Ajmer dargah: Zardari donation for ‘noble causes’ *Goa: Mayor joins Easter celeb

April 10, 2012 by  
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Rajasthan, April 09, 2012: The donation of $1 million offered by Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari during his visit to the dargah of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti will be spent on education, health and other welfare activities in Ajmer, the shrine authorities said.

“The donation will be put to use for noble causes including education, health, religious functions and financial help for widows among others,” said Wahid Chisti, secretary of the Anjuman Syed Zadgan, a custodian body of the shrine.

He said the body would receive the donation from Zardari through Indian government channels.

Accompanied by his son Bilawal, Zardari offered prayers at the revered shrine here Sunday.

The 21-member body, which holds the purse strings of the shrine, represents the khadims (caretakers) who claim to be relatives of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.

“Anjuman spends a lot of money for the cause of education. The body runs one English medium higher secondary school and a seminary in Ajmer,” Natiq Chisti, a khadim who helped Zardari and his son in the prayers Sunday, told IANS.

“The media reported that the donation is for the dargah. The donation will be for Anjuman Syed Zadgan,” a khadim told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

“The Pakistan High Commission said the Pakistan government will offer the money for Anjuman Syed Zadgan,” he clarified.

Anjuman also runs a small hospital in the city.

“Apart from this, we also send money to major shrines across the country and arrange for the langar (community kitchen) at these shrines,” Natiq Chisty told IANS.

He said the body also provides scholarship to meritorious students of the khadim community and financial assistance to widows.

– ians

Goa: Mayor joins Easter celeb


Goa, April 08, 2012: The concelebrated mass offered by the Goan Catholic Welfare Union (GCWU) on Easter Sunday at Don Bosco Shrine (Our Lady of Fatima) Panjim was attended by a congregation of a thousand Christians that sang, prayed and listened to the Easter message.

Rev. Fr. Mousinho de Ataide (Professor at Rachol Seminary) was the main celebrant and delivered the homily. Rev Fr. Paul D’Souza, Fr. Simon Fernandes SJ, Fr. Wilfred Fernandes and Fr. Olivio Miranda were the co-celebrants. Fr. Romulu Noronha read the announcements and the Choir sang hymns to the tune of music from the organ and guitar.

After the mass, the faithful were treated to Easter cake and refreshments. The Mayor of Panjim, Vaidehi Naik made it a point to attend and wish Catholic brothers and sisters. “Don Bosco area falls in my ward and I am most happy to participate in this joyous occasion”, she said.  “Several Hindu friends also joined in the celebrations and exchanged Easter greetings. It is like one big Goan family celebrating Easter” remarked Sister Augusta from Holy Cross Convent who came all the way from Mapusa.

Juino De Souza, President of GCWU said “the election process that took place during the period of lent was generally peaceful and the new government led by Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar is being expanded with more members of his cabinet being sworn in on Easter Sunday and they need our prayers. Easter is when we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ and which provides a strong message that every work of evil shivers before the power of goodness. We must reciprocate to the ‘zero tolerance to corruption’ policy of the government and ensure that Citizens do not pay or encourage bribes”.

“Catholics during Easter remember the life, sacrifice and living legacy of Jesus who was a man of incomparable compassion, generosity, grace, humility and love. These are the values that Jesus embraced and it is these values that can make Goa more tolerant, generous and caring”, Juino said while thanking the Salesians of Don Bosco for their support.

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