Mangaluru: Multi religion conference held during golden jubilee of Neermarga church

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (EP)

Mangaluru, Apr 27: Sarva Dharma Sammelana, a conference of all religions was held as part of St Joseph the Worker Church golden jubilee celebrations at Neermarga here on April 25, 2018.

Bishop of Shivamogga diocese, Dr Francis Serrao presided over the programme. He said, “We can together brighten up as a light pole if each one of us lightens up as small lamps. There can be no harmony when we use religion for politics. We should follow religion of humanity. St Joseph should be an inspiration for all of us.”

Chief guest Mohandas Paramahamsa Swamiji, Mahalaxmi, Manila said that all of us are children of one God. “Our principles should be one, we should live being humane. We should not indulge in violence or hurt others. Let us be positive and inculcate the values of Mother Theresa in our lives,” he said.

Another guest, Moulana U K Abdul Azeez Darimi, Muslim scholar, said that India is a country which is known for humanity. “It is found to be a destination of harmony. It is the country of peace. The glory of the almighty is in the place where there is service with love. What we sow in the society, we reap the same,” he said comparing the church of St Joseph the worker to the garden of God's kingdom and conveyed his best wishes to those who were present.

The programme was set in motion after prayer song. Parish priest Fr Anil D' Mello welcomed all those who had arrived for the programme. Three people in the village were honored for their special achievements. Differently able sportsman Jagadish, artist David Leo Rodrigues and Adyarpadav madrasa headmaster Abdul Sattar Sakhafi, Ramachandra Rao, Bantwal and Jecintha Pereira compered the programme.

Church parish pastoral council vice-president Prakash Pereira rendered the vote of thanks. Pastoral council secretary Jerald Lobo and golden jubilee festival committee convener Arun D' Souza were present. 'Eduru Kopa' tulu drama was performed at the end of the programme.


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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore - Houston/Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

    Fri, Apr 27 2018

    The recently held "Sarva Dharma Sammelan" at Neermargha, a multi-religion Convention is certainly a step in the right direction. Conference such as this, duly participated by all the Religious and Social congregations will help formulate new ideas and better ideas thereby exchanging various view points for ultimate unity and success amongst people of all faiths and backgrounds.

    India is already a role model in the world for these kind of noble gestures that will help unite people and share so many good ideas for a better future. We recently attended a large gathering at an Offshore location amidst people of all nations and all cultures. It was a noteworthy fact that the role of India was boldly highlighted by so many distinguished people that were present. It made us feel so proud that India is becoming a true role model in so many delicate issues, and at the same time India's role in so many delicate situations of the world is well recognized and appreciated.

    The United States Government has specifically underlined the importance of giving nearly two million candidates from many parts of the world a special privilege for granting legal status of permanent residence, and out of these two million suitable candidates nearly ten percent are of Indian origin. That goes to prove the reliability and dependency on Indian expatriates whose Educational reliability has become a noteworthy fact. The honest work, reliable work, hard work and consistent work - INDIA is known to be a dependable source. Our Secular values, our social values and our moral values are well recognized.

    Our charity as noble people therefore is rested in how we perceive our role in India. Let there be more "Sammelans" of this kind, and let us light the candle of hope in every corner of our daily undertakings in India. Thank you so much, Bishop Francis, for your active participation at Neermargha.

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