DIOCESE OF VARANASI

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Diocese of Varanasi

Though a small Diocese, Diocese of Varanasi is in a significant way a picture of Mother India. The very name of this Holy City conjures up the apex of the spirit's endeavour in Hinduism. Sarnath reminds us of Dharma Chakra Pravartana of the Buddha. The two districts, in the west and to the east, Jaunpur and Ghazipur, evoke a pair of twin and refined kingdoms of the Muslim era. The history of the diocese remembers with gratefulness the outcome of the Capuchin missionary endeavour to Tibet in the 1700's, as an epic in the history of the Church.

Bishop's Message

My dear Fathers, Sisters and Brothers, Grace, Mercy and Peace of Christ Jesus our Risen Lord ! The Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy will head towards culmination when Pope Francis will canonize Mother Teresa on 4, September 2016, recognizing the holiness of life, courage, charity and mercy found in the diminutive founder of the Missionaries of Charity. If there is one person who immersed herself in the “peripheries”, with courage and creativity, bringing God’s mercy to the world, it is Blessed Teresa of Kolkata. She broke out of the existing frame work of what was expected of a Catholic nun of her time and chose to understand the world through the eyes of the least of the least and demonstrated that through a life committed to mercy things can be changed, that compassion in the face of pain and suffering can bring healing.

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Pope's Message

Dear Young Friends, The Church is celebrating the Holy Year of Mercy, a time of grace, peace, conversion and joy. It is meant for everyone: people of every age, from far and near. There are no walls or distances which can prevent the Father’s mercy from reaching and embracing us. The Holy Door is now open in Rome and in all the dioceses of the world. This grace-filled moment also concerns you, dear young people. I encourage you to take an active part in this celebration and to realize that each of you is a child of God (cf. 1 Jn 3:1). I would like to invite you, one by one, calling you by name, as Jesus does each day. For you know that your names are written in heaven (Lk 10:20), in the heart of the Father, that Merciful Heart which is the source of all reconciliation and kindness.

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Weekday Homilies

Resources

Event of Mary
04-06-2016

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Newsletter

New Transfer list for the year 2016 has been updated.

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Diocesan News


Inauguration of Karuna Bhavan

On 28th of August, 2016 Karuna Bhavan was blessed and inaugurated by Most. Rev. Eugene Joseph. The new Centre for Christian Boys is situated at Susuwa...

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MIssionary Meeting 2016

Diocesan Annual Missionary Meeting was held on 14-15 July 2016 at Nav Sadhana, Varanasi. Around 225 missionaries of our diocese participated and benef...

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Teachers Day Celebration

All the schools in the diocese will celebrate Teachers Day on 5, September 2016. I convey my very warm wishes to every teacher engaged in the education ministry of the Diocese.

Spiritual Enrichment Programme

This is again a gentle reminder about the Spiritual Enrichment Programme for married couples of the parishes in Varanasi deanery from September 30 to October 2, 2016 (evening hours). Sister Ranjita SRA, Directress of Family Apostolate, has already contacted you with details. Please motivate all married couples in your parish, institution to take part in the programme and benefit from it.

Hartmannpur Pilgrimage

Sister Kritika SRA, appointed as the Directress of MahilaSangh, succeeding Sr. Nitya SRA, will intimate to you regarding the Hartmannpur Pilgrimage, October 14-16, 2016. I request every parish priest to encourage women and young girls of your parish to participate in it. We praise the Lord for the outstanding ministry carried out by Sr. Nitya SRA and pray for her health and recovery especially during the pilgrimage.

Members of College of Consultors

Members of the College of Consultors. Fr. Peter Colaco, Fr. David Vazhapilly, Fr. John Abraham, Fr. Vijay Shantiraj, Fr. Cyril Menezes, Fr. Thomas Mathew, Fr. Susai Raj, Fr. TelesphoreKerketta, Fr. Julian Fernando and Fr. Y. Joseph.

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