Demand reappears for Konkani liturgy

March 10, 2013 by  
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Konkani Catholics are denied the right to pray in their mother tongue, leaders say.

Konkani Catholics are denied the right to pray in their mother tongueKarnataka, March 07, 2013: A group of Konkani speaking Catholics in Karnataka has demanded more liturgical services in the their native language, saying people have a right to pray in own language.

A global organization for promoting the language, Jagotik Konkanni Songhotton (JKS) in association with Catholic Konkani Rakann Sanchalan is organizing a national convention on ‘Konkani in liturgy’ on March 10.

Addressing a press meet in Mangalore on Wednesday, JKS secretary general Eric Ozario said that the Constitution of India gives citizens the right to pray in own mother tongue.

The second Vatican Council also had declared that every Catholic has a right to pray in own language. However, Konkani Catholics in many dioceses in the state have been denied the right to pray in their mother tongue, despite their sizeable presence. This is a crucial issue and needs to be addressed immediately, he stressed.

For example, a few Konkani liturgical services are held in the archdiocese of Bangalore and in the diocese of Mysore, Shimoga and Chikmagalur, he said.

“If the presence of a language disappears from prayer service, then the language ultimately disappears. Latin is the biggest example for this. The language should be spoken for it to survive,” stressed Ozario.

He said the resolutions of their seminar will be sent to bishops and authorities concerned.

At the convention, the key note address will be delivered by eminent Konkani Writer Vally Vagga.

This will be followed by paper presentations on topics like, ‘What is the church’s stand in the matter?’, ‘What does the Constitution and the law of the land say?’, Besides papers will also presented on the situation in Chikmagalur, Bangalore, Maharashtra, Goa and Kerala.

There will be a general sessions on conclusions, declarations and resolutions. The website of ‘Catholic Konkani Rakann Sanchalan’ will be launched on the occasion.

– deccan herald

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