Church wary of government assurance on IFFI scheduling

December 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Church, Goa, Government, India, National, newsletter-india

IFFIGoa, November 29, 2011: Despite assurance from the ruling Congress-led coalition in Goa that the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) next year will not coincide with the feast of Saint Francis Xavier, the Church in the state is not satisfied.

Father Savio Baretto, rector of the Basilica of Bom Jesus, said the Congress is only talking about the feast. “We have always maintained that IFFI and the feast and novenas of Saint Francis Xavier should not be held together.”

“We are not satisfied, though the assurance is welcomed.”

Mauvin Godinho, deputy speaker of the state legislative assembly said the issue was discussed with officials of the central government and IFFI organizers, who assured to change the dates from next year.

“Even the party feels that IFFI dates should not clash with the feast,” he said.

He said this year we could not effect a reschedule as the infrastructure was already in place for the festival.

“The party promises the Catholic community that IFFI dates will not overlap with the feast from next year,” he added.

Earlier, Information and Broadcasting minister Ambika Soni too had assured that the dates would be changed changed next year.

The Church has been demanding a change in the IFFI dates since 2006 and it was this year that it coincided with the feast of the Spanish missioner on December 3.

– bosco d’souza eremita

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