A letter from Bishop of Belgaum to Christian business persons from Maharashtra

February 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Church, India, Karnataka, Maharashtra, newsletter-india

Bishop Peter Machado of BelgaumKarnataka, February 20, 2012: The bishop of Belgaum in a letter to Christian business persons suggests three small projects for them to consider. Some of them which he had in mind are :

1. A Housing Colony for the NRIs: Belgaum with its salubrious climate and evergreen environment has beautiful landscapes to offer for Christian businessmen wanting to invest in real estate. The lands are still affordable and being on the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka (politics apart!), you can still have best of both states.

2. A housing colony for the poor: Something in line with the corporate social responsibility. I am looking forward someone to help me in a housing colony for the poor in Belgaum. As the city is growing and private space is shrinking, many of the Catholics in Belgaum city are sandwiched in chawls and rented places. On the outskirts lands are still available with accessible routs to the city where I could plan out a colony for the poor.

3. Old vehicles to be used as school buses: As I am a firm believer that all developments comes with good education, we do have good educational institutions in the different towns of our Diocese in Belgaum, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri etc. But transport and eventual accessibility of these schools to the villagers and rural folks is difficult, unless we have some sort of school bus service. I cannot afford new buses. But if any of our Christian companies are getting rid of their old ones, our Diocese would be a good place for them to find a better purpose.

Peter Machado
Bishop of Belgaum

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