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by Joel D'Souza

From: "Goanet News Service" <>

Christmas is a feast of joy, a joy that is today celebrated in various and many forms, ranging from the deeply spiritual to the purely secular. At the deepest level, Christmas celebrates the fulfillment of a basic longing of the human heart for God. For we believe that the unseen God took human form in Jesus and became visible to man.

By taking flesh, God elevated our human condition and now calls us to re- discover Him in every other human being, specially in the poor and the marginalized, with whom he identified himself in an eminent way through his very birth in a stable. When we succeed in recognizing God in the faces of our sisters and brothers, irrespective of their social or religious background, we become citizens of a new civilization of love, wherein everyone is welcomed,accepted and cherished. Indeed, every Feast of Christmas is a renewed call for all of us to work, hand in hand, for the genuine transformation of our social,political, economic and cultural environment, according to God's plan. May this Christmas strengthen our resolve to help in the realization of this dream that God has for His creation. I take this occasion to wish everyone a joyful Christmas, full of divine blessings and peace that only God can give.

+ Filipe Neri Ferrao
Archbishop of Goa and Daman

Archbishop's House, Panjim, December 24, 2005


Worldwide Goans meet from jan 3

PANJIM: The third two-day Gomant Vishwa Sammelan, a convention of worldwide Goans, will be held at Panjim from January 3. Governor SC Jamir will inaugurate the Sammelan. The topics that would be discussed during the conference are on tourism, education and industry. "We are expecting at least 70 to 100 NRIs and 200 NRGs," added Dinar Bhatkar, chief cordinator, NRI facilitation centre. (GT)



For the second consecutive day local dailies in Goa carry headlines on the alleged scam in which South Goa MP Churchill Alemao was shown by cable TV Star News discussing kickbacks for a Konkani project to be set up in Goa.


Says GT
See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil

PANJIM: Gloom and silence has descended over the Congress camp in the State after senior partyman and two-time MP, Churchill Alemao was caught on camera negotiating his 'cut' in the allocation of funds to the tune of Rs.15 lakh for a proposed Konkani library in Goa through the MPLAD scheme


Cameron, Kate to backpack in Goa?

PANJIM, Dec 20: According to The Sun, Hollywood's hottest blonde beauties - Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet - are planning a joint backpacking tour to Goa early in 2006, to prepare for their roles in the upcoming movie Holiday. (H)



BETALBATIM: Sara Fernandes Pacheco, aggrieved wife of Agriculture Minister Francisco Xavier (Mickky) Pacheco, has accused the Minister of bigamy. She further stated that persons, who blatantly violate the law, particularly relating to women, shouldn't be permitted to hold high elected office, be dropped from the Cabinet and prosecuted for bigamy. In the letter written on December 16, 2005, to the President of India, Governor and Chief Minister of Goa, AICC general secretary, IGP, Panaji, and SP, Margao, she stated that she is the legally married wife of Mickky and had married him on April 10, 1999 at Margao. She has accused Mickky of brutally assaulting her and kicking her out of the house because of Viola, whom Mickky married though her marriage with him is subsisting. Reacting to the advertisements in the newspapers in which he proudly posed with his second wife and son, she stated in the letter that it was now obvious and clear that Mickky is brazenly living a life of bigamy and flaunting his second wife and son. (GT)


Mario, Muriel bag Malvina Athaide Award

PANJIM, dec 18: Mario Mascarenhas and Muriel D'Souza from Saligao have bagged the 'Malvina Athaide Award' for their outstanding efforts in advocacy for social justice in Goa. The award was given away by Malvina's sister on the first day of the Goa State Consultation on 'Trafficking in Women & Children' at Caritas Holiday Home in St Inez on December 17. Malvina, originally from Saligao, before settling abroad, was at the forefront in her work with the underprivileged and marginalised in the villages of Pernem taluka. (H)

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