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Who will be next Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese?


By Richie John Pais

Mangaluru, Apr 4: Months and days after waiting for a new bishop for Mangalore diocese, it is almost certain now that people will see one very soon.

Prediction

First of all it is not easy to predict who is going to be the next bishop as bishop is not chosen by any electorate. Bishop’s selection is a complicated process where many people from the local diocese, apostolic mission in New Delhi and Vatican are involved. Every priest above the age of 35, after being a clergyman for minimum of 5 years, is eligible to be a bishop. It does not matter which congregation he belongs to, meaning he can be a diocesan priest or from a religious order. And the names of probables are never discussed in public or in any meetings. The list prepared by the diocese is always confidential. It is changed on recommendations and consultations as and when required. In such case, probables list, if presented, will look like a speculative one. But that is not the case, in practice. For a person who keeps his ear to the ground and who knows the recent developments in the church affairs, it is not difficult to know the names presently doings rounds for this post.


Bishop's House


Resignation of Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza

After the present bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza tendered his resignation as soon as he turned 75 in 2016, people as well as the clergymen have been waiting for the new bishop. But Vatican who appoints the bishop does not work at expected way and speed. It is now almost two years since Dr Aloysius D’Souza celebrated his platinum jubilee. But we are yet to see a new bishop.

Reasons for ‘delay’

Even though the people can term it as ‘delay’ it is not delay at all, going by the way the Vatican functions. Though time frame is not specified anywhere for appointment of a new bishop after the resignation of incumbent bishop, in practice, it can take minimum of nine months and maximum of two years to appoint a bishop when a bishop of a diocese resigns.


Msgr Giambattista Diquattro

There are reasons why the new bishop was not made so far. First of all Dr Aloysius D’Souza is in good health and can discharge his duties efficiently. Secondly present Vatican ambassador to India who is also Apostolic Nuncio, in charge Catholic church affairs in the country was transferred in 2016 months after Dr Aloysius resigned. Msgr Salvatore Pennacchio, who served as Apostolic Nuncio of India and Nepal from 2010 concluded his mission on 26 October 2016 after he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Poland. His successor Msgr Giambattista Diquattro was appointed on 21 January 2017 and presented his credential letters in India on 29 March 2017. As he has to oversee 174 dioceses and 30 archdioceses, he has made only 13 announcements concerning bishops so far that includes on Bishop of Mysore (25-01-2017) Bishop of Puttur (5-8-2017) Archbishop Dr Peter Machado of Bengaluru (19-03-2018).

How bishop is appointed?

Appointment of bishop is done by only by Pope from Vatican after consultation with Apostolic Nuncio of a particular country. Nuncio consults the local bishop from whom he takes three recommendations. The bishop is required to draw up this list at least once every three years, so that it is always recent. The Nuncio also consults the bishops from neighbouring dioceses and council of bishops of the state (Karnataka regional Catholic Bishops Council (KRCBC), in case of Mangaluru diocese).


Pope Francis 

Nuncio can consult any clergymen of any congregation, nuns and any lay person of ‘outstanding wisdom,’ to get opinion on the priests who are listed. He can cancel any name after necessary consultation with bishops from the state or on his own without assigning any reasons.

The Pope makes the announcement based on the recommendation made by the Nuncio. But Pope has the authority to veto any recommendation. A surprise candidate can emerge even after Nuncio sends the final names. In any case, Nuncio takes consent of the appointed person.

Eligibility

Any clergyman above the age of 35 is eligible if he has been a priest for minimum five years. As per Canon law, he should be ‘outstanding in strong faith, good morals, piety, zeal for souls, wisdom, prudence and human virtues’, and should possess the other qualities needed for fulfilling the office of the bishop. He should be well versed in sacred Scripture, theology and canon law and, preferably, hold a doctorate in one of these fields.

The nuncio then decides on a short list sent by the bishop of three candidates for further investigation and seeks precise information on each of them. The nuncio will ask those consulted about individual candidates to observe the strictest confidentiality on the fact of the consultation. He will then sends to the Pope a list terna of the three candidates that seem to be the most appropriate for consideration, together with all the information that has been gathered on them and accompanying the information with the conclusions that he himself draws from the evidence.

Pontifical secret

Pontifical secret, as per Canon law, is a secret which requires greater than ordinary confidentiality. Canon law insists on enabling those consulted to provide information and express their views confidentially, requiring that they be consulted "individually and in secret".

All the people who contributed to the appointment of bishop are required maintain the secrecy as per the seventh of the ten pontifical secrets to be maintained.

List of probables

Fr Peter Paul Saldanha, Fr Walter D’Mello, Fr John Baptist Saldanha, Fr Onil D’Souza, Fr Joseph Martis and Fr Faustine Lucas Lobo are in the list of probables. They are all from Mangaluru diocese. Only Fr Peter Paul Saldanha presently resides outside India that is in Rome. Fr Faustine Lobo is a resident of Bengaluru.

This list is not in any order, and is not exhaustive. The list contains the names which appeared in the recent past. Some of the names may have been excluded from the list at present. Some names may have been added to the list also.

Fr Peter Paul Saldanha

Fr Peter Paul Saldanha, born on 27 April 1964 in Kirem parish, was ordained on May 6, 1991. He served as assistant priest at Moodubelle parish of present Udupi diocese and in Milagres parish in Mangaluru diocese.

He later went to Rome and earned a Licentiate in 2001 and Doctorate in Biblical Revelation in 2005 from Pontifical Urban University where he has been on the faculty for a long while now. Fr Peter Paul Saldanha has authored a book titled ‘The Church: Mystery of Love and Communion’ which reveals his knowledge and commitment to the church. He does not have much of administrative experience. But he is known to be very people friendly.

He is attached to St Joseph’s seminary and has been visiting hometown once a year.

Fr Onil D’Souza

Fr Onil D’Souza was born in Belman parish of now Udupi diocese on 3 October 1964. He was ordained on 1 May 1992. He served at Bidar, Valencia, Pangla and Nakre. He was appointed as assistant director of CODP in 2002 and later was made director of CODP.

As the chief of CODP, he was instrumental in providing houses for the poor in the diocese during the Jubilee Year. Then he was sent to St Antony’s Institutes where he brought in revolutionary changes which are appreciated by many. He is also one of main architects of Mangaluru diocese’s Same Mission in Tanzania. Of late, he has been giving retreats in many parishes inside and outside the diocese.

He has vast administrative experience and is one of the top organizers among priests in the diocese.

Fr Joseph Martis

Fr Joseph Martis was born 4 June 1960 at Pangla parish of now Udupi diocese. He was ordained on 3 May 1988. He served at Bondel and Bendur parishes before he took up as professor at St Joseph’s Seminary in 1996. He went to France for higher studies in 2003. He was appointed as Rector of St Joseph’s Seminary in 2010.

Fr Joseph is known for his knowledge as well as humoristic approach to life.

Residents of St Joseph Seminary say that Fr Martis has introduced many changes in the seminary not only concerning teaching to seminarians, but on how they live a better life as human beings.

Fr Walter D’Mello

Fr Walter D’Mello was born on 3 March 1955 in Panja and was ordained on 19 April 1983. He served at Manipal, Belman and Mukka. He was the manager of St Joseph’s Workshop where he introduced many changes keeping up with changing times.

While in Mukka, he was instrumental in bringing Mukka Welfare Society into more prominence with his visionary approach.

He was also the parish priest of Milagres Church. After that he went to Rome for higher studies in Canon Law. Upon his comeback, he was made Judicial Vicar of diocese. He also offers his pastoral services at Paldane and currently resides there.

Fr Walter D’Mello is a trouble shooter. He has great knowledge and experience of administration. He is oldest among the contenders.

Fr J B Saldanha

Fr J B Saldanha was born on 29 October 1963 at Modankap. He was ordained on 10 May 1990.

Fr Saldanha completed his doctorate studies in Belgium. Probably he holds the highest number of degrees among the clergymen. Yet, he is known for his simplicity. Recently under his leadership, Permannur parish celebrated its centenary. Instead of building structures for the church, the parish decided to build houses for the poor which is the reflection of his people-friendly policies.

He has compiled and edited many books on Theology. He is the head of chair in Christianity at Mangalore University. He also teaches at St Joseph’s Seminary.

Fr Faustine Lucas Lobo

Fr Faustine Lobo was born on 22 April 1963 at Thumbay of Modankap parish. He was ordained 10 May 1990.

Starting from Bidar mission, he has served in Vittal, Pezar and Miyapadavu parishes. He has more than 22 years of administrative experience with stints in different organizations and international level NGOs.

He played an important role in developing the ‘Internal Learning and Monitoring System’ module for Karnataka Self Help Groups at the Karnataka Region. He was also instrumental in putting up a commercial building for the CODP. As an excellent communicator and orator, he has appeared on many radio and television programmes.

Present Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza

Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, born in 1941 at Agrar parish near Bantwal, completed 75 years on 21 June 2016. He was ordained as a priest on 3 December 1966.

Dr D’Souza served as assistant priest of the Holy Cross Church, Kulshekar and Bishop of Dr Basil Salvador D'Souza appointed him as the Diocesan Secretary subsequently. He was sent to Rome in 1971 to do a doctorate in canonical law, where he specialized in Christian Marriage Law. Upon completing his doctorate, he was appointed as an Advocate of Roman Rota—the supreme tribunal of Catholic Church, thereby becoming the first Indian priest to achieve this distinction. He became Judicial Vicar of the Mangalore Tribunal in 1984.

Dr D’Souza was appointed the chancellor of the Mangalore Diocese in 1977. During this time, he was in charge of vocations and founded Gladson Home, a minor seminary in Bolar. He simultaneously held the posts of the Vicar of the Cascia parish from 1988 as well as that of the Director of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women from 1985. In 1995, he became the first Diocesan priest to be appointed as the first Rector of St. Joseph's Seminary in Jeppu.

Dr D’Souza as Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese

On 11 January 1996, Pope John Paul II appointed D'Souza as Auxiliary Bishop of the Mangaluru Diocese. Upon Bishop Basil Salvador D'Souza's sudden death in 1996, he was appointed as titular Bishop on 15 May of the same year. On 27 December, he was formally installed as Bishop of Mangaluru.

Dr Aloysius has been hailed for bringing revolutionary changes in the diocese especially in education, health and spirituality sectors. He is also known as people’s bishop. He is also known for leading a simple life.

Countdown begins for announcement

After the announcement of archbishop of Bengaluru was made last month, all believe that announcement of Mangaluru bishop will be made soon. Then follows the announcement of bishop of Belagavi, which is vacant after Dr Peter Machado was made Archbishop of Bengaluru.


Rosario Cathedral

One among the six in the above mentioned list will become the bishop of Mangaluru. Many people say Fr Peter Paul Saldanha is the favourite. But going by the tradition in Vatican, no one can be a favourite. There can be surprises also.

Five among the six will be left out. But they are not excluded because of some fault found in them. All these five may be eminently worthy and suitable, but only one can be selected.

Though there is no upper age limit to appoint a bishop, some clergymen say the present Pope insists that it is better to choose someone below the age of 55.

Last minute surprises

Vatican is known for surprises. There is another distant possibility of not choosing anyone from the list here, but getting a bishop from another diocese. While Mangaluru diocese has given so many bishops to other dioceses, and people from elsewhere have accepted them, Mangalore diocese too will have to accept a bishop from other diocese, says a layperson close to the church administration.

A clergyman from religious order as a bishop is not ruled out. But there is no such contender within the diocese. Fr Pius D’Souza, a Carmelite priest, had appeared in the list before. We are not sure if his name has remained till now. We should remember a Jesuit priest Fr Francis Serrao was made bishop of Shivamogga some years back.

The announcement is expected to be made in between April 9 and May 10. Installation ceremony will be held at Rosario Cathedral after June 1 depending on the announcement date.

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  • Johnson Praveen Barros, Jeppu/Bahrain

    Wed, Apr 11 2018

    Re Fr Walter D'Mello is very suitable candidate for appointment as Bishop considering his simple, honest and dedicated life with vast experience and knowledge in administration and clean service track record. May God Almighty bestow the honor and privilege to serve the faithful flock of
    Mangalore Diocese. Fr Walter D"Mello is the right person for this post. I wish him all the best in advance......

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  • SHAHID, SHIRVA

    Tue, Apr 10 2018

    Fr Walter D’Mello

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Mon, Apr 9 2018

    Fr, Walter D"Mello is the right person for this post. I wish him all the best in advance.

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  • H A D Souza, Damoh

    Sun, Apr 8 2018

    Let us pray to the Lord to get The New Bishop having Jesus heart who can share God's love and a good Shepherd to his flock.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sun, Apr 8 2018

    If we had a choice to vote,already we had a Bishop.Anyway let God and Pope choose and give us a good bishop more human, friendly,and lead mangalore Diocease.Day by day problems are increasing around us,so he should a able person to deal with all this.Lets pray for it.My favourite is naturally a Belman origin.

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  • Myna, Mysuru

    Sat, Apr 7 2018

    Present Bishop of Udupi should be the next Bishop of Mangalore. Fr Faustin Lobo the bishop of Belgaum. Present Udupi diocesan Catholic board Secretary and former St Johns Hospital Director should be the Bishop of Udupi. Fr Jayanathan auxiliary bishop of Bangalore archdiocese. This would be the best choice.

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  • roshan pereira, Moodbidri

    Sat, Apr 7 2018

    As per above all i wish J B Saldhana become the New bishop

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  • Mabel Ann Menezes, Mangalore / Valencia

    Sat, Apr 7 2018

    Rev. father Peter Paul Saldanha . is our best choice .HE will take care of Mangaluru Diocese

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  • Peter, Brahmavar

    Sat, Apr 7 2018

    Priest with Devine Mercy devotion will be the next bishop

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 7 2018

    As I recollect now On the occassion of celebration of Golden Jubilee of Fr. Walter D' mello when i was in Q along with other Parishioners when I wished him shaking hand and just told him Fr. You have to become a BISHOP (Mangalore or anywhere). As soon as he heard my words he laughed so loudly and this made others who were in the Q also joined and laughed. Fr. D Mello and others were also thrilled when they heard about my wish of Fr.D'Mello to become a BISHOP. No doubt he is an able priest with smiling face with debonair personality and his attractive face befits for the Bishops post. My preference from the beginning goes to him only.May be others also deserves but first place according to me goes to Fr. D Mello only.Let my wishes which i epressed on his 50th Birthday at Milagres Church ground become true. I wish him all the best.

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  • HERALD FERNANDES, Belman/ Bejai ,Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 7 2018

    No doubt the choice is reduced between Fr Walter D Mello and Fr Onil D Souza,the duo of very efficient priests .However,since only one can be appointed as the Bishop of Mangalore,I am of the firm belief that it going to be Fr ONIL,a native of Belman. At the same time,I am sure that Fr WALTER will be appointed Bishop to some other diocese in the days to come.Good luck to both of them.

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  • victor dsouza, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 7 2018

    Priests are the representatives of Jesus. The Bishop should be one who did Sacrifices in his life for poor and lived a priestly life for which he is ordained.We all pray to the Almighty to grant us a good Bishop ...
    victor permude

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  • Manju, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 6 2018

    The next Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese will be selected by Vatican Pope.
    Authority will be with Vatican only.

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  • Ansuya Gomes, Belthangady/Bristol UK

    Fri, Apr 6 2018

    Best wishes fr Walty. Stay blessed .
    Lots of love
    Brazil / Ansuya / Brandon/Arnold Gomes

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  • Vivian Dsouza, Coove,Chikkamagaluru 577160

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    Other possibilities,1)They can fll this vacancy by transferring a bishop
    2) Even can appoint a eligible priest from other diocese too
    It is confidential

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 7 2018

    Some rumour that the Bishop of Udupi will be transferred to Mangalore.!!!

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  • Maurice Menezes, Udupi/Dubai

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    Re Fr Walter D'Mello is very suitable candidate for appointment as Bishop considering his simple, honest and dedicated life with vast experience and knowledge in administration and clean service track record. May God Almighty bestow the honor and privilege to serve the faithful flock of
    Mangalore Diocese.

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  • Stany D'Souza, LIC, Permannur , Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    We hope Dr. Fr. JB Saldanha be the Next Bishop of Mangalore.

    We have seen his ability, focus on the vision which is always favoring the needy. Being simple & with rational thinking his voice / decisions are practical. Has always made sure plans are successfully executed. We have worked under his esteemed leadership / Administration & he has been instrumental in various projects like Medical Fund, Educations Fund, Shelter for needy,encouraging Children /Youth. He has identified the issues which were hidden for many a years , which contributes to over all development of our future.

    With All these qualities Dr. Fr. JB Saldanha, definitely will be able to Lead the diocese.
    We wish him the very best.

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  • Roshan D'Souza, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    I Wish Fr. Walter D'mello will be the next bishop of Mangalore diocese

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  • Rupert, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    One person only one vote is allowed. You have already put one so this is invalid and earlier one disqualified.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    That's funny! You made my day bro!!

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  • Stany Jovin Menezes, Muscat

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    Fr Joseph Martis

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  • kiran, Udupi

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    Nobody still mention Modi or RSS name in this column very funny..........................
    Because modi or RSS Name is discussion point for every matter

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  • Arun Babitha, Permannur

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    We wish Fr. J.B Saldanha will be the next bishop of mangalore

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  • Vinol, Permannur

    Wed, Jun 6 2018

    Fr. J.B.saldana have the ability to manage the diocese of Mangaluru... As he is very close to all religions people.... His kind and calm nature... Intelligence.... His hard work..... My choice is fr j.B.saldana

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  • Ann Pinto, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    Why has one to be self opiniated? The Church will decide.
    It is not right to write down names even if one likes to have their favorite priest nominated.

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  • CGS Prabhu, Valencia,Mangllur

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    Since it is not a State or National politics, let us not speculate who would be the next Bishop of Mangalore. In my opinion any Bishop's term should not be more than 15 years. Let us hope for the best . I wish the Diocese of Mangalore gets a holy and intelligent Bishop and the State of Karnataka gets a brilliant and secular mainded Chief Minister!

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  • Michael, Mlore/Usa

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    Priests deemed as suitable for future Bishop are identified during their younger days. Most of them are sent to Rome for further studies. While there they make contacts with the Church hierarchy. When they return to the home diocese they also get trained in administrative jobs such as Vicar General., Procurator .

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  • joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    We need a good sincere people friendly bishop in Mangalore It is not a peoples' choice but an able holy and people-friendly person. Hope The Good Lord will send us send us the right person.

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  • Paul, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    FR. Onil ....his able ..young dynamic ...i have seen his services rended in valencia ....Fr. Onil. Is a strong decision person. His logic is yes or No...
    He needs results.......
    Next is Dr. Demello ..humble down to earth.....very simple.
    We need a Bishop like Rev Dr. Basil...his voice had a power

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  • John DSouza, Belman/Mangaluru

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    Let's pray to Holy Spirit to get Next Shepherd for us

    Rev Fr Walter, Well Matured & First Served to Belman
    Rev Fr Onil, Well Deserved, Good Administrator from Belman

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  • M Vijay, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    After reading the news I was shocked to see who revealed the pontifical secret. Let us just remember the election of Pope Francis . So many names came but wht happened. It is the work of Holy Spirit to appoint the anointed to lead the flock. God knows the best. Five fingers can not be equal. Each need for a perfect combination. I urge it's better not to discuss such matters on this forum as it is left to pontificate. Let us pray . As the Lord said I wil not abandon you and He wil not.

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  • Praveen s, Permannur

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Congrats for all nominee s ...fr jb is best choice all the best fr...our prayers and love with you..today we prayed in rosary for the same ..hope our prayers help you to get this most desirable position

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    A kannada speaking bishop will be most welcome by Kannadigas. Church prayers and teachings should be in kannada so that it reaches wider audience.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Jesus Christ was speaking Aramic ...not Kannada or Konkani..

    "Agreed by historians that Jesus and his disciples primarily spoke Aramaic (Jewish Palestinian Aramaic), the common language of Judea in the first century"...

    My understanding God is omnipotent and Omnipresent and understands all languages...

    ...JH...

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  • Cyril, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    All branches belongs to One Tree, that is Jesus Christ, And there are no privileges.

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  • S. D'Silva, Mangalore, Bangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    So in kerala Malyali, Tamil Tamilian, Mumbai Marathi, what about Goa ?

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  • prakash lobo, bangalore

    Sat, Apr 14 2018

    konkani

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  • Denver Roche, Kallianpur

    Wed, Jun 6 2018

    The majority of the mass celebrated in Mangalore is Konkani. The mass here in Mangalore, is either in Konkani, English, Malayalam and Tulu.. Nowhere in Mangalore, is Kannada mass celebrated. Majority of the bishops in Karnataka and India, are either Konkani speaking, or are from Mangalore. We don't need any language politics in the Catholic Church. The official language of the Catholic Church is latin. And the local language is Konkani..

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  • Lancy, Mangaluru

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr. Walter D' Mello shall lead the flock...feel he is the most suitable one for the post,

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  • Jennifer D Souza, Bangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    An able administrator, people friendly and a person of simplicity, we wish Fr. Faustine Lucas Lobo to be the next Bishop of Mangalore.

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  • Peace Be With You, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Please Read 1 Timothy 3:1-16

    3 This statement is trustworthy: If a man is reaching out to be an overseer, he is desirous of a fine work. 2 The overseer should therefore be irreprehensible, a husband of one wife, moderate in habits, sound in mind, orderly, hospitable, qualified to teach 3 not a drunkard, not violent, but reasonable, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, 4 a man presiding over his own household in a fine manner, having his children in subjection with all seriousness 5 (for if any man does not know how to preside over his own household, how will he care for the congregation of God?), 6 not a newly converted man, for fear that he might get puffed up with pride and fall into the judgment passed on the Devil. 7 Moreover, he should also have a fine testimony from outsiders so that he does not fall into reproach and a snare of the Devil.
    8 Ministerial servants should likewise be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in a lot of wine, not greedy of dishonest gain, 9 holding the sacred secret of the faith with a clean conscience.
    10 Also, let these be tested as to fitness* first; then let them serve as ministers, as they are free from accusation

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  • Kevin Sequeira, Allipade

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    My choice is Fr. Faustian L. Lobo. He is a priest with varied knowledge and experience. He has helped many Dioceses/Regions/CCBI and Congregations/NGOs to plan. He was responsible for the pastoral plan for Karnataka Region which is replicated in many other Regions. He has held administrative posts like Director of CODP, Coordinator for Regional Commissions, PRO for the Church in Karnataka and National Director for Pontifical Mission Socities. He is a visionary, good thinker and a good communicator. Excellent Resource Person and he has appeared on many TV panel discussions to defend the Church. He has knowledge to facilitate the Commissions. He is gentle and humble, Spiritual and disciplined. He has great talent for facilitate discussions. I would say that he can take the Diocese forward both spiritually and developmentally. We need such dynamic, forward looking leader for the Mangalore Diocese.

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  • DM, Pune

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr. Walter Dmello - hopefully the next Bishop in the family after Bishop Raymond DMello! The contrìbutions of the Panja Dmello and Dsouza families to the church have been enormous!

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  • JBM, kinnigoli/ bombay

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    fr. J.B.SALDANHA WILL BE THE NEXT BISHOP

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  • Wilson joswin pinto, Allipade

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    All the best fr.faustin Lukas lobo

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  • Walter Monteiro, Belmannu

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    My choice is who is hails from poor family, who knows difficulties of common man.

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  • Wilson joswin pinto, Allipade

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    All the best fr.faustin Lukas lobo

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  • Precilla Fernandes, Moova/Kuwait

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr. J.B. Saldanha

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  • taurojohn, mangalore/malad

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    We pray for Gods will and we know God will provide us best shepherded. If its our choice then we pray for for Fr Faustine Lucas to be our future Shepherded who is dynamic and understands the people and their concerns.

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  • Alphonso Dsouza, bendoor

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I think majority of us are treating this as a political game. There is a system in place and the most deserving priest will be chosen. If we pre-empt this procedure, there will be divisions amongst supporters of each priest and undue, uncalled-for comments will emerge. Rather, let us pray that the Almighty give us his chosen one to lead the flock.

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  • Shanthi Miranda, Bellore/Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I fully agree with you.

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    If the opportunity is given to all the priests of Mangalore Diocese to choose their Bishop, Priests will decide to whom they want their future Bishop to be, because more than the Pope or people its priests who are in Diocese know these candidates very well who deserves to be their Bishop. It's either Fr. Joseph Martis or Fr Peter Paul Saldanha

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  • Henry Mascarenhas, Greenville, NC, USA

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Thank you Daijiworld for educating the laity about the intricacies of appointment of Bishops. The Holy Sea in due course will provide us a Shepherd to serve the body of Christ

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  • Nancy, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr Walter D'Mello

    Dynamic Priest and loved by all. He is best to understand the problems and to solve. wish and pray that he become the Next Bishop and lead the flock of God's people in right way.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I know Fr Walter D'mello well...he was Parish Priest of Belman in early 80s...he is an excellent Social Worker and Priest...I believe he hold LLB degree too... There are many in Belman who want to see Fr D'Mello as Bishop of Mangalore...

    Fr Onil D’Souza hails from Belman...Son of Soil from Belman...I will be happy he becomes Bishop of Mangalore too...

    Last but not least...let best person be selected...

    ...JH...

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  • Jacob D Souza, Vamanjoor/Venoor

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr.JB Saldhanha is more suitable to our diasicies.

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  • wilma, bantwal

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    We wish to see Fr. Faustine Lucas Lobo as the next bishop. He is a perfect leader to take our community to the main stream.

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  • basavanna, belman

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr. Walter D'mello was know for his social work and making compromises between parties when he was in belman. He was not only a priest but my good friend. There is no doubt that he was a good social worker.

    I hope a good priest who can guide the people be selected.

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  • Fr. Derick Capuchin, Bejai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I think its not right for us to speculate who is going to be the next bishop? Rather whoever is chosen by God is our Bishop. Let us give our whole hearted support to him in the mission of Christ. Cos whoever he is or where ever he is from, he is our spiritual head and a representative chosen by God. So i feel these kind of speculation takes away the richness of the tradition of appointing a Bishop

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  • Fr Victor Machado, Mangalore/Tanzania

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Its a God's blesssing that we will be soon having a new Bishop. We are grateful to Bishop Aloysius for his self-less services. The Bishop represents Christ and he should be Christlike and continue the mission started by Jesus. The new bishop has to work in a new environment where the society in Mangalore has changed drastically both positively and negatively. The new Bishop should be able to undertand this situation and make the church a salt and leaven as proclaimed by Lord Jesus. The church should be made an effective instrument of God's Kingdom and make an impact in society. Let us pray to the Holy Spiirt so that the new Bishop may be blessed all the spiritual gifts required to carry on this mission.

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  • George, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 5 2018

    It's a rare phenomena to find such a characteristic person as you hv pointed out.
    Better give the choice to our priests to propose their names who want to fill the vacant place.
    Let the Holy Spirit inspire them to propose their candidacies.
    Even the nuns too can be the pastors in this equality system.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Mangaloreans need a honnest ,people friendly,who can understand diocease problems and leed the church in all the way.

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  • Vinod menezes, Paldane mangalore India

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr Walter D'mello is the best choice

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  • Kumar, Kinnigoli

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I WISH FR. VINCENT MONTEIRO - KINNIGOLI PARISH PRIEST WOULD BE THE NEXT BISHOP.

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  • Prakash D' Cunha, Bajpe/Ashoknagar/Abudhabi

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    All priests are good.Let Almighty choose one of them. All the best.

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  • Ajay Lobo, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Our next bishop should be people friendly and non controversial. There are some very good priests in the diocese and those named above are definitely fit into the category of probable bishop and some of whom though I don't know them personally but heard lot of good things about some of the priests.

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  • juliana, Mumbai (omzoor)

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    A request to all the faithful please pray hard to get a suitable bishop to take care of Mangalore diocese and leave the decision to Apostolic Nuncio visiting India and Holy Pope. Who are we to decide and vote for. I feel we are doing a mistake by judging the capacity and capability of the priests all of them who have served the community sincerely and faithfully.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Bishop implies a sign of reverence, wherein in-built qualities of self-sacrifice, truth, honesty, social harmony and administration, has to be exemplified. A position where he can channelize the monitory wealth created to the welfare of poor and needy, without discrimination of caste, creed or religion.
    This is a very idealistic way to look at it, but I feel that is the real meaning within christian preaching.

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  • vinay, mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr Walter will be a best choice to become bishop of Mangalore

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  • mithun sequeira, allipade

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Right selection is Rev Fr Faustin Lukas lobo

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  • Basil D'souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Any one is ok ... but should be people friendly and help the poor...

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  • RDsouza, Kadri Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Most probably its Fr. Walter D Mello , who has just returned from Rome after finishing his studies in Canon law.

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  • Jembar Bappu, Bajpe

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    We pray almighty to chose right choicest candidate to present the dioceses .

    My wish let a young priest of mangalore to be chosen to lead the dioceses

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  • Nelson, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Friends, Why are we worried of choosing whom we want. Who are we to choose by naming particular persons ?Its the work of Holy See. Let us leave it to the Lord. And accept whomever the Lord chooses

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  • Sunny, Bantwal

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Very True. Why r we so curious

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  • Vincent Miranda, Belthangadi

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Rev. Fr. Walter Dmello

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  • Clifford, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr.J.B. Saldanha would be the best choice. Combination of Education, Administration, Pastoral experience and simplicity of life.

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  • Ivan Walder, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr.Faustine Lobo is the National Director for the Pontifical Mission Societies for India since 2011. Vatican knows his abilities , he is young and has all experience
    To lead the diocese. Let's pray for him and all other priests.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India.

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Mangalore diocese is a very volatile diocese. Fr Walter D’Mello might be the right choice.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    These are not Elections ...

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  • Sandesh, Mangalore, Oman

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    You are right, since it is election time Mangaloreans think they have right to vote with their voter ID for electing Bishop of their choice and Parish.

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  • Lionel Dsouza Shirva, Shirva

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr Faustine Lucas Lobo will be a best choice. Young, energetic and a dynamic personality. I have seen his ability when I was in Bangalore. Mangalore needs a Bishop of that caliber. His Forecast thinking is mind blowing and will be a good guide for the young minds. He was instrumental in solving most of the issues in Bangalore Arch Diocese.....I wish and hope that Fr Faustine Lucas Lobo will be ordained as a Bishop of Mangalore.

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  • Luv, Mlore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Considering the Legacy of mangalore diocese, and changing political equation is D.K we need a able administrator and people friendly Bishop who can build bridges between all communities in coming years.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Competent and upright one need to be the next Bishop of Mangalore diocese.

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  • George A Borromeo, Pumpwell, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    It is the amalgamation of our Prayer, God' Wish and God's Plan for Mangalore Diocese. Hope very soon our suspense shall be over.

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  • Ozzie, Bendore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Please don't put your favorite priest names. All are our favourite. Its not a voting site. Who ever becomes Bishop is chosen by God himself. Let us pray for him. Its a very difficult time for the church I'm the world now.

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  • Rajesh. D., Manglore, Dubai.

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I pray that God Almighty give Wisdom for the people who choose our next Bishop.

    The administration and theology time has passed now, prosecution and difficulties will begin soon all over the world.

    Future Bishop needs to be more Spiritual and should be ready with scriptures (Word of God) to shoot any kind of problems and strengthen our faith.

    (It does not mean that presents clergys or bishops have less faith but in future we need more spiritual leaders)

    Now a days most of us are good in finance and live happy life, but most of us lack, peace and joy which you will get only in sharing and helping others.

    Now a days poor people are less in Manglore / Udupi side compare to olden days and if we all unite we can give good life to the poor and down trodden.

    Time to introspect for each one of us from Layman to Pope. We all are human beings and stumbled many a times for the trap laid by the evil who rules this world, Hence, many a times had more faith in industrialists and politicians and leaned towards them rather than almighty.

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  • Cyril, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    According to me, a priest with a large number of pastoral experience (good for the people) and aged between 60 - 65 (good for the diocesan priests) should a good candidate for bishop, with the qualities of simplicity and humility like that of Pope Francis.

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  • D'souza, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr. Joseph Martis

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  • Ivan D'souza Belman., Gantalkatte

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr. Walter D'mello OR Fr. Onil D'souza.

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  • jossy dsouza, thokkottu permannur

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    It is cent percent sure Dr. Fr. J.B saldanha will be the next Bishop of Mangalore.. I wish him all the Best for his people friendly policies...

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  • JJ, Mangalore /Dubai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr. Joseph Martis

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Thanks to Richie for compiling such a wonderful article and imparted lot of knowledge on us about selection process, expectations and various aspects related to appointment of a Catholic Bishop! Lets pray to almighty for a good leader and a Bishop.

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  • Dr Gerald Pinto, Kallianpur

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    All are good and eligible. I wish all of them get a chance in rotation.

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  • Salvador Lewis, Mangalore / Dubai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    May God grant wisdom to people to choose the right leaders in Karnataka in coming days. Who will be there for a long time and the people should be benefited and not vise versa Amen.

    Priests are the representatives of Jesus. No need to be famous but a humble spotless priest. Our current Pope is a living example. Straight forward simple and biased.

    A bishop should never ever have any serious charges on them. They are going to lead a congregation and not going to lead a luxury life. The Bishop should be one who did Sacrifices in his life and lived a priestly life for which he is ordained.

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  • Nishat Dsouz, Manglore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I wish Fr.Walter D mello will be the next bishop of manglore..

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  • Lydia Dcunha, Mangalore.

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Lord grant us the replica of Papa francis.

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  • Sonia dsouza, Urwa

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr. J.B. Saldanha

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  • Ashwin Noronha, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr J.B Saldanha should become Bishop.

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  • Kiran, Bantwal

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    As a student of theology i just finished learning some of the key issues on ecclesiastical functioning...bishops as successors of apostles ...carry on the apostolic tradition and maintain unity of faith and unity of catholic faithful being in communion with head of college of bishops the pope ..therefore we pray that the holy spirit may guide those involved in the process and bless us with holy and pastoral bishop like pope Francis.

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  • Carol, Udupi

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr Onil

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  • Noel Francis Lewis, Kinnigoli/ Dubai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I wish we will have Fr. Onil DSouza as our next Bishop. He will be a energetic bishop in all the ways!

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  • Roshan Rocco, Vamanjur

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I wish Fr. J.B saldanha will be the next bishop of mangalore

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Who will be the next bishop ? We pray to God to give us an able and good bishop.
    Since, Fr. Peter Paul Saldanha is my wife's cousin, I know him very well and he is a very down to earth person and has been teaching theology at Vatican. Yes, as said here, he has less administrative experience, but very people friendly.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    I just said, I know him and he is a down to earth person. I never said anything more, other than praying to God to give us an able and good bishop. Hence, there is no question of my showing any choice.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    We pray to the Almighty to grant us a good Bishop ...

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  • Alwyn Rasquinha, Derabail Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 4 2018

    Fr Joseph Martis

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