St.Anthony of Padua Church Kalwa Thane, Has the Construction stopped?

Below are photographs of the plaque, details of the architect and photographs of the work in progress.

The work on construction of the said Church appears to have stopped.

Is something wrong?

Could the Parish Priest Fr.Cajetan Pinto make a statement as to why the work has stopped?

From the photographs below it can been seen that the iron rods have been exposed for a long time and have got rusty.

I only hope that the title deeds of this place are in order or it would mean one more place where parishioners have been cheated.

We, pray to St.Anthony to help us unravel this mystery.

AOCC Thane Unit is likely to get to the bottom of this.

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Couples with kids, cohabitating are among those marrying at papal Mass

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children.

The pope, who is the bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Sept. 14.

(CNS file/Jon L. Hendricks)

The event, which will see 20 couples from the Diocese of Rome celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage, was organized by the vicariate of Rome.

“Those who will get married Sunday are couples like many others,” the diocese said in a press release Sept. 10.

The ages of the brides and grooms range from the youngest being 25 to the oldest being 56, the vicariate said.

It said the couples also come from all kinds of situations with some “who have been engaged for a long period of time or for not as long; there are those who are already cohabitating; who already have children; who got to know each other in church,” it said.

While cohabitation is not in itself a canonical impediment to marriage, it is contrary to the church’s teaching on marriage and sexual love. The church urges that pastoral ministers help couples preparing for marriage by showing them the witness of Christian family life in such a way as they may regularize their situation before their wedding ceremony.

One of the brides, identified only as Gabriella, has never been married, but she had a daughter when she was quite young, she told the Italian daily La Repubblica Sept. 9. Her grown daughter will also attend the ceremony at the Vatican, Gabriella said.

Gabriella’s fiance, Guido, has had an annulment, the newspaper said.

“We’ve known each other for five years and our wanting to get married in the church stems from no longer wanting to live in a union and with feelings that are deprived of some of the sacraments,” the couple said.

When their parish told them about the possibility of having their marriage in the church presided over by the pope, they said they were shocked. “We didn’t feel worthy, because of our age and personal background.”

The papal Mass celebrating the couples’ marriage will come just a few weeks before the start of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, Oct. 5-19.

Pope Francis has said the church’s pastoral approach to helping couples must be “intelligent, courageous and full of love” because the family today is “looked down upon and mistreated.”

He told the world’s cardinals in February that reflections on the family “must keep before us the beauty of the family and marriage, the greatness of this human reality, which is so simple, yet so rich, made up of joys and hopes, of struggles and sufferings.”

The mid-September ceremony will be the first public papal celebration of a wedding since 2000, when St. John Paul II joined in marriage eight couples from different parts of the world as part of the Jubilee for Families. He also publicly presided over another joint wedding for a group of couples in 1994 as part of his celebration of the International Year of the Family.


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India’s laity protests against changes in territorial jurisdictions

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Delhi’s Catholics are refusing to move to territories under Syro-Malabar jurisdiction and have written a letter to the Pope


If it isn’t a conflict then it’s certainly not far off from becoming one. If it’s not a revolt then it certainly resembles one. It is above a mobilization of the laity who have ceased to be “sheep” that do not stray from the path marked out by their shepherds. Delhi’s Catholic community has been rocked by the protests of families that are feeling very unsettled because their pastoral care is being entrusted to a new territorial entity, without them having a say in the matter. The territorial entity in question is the Eparchy of Faridabad which comes under the jurisdiction of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. An eparchy is the equivalent of a Latin Church diocese and has legal jurisdiction over the administration of the sacraments and pastoral life of all baptized individuals that form part of it.


The Syro-Malabar rite is one of the three Catholic rites present in India. Aside from the Latin rite which is followed by the vast majority of India’s 17 million faithful – there are two other communities that follow the Eastern rite and are heirs to the St. Thomas tradition: the Syro-Malabar Church (of Chaldean descent) and the Syro-Malankara Church (close to the Syro-Antiochian rite). The three Churches have their own structures and jurisdictions. The two Eastern communities are based in Southern India (predominantly in the state of Kerala) and are spread across approximately thirty eparchies. However, over the years, priests and faithful throughout the rest of the country, have requested and obtained authorization to celebrate liturgies according to their own rite (even in their original languages), claiming the right to administer certain areas. This has led to the establishment of single Eastern rite parishes. When a certain number of dioceses are established within a region, the next step is to create an eparchy.


This process has never been easy and has sparked many disagreements and conflicts between the bishops of the three Churches. The Holy See is aware of these problems and during the various ad limina visits of Indian bishops – who just about managed to put together an inter-ritual Bishops’ Conference – it has always striven to remind them of the importance of unity given that “God is not divided”. But disagreements have resurfaced, bringing certain paradoxes to the fore.


The territorial expansion of the Syro-Malabar Church has always been a delicate subject. Clergy representing the Eastern rite often remind Latin bishops that vocations are flourishing: 70% of all CIndian Catholic clergy comes from Kerala and follows the traditions of the Malabar Church and yet only 0,04% of Indian territory is allocated to the Church. The Vatican took this on board and over the past few years, eparchies have started popping up in Bombay (the Eparchy of Kalyan) and Delhi (Eparchy of Faridabad), but also outside India, in Chicago and Melbourne, where masses of  Indian Catholics emigrate to.


Priests, nuns and lay people following the eastern rite are welcomed in all Latin dioceses. Problems arise however, when it comes to institutionalizing their presence. In Delhi, for example, only a minority of local Catholics agreed with the creation of the eparchy, which the Holy See gave the go-ahead for in 2012. The issue continues to cause divisions not only among people belonging to different rites but also among Eastern rite faithful as well.


In November 2013, the bishops of Delhi (Latin rite) and of Faidabad (Syro-Malabar rite) announced that in light of the creation of the new eparchy, Faridabad was to be given jurisdiction and administrative control over all Syro-Malabar faithful in the area. Local faithful formed the Laity4unity movement and began a protest, demanding freedom of choice. They spoke with the bishops and the Apostolic Nuncio. Upholding principles such as co-responsibility, collaboration  and subsidiarity, they sent a petition and a 150-page dossier to Pope Francis, recalling that “the divisions between Christians are a scandal.”


Meanwhile, lay groups born in Delhi and following the Eastern rite faiths are forced to pick up sticks and change points of reference and pastoral sees. The move is by no means easy.  Having lived  in Latin territories for several years or decades, many faithful are no longer familiar with Malayalam, the language spoken in Kerala and the language in which the Syro-Malabar rites are celebrated in,. Priests and children seem lost. Practical problems arise when it comes to the celebration of marriages, baptisms and catechism classes. Hence the opposition to these imposed jurisdictional changes. The Laity4unity movement has gathered 6000 signatures but has the support of 26,000 people. Following the appeal sent to the local hierarchy, the petition sent to the Pope, requesting a revocation of the jurisdictional provision is perhaps their last hope.

The other issue plaguing the Indian Church is the caste question. The Syro-Malabar Church tends to see itself as a sort of élite, while Latin faithful belong to a lower social class. Joseph Kurien, one of the men who signed the petition set to the Pope, a scholar and former editor-in chief of the Catholic magazine Voice of Delhi¸ is very clear: the Syro-Malabar Church’s move resembles “ghettoization”.  “The entire history of this Church, as well as its attitude even today is to look down with contempt on what it calls “Latins” in Kerala. This latent caste system actively nurtured by the SM Church has led to deep resentment among Latins. This apartheid is solely of the SM Church’s making,” he said in a statement.

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Francis: “Loving one’s enemies is scary but Jesus asks it of us”

"Show forgiveness, Jesus asks it of you"


In his homily for this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, the Pope reflected on the Gospel passage that points towards the path of unconditional love. We may not feel like doing good, but that’s the Christian way


Love your enemies. It may seem like an impossible feat, like “foolishness”, it may scare us, but Jesus asks it of us. He asks us to renouncing the “cunning of the world”. Everything is possible, not “by our own strength” but “by the grace of God”. In his homily for this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, Francis focused on the passage in Luke’s Gospel in which Jesus indicates the path of love without boundaries. “[L]ove your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you,” Vatican Radio quotes the Pope saying. Francis said that this is a model of Christian life – of unconditional love in action. “Do good, lend without hoping to have back what you have lent – [act] without interest, and your reward will be great,” he said. Pope Francis also recognized that this new way of the Gospel is one by which it is often difficult to live: “‘But Father’ [one might say], ‘I don’t feel like behaving that way’. ‘Well’, [one might reply], ‘if you don’t feel like it, that’s your problem, but that’s the Christian way.” This is that way that Jesus teaches us. ‘And what can I hope?’ [one might ask]. Go on Jesus’ way, which is the way of mercy. Be merciful as your father is merciful. Only with a merciful heart can we do all that, which the Lord counsels us to do – all the way. The Christian life is not a navel-gazing one. It is a life in which one gets out of oneself in order to give oneself to others. It is a gift, it is love – and love does not turn in on itself, it is not selfish, but self-giving.”


Jesus asks us to be merciful and not to judge, Francis continued. Often “it seems that we have been named judges of others: engaging in gossip, talking behind people’s backs, we judge everyone.” The Lord, however tells us not to judge, lest we be judged ourselves. “Do not condemn [others],” said Pope Francis, “and you will not be condemned.” The Lord asks us to forgive, that we might be forgiven. “We say it every day in the Our Father,” noted the Holy Father, “forgive us as we forgive others – and if I do not forgive, how can I ask the Father to forgive me? This is the Christian life. ‘But Father, this is folly!’ one might say. ‘Yes’, one might answer, ‘it is’. We have heard in these days, though, St Paul, who said the same: the foolishness of the Cross of Christ, which has nothing to do with the wisdom of the world. ‘But Father, to be Christian is to become some sort of fool?’ [one might ask]. ‘Yes’, [I would say], ‘in a certain sense, yes. It means renouncing the cunning of the world in order to do everything that Jesus tells us to do and that, if we do the sums, if we balance the ledger, seems to be against us.”


“The way the Lord teaches us is the way of magnanimity, of generosity, of self-giving without measure. “It was for this,” he said, “that Jesus came into the world,” not to judge, not to engage in idle gossip, not to pass judgments, but to give and to forgive. “Being Christian isn’t easy,” said Pope Francis, adding that we can become Christians only by the grace of God, and not by our own strength: Here then arises the problem that we all must face daily: ‘Lord, give me the grace to become a good Christian, because I cannot do it on my own’. This is something quite frightening at first glance – quite frightening, indeed. If, however, we take the Gospel and we read the 6th chapter of St. Luke – and reread it and reread it and reread it – and let us do so – and let us ask the Lord for the grace to understand what it is to be a Christian, to understand the grace He gives to us Christians, as well, because we cannot do it on our own.”

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Routine bid to seek conveyance leads to MHADA probe – Residents turn sleuths to bust Rs 550-cr real estate scam in Mahim

Sep 01 2014 : Mirror (Mumbai)
Routine bid to seek conveyance leads to MHADA probe – Residents turn sleuths to bust Rs 550-cr real estate scam in Mahim
  •  14 yrs after rehabilitating original tenants of Mahim’s Marinagar, Suraj Developers recently sought permission for two new buildings claiming six tenants were yet to be provided houses
What started off as a routine exercise for residents of aMahim building, who were seeking conveyance from their developer, has unearthed a major real estate scam worth Rs 550 crore.The developer, 14 years after con structing a rehab building and two wings of a sale building, approached authorities to construct two new buildings and take advantage of higher FSI.

The reason given was that six tenants from old structures needed to be rehabilitated, and he was constructing new buildings to house them while the rest would be sold. The tenants, however, had been rehabilitated in 1996, exposing developer’s lie.

The project pertains to land owned by St Michael’s Church at Marinagar, opposite Mahim station, and given to Suraj Estate Developers in 1991. The understanding was the developer would demolish 13 cottages, rehabilitate the tenants, and construct sale component to recover costs. Five buildings of three storeys each in the compound were to remain untouched.

The developer obtained permission from MHADA to build a rehab building, a multi-storey sale building, and another two-storey sale building, and started construction in 1993.

By 1996, he constructed a multistorey sale building and a rehab building. Most thought that it was the end of development, but for the twostorey building.

However, in 2010, he submitted fresh plans to MHADA saying that six tenants from an old cottage were still to be rehabilitated. He sought permission for two buildings to rehabilitate them, and sell the rest. The buildings of 17 and 15 storeys were allowed on open spaces set aside for gardens. The developer did not commence construction immediately, but only barricaded the space.

Recently, residents of two wings of the sale building -Our Lady of Vailankanni and Perpetual Succour sought conveyance. “Since the developer opposed it, we dug up documents and found that two new buildings with FSI of 1.8 lakh were sanctioned on grounds that six tenants were to be rehabilitated. But documents show that the tenants were rehabilitated over a decade ago. It’s nothing but a scam. After loading on 1.8 lakh FSI, the developer will be able to sell 2.5 lakh sq ft for Rs 25,000 psf which, after deducting construction cost, would get him Rs 550 crore,“ said A M Sodder, secretary of the sale building. Residents further allege that FSI of five old buildings not part of the agreement was also used by the developer.

“Tomorrow if the old buildings need redevelopment, there won’t be FSI left for them. Most importantly, construction of two new buildings is allowed on areas demarcated as gardens,“ said Alred Pareira, a resident.

The residents of the old buildings and two wings of the sale building have now complained to MHADA, alleging that their officials colluded with the developer. MHADA, in turn, have ordered a probe. Ramesh Surwade, who is holding charge of chief officer, repair board, said, “I will hear all sides on September 5, and then pass an order.“

Suraj Estate Developers, on their part, claim everything is in order. Thomas Rajan, chairman and MD, said they had not touched FSI of five old buildings while getting two new ones sanctioned. “The buildings were considered while calculating FSI, but their area later deducted. As for construction on garden spaces, we have now moved the location across the plot and kept aside mandatory area for open spaces,“ said Rajan.

Regarding the six residents, Rajan admitted they were rehabilitated in 1996. “But I gave them houses from my share of sale component. I had promised that when rules are amended and higher FSI granted, I will give them bigger houses. Now in the two new buildings, I will give them bigger flats and take back the old ones,“ said Rajan.

While Rajan is convinced there are no irregularities, MHADA officials reveal that tenants cannot be rehabilitated multiple times and a new scheme floated.

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Brazil: the bishops host a tv debate among presidential candidates

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The Conference of Bishops has announced that it will host a debate among the aspiring presidents. Cardinal Damasceno Assis and the other bishops will ask the questions

Giorgio Bernardelli Taken from Vatican Insider


The bishops will ask questions to the presidential candidates in person. And in a very particular place: the building of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida. It is an initiative announced in these days by the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil in view of the elections that will take place on the 5th of October.


The debate will take place on Tuesday 16th of September at 9.30pm and will last two hours; it will be broadcast live by eight Catholic networks and at least 230 radios and Internet portals. Together with the outgoing president, Dilma Rousseff, who is running for reelection, the other six main candidates will also be present, among whom the economist Aécio Neves da Cunha and the environmentalist Marina Silva are the most substantial challengers according to the polls.


Television debates are common in many of the world’s democratic countries, but the standout aspect of the initiative is the direct involvement of the Conference of Bishops of Brazil. It was its president himself, the cardinal archbishop of Aparecida Raymundo Damasceno Assis, who met the representatives of the different parties to determine the rules of the debate. And he will be the one to introduce the debate and ask the first question in the name of all Brazilian bishops. The debate will be moderated by the director of Tele Aparecida, Father Josafá de Jesus Moraes, and will take place in an auditorium that sits 8 thousand people; all 350 Brazilian bishops have been invited to attend. Some of them, explains a note from the Conference of Bishops, will also ask the  aspiring presidents some questions “on the themes of health, education, housing, agricultural and political reforms and the abortion law”. They will then pass the baton to the journalists of Catholic media for the third part of the debate.


“We want our electors to exercise their right to citizenship with freedom, responsibility and consciousness, thinking of the good of the country, starting from the knowledge and proposals that the candidates will exhibit” explained Cardinal Damasceno Assis about the point of the initiative. “In this way, the debate will offer elements, so that the electors can discern who to vote for, thinking not only of their own advantage but of the common good”.


The Archbishop of Aparecida has also explicitly asked all bishops to invite the priests and the religious and lay people in their dioceses to follow the event. In many local Churches, similar debates are being organised, among the candidates running for a seat in parliament.

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Archbishop drops legal threat after Satanists return consecrated Host

Archbishop Paul Coakley, right, concelebrates Mass in Rome in 2012 (CNS)

Archbishop Paul Coakley, right, concelebrates Mass in Rome in 2012 (CNS)

An American archbishop has dropped the threat of legal action after Satanists returned a consecrated Host they had planned to use in a “black Mass”.

According to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, an attorney representing the head of the satanic group presented the host to a Catholic priest last Thursday.

With the return of the Host and an accompanying signed statement from the satanic group leader that the group no longer possesses a consecrated Host, nor will they use a consecrated Host in their rituals, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.

Archbishop Coakley filed suit to get the host returned after the Satanic group’s leader made several public statements that its members planned “to defile and desecrate” it during a “black Mass” on September 21 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.

“I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host, and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual,” the archbishop said in a statement. “I remain concerned about the dark powers that this Satanic worship invites into our community and the spiritual danger that this poses to all who are involved in it, directly or indirectly.”

In early August, Archbishop Coakley asked Catholics to offer prayer and penance to prevent the Satanic group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu from holding a “black mass.”

“Even though tickets are being sold for this event as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment, this Satanic ritual is deadly serious. It is a blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass,” he said.

The lawsuit named Adam Daniel, the head of Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, and the Satanic group itself as plaintiffs.

Mr Daniel told news outlets he had received the host by mail from a priest in Turkey. Rituals during a “black mass” include having attendees throw Communion wafers on the floor and stomp on them. In addition a Satanic “nun” urinates in a chamber pot.

Mr Daniel said his group should be able to practice its religion freely. He considers Catholic dogma “enslavement”.

“All I’m trying to do is free people’s minds and allow them to live as they want,” he was quoted as saying.

In his letter to priests and parishioners at the beginning of August, Archbishop Coakley called for a united campaign of prayer, procession and benediction in response to the “black Mass”. He specifically asked that the prayer to St Michael the Archangel be included at the conclusion of every Mass, from the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, which was on August 6, and continue through to the feast of the Archangels on September 29.

“I invite all Catholics to pray daily for divine protection through the intercession of this heavenly patron who once defeated Lucifer in his rebellion against the Almighty and who stands ready to assist us in this hour of need,” he said in the letter.

He also encouraged parishioners to write to Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett “to express your outrage over this offensive and blasphemous sacrilege and this misuse of a tax-supported public space”.

Archbishop Coakley said he would lead a Holy Hour, an outdoor eucharistic procession and Benediction the afternoon of September 21 at St Francis of Assisi church in Oklahoma City.

On “the day of the proposed sacrilege”, he said, “we will pray to avert this sacrilege and publicly manifest our faith in the Lord and our loving gratitude for the gift of the holy Eucharist, the source and summit of our lives.”

Archbishop Coakley has said that despite “repeated requests” and telling city officials how offense the “black mass” will be to Oklahoma’s more than 250,000 Catholics, there was no indication “the city intends to prevent this event from taking place.”

City officials said the event is protected by the First Amendment and there were no plans to cancel it.

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