Udupi Bishop Gerald Lobo Shares Spirit and Joy of Christmas with Journalists
Udupi: Christmas season is one of those days that just seems to be filled with cheer. Whether you are celebrating a fun-filled or religious Christmas, your day is sure to be filled with happiness. Celebrating Christmas with friends and colleagues is the best thing one can ever do during Christmas time. And with that Christmas spirit in mind, Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, the Bishop of Udupi diocese, organised a “Christmas Get-together” with mediapersons of Udupi on Wednesday, December 19 at the Bishop’s House.
Fr Royston welcomed the gathering. The programme was inaugurated by Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo by cutting the Christmas cake along with Khadar Shah (Information officer of the district), Ganesh Prasad Pandelu (President UDWJA) and Michael Rodrigues (Media Coordinator Udupi Diocese).
Bishop Gerald in his message said that celebrating life is Christmas. “Love, happiness, peace and joy are the symbols of Christmas, which should prevail over the society in all walks of life. Peace and love should emerge from our hearts; only then will it leave a huge impact on society.
Jesus stands for love, sacrifice and peace. These are essential characters for the human existence. The humanity stands at the core of love shared and peace given to others.
Elaborating over the programmes introduced by the Diocese, Bishop said that emphasis is given to make the district green by planting nearly 50000 and more saplings. The percolation and rain water harvesting is the other project adopted by the Diocese to promote all over the district. He added that the ye check-up camps are held for the school children. Nearly 700 students are tested for eye problems. He added that taluk level all religious committees are set up and peace discussion are held frequently, Bishop maintained.
The journalists of Udupi have supported the noble initiatives of the diocese and they have played a major role in the development of the diocese,” he said.
Superintended of police Lakshman Nimbargi said that happiness should be shared. All religion preaches peace and nonviolence. No religion will ask the human being to indulge in violence, he added.
Additional deputy commissioner Vidya Kamari said the life of Jesus is the message itself which should be emulated by the people. Jesus lived the life with humanity and empathy. Respecting each other by propounding equality is the need of the hour. The rivalry and hatredness will cause harm to oneself, she said.
Joseph Rebello and Lorren Pinto the Udupi district-level Rajyothsava Award winners were felicitated on the occasion.
Bishop Gerald Lobo handed over the Diocese PRO responsibility to Fr Royston Fernandes on the occasion.
Michael Rodrigues, the Media Coordinator of Udupi Diocese, delivered the vote of thanks. Fr Chethan Lobo Editor Uzvad Konkani fortnightly compered the programme.