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Saturday, June 15, 2013 1:55:39 PM (IST)  

UAE: New St Antony's Church at Ras al Khaimah consecrated

UAE: New St Antony's Church at Ras al Khaimah consecrated

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Pics: Bellevision

Ras Al Khaimah, Jun 15: The much awaited inauguration ceremony of the new church dedicated to St Antony of Padua in Al Jazira, al Hamra district in Ras al Khaimah was held on Thursday June 13.

The 5000-square metre spacious state-of-the-art church, with simple architecture was inaugurated by Sheikh Saud Bin Kayed Al Qasimi, former under secretary, Ministry of Health.

Fr Thomas Ampattukuzhi parish priest of St. Antony’s Church welcomed the dignitaries and thanked all those who made this dream of a church possible in the Arabian desert.

Speaking on the occasion, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the congregation for the Evangelization of peoples congratulated the people and thanked the ruler for giving this facility to the faithful of Ras Al Khaimah. He said “a dream is realized. I bring to you the love of the Holy Father”.

Archbishop Petar Rajic, Apostolic Nuncio to the Arabian Peninsula congratulated the people of RAK for fulfilling a dream nothing short of a miracle in the desert and appreciated the ruler for his generosity. He called on the gathering to pray with the Muslim brethren aloud chanting “humdulihhah” (thanks be to god).

Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia said “I thank the ruler of Ras al Khaimah for his generosity of acknowledging the spiritual needs of the faithful of RAK and said “May the church be a symbol of peace among all religions”

Archbishop Giuseppe De Andrea, First Apostolic Nuncio to the Arabian Peninsula was present on the occasion. Engineer Abdullah Al Muhairy from Federal Water and Electricity Department were the other dignitaries present. Engineers and architects were honored at the occasion.
 

The consecration on June 14

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the congregation for the Evangelization of peoples—Vatican was the main celebrant as the representative of the Pope solemnized the consecration of St Antony of Padua church.

The rites and rituals of consecration from the blessing of the water to the anointment of the Altar till blessings were received and witnessed by more than 11,000 people who were seated, and standing on every available space in and out of the church. masses were held in a small church

 With the blessing of the holy water, the vicinity of the church, and the stations of the cross were blessed. The wide expanse of the main alter is flanked with two panels of St Antony and mother Mary on in mosaic chips

The plain slab of marble, was transformed into a glittering Altar and with the adornment of the main celebrant and the lighting of the candles, the all pervasive scent of the incense, the flood of with reflecting lights of the chrystal chandeliers on the walls and the voices of the choir raised in music “Light and christ come into this world”.

Archbishop Petar Rajic, Apostolic Nuncio to the Arabian Peninsula, Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, Dr Eusophia the retired Nuncio, Fr Vargese the vicar provincial, Fr Praveen Kumar prominent in India and 23 priests from all over the world concelebrated the first mass in the newly built church.

During the sermon Cardinal Fernando Filoni , prefect of the congregation for the Evangelization of peoples said “ I have come specially for the consecration, a wonderful day, historical day. Thank you my god! I want to extend the wishes of Pope Francis to all of you.” Giving the analogy of Zechaes nurturing the sacramental body of the lord he exhorted the faithful to make efforts to be the living witnesses to Christ’s love. As the parting message “I will tell the holy father of what I have witnessed here, we love you”.

Fr Thomas Ampattukuzhi parish priest of St Antony’s Church thanked the papal representatives and thanked the multitudes that gathered and said “this is nothing short of a miracle”. The church being dedicated to St Antony, it is deemed to become a pilgrimage in future.

The choir was excellently led and conducted by the young Errol Lobo choir.

People from all over the UAE and Oman came to witness this miracle in the desert braving the on setting summer heat. The first mass was followed by lunch and refreshments.

 



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Comments on this article
Roshandsouza, karnataka manglore
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

nice

WILLIAM, Bantwal
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Praise the Lord always. It was a grand ceremony and successful. Arrangement was very good, including lunch for so many people from all UAE.

Melwyn & Lynette Pinto, Chikmaglur / Dubai
Monday, June 17, 2013

Hat's off to the administration of HH Bishop Paul Hinder and his team and to the Catholic community of RAK. Perfect Modern Engineering.
Let's pray to the almighty that this wave of seculiarism may prevail very soon in Saudi Arabia and may the future generations will have the chance to see a Church in KSA - Amen.

Joseph D' souza, padukone /navunda
Monday, June 17, 2013

THIS IS REALY GOOD NEWS, TO WE HAVE A ST, ANTHONY CHURCH IN GULF IN UAE LONG LIVE ARAB WORLD.THANKS TO SHEIKH SAUD BIN AND ALL.GOD BLESS ALL.

Harry Coelho, Mumbai
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Extremely pleased to know about the blessing and consecration of the Church at Ras Al Khaimah. It has been a long cherished dream of the catholics of RAK. May God bless all those who toiled day and night to ensure that the long cherished dream turn into reality

Alwyn, mangalore
Sunday, June 16, 2013

wow very beautiful. thanks for all.

steven, Sharjah
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Let the work of the Ministry grow and bring fruitfulness in the land of UAE.Thank You HH Sheikh Saud ruler of RAK.

V.Valder, Bondel/AL AIN.U.A.E.
Sunday, June 16, 2013

A beautiful church in R.A.K.May GOD bless you all.

Jane Celine Coutinho, Mysore
Sunday, June 16, 2013

I am blessed to be here in RAK and to witness and celbrate the occassion. Thanks to the ruler and his people who have made our dreams come true. Middle of the desert and the area with 10 churches and The church of Anthony of Padua stands dominant. May every pilgrim enters the door of the church may be blessed abundently. Support of all in prayers and generosity. Congratulations to our parish priest and parishioners

Dr. Cajetan Coelho, Goa, India
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Creating space for sacred ministries is vital in these challenging times. Prayer and worship does help in providing focus to our lives.

OZY CRASTA, KANNADA KUDRU, DUBAI
Sunday, June 16, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE PARISHNERS OF RAK AND ALL THE CATHLOIC COMMUNITY OF UAE.
IT IS A GREAT DAY IN THE HISTORY OF UAE AND THE DOICESE OF ARABIA ANOTHER PARISH TO ITS ADDITION.
WE MUST THANK THE RULER OF RAK AND HIS FAMILY FOR THIER GENEROSITY.
GOD BLESS US ALL AND KEEP US UNITED IN HIS VINEYARD.
AGAIN, I WISH ALL THE BEST AND GOODLUCK TO RAK PARISHONERS.
GOD BLESS US ALL.

Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/Dubai/New York,USA.
Sunday, June 16, 2013

Congratulations to all who dedicated their hard earned money, time and effort to build this New St. Anthony"s Church at Ras al Khaimah. We should be grateful to the Rulers and ministers for their gesture. It is all because of thr GRACE OF OUR ALMIGHTY GOD. Even though this is an Arab country you all have the blessing through your hard work. I worked in Dubai in the 1970"s and I traveled all over UAE. That time RAK was a small underdeveloped place. I have been on visit many times after that but not RAK. But anyway UAE has now become a great place to work and now as a visitor I love it.

Fr.Cyprian Capuchin, Mangalore
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Hearty Congratulations and all the very best.May the bless allthe donors and the responsible persons.May the Lord reward you

ivan, U.A.E
Saturday, June 15, 2013

It was a great event to watch, such wonderful crowd ,and very beautiful church.st. Anthony pray for us. nice Biriyani.....

Rony Mendonca, Moodbidri/Ras Al Khaima
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thanks to the RULERS OF RAS AL KHAIMAH who gave generously donated land not only catholics but also for 8 churhes nearby almost all were constructed. It is the power of HOLY SPIRIT united all the faithfull peoples from the every corner of the world.

Leslie fernandes, Brahmagiri, Udupi
Saturday, June 15, 2013

GREAT LEADERS OF UAE LOVE HUMANITY WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION.
THANKS TO GOD AND THANKS TO MEN TRULY BLESSED BY HIM.

Fr. George Olivera OFM Cap, Mysore
Saturday, June 15, 2013

A New Church at Ras al Khaimah in honour of Saint Antony is a great blessings for thousands of devotees of Saint Antony. Surely He would grant them heavenly blessings: peace, joy and happiness and divine protection in their daily work. Thanks to the Parish Priest and the Bishop Paul Hinder and all those gave their best to construct the House of God. All the best to Father Maxim Pinto OFM Cap as He begins his pastoral ministry at Saint Antony's, at Ras al Khaimah.

Pius Dcruz, Belman/Dubai
Saturday, June 15, 2013

A beautiful church in RAK in honour of St. Anthony. A huge turn out of faithfuls for the inauguration. A big thank you to the volunteers who managed the crowd efficiently.

Mr.khan, Kinnikambla Dammam
Saturday, June 15, 2013

congrats to all Cristian Brother and sister may the god bless all of them...

CYRIL MASCARENHAS, KIREM/MIRA ROAD/DUBAI
Saturday, June 15, 2013

BEAUTIFUL CHURCH..! ST ANTONY PRAY FOR ALL OF US SPECIALLY SHEIKH SAUD BIN SAQR AL QASIM ,THE RULER OF RAS AL KHAIMAH WHO DONATED THE LAND,WE SHOULD THANKFUL TO HIM WITHOUT HIM THIS WAS NOT POSSIBLE,ALSO WE THANKS TO DAIJIWORLD FOR BEAUTIFUL PICTURES AND COVERAGE.GOD BLESS YOU ALL..


Leo Fernandes, Permude/bahrain
Saturday, June 15, 2013

A beautiful church in the desert.praise the lord jesus christ st Antony pray for us.

John DSilva, Karkala/Mumbai
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Congratulations to the faithful of Ras al Khaimah on getting a St. Anthony's Church.Blessings of St. Anthony will definetly enrich the spiritual life of the people.All the best.

John DSilva, Karkala/Mumbai
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Congratulations to the faithful of Ras al Khaimah on getting a St. Anthony's Church.Blessings of St. Anthony will definetly enrich the spiritual life of the people.All the best.

Praveen, Mangalore
Saturday, June 15, 2013

In my Opinion UAE is the best county in the Gulf to Work and live. All Rulers of the seven emirates have good respect towards all religions. God bless them all.

Roshan, Abu Dhabi
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Praise the lord Jesus Christ St. Antony pray for us. Amen

Joseph Rego, Kinigoli/Ras al khaimah
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Thanks to the beautiful photographs. May the St. Antony bless and fulfil the need of every person. Special thanks to Fr. Thomas for his untiring work to make this church a great success. St. Antony give him good health. On this occassion we RAK people welcome a well talented priest Fr. Maxim Pinto who is assisting Fr. Thomas.

THERESA LOBO, Mukamar-Sharjah
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Praise the Lord. A very beautiful and big church.Good News to all Ras Al Khaimah Catholic people.
St.Antony a great kindest and gentlest Saint...Please Pray for us.

Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Congrats to all Christian Brothers & sisters..May Jesus Bless all of us.

Joslyn Rooswelt, Mangalore
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Praise the lord

Anil, Mangalore/ Dubai
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Glory to god
This is a great gesture of religious freedom within U.A.E
No doubt it this will serve the religious needs of the faithfuls
Long live the rulers.

Wilfred Tauro, Madanthyar, Dubai
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Congratulations to RAK parishioners,nicely built church. About the whole programme, it was nicely and beautifully arranged for 11000 people with Lunch. Kudos to the Parish Priests, committee and all the volunteers.May God bless you all.

CONRAD JOHN TAURO, SHIRVA/UDUPI/DUBAI
Saturday, June 15, 2013

I had previlage to attend the consecration on june 14 th wih my friend ozy crasta and family St Antony the gentlest and kindest of aii saints He possess miraculous powers such were given to no other saints ST ANTONY pray for us I thank daiji world for the report cony maria conrial tauro

ISMAIL.K.PERINJE, PERINJE-YANBU/KSA
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Congrats to all Christian brothers who are the (NRI-others)resident of UAE for their dream came true.This is indeed a historical moments for the concerned in UAE.And those are are involved in this auspicious moment deserves accolades...

Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Good news about the new St.Antony's church consecration at Khaimah,UAE.Hope,this new church will serve the spiritual needs of the catholics better who works in UAE.Thanq.

Nicholas D'Souza, Abu Dhabi
Saturday, June 15, 2013

"This is nothing short of a miracle" very true. A marvelous art. A beutiful structure. A church in the desert. An ideal place of worship in a calm and quiet atmosphere

 
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