Goa Archbishop extends Liberation Day greetings

December 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Goa, National, newsletter-india, State

Golden Jubilee Year of GoasGoa, December 19, 2011: Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao has sent his greetings to the people of Goa on the occasion of Golden Jubilee Year of Goa’s Liberation.

“The Archdiocese of Goa and Daman rejoices with the rest of the population of our State, as we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the annexation of Goa into the Indian Union. Freed from foreign rule and united to the Indian subcontinent, Goa has enjoyed, for the last fifty years, the fruits of democracy and self-determination, leading towards prosperity and progress.”

“Freedom is a value that needs to be cherished and capitalized upon. Real freedom is one that enables us to look beyond the entrapments of our present day. And one such entrapment seems to be a certain obsession with the past, which prevents some of us from looking forward and from truly enjoying freedom.”

“Such an obsession can either result in an iconoclastic hatred for whatever was, or in an idealisation of a past that will never return. Fifty years is perhaps long enough to enable us to look at our post-1961 existence dispassionately and to realise that we must give up our hatred as well as our fixations and look forward together to a future that will ensure our wholesome wellbeing and communal harmony.”

“Our 450-year-long encounter with a European country is a part of our history that cannot be changed and that has left an indelible mark on the Goan ethos. Through its chequered development and despite all its undesirable aspects, it has contributed to shape us into a unique people in this land.”

“May the Golden Jubilee celebrations help us to rejoice at this uniqueness and to make the most of it as we forge ahead as mature and responsible builders of our future. We appeal to all sections of our society to work to build a Goa that will truly become a pearl in the crown of Mother India.”

– herald

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