Events
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 ➟


SACERDOTAL GOLDEN JUBILEE
"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:
BALLARI: MAR 25:
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
"Christians must do more to make sure the media, especially social networks, are places of dialogue and respect for others, rather than instruments for highlighting differences and increasing divisions", says Pope Francis in his message for World Communications Read More ➟


Fr Pushparaj called to his eternal home
With profound sadness we pay tributes to our beloved Fr. Pushparaj, who was called to his eternal home at 8.45 AM on May 28, at Bethany, Bellary. He was born on 28.08.1953 at K.K. Pudur, TN and ordained on 20.01.1981 by Bishop Ambrose P. Yeddanapalli. He served at Hutti, Kowtal, Siruguppa, Read More ➟


Pope Francis makes sexual abuse investigation obligatory
Pope Francis on May 7 issued Motu Proprio Vos Estis Lux Mundi (You are the light of the world), aimed at bringing offenders to justice, no matter what rank they hold in the Church, including when committed by bishops or cardinals. The new law is covering sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, Read More ➟


"Terror Has No Place In Civilised Society; We Are With Victims Of Terror In Srilanka": Bishop
BELLARY, APRIL 22, 2019: Expressing utter shock at the violence perpetrated by terrorism in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, Bishop of Bellary, Henry D'Souza declared, "Terror has no place in civilized society; we are with the victims of terror and the people of Sri Lanka." Read More ➟


Bellary Catholics Hold Good Friday Procession With Fervor
BELLARY, April 19, 2019: Large number of people enthusiastically participated in Good Friday procession with religious fervor and piety in Bellary today. Bishop Henry D'Souza, Bishop of Bellary led the procession. The procession started from Christ the King Church after the Good Friday Read More ➟


Bellary Catholics Bid Tearful Farewell To Young Fr Paul Arulappa
BELLARY, MARCH 11, 2019: A large gathering of Catholics, including Bishop Henry D'Souza, all the priests of the diocese, religious and lay faithful bid a tearful farewell to the young pastor Fr. Paul today in the cathedral church. Fr. Paul A, a priest of the Diocese of Bellary died in a tragic road accident Read More ➟


Focus on Love and Forgiveness: Urges Bishop Henry D'Souza
BELLARY, MARCH 06 (Ash Wednesday: "Lent is a time to repent, renew and re-orient life. It's a time to focus on love and forgiveness of all in all places", declared Bishop Henry D'Souza today at the Ash Wednesday celebration in Bellary Cathedral. "Lenten Season reveals the Read More ➟


Message Of His Holiness Pope Francis For Lent 2019: Care For Creation
Each year, through Mother Church, God "gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed... as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ" (Preface of Lent I). We can thus journey from Read More ➟


Large Gathering Join Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Koppal Mission
KOPPAL, JAN 27, 2019: Silver Jubilee of St. Francis De Sales Church Koppal Mission was celebrated with solemnity and joy on Sunday, January, 27. A large number of priests, religious and lay faithful gathered joyfully and enthusiastically joined the jubilee celebrations. Read More ➟


Jubilee- A Privileged Moment To Renew and Rededicate: Bishop
HOSPET, JAN.27, 2019: Deena Seva Saba Congregation held its golden and silver jubilee of religious life of Sisters Regin Mary and Lovely (Gulburga) on 27 January, 2019 at Daya Nilaya Convent, Amaravathi village, Hospet. Sr. Regin Mary serves by looking after the most disadvantaged HIV Read More ➟


Golden Jubilee of Remodeled St. Antony's Cathedral Celebrated
BELLARY, JANUARY 28, 2019: The golden jubilee celebration of the remodeled St. Antony's Cathedral church in Bellary was held with fervor and joy on Jan. 28 at Bellary. The concelebrated Eucharistic celebration presided by Bishop Henry D' Souza, Bishop of Bellary along with a large Read More ➟


Bellary Healthcare Providers Commit to Promote Better Networking
BELLARY, JANUARY 24, 2019: Heads of catholic healthcare institutions of the Diocese of Bellary, committed to promote networking among them for more fruitful healthcare apostolate, here on Jan. 24. Read More ➟


United Church Is the Plan Of God, Unity Is A Priority: Bishop of Bellary
BELLARY, JAN 21: "United Church is the plan of God and the will of God", declared Bishop Henry D'Souza, today at an ecumenical prayer meeting of Christians. Bishop Henry D'Souza, Bishop of Bellary was addressing Christians of many denominations at an ecumenical prayer meeting held at Rev. Johns Memorial CSI Church in Bellary city. Read More ➟


Diocesan Year of Youth Inaugurated, Bellary: JAN.01, 2019.
Bishop Henry, Bishop of Bellary dedicated year 2019 as the Year of Youth in the Diocese of Bellary at Midnight Mass on the New Year Mass at Christ the King Church, Cantonment, Bellary. In a symbolic gesture the Bishop and various representatives of the community watered Read More ➟


Christmas Get-together with the Poor at Bellary:
DEC.20,2018. Around a hundred poor people from Bellary participated in the Christmas Get-together specially organized at Bishop's house, Bellary. Carols, dance and drama based on the spirit of Christmas was presented by the brothers of Dheeksha Bhavan, Minor Seminary, Bellary. Read More ➟


Christmas Celebrated at Central Jail Bellary:
DEC.20.2018. Bishop Henry D' Souza, Bishop of Bellary presided over a Christmas celebration at the Central Jail on 20th December. It was organized by the Prison Ministry team, Diocese of Bellary. Fr.Ponnuswamy, PP, Infant Jesus Church Bellary is the present team leader. Read More ➟


Ecumenical Christmas Get-together Held at Bellary:
DEC.16,2018. Around 74 Pastors and Priests gathered at Dheeksha Bhavan, Bishop's House Campus Bellary on Dec 16 for an Ecumenical Christmas gathering. Bishop Henry D'Souza, Bishop of Bellary the President of Ecumenical United Christian Forum for Human Rights Read More ➟


Parish Council Officials Vow to Rejuvenate Pastoral Councils
BELLARY, DEC. 16, 2018: A two-day animation was held for Vice Presidents and Secretaries of Parish Pastoral Councils and Deanery Pastoral Councils of Bellary Diocese on Dec. 15-16, at St. Anthony Centre. 58 persons participated enthusiastically. The office bearers of the newly constituted Parish Pastoral Read More ➟


Sacerdotal Golden & Platinum Jubilee of Fr. Charles D Souza, Chancellor of the Diocese celebrated
BALLARI, DEC.13,2018( Ms. Sagaya): Sacerdotal Golden jubilee & Platinum Birthday of Rev. Fr. Charles D'Souza celebrated here at 05.30p.m at Sacred Heart Church, in the premises of St. John's group of Institutions, Fort, Ballari. Thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration was the climax Read More ➟


Bellary Priests Commit Themselves to Tone Up Youth Ministry
BELLARY, DEC. 12: The diocesan priests and religious pastoral clergy committed themselves to effectively promote youth ministry in the diocese. Fr. Christopher Crasta msfs, a noted youth animator, facilitated the seminar on pastoral ministry for youth on December 12 at St. Anthony Centre, Bellary, Read More ➟


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!

LETTER FROM THE SYNOD FATHERS TO YOUNG PEOPLE
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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