Mangalore: Bishop Dr Aloysius Launches 'Divine Word' TV Channel


Mangalore: Bishop Dr Aloysius Launches 'Divine Word' TV Channel

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Mangalore, Dec 22: The first Catholic 24 x 7 religious channel 'Divine Word' of Mangalore and Udupi dioceses was inaugurated at a glittering ceremony at Milagres Chuch grounds here on Saturday December 22. Christmas celebrations were held on the occasion.

Inaugurating the channel, Bishop of Mangalore Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza lauded the efforts of Stephen Mendes, chairman of Western Institute of Technology in taking the initiative to launch the unique channel.

"The launch of this channel is a good news for all of us. We were looking for a means to promote our religion and now we have this channel to spread the word of god and religious truth to people. It is a good initiative," he said. He also urged people to lend their support to the initiative.

"In today's world mass media has a special role to play. It not only spreads news put also acts as means of tranforming people's lives. Let good news reach all people," he said, lauding the entire team of 'Divine Word' for their efforts, and conveying his Christmas wishes.

Vice-president of the channel's managing committee Devid Frank Fernandes, patrons Elias Sanctis, Sadananda Shetty of Shree Devi Education Trust, Ivan Mendes and Alwyn Walter D'Souza were honoured on the occasion by the bishop.

The channel was launched by Bishop Dr Aloysius D'Souza by letting pigeons into the air, in the presence of Rev John S Sadananda, bishop of CSI and Fr Denis Moras Prabhu, vicar general of Mangalore diocese. Rev John Sadananda blessed the channel.

Prior to the inauguration, Rajya Sabha MP Oscar Fernandes said that Christmas is not only for Christians but for all. "Christmas is a festival of love and peace. These days there have been many incidents of immoral activities. We should try to spread love and peace, which I am sure this channel will do," he said, appreciating the efforts put in by the channel's team.

Prior to the stage programme, Divine bass band sang carols while Immaculate Conception Churhc, Kinnigoli staged a play titled 'Peach be with You'.

Blosson Fernandes, Fr Santosh Kamath, Fr Victor Vijay Machado, Denis D'Silva, Walter Nandalike, J R Lobo, Naveen D'Souza, Yogish Bhat, Sadananda Shetty, Abhayachandra Jain, Fr Franklin Monteiro, Jagadish Shetty, Vishwas Kumar Das, Ivan Mendes, Rajesh Mendes, Gregory Mendes, Sunil Mendes, Ashwin Pereira and Anil Lobo were the guests.

Jayaprakash Pinto, Sr Mariette, Fr Joseph Martis, Fr Patrick Rodrigues, Fr Wilson Monteiro, Fr Boniface Pinto, Fr Edwin Correa, Fr John Fernandes, Fr Lawrence Mendonca, Fr John Baptist, Fr Walter D'Souza, Fr William Menezes, Fr Stany Goveas, Fr Ronald D'Souza, Ivan D'Souza among others were present.

Stephen Mendes welcomed the gathering while Florence Mendes compered the programme.

  

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  • Kurt Waschnig, Oldenburg Germany

    Sun, Dec 23 2012

    Launching “Divine World” two days before Christmas was an excellent idea. Bishop of Mangalore Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza inaugurated the channel and I was listening to his speech, he delivered to the audience.

    He said: “"In today's world mass media has a special role to play. It not only spreads news put also acts as means of transforming people's lives. Let good news reach all people,"

    We shall not forget which tremendous impact newspapers like The Hindu or The Statesman have on readers and decision makers in India.
    Top quality newspapers, especially the English media in India influence customs, values and perceptions in a special way in a globalised environment.

    It is absolutely necessary for the Church to use the newest technology to spread its message, the message of joy and peace.

    “Divine World” should be used to spread love and peace. The website of “Divine World” offers believers and people who look for a meaning of life so much.
    This morning I was browsing the website and was astonished at the variety of spiritual opportunities this site offers.

    It gives users so much to strengthen one´s faith and perhaps to share a lot with other users in the near future.




    Best regards



    Kurt Waschnig Oldenburg Germany


    e-mail: oldenburg1952@yahoo.de

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  • URBAN DSOUZA, SHIRVA-KUWAIT

    Sun, Dec 23 2012

    Dear Stephen Mendis, Elias Santics & all who made it possible to spread the word of God which require by one and all through Divine TV. Congratulation and May God Bless you all. Best wishes from URBAN, JANET & FLY-SHIRVA-KUWAIT.

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  • Denzil Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sun, Dec 23 2012

    Congrats to Stephen Mendes ! Your initiative will go a long way in fostering unity among all brothers & sisters of our place irrespective of caste, creed or color by spreading the peaceful message of Divine World everywhere.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sun, Dec 23 2012

    WORD OF GOD IS WILL OF GOD!
    Thank you Stephen Mendes, for launching the channel to spread the word of god and truth to people to create peace and joy in the society and to bring blessings on the land.

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA

    Sun, Dec 23 2012

    Dear Oscar Fernandes, you have rightly said that CHRISTMAS is not only for Christians but for all. WISH YOU ALL A MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS BLESSED NEW YEW YEAR 1013. I am grateful to Bishop Dr.Aloysius for launching this TV Channel. I cannot forget Blossom who has been a great support in all occasions and all the Fathers and all the supporters who have made this event possible. WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013. GOD BLESS TO ONE AND ALL.

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  • Stanley T.H.Fernandes, Milagres / Muscat

    Sun, Dec 23 2012

    Very happy to read about the Launching of New TV Channel"Divine Word TV" by our beloved Bishop Aloysius Paul D'Souza. Hearty "Congratulations" to all concerned / assocaiated with the Divine Word 24/7 TV channel.Very good news for all Mangalorean Christian community. Wish the TV Channel all the best & Success in this new venture.
    Stanley T.H. Fernandes Muscat_Oman

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sun, Dec 23 2012

    It is great and delightful to watch that the audience is composed of various Christian denominations besides distinguished people representing other religions. May GOD shower HIS blessings upon "DIVINE WORD" programmes to create more peace and joy in the society.

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  • Fr. Alfred Pinto, Kinnigoli

    Sun, Dec 23 2012

    Dear Stephen Mendes and co, Congratulations and God bless your hurculean trask of bringing out a new channel Divine Word T.V. We are grateful to you for giving us an opportunity to present the skit on PEACE in the kingdom of God.
    Congratulations Fr. Vinod Lobo and the dear actors of kinnigoli parish, you have staged a meaningful skit and bagged the first prize for the same by the Divine Word T.V.

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  • SAHIL, DUBAI

    Sun, Dec 23 2012

    Well Organised Programme,GOOD LUCK for Divine Word TV Channel

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