Punjab appointment of 4 Christian marriage registrars hailed

December 31, 2011 by  
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Punjab appointment of 4 Christian marriage registrars hailed

Punjab, December 29, 2011: The appointment of 4 Marriage Registrars is a Christmas gift for the Christian community in Punjab, said bishop Dr. Anil Couto.  The Christian community thanked the Punjab government, which the first government to have come forward in support of the minorities in such a manner. The Christian community has always done commendable service to humanity, especially in Punjab in all fields.

Speaking to the newly appointed Registrars Dr. Anil Couto, bishop of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh expressing his best wishes, appreciated and thanked the Government of Punjab for the recognition. He said this was acknowledging the the presence of the Christian Community in Punjab and their selfless contribution to the state, irrespective of any distinction or discrimination.

 The Registrars appointed are as follows:
Adv. Anjalina Brar of Jalandhar City, serving at the New Court, Jalandhar.
Adv. Sanjiv Peter of Mohali, Chandigarh with legal practise there.
Mr.  Francis Bhatti of Amritsar, who is a retired government teacher
Mr.  Rakesh William of Dhariwal, Gurdaspur, who is a government employee
 
“This is a small first step and it is hoped that the Government of Punjab will take many more steps for the progress and all round development of Christians in Punjab”, the bishop said.
 
fr. peter kavumpuram

Vatican top official visits Golden Temple and meets Sikh leaders

November 17, 2011 by  
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Vatican top official visits Golden Temple and meets Sikh leadersPunjab, November 16, 2011: Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Apostolic Nuncio to India, His Excellency Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio were given a grand welcome by the Catholic Yuva Dhara of Punjab. They visited the Golden temple and it’s head priest Granthi Gyani Gurbachan Singh. The Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Sukhbir singh Badal, accompanied by a Member Parliament, welcomed them to the Holy city of Amritsar. The next day, 2 speakers from each religion spoke on the concept of God and Culture. The visit concluded with a High Mass offered by the Cardinal at St. Francis Church, Amritsar.
 
Vatican top official visits Golden Temple and meets Sikh leadersThe Vice Chancellor Guru Nanak Dev University, Giani Joginder Singh, and  J Jairoop Singh Brar welcomed Cardinal Taura, the Papal Ambassador to India, Archbishop Quintana, Bishop Anil Couto, Navjyot Singh Sidhu, MP and others. At the Golden Temple, the delegation was received by Giani Gurbachan Singh, the head granthi of the Akal Takth.

– fr. peter kavumpuram