ministry in our dioceses, enthusiastically and joyfully. The youth themselves will have to play a key role in realizing the Synodal dream a reality. God bless our youth,God bless India!

XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

We the Synod Fathers now address you, young people of the world, with a word of hope, trust and consolation. In these days, we have gathered together to hear the voice of Jesus, "the eternally young Christ", and to recognize in Him your many voices, your shouts of exultation, your cries, and your moments of silence.

We are familiar with your inner searching, the joys and hopes, the pain and anguish that make up your longings. Now we want you to hear a word from us: we wish to be sharers in your joy, so that your expectations may come to life. We are certain that with your enthusiasm for life, you will be ready to get involved so that your dreams may be realized and take shape in your history.

Our weaknesses should not deter you; our frailties and sins must not be an obstacle for your trust. The Church is your mother; she does not abandon you; she is ready to accompany you on new roads, on higher paths where the winds of the Spirit blow stronger - sweeping away the mists of indifference, superficiality and discouragement.

When the world that God so loved, that he gave us his only Son, Jesus, is focused on material things, on short-term successes, on pleasures, and when the world crushes the weakest, you must help it to rise up again and to turn its gaze towards love, beauty, truth and justice once more.

For a month, we have walked together with some of you and with many others who have been united to us through prayer and affection. We wish to continue the journey now in every part of the earth where the Lord Jesus sends us as missionary disciples.

The Church and the world urgently need your enthusiasm. Be sure to make the most fragile people, the poor and those wounded by life your traveling companions.

You are the present; be a brighter future.

28 October 2018

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