Friday, January 31, 2014
JESA Dispatch 201 sheds light on the recent circular of the Reserve Bank of India regarding withdrawal of all series of Banknotes (currency notes) issued prior to 2005. We disseminate this information in public interest.
JESA Dispatch 201: Withdrawal of All Series of Indian Currency Notes Issued Prior to 2005
The Reserve Bank has decided to withdraw all currency notes issued prior to 2005, including Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations, to curb black money and fake currencies.
Notes issued before 2005 does not carry year of printing while the valid notes will have the year printed on the reverse side.
"After March 31, 2014, it (RBI) will completely withdraw from circulation all bank notes issued prior to 2005. From April 1, 2014, the public will be required to approach banks for exchanging these notes," the RBI said in a statement.
The public can easily distinguish the currency notes issued before 2005 as they do not have the year of printing on reverse side.
The year of printing in a small font is visible at the middle of the bottom row in notes issued after 2005 (see the image above).
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Monday, January 20, 2014
As Vatican officials face a UN inquiry, pope castigates Church people who caused
Pope Francis has addressed the sexual abuse issue as part of his Vatican reforms with the creation of a commission on abuse, and on Thursday morning he also denounced the problem in a blistering homily that spoke of the scandal and shame of the church.
Vatican Radio reported that he said:
"But are we ashamed? So many scandals that I do not want to mention individually, but all of us know...We know where they are! Scandals, some who charged a lot of money.... The shame of the Church!
But are we all ashamed of those scandals, of those failings of priests, bishops, laity? Where was the Word of God in those scandals; where was the Word of God in those men and in those women? They did not have a relationship with God! They had a position in the Church, a position of power, even of comfort. But the Word of God, no! 'But, I wear a medal,' ‘I carry the Cross ' ... Yes, just as those bore the Ark!
Without the living relationship with God and the Word of God! I am reminded of the words of Jesus about those for whom scandals come ... And here the scandal hit: bringing decay to the people of God, including the weakness and corruption of the priests.'
The Vatican is currently facing criticism for rejecting an extradition request from Poland regarding the ex-papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. Wesolowski, the highest-ranking Vatican official to be investigated for alleged sex abuse to date, is currently thought to be living in the Vatican.
Source: Huffington Post Religion
Saturday, January 18, 2014
PDDM Centre of Fine Arts (Diya Kala Kendra) Launched
Published Date: January 15, 2014
Aims at spreading the Good News of Jesus through the medium of dance and music.
Aimed at spreading the Good News of Jesus through the medium of dance and music, Divya Kala Kendra (Centre for Sacred Arts), situated at “Prarthanalaya”, Bandra-Mumbai, offers Certificate Courses in Music and Dance to those interested, and are above the age of 7.
Sister Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM), a religious Congregation for women, founded by Bl. James Alberione, has launched this new apostolic initiative , as part of their Liturgical Apostolate on January 5, 2014, the Feast of Epiphany.
Explaining the purpose of the new initiative Sr Kanikai Mary, the Provincial Superior of the Sister Disciples, said that in the Indian tradition, music and dance belong to the realm of divine worship. And the new centre will train young people who can authentically incorporate these forms into the Liturgy, thus making the Liturgy more relevant and meaningful in the Indian context.
Moreover, she added, Fr Alberione, our founder, had always reminded us of this saying “worship the Lord in Art and Beauty”, and hence the new Centre is a long-cherished dream come true for the Sisters.
Sisters Amita Mascarenhas and Sushma Dungdung of the Sister Disciples who are directing the Courses at Divya Kala Kendra are professionally trained in their respective fields for many years, and having completed their studies they have been training young people in different institutions in the city over the past few years.
The Sister Disciples are part of the Pauline Family that is celebrating the Centenary of its foundation, this year. And Divya Kala Kendra is their special contribution to the Indian Church and to the Paulines around the world, during the Centenary year.
–Fr Alfonso Elengikal,SSP