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A NOT-SO-WISE MOVE TO SUPPRESS THE POST OF COUNCILLOR FOR THE MISSIONS AT GC 27 - Holding Up to the Light 22  - 1 Comments
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Intervention I made at GC 27 on the Judicial Commission`s Proposal to suppress the post of the General Councillor for the Missions.
APR. 17. INN #A.199
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
THE TIMES, THEY ARE`A CHANGING! BUT VERY .... SLOW........................LY!! Holding Up to the Light 21  - 1 Comments
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The election of Angel Artime Fernandes as Rector Major, I believe, is ushering in a refreshing and hopeful new era in the history of the Salesian Congregation.
APR. 13. INN #A.198
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
GC Document Preparation - A Frustrating Exercise! Holding Up to the Light 20
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This is an intervention I made at the GC 27 on how frustrating it is to work on the Drafts prepared by the Redaction Committee.
APR. 13. INN #A.197
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
TIME FOR HALF MEASURES IS OVER! Holding Up to the Light - 19
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This is an intervention I made in the General Assembly of the 27th General Chapter on the issue of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from abuse.
APR. 9. INN #A.196
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
Holding Up to the Light - 18 Intervention at GC 27
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Here is my intervention on the Rector Major`s Report on the State of the Congregation.
MAR. 23. INN #A.194
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
HABEMUS PAPAS SANCTOS
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On 27 April 2014, Pope Francis will canonize two of his predecessors, John Paul II and John XXIII.
MAR. 5. INS #A.193
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
NEWS AND VIEWS FROM ROME!
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Timely reports of the General Chapter-27
FEB. 21. INN #A.192
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
SPIRITUAL WORLDLINESS  - 1 Comments
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Spiritual worldliness sounds like a contradiction, like loyal deserter and selfish generosity.
JAN. 9. INS #A.191
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Fr Maliekal Jose, Hyderabad says,
Salesian Lay Brothers` Congress 2014: Holiness as Partnership
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Jai Ho! Salesian Brothers` Congress is yet here again, with the usual panoply and fanfare? Perhaps, No. I noticed something different from the conventional, this time over, about the Congress. To start with, there is something fascinating with the theme appearing on the Logo: ``Salesians, be Holy.`` It gives me a hunch that the forthcoming Congress is not going to be a predictable copybook repeat, with the customary ingredients of Brochure, Beverage, Tour, T-Shirt and Topi, smacking of a corporate mega-show. I have a feeling from within, that this Congress is going to break new ground. A Paradigm Shift is on the horizon, in the way, the Brothers` Congress has been imagined and going to be executed, with also a Survey on Salesianity, served, as we were running up to the Congress.
DEC. 19. INH #A.190
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
FRANCISCANISM
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St. Francis is one of the most popular, if not the most popular saint, in the Church and in the world.
OCT. 11. INS #A.187
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
Missionaries or Functionaries
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The Catholic and mainline Protestant Churches have a broad and integral concept of mission, unlike the conservative Evangelicals and Pentecostals.
SEP. 9. INS #A.186
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
Should the Salesian Rector be the Spiritual Director of Salesians in Formation? Holding Up to the Light- 17  - 4 Comments
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A discussion on the issue of the Salesian Rector being also the Spiritual Director.
JUL. 28. INN #A.185
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
THE ENGLISH FIRST PERSON SINGULAR
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English, as far as I know, is the only language in which the first person singular is spelt as a capital letter.
JUN. 20. INS #A.184
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
PURSUING PEANUTS! Holding Up To The Light -16
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A reflection on the police pursuit of spot fixing in the IPL.
MAY. 26. INN #A.183
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
JOYS AND SORROWS OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
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We are preparing for the General Chapter. All the provinces have celebrated their own chapters.
MAY. 18. INS #A.182
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ADUKANIL Matthew, Chennai says,
WITH HUMOUR YOU CAN FIGHT MANY A BATTLE  - 1 Comments
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In primitive days nations settled their disputes only through wars. In the feudal times gentlemen settled all their quarrels with gun duels as if bullets could decide the justice or otherwise of things . In all dictatorships the army and suppression are of critical importance for the survival of the regime. Modern man tries to settle differences through the more civilized ways of diplomacy and dialogue . In his arsenal of non-lethal weapons humour occupies the prime place in negotiating life`s pot holes both in the public domain and in private lives. For the civilized man a sense of proportion of things and a razor sharp intellect replace the savage`s fist of fury . Perhaps like our shrinking integrity in public life our sense of humour is taking a beating and intolerance is becoming pervasive and shooting up by the day. Like the uncommon common sense it is becoming rare to find.
MAY. 1. INM #A.181
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
12 TIPS FOR SERENE LIVING
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Think Anew, Start Afresh. Here are twelve tips for serene living.
APR. 11. INS #A.180
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
THE LOOK! Holding Up to the Light -15
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A Palm Sunday Reflection
MAR. 24. INN #A.179
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
THANK YOU POPE BENEDICT WELCOME POPE FRANCIS
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We are living through historic days.
MAR. 15. INS #A.178
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Antony EARATHARA , Kolkata says,
World Rosary Prayer Campaign for the Church and the New Pope
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``As the cardinals enter the conclave on Tuesday March 12, 2013, to elect the ``new St. Peter``, let us join them in spirit through incessant prayer``, invites Fr. T.C. George, Co-ordinator, World Rosary Campaign, Bangalore.
MAR. 12. INC #A.175
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
Karol and Josef
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The 1930s and 40s were among the most tragic years in recent human history.
MAR. 8. INS #A.174
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Paul Vadakumpadan, Shillong says,
LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY
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The French revolution called for liberty, equality and fraternity.
FEB. 5. INS #A.173
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KANAGA Maria Arokiam, New Delhi says,
Rape and Male Inferiority Complex
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Living with clearly contradictory values seems to come natural for Indian society. Corruption and religion can coexist peacefully. Ritual purity and abominable physical dirt can live together. We are one nation, while every State and language group derides and often hates the other. We can claim to honour women, killing her with the very idea of honour that we impose on her! We can enslave and exploit our children and claim that they are our future! We can be utterly sexual in mind and body and claim that modesty is our national virtue! One wonders whether being a woman is itself a matter of shame in India. If not, why then is there so much of female infanticide and female illiteracy? Dowry is a system in which a woman has to pay a man in order to serve him and to hand over to him absolute sexual rights over her! A man honours a woman by merely marrying her! A woman has no such claim. It is the husband who gives ``life`` to the wife, and not the other way about! When a man dies his wife has no more meaningful existence. It is a shame to be a widow! For a man to live without a wife is heroism! A woman`s economic independence is a threat to the man. So the wife is either prohibited from working, and if she works, he should have the control over her money!
JAN. 9. INN #A.172
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
``INNOVATION`` - A FALSE PREMISE AND PROMISE! Reflection on the Final Statement of CRI National Assembly 2012. Holding Up to the Light -14  - 2 Comments
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A critique of the paths proposed by the National CRI for renewal of religious life in India
NOV. 18. INN #A.171
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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Kolkata says,
Media illiterate principals
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KOLKATA - Coming on the heels of the upcoming national meeting of principals of schools scheduled to be held at Don Bosco Park Circus, from 28 September, the recent reports from Poland where high school kids were put through a bizarre ``initiation rite`` which school authorities claim were ``innocent fun`` calls for serious introspection.
SEP. 26. INC #A.170
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Antony EARATHARA , Kolkata says,
Follow Him  - 1 Comments
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The following is a forwarded email from Fr. Maria Arokiam. It contains a letter with a powerful and objective message by a Muslim, Aziz Noorani, sent through the WorldIsmailis Yahoogroup on 19 September to people of different Faiths, in the context of the global violent reactions to the denigrating movie on Islam. It is worth reading, reflecting on and spreading the message for preserving sanity and humanity. Thank you, Fr. Arokiam, for passing it on to BIS.
SEP. 25. INC #A.169
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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Kolkata says,
Celebrating Faith
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KOLKATA - In a month`s time (11 October 2012) the long awaited YEAR OF FAITH proposed by Pope Benedict XVI in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei will commence faith journeys in parishes and dioceses around the world. Present below is a master plan for year-long celebration of faith at Auxilium Parish Kolkata, prepared by parish priest Fr K.K. Sebastian and Pastoral Animation Team.
SEP. 7. INC #A.168
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
UNMINED POTENTIAL OF BIS SPEAK UP- Holding Up to the Light - 13
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BIS is missing out on the Speak UP`s potential for lively conversation on relevant issues.
AUG. 22. INN #A.167
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Paul CHERUTHOTTUPURAM, Kolkata says,
Formation in mission, from woes to wows!
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KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) - A provincial superior dashing from one meeting to another sends an SMS on his Blackberry ``bye for now... must meet the confreres now... listen to their `woes` and .... wish they were `Wows!``... most are stuck in woes ... in agonies and tortures...! i want to RESURRECT THEM ... tough... most feel more comfortable in complaining than in doing something to make a difference!``
AUG. 19. INC #A.166
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PARAPPULLY Jose, New Delhi says,
PSYCHOLOGISTS: UNRECOGNIZED AND UNDERRATED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. Holding Up to the Light - 12
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Psychologists are mostly unrecognised and underrated in a world where psychiatrists and pharma companies rule the roost as far as mental health is concerned.
JUN. 24. INN #A.165
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