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Most Rev. Dr. Prakash Mallavarapu

Advent: Reflect, Renew and move forward

As the season of Advent commences we all are thinking of Christmas celebrations and preparations for the same, spiritually and in other ways. We want to encounter the Lord, Incarnate Son of God, Jesus Christ. We are led in our preparations by the Word of God and well planned liturgical celebrations. We all are called to experience a renewed joy through a fresh encounter with the Lord! While the above is the goal, Holy Father, Pope Francis is calling us to do some soul searching about our life as believers in Jesus Christ and as members of the living Church.

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His Holiness Pope Francis

The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which he has travelled extensively on the underground and by bus during the 15 years of his episcopal ministry.

“My people are poor and I am one of them”, he has said more than once, explaining his decision to live in an apartment and cook his own supper. He has always advised his priests to show mercy and apostolic courage and to keep their doors open to everyone. The worst thing that could happen to the Church, he has said on various occasions, “is what de Lubac called spiritual worldliness”, which means, “being self-centred”.

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Our Statistics

Catholic Population

114678

Parishes

75

Diocesan Priests

84

Religious Priests

64

Total Priests

148

Religious Sisters

596

Religious Brothers

5

Ecclesiastical Institutions

7

Colleges

4

Technical Schools

7

Professional Colleges

5

Hospitals

7

Boarding Home

24

Hostels

5

Publications

2

Kindergartens

28

Schools

70

Secondary Schools

37

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