Christmas News - Archbishop's Message

Daijiworld Media Network - Goa (mb)
from special correspondent

Panaji, Dec 24: The last-minute preparations for Goa's favourite festival 'Christmas' are on in full swing in the state, with people all set to usher in the festivities and goodies that the year-end revelry showers on them.

People dressed as Santa Claus were seen going around in different floats here since Sunday night. The midnight masses would be held in almost all the churches and chapels of the state, marking the beginning of the Christmas celebrations.

Panaji, Margao, Ponda, Mapusa and Vasco, which are major markets of the state, were abuzz with people busy with the last-minute shopping.

Huge cribs have taken shape at different churches including Panaji's Immaculate Conception church, which is a major tourist attraction.

The cribs depicting the birth of Lord Jesus have been set up at almost every household.

The five-star hotels, cashing in on the festivities, have decorated their premises, with Christmas tree being a prime attraction.

Various dance parties and other events are also planned tonight at different places, mostly in the coastal belt.

Archbishop's Christmas Message (2007)

It is Christmas once again. Our beautiful villages and towns are dressed up for the festivities. It warms our hearts to see how our people in Goa - regardless of religion - come together to celebrate their sense of neighbourhood, their sense of belonging and their sense of caring for each other. The celebration of sharing in our homes and parishes during this joyful season is a matter of delightful pride. It is as if we become a human family again.

May this spirit continue throughout the New Year. Amidst the difficulties that we face in life, amidst the mindless wars and ruthless violence that surround us, amidst the grave injustices and exploitation that mark our era, may we find ever new and creative ways to resonate with the song of joy and with the promise of peace brought by the Birth of Jesus Christ.

As we wish, with great warmth, a truly Joyful and Grace-filled  Christmas to everyone in this State of Goa, we would like to re-commit ourselves to be bearers of justice, promoters of peace and witnesses to truth to all people, far and wide, near and dear.

+ Filipe Neri Ferrao
Archbishop of Goa and Daman


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