Vakola Concert & The CSF CHRISTmas meals and others who do so too

December 28, 2012 by  
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A Christmas Concert at Vakola

A Christmas Concert at Church of St. Anthony, Vakola, Santacruz East, Mumbai


The CSF CHRISTmas meals and others who do so too

Snehasadan Home for Children, Andheri
The CSF campaign to feed a CHRISTmas meal to as many as possible has snowballed. We urged Christians to feed at least one orphan at Rs.100 only and we are able to feed around 500 orphans/destitute in Mumbai’s Catholic institutions alone. Over 1500 from these and such institutions remain unfed. The program which started on Christmas day will continue until the year end. The CSF also called upon others to do so in their own small way, in their localities.
Christmas lunch at Pullazhi, Trichur
Praise God ! We seem to have served as a role model with many following, as per reports reaching us. Santhwanam, the secretariat of social apostolate of the Archdiocese of Trichur served Christmas luncheon to around 2000 orphans in the district. The inmates belonging to Christian, Hindu and Muslim orphanages were given food. Dr. M. Beena IAS, Director of National Rural Health Mission inaugurated. Archbishop Dr. Mar Andrews Thazhath, Mayor I.P. Paul, Mr. P.M. Francis IAS (Hon’ble District Collector), Mr. S. Gopinath IPS (I.G. of Police), Mr. K.V. Dasan (President, District Panchayath), Mr. P. Vijayan (City Police Commissioner) and others participated.
Ray Ming's team at the Chennai Church of Christ
Above is Ray Ming’s team at the Chennai Church of Christ.
Those who would like to join us during this CHRISTmas season, in caring for the orphans and the destitute, do please get in touch with your name, email, address, etc. And we will facilitate your giving.
At every such meal, the orphans along with us, pray for you – our partners, collaborators, prayer warriors and our enemies too.
Your brother in Christ,
Joseph Dias

CHRISTmas Meal – Mumbai: Unfed 1500 Orphans

December 24, 2012 by  
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Christmas Greetings from The CSF

At least 400 Orphans will be fed the CHRISTmas meal

CHRISTmas Meal - Mumbai: Unfed 1500 OrphansDo you know that there are a minimum of 2000 orphans and destitute in Mumbai alone?
And that too, only in Catholic institutions.

The number will be much more, if we include Christian NGOs. We decided to do our little bit last year by gifting a meal to 100 orphans, with a party at the Catholic Gymkhana in town. The idea was to go out at least at CHRISTmas time and give something as basic as food to children, who can only dream of toys and special gifts.

It brought us such great JOY that this year we decided to dream bigger and work as match-makers. Our giving experience to those who are in a way not our own and yet, being children of the same God, the Father brought great happiness and we wish you to have this too.

So for CHRISTmas’12 we sent out SMSes asking all to feed an orphan/destitute the CHRISTmas meal in their locality. We are asking you to do so, too, anytime in the CHRISTmas season. In Mumbai, The CSF volunteers will have around 400 orphans given the CHRISTmas meal. It still leaves 1500 whom we plan do during the year ahead. We made it easier, for those who cannot for some reason do it in their area, or wish to do more – You may contribute at the rate of Rs.100 per child/destitute. And help us reach the target of feeding a meal to 2013 orphans at least until CHRISTmas’13.

Many of these orphans/destitute are girls, handicapped and street children. An incomplete list of around 30 institutions where these 2000 odd are housed is given below. For those interested in going the extra mile, do get in touch for contact persons and details, as also the exact number and type of orphans/destitutes. The CSF will facilitate your giving at least in Mumbai and present this as a model for elsewhere. Let’s give as many meals and support institutions, such as these.

Catholic-run Homes in Mumbai

Anmol for Street Children (Wadala), Asha Dhan (Byculla), Bosco Boys Home (Borivili), Cheshire Home (Andheri), Don Bosco (Matunga), Fatimashray for Street Girls (Andheri), Fr. Agnel’s (Bandra), Montfort Boys Home (Gorai), Mount Mary (Bandra), Nirmala Shishu Bhavan (Vile Parle), Our Lady’s Home (Dadar), Sarva Seva Sangh (Andheri), Shelter (Wadala), Snehasadan (11 places), St. Anthony’s Home (Byculla), St. Catherine’s (Andheri), St. Catherine’s (Bandra), St. Dominic Savio (Andheri), St. Francis’ (Borivili), St Joseph (Byculla), St. Francis Prem Sangh (Borivili) and more

In days when people spend much on pets and saving the environment, let us make sure our more important community members are taken care of. We have had many such requests, from Christian NGOs, but regret we cannot support these, as the CHRISTmas meal is at still at a token beginning stage. However, for now, they are certainly in our prayers, even as we work to do our little bit to feed the hungry and care for the poor within our family first.

We will remember you tonight in our quieter moments with the LORD and urge you to pray for The CSF, its collaborators and partners.

In Agape Love,

Your brother

Joseph Dias


Christmas in Syria: Christians and Muslims provide hot meals to poor

December 24, 2012 by  
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Archbishop Mario Zenari, Vatican nuncio in Damascus, describes the activities of the parishes involved in the preparation for Christmas, despite the bombs and religious hatred. In a Catholic institution on the outskirts of the capital, dozens of children joyfully cut out figures for the crib. In parish halls young Christians and Muslims distribute thousands of hot meals regardless of faith, ethnicity or faction.

Christmas in Syria: Christians and Muslims defy war by providing hot meals to poorSyria, December 21, 2012: “Over 6,500 hot meals distributed to the poor in a help center in Damascus. Scarcity of food is not stopping the parishes and religious institutes that are churning out fresh bread every day for thousands of displaced people fleeing the bombs.” This is what Msgr. Mario Zenari, Catholic Nuncio in Damascus tells AsiaNews as he describes the miracle of the birth of Jesus among the Syrian people battered by 20 months of civil war.

“The joy of Christmas – says the prelate – is also celebrated in this climate of conflict and fear, and it is a challenge to the suffering and hatred now rampant in the hearts of the people.” The nuncio emphasizes that several parishes in Damascus have not given up celebrating the most important day for Christians: “On 16 December, I visited a small parish on the outskirts of the capital, for months under the explosions of mortars and heavy artillery gunfire. In the living room there were dozens of children intent on cutting out the cardboard figures for the nativity scene. The children help us adults to experience the joy of Christmas through these simple gestures. Their joy is the first fruit of Christmas in this corner of the world torn by sorrow, where Christian families live every day with deep faith, going to the root meaning of this mystery: the solidarity of God and of Jesus with us. He himself has experienced the drama of the flight into Egypt to escape the Massacre of the Innocents. This episode is no different from what they are experiencing, the more than 500 thousand refugees who in recent months have crossed the border leaving everything they had. ”

For Msgr. Zenari, the spirit of Christmas, does not stop at parishes, but spreads among the Muslims through Christian organizations that distribution of food and essential supplies to the displaced. “Even in Damascus – he explains – as in the rest of the country, bread is now a rarity, a luxury item, and is for many the only daily meal. Nevertheless, I visited dozens of religious institutions who work every day to give the population fresh bread or a more substantial meal if there are stocks. ” The prelate indicates in particular the activities of a service center for the capital’s poor, anonymous for security reasons, where 6,500 hot meals are served each day. ” Young Christians and Muslims work for free. Food is distributed to anyone who requests it, regardless of religion, race or faction.”

In this climate of war, the nuncio notes that charity and sharing impose themselves over a powerful hatred and resentment that are unfortunately the real weapons this conflict. “The Spirit of Christmas – he says – is alive in these small gestures.”

According to a report released today by the UN, conflict between the Free Syrian Army and the regime of Bashar al-Assad has turned into an interfaith struggle between Sunnis and Alawites which has now severed all links with politics, and is likely to involve Christian and Armenian minorities. The fear of mass murders in the coming months is provoking an exodus with entire communities and ethnic minorities fleeing across the border. In the report, there is also a new estimate of the aid necessary for more than one million refugees, which has  reached a record 1.5 billion dollars.

Inviting all Catholics to pray for Syria, the prelate states that “once the war is over the leaders of all faiths will have the daunting task of defusing these ‘bombs of resentment and revenge’ nested in people’s hearts , to witness to love and reconciliation. ”

– asianews

Man lynched and burned alive for blasphemy

December 24, 2012 by  
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It happened this morning in the village of Seeta. The man was suspected of desecrating pages of the Koran. Over 200 people dragged him from the police station, beat and finally burned him. 10 police suspended and 20 people arrested. Crowd now facing murder charges and resisting a public officer.

Man lynched and burned alive for blasphemyPakistan, December 22, 2012: A crowd of over 200 people beat and then burned to death a Muslim, because he was suspected of desecrating pages of the Koran. The murder happened this morning in the village of Seeta, (district of Sindh). The victim, as yet unidentified, was in custody for a charge of blasphemy in the local police station, when the mob broke in and dragged the man outside to take justice into their own hands. At present, the police have arrested 20 people.

According to the account of Imam Usma Memon, the man was passing through the village. “On 20 December – he said – he asked for hospitality for the night in our mosque. Before bedtime he prayed. The next morning, some believers found some burnt pages of the Koran.” Suspecting that the traveler was responsible, they led him to the police in Rajo Dero and registered a complaint against him for blasphemy. The news of his arrest spread quickly: more than 200 people forced the police station, took the man, and in front of 12 agents beat him and then set on fire.

The local commissioner, Usman Ghani, said that 10 policemen present were suspended and charged with negligence. The 200 people were charged in accordance with art. 302 (murder) and 353 (obstruction and resisting a public officer) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Introduced in 1986 by General Zia-ul-haq to meet the demands of the lunatic Islamic fringe the blasphemy laws have so far caused the indictment of at least 1,000 people and caused the murders of 60, most of them victims of extra-judicial killings by angry mobs (as in this case) or individuals. There are many Christians victims of the “black law” the case of Asia Bibi is exemplary, a Christian laborer arrested in 2009 and since 2010 on death row.

– agencies

No bandh call in Kandhamal during Christmas: KSSS

December 24, 2012 by  
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It will only be holding a memorial meet at Barkhama near Baliguda, says SP

No bandh call in Kandhamal during ChristmasOdisha, December 23, 2012: Kandhamal district police as well as tribal organisation Kui Samaj Samanwaya Samity (KSSS) confirmed that there was no bandh call during Christmas in Kandhamal district.

It may be noted that during past few days rumours were rife that the KSSS had given the bandh call on Dec 25 and 26. When contacted Kandhamal Superintendent of Police (SP), Jayanarayan Pankaj said there was no attempt of holding any bandh during the Christmas festivities.

According to the SP, the KSSS would only be holding a memorial meeting at Barkhama near Baliguda on the day of Christmas to observe fifth death anniversary of a tribal killed during riots at that place on December 25, 2007. The KSSS leaders also confirmed that although they continue to show up protest against non-fulfilment of their demands by the government yet they were not holding any bandh during Christmas. They would only concentrate on the memorial meeting at Barkhama on the Christmas day.

According to Mr Pankaj, security had been tightened throughout Kandhamal district for Christmas. Armed forces had made flag marches in several volatile areas of this communally sensitive district. Patrolling had been intensified and all vehicles entering the district as well as communally sensitive areas were being checked. Peace committee meetings were also held in all parts of the district to strengthen the communal amity.

It may be noted that the KSSS had given a bandh call on December 25, 2007 which had added to the flared up communal tension in the district during that period. In 2011, the KSSS had given a four-day bandh call from December 24 to 27. After intervention of the administration and the police the KSSS had refrained from holding bandh.

Tribal body calls a 4-day Kandhamal bandh during Christmas

No bandh call in Kandhamal during ChristmasOdisha, Dec 22, 2012: With the Kui Samaj Samanwya Samiti (KSSS), an apex body of local Kui tribe giving a four day Kandhamal bandh call from tomorrow, opposition Congress today expressed concern over the development in the communally sensitive district. “The state government must hold talks with the agitating tribal leaders and persuade the community not to observe a bandh during Christmas,” Leader of the Opposition Bhupinder Singh said raising the issue during zero hour in the assembly. Stating that a communal clash had taken place in Kandhamal during the Christmas festival in 2007, the Congress leader said “a slight mistake in handling the Kandhamal situation could prove costly.” Singh warned the state government to ensure that the peace is maintained in Kandhamal where a communal clash casued death of at least 38 people besides burning of thousands of houses belonging to the minority community and some churches in 2008. KSSS had given a four-day bandh call starting from tomorrow protesting the state government’s “failure” in solving their problems including cancellation of fake caste certificates, free of tribal land in posession of other castes and appointment of tribals in government jobs. The district administration, however, has assured the minority communities to celebrate Christmas without any fear. While the KSSS leader Lambodar Kanhar claimed that the entire Kui community has been supporting the proposed bandh, a number of leaders belonging to the same tribe said they were against such an agitation during the festive season.

– agencies

Did Gujarati Muslims vote for the BJP?

December 24, 2012 by  
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 Some Muslims in Gujarat have warmed up to the BJP, but how many of them voted for the saffron party? Gujarat, December 21, 2012:  Question in everyone’s mind was not whether BJP will win in Gujarat election but what will be their victory margin? And also whether Muslims of Gujarat will vote for BJP? – Both these questions were very important for Narendra Modi to project himself at the national stage.

In terms of seats it has been a downward slide for BJP. The saffron party won 127 seats in 2002 which got reduced to 117 in 2007 and 115 in 2012. Vote share for BJP also shows a slight decline in the last 10 years; from a close to half of all votes polled in 2002, BJP could manage to get 48% of all votes in 2012. So on the first question, Modi is stuck with a drop in both vote shares and number of seats.

Second question is not that easy to answer as there is no way to tell how one individual voted. There are some exit polls that also count voters’ religion but given how off the exit polls have been in predicting Gujarat election, it is best to ignore those numbers and look at actual votes polled and do some analysis based on available data.

There are 34 Assembly seats in Gujarat where Muslims are at least 15% of the population. BJP won 21 of these seats, Congress won 12 and Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) managed to win one seat. If we look at percentage of seats won then it is BJP 62%, Cong 35%, and NCP 3%. Compare this to all the seats won at the state-level by parties at 63%, 34%, and 1% respectively, and you will see that BJP is at a slight loss here.

For a tighter analysis, if we just look at seats with Muslims share in population 20% or higher then we are left with just 15 seats. BJP still captures majority of these seats but Congress performance improves significantly. BJP won 9 seats (60% of 15 seats) while Congress with 6 seats improve their performance to 40% wins. In terms of number of votes also Congress does better in these 15 seats when compared to their state-level performance. Congress captures 41.4% of all votes polled here which is an improvement over all Gujarat vote share of 40%. BJP which received 48% of state votes reduces their share in these 15 seats to get 46%.

It is not lost on me that even here BJP is definitely getting more votes and seats than Congress but latter’s performance improvement in these seats is important to note. If take this analysis further and look at four seats that have more than 40% Muslims in the population then Congress is on an equal footing with BJP with both parties winning two seats each and even in vote share Congress with 44.3% is head to head with BJP’s 45%. That too when Jamalpur-Khadia, a Muslim majority seat saw a triangular contest with two Muslim candidates fighting it out and giving BJP an additional seat in the process.

Congress gave ticket to 7 Muslims while BJP had no Muslim as its candidate. If we look at seats where Congress Muslim candidates were contesting, we can see that except in Jamalpur-Khadia where Muslim votes got split between two Muslim candidates, Congress nominees manage to get more votes than Muslim share of the population there. Given the polarized communal situation in Gujarat it is difficult to imagine that Muslims of those areas overwhelmingly voted for BJP and other communities replaced those numbers by voting overwhelmingly for the Muslim Congress candidate.

However, this does not mean some Muslim did not vote for the BJP. Let’s look at Jamalpur-Khadia a bit closely. This seat estimated to have 61.3% of Muslims, of the total 10 candidates trying their luck on this seat, seven were Muslims. If total the number of votes polled by all Muslim candidates then it comes out to be 60.4% votes, very close to their share in the population. Of course these seven Muslim candidates or at least the Congress nominee must have attracted some non-Muslim votes too so the percentage of Muslims voting for BJP should be higher than 1%.

Bharuch is the only seat from our list of 34 where Congress candidates polled (35.5%) less than the Muslim share in the population (38%). BJP won this seat by polling 59.5% of votes indicating clearly that Musims here voted for BJP but difficult to say if Muslim votes for BJP crossed more than a single digit percentage.

Unfortunately, other six seats with Muslim Congress candidates also give no clue as to what percentage of Muslim may have voted for BJP. In all those seats combined total of votes polled by all Muslim candidates is higher than their share in the population in those areas. This suggests that in fact, Muslims candidates were able to attract some non-Muslim voters. But then we have examples of Murtuza Khan Pathan in Vejalpur who lost the election with a margin of over 40,000 votes as he failed to get enough support from outside his religious community. And then there is Javed Peerzada who won from Wankaner capturing 39% of all votes polled even though Muslims in that are only 23%. Similarly, Amir Ali Lodhiya in Bhuj managed to win 39% of the votes when Muslims are just 15% there. However, he lost by a margin of 8,973 votes.

So did Muslims vote for the BJP? There is nothing in the data to suggest that Muslims voted for BJP in any significant number but there is an ample evidence to suggest that Congress benefitted more in those seats where Muslims had a significant presence.

– tcn

EFI Solidarity Against Rape & on Gender issues

December 24, 2012 by  
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EFI Solidarity Rape & Gender issues in IndiaNew Delhi, December 22, 2012: The Christian community is in solidarity with civil society, which has this week taken to the streets of metropolitan cities protesting the brutal gang rape of a physiotherapist in a moving bus in New Delhi. The community has organized prayers for the recovery of the girl who is now battling for life in a hospital with her internal organs battered in the assault.

The Evangelical Fellowship of India also condemns the teargas and cane charge by the policed on the protestors who were marching to the Parliament and Secretariat complex in the national capital. While the EFI welcomes measures announced by the government, including fast track courts to bring the guilty to book, and projected changes in law, it joins the demand for comprehensive legislative and governance measures to bring a sense of security to women in the country.

The gang rape is symptomatic of the gender issue in India. Government’s own data shows that while New Delhi is now called the rape capital of the country, India itself has registered an alarming rise in sexual crimes against women. Every 3.5 minutes, a crime is committed against women in India. On an average day in India, 45 women were raped, 121 sexually harassed, and 14,630 women and minor girls kidnapped. Sexual violence is but a part of the totality of gender violence, which begins with the unborn girl child. Female foeticide in India increased by 49.2% between 1999-2000, 21 women murdered for dowry and another 135 women were tortured. Domestic violence constitutes 33.3% of the total crimes against women. And finally, 12,134 women were driven to commit suicide due to dowry. Data shows
1,10,424 housewives committed suicide between 1997-2001 and accounted for 52% of the total female suicide victims. Thomson Reuters’ Trust Law Women ranks India with Afghanistan, Congo and Somalia as one of the most dangerous places for women.

EFI shares civil society concerns that a patriarchal society, its villages and peoples’ groups enforcing an archaic feudal social code, an uncaring police, and a slothful judicial system have aggravated the mystery of the rape survivors. It remains a matter of shame that the major political parties have given only lip service to justice for the survivors.

The common people are now crying a halt to this total disregard for the dignity and safety of women.

The EFI calls upon the government and the Supreme Court to take urgent steps to restore the confidence of the people, specially the women and assure them of their safety and security. The EFI offers all help to the brave survivor of the gang rape and prays for her speedy recovery in body and mind.

– richard howell

What Do You Have to Lose This Christmas?

December 24, 2012 by  
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A song for creation and environment lovers
Look at the World by John Rutter – over 3,29,230 hits
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Look at the world

Therefore the people wander like sheep, oppressed for lack of a shepherd – Zechariah 10:2


It’s easy to forget the purpose of Christmas.


This time of year we have so many things that can get in the way: commercialism, traditions, even family and church commitments.


To find the real purpose of Christmas, you have to fast forward from the shepherds, the wise men, and the dirty stable.


We have to go to a statement Jesus made during his adult years about why he came: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10 NIV).


The reason we celebrate Christmas is because Jesus came to Earth to seek and save the lost.


Jesus uses three stories in the gospel of Luke to demonstrate what it means to be lost: the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son.


They teach us that when we’re disconnected from God, we lose:


Our direction (Parable of the Lost Sheep):


The Bible says in Isaiah 53:6, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”


Sheep don’t intend to get lost; it’s just what they do naturally. So do we.


By our own nature, we follow our own way. When we do that, we lose our way.


God’s protection (Parable of the Lost Sheep):


Sheep have no natural defense system, so a sheep without a shepherd is a goner. That sounds like us.


The Bible says, “Therefore the people wander like sheep, oppressed for lack of a shepherd” (Zechariah 7:2).


Without a relationship with God, we’re vulnerable to stress we were never meant to have.


Our full potential (Parable of the Lost Coin):


One coin can be a part of much good, but that coin has no potential if it’s lost.


The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “What God has planned for people who love him is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds!” (CEV)


The potential of those who are connected to God is immeasurable; the potential that’s lost for those who do not have a relationship with God is equally immeasurable.


Our happiness (Parable of the Lost Son):


After the son left his father’s care and began to go his own way, it didn’t take long for him to become miserable and lonely.


There’s a lot of miserable people who are choosing to go their own way and not God’s way.


Being disconnected from God will eventually ruin our happiness.


Our home in Heaven (The Parable of the Lost Son):


God lets us rebel while we are here on Earth, but there are no rebels in Heaven.


Preparing for the next life is the best use of this life. God gives us our way.


If we want to live without him on Earth, he’ll let us live without him for eternity.



Being disconnected from God has vast, devastating, and eternal consequences.


If you’re living disconnected from God, don’t wait. Connect with him today.


Talk About It



  • How does your life demonstrate that you are intimately connected to God?



  • Who do you know that needs to get connected to God this Christmas season through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? What will you do about it?




Isa 55:8


– vc mathews


Can’t Miss: Gaither CHRISTmas Video & Colours of CHRISTmas

December 22, 2012 by  
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Gaither at CHRISTmas

Gaither christmas in South Africa


The Gaither Homecoming series of videos are my all time Gospel Music series….

Their CHRISTmas in South Africa is a must see. And here is also what Bill & Gloria have put out this season.

The Colors of Christmas

The Colors of Christmas


There are several colors which are traditionally associated with Christmas.

This site uses Red, Green and Gold. But why do we have them and what do the colors represent?

Most the colors and their meanings come from the western/northern European traditions and customs, when Christmas is in the middle of winter and it’s dark and cold.



Evergreen plants, like Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe have been used for thousands of years to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter.

They also reminded people that spring would come and that winter wouldn’t last forever!

The Romans would exchange evergreen branches during January as a sign of good luck.

The ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches into their houses during the mid winter festivals.

In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve.

They told Bible stories to people who couldn’t read.

The ‘Paradise Tree’ in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it.

 The Colors of Christmas

Now the most common use of green at Christmas are Christmas Trees.



As mentioned above, an early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the paradise tree.

They represented the fall of Adam in the plays.

Red is also the color of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross.

Red is also the color of Bishops robes. These would have been worn by St. Nicholas and then also became Santa’s uniform!



Gold is the color of the Sun and light – both very important in the dark winter.

And both red and gold are the colors of fire that you need to keep you warm.

Gold was also one of the presents brought to the baby Jesus by one of the wise men and traditionally it’s the color used to show the star that the wise men followed.

Silver is sometimes used instead of (or with) gold. But gold is a ‘warmer’ color.



White is often associated with purity and peace in western cultures.

The snow of winter is also very white!

White paper wafers were also sometimes used to decorate paradise trees.

The wafers represented the bread eaten during Christian Communion or Mass, when Christians remember that Jesus died for them.

White is used by most churches as the color of Christmas, when the altar is covered with a white cloth.

(in the Russian Orthodox Church Gold is used for Christmas).



The color blue is often associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus.
In medieval times blue dye and paint was more expensive than gold!

So it would only be worn by Royal families and very rich people.
Mary was often painted wearing blue to show she was very important.

Blue can also represent the color of the sky and heaven.
During Advent, purple and sometimes blue is used in most churches for the colour of the altar cloth.

(in the Russian Orthodox Church red is used for advent).

Muhammad blockbuster without the Prophet’s images – Sharia

December 22, 2012 by  
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Divided in seven parts, the series will cost a record US$ 1 billion. Extremist Muslim scholar Qaradawi will serve as consultant. A response to the blasphemous movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’, the series will be translated into various languages.

Muhammad blockbuster without images of the prophet in deference to ShariaQatar, December 21, 2012: Qatar-based Alnoor Holding is planning a movie series on the life of Prophet Mohammed to the tune of US$ 1 billion dollars. Out of respect for Islamic beliefs, in none of the episodes will the prophet be visible. Controversial Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most prominent and extremist Sunni scholars, will serve as the series’ technical consultant.

Alnoor announced in 2009 that it was seeking financing for a similar mega series, to be produced by Barrie Osborne, a Hollywood veteran of more than 40 years whose credits include Lord of the Rings and The Matrix. However, the project failed to take off because of the puny US$ 1.5 million dollar budget.

Now the new production will be directly sponsored by Qatar whose authorities said they would foot the entire US$ 1 billion bill.

Divided in seven parts, the series tells the story of Muhammad closely following the Qur’an, its only source.

The company said the film will be translated into several different languages, and shown in Europe and the United States “to correct the wrong image Western societies have of Islam.”

For the series’ producers, the project is a response to the blasphemous Innocence of the Muslims, which caused a wave of violent attacks against Western diplomatic missions in almost all Muslim countries leaving a trail of almost a hundred people dead.

– agencies

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