Public Condolence for Air Crash Victims Held at Milagres Grounds


Public Condolence for Air Crash Victims Held at Milagres Grounds

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (SR/FR)

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Mangalore, May 27: Public condolence programme was held at Milagres Church grounds on Wednesday May 26 at 6.30 pm for the victims of the air crash tragedy that killed 158 people.  Rt Rev Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D Souza led the prayer in the presence of thousands of people who joined the special condolence programme. 

Manohar Prasad who conducted the programme thanked the locals who were instrumental in saving the lives of the survivors and also helping in the rescue operations.  Addressing the gathering he said May 22 incident has shown that life is unpredictable as people irrespective of different race, caste, region and religion died in the crash in one go.  Some people were rescued by the local people without paying attention to their caste or religion, which is indeed commendable.  What matters in a moment of crisis was humanness and compassion as was demonstrated by the May 22 incident.   

Dr Shantharam Shetty expressing similar sentiments pointed out that we human beings have specialized in various fields like science, religion, culture, music art etc,.  However we have to remember that we were born without clothes and we die with the clothes worn at the time of death.

He added that being the doctor of a patient whose son was one of the survivors in the gruesome tragedy, he expressed hope that her son would return to Mangalore to undergo an operation.  Examples of this nature strike a chord among all those who believe in humanity.  It is a travesty that riots take place in the name of religion when people are not sure about the longevity of their own lives. 

Dr Shetty thanked the Bishop for his thoughtful act of holding the condolence meeting in the church and stated that such gruesome incidents should never recur. 

Fr Oneil D’Souza speaking on the occasion pointed out that the incident has brought about the brotherhood among people belonging to different religions, who are ever eager to protect one another in times of grave calamity. He added that the May 22 incident is an unforgettable day in the history of Mangalore. This incident has shown that come what may people have to live happily loving one another setting aside all other barriers. 

Dr Rev Bishop Fr Aloysius Paul D’Souza prayed for the souls of the victims who had perished in the air crash.  Though 158 people died in the tragedy the entire coastal belt has shared the sorrows of people and their families, he stated. `When a child is born, the child cries and everyone around it smiles whereas in death one person is calm and serene and dear ones cry.   But in 22/5 when 158 were thrashed in the tragedy everyone who heard of it was saddened and cried. Even the Pope and the papal ambassador in India have sent their condolences to all those affected by the unforgettable tragedy.’ he added.

Fr William Ménezes. PRO, Mangalore diocese proposed vote of thanks.  Titus Noronha joined hands with Manohar Prasad in compering the programme.  Bishop together with Dr Shantharam Shetty and Moidhin Bava placed the floral wreath on the symbolical grave of 158 victims.  Leaders from different communities and spheres paid the floral tributes. While the Bethany nuns prayed hymnal tributes, the huge crowd gathered, lit candles as a mark of respect for the victims. 

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  • Diljyoti,Allahabad,Kinnigoly, Kinnigoly

    Mon, Jun 14 2010

    Even if months and years pass by, still there will be tears in every eye to shed for our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives.

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  • deepak mangalore, mangalore

    Fri, May 28 2010

    Please know there is no Eternal bliss...Jesus is the Lord and savior, in the holy bible in John 14:6 Jesus says"I am the way , the truth and Life ...No man comes to the Father( GOD) but by me( Jesus)..Its a fact that if we have Jesus in us we will be in the heaven ,No Jesus..no Life..I hope that all our dearest People who died in this air crash..at least know Jesus and safe in Heaven..Life is so short on earth.and Life eternal is forever.I hope we all know where we are going from here.May the Lord Jesus wipe the tears of my beloved people here on earth..and save the souls of them who departed..

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  • Francis, Udupi

    Fri, May 28 2010

    Great job by our beloved Bishop of Mangalore. Although he is too busy with so many things, he has devoted his precious time for this Public Condolence! May the departed souls rest in peace.

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India

    Thu, May 27 2010

    Life is a precious gift. We need to cherish and respect it always. May the departed ones experience eternal bliss.

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  • adshenoy, mangloor

    Thu, May 27 2010

    A display of sharing and caring by manglore people. Someones loss is evryones loss. May the dead and living be remembered and the souls be in peace with the Creator.

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  • Olivia Moras, Puttur, Kuppepadau / Toronto

    Thu, May 27 2010

    Very good job done by the organizers. This shows how united we are. Looks like one big extended family & we must continue this spirit. May the departed souls rest in peace. God bless their families.

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  • Sumain Shaikh, Mangalore/Dubai

    Thu, May 27 2010

    I express my condolences to the manglorian people who suffered from this unexpected. May their soul rest in peace. And my best wishes for the organizers.

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  • Olga B Noronha, Mangalore

    Thu, May 27 2010

    Words fail me as I try to express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the tragedy that occurred at Bajpe Airport on 22 May.
    May God himself comfort each bereaved person with His healing love.
    In times of sorrow it is only the caring and prayerful support of near and dear ones that help to bear the loss.
    The beantiful gesture of organising a common prayer meeting will surely be a source of comfort to all. Olga B Noronha

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  • Charles Mendonca, Manipal/Jeddah

    Thu, May 27 2010

    Heartfelt condolences for the families of survivors. May all souls rest in peace. We cannot avoid the fate which God has written on everyone.

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  • Wilson C.Monteiro, Bankal/Chikmagalur

    Thu, May 27 2010

    SHOCKING AND HEART RENDING. HEARTFELT SYMPATHIES TO ALL THE FAMILIES WHO ARE SUFFERING WITH THE PAIN OF LOSS OF THEIR LOVED ONES. MAY THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE DEPARTED REST IN PEACE.

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  • ida rodrigues, Mangalore/mumbai

    Thu, May 27 2010

    May Jesus heal every broken heart.May their souls rest in peace.
    Fine gesture ! may we all unitedly work for the betterment of our society n try to bring good name to Mangalore.

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  • Lancy Lasrado, Farla/ jubail, Saudi Arabia.

    Thu, May 27 2010

    Heart felt condolences to all the families who lost their loved once..great job done by the organizers..

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  • Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza, Madanthyar

    Wed, May 26 2010

    We are all grateful to Most Reverend Bishop Aloysius D'Souza for organizing this prayer meeting to console all families irrespective of caste creed and religion. This tragedy of unparalleled proportions has shaken everybody in Managlore and has sent shock of fear in the hearts of all the family members, friends near and far.

    We know that only God can console us and this is a great gesture of generosity that will support all those who continue to live in darkness of pain and loss. My such events be held to bring people together and to experience unity and support of one another. May God be our help. Fr. Rudolf V. D'Souza OCD (Madanthyar)

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman/USA

    Wed, May 26 2010

    Organizers of this function have done a great job, my best wishes to them.

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