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Udupi, Reconstructed St Francis Xavier Church inaugurated at Udyavar

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Udupi, Apr 28: The reconstructed St Francis Xavier Church at Udyavar was inaugurated by the bishop of Jabalpur diocese Dr Gerald Almeida on Thursday, April 28. Dr Robert Miranda, bishop of Kalaburagi and Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, bishop of Udupi diocese unveiled the marble block in front of the church. Thereafter, the three bishops together opened the main entrance.

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Udupi, Apr 28: The reconstructed St Francis Xavier Church at Udyavar was inaugurated by the bishop of Jabalpur diocese Dr Gerald Almeida on Thursday, April 28. Dr Robert Miranda, bishop of Kalaburagi and Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, bishop of Udupi diocese unveiled the marble block in front of the church. Thereafter, the three bishops together opened the main entrance.

Priests from the deanery, diocese and outside of the diocese, native priests took part in the celebrations. Religious priests, nuns and a large number of parishioner gathered to witness this historic event.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Robert Miranda said, "Priests, nuns and individuals should actively take part in spreading the word of God. We have to come together to build the Catholic Church. To build a lively church, we need to be holy. It is wonderful that we are blessed with this beautiful church in the Year of Mercy. Let God's mercy be upon all of us."

Minister for sports Abhayachandra Jain , Blossom Oscar Fernandes, Udupi MLA and parliamentary secretary Pramod Madhwaraj, MLC Ivan D'Souza, Sugandhi Shekhar, president, Udyavar gram panchayat, Veronica Cornelio, chairperson, Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd, U Ranghanath Bhat, priest of Sri Siddivinayaka Temple, Udyavar, Moulana Abdul Rasheed Rehamani, of Jamia Masjid Udyavar, Haji Abdul Jaleel Saheb, president of Halima Sabju Auditorium Trust, Udyavar, Dr Jerry Vincent Dias, managing director, Mandavi Developers, Gerald Pereira, president of Udyavarites Dubai, Melwyn Noronha and John Fernandes, along with Udyavar parish priest Fr Roque D'Souza, parish pastoral council vice-president Lawrence D'Sa, vice-president, and secretary Michael D'Souza were present on the dias.

Udupi MLA Pramod Madhwaraj said, "It is a historic moment wherein leaders from all communities have come together for the inauguration of the Church. Udyavar has been known for its religious harmony from hundreds of years and I witnessed that harmony today when I entered the Church and saw devotees from various communities offering prayers."

The 12-member core committee led by Melwyn Noronha, coordinator, John D'Souza, secretary, Lawrance D’Sa, vice-president of pastrol ccouncil, Michael D'Souza, secretary of pastrol council, John Fernandes of finance committee and other members namely R P Monis, Godfrey D'Souza, Patrick D'Silva, Clifford D'Souza, Xavier D'Souza, Alwyn D'Souza and Roshan Crasta were felicitated by the bishop of Udupi.

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