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Christmas celebration
with the thousand prisoners at Udaipur

Udaipur December 26, 2008

Catholics of Udaipur city celebrated Christmas with the prisoners at Udaipur. Programme was organized by Maitri sadan director Dr. Norbert Herman SVD with the assistance of the religious and the parishners of our Lady of Fatima cathedral. The prisoners were entertained by the cultural dance, fun items Christmas carols by st. Teresa School children, Maitri sadan choir and the representatives of the parish and various religious communities in Udaipur. While prisoners enjoyed fun and the laughter with the message of Rev. Father R.H. Lesser who conveyed Christ’s love to the prisoners and blessed them. The parishprist Fr. Marcus Garcia thanked the St. Mary’s Fatehpura sisters, parishners, st. Teresa School for providing snacks and programme for the prisoners.

Singing Priest Norbert Herman SVD
along with his group
performs at Shilpgram Annual Utsav 2008

Udaipur December 25, 2008

Western Region Cultural centre Udaipur invited Fr. Norbert and his group to perform Christmas carols at annual fest on Christmas day at Shilpgram in the evening at 7 pm. Father Norbert narrated the whole story of the babe of Bethlehem through the music which was applauded by the gathering of twenty five thousand people gathered at Shilpgram. There were also artists from various states of India performing their cultural folklore.

Most Rev. Bishop Joseph Pathalil gave Christmas message and said that the prince of peace Jesus be born in the hearts of all people and stressed that each one of us must make an effort to promote this message of peace in the world.

Peace Rally on the occasion of Christmas

Udaipur 24, December 2008

Sarva Dharma Maitri Sangha organized an Inter-religious Peace Rally on the eve of Christmas Dec 24, 2008. The Float was arranged on a camel cart that started at 4 pm. from the Headquarter of Sarva Dharma Maitri Sangha. Passing through main spots of the city the peace rally concluded at Our Lady of Fatima cathedral. Rev. Joseph Pathalil, bishop Udaipur addressed the rally and gave Christmas peace message. The members of Inter-Religious Group along with the Christian community accompanied the Float.

Father Norbert, the director Sarva Dharma Maitri Sangh welcomed all distinguished guests and people from various religions and institutions. He stated the aim of the Peace Rally and emphasized on the urgency of peace and religious harmony which is the need of the hour. Inaugurating the Rally Sr. Anupam M.C. also affirmed the same thing.

Mr. Satish Maroo and the representatives of Jain Samaj garlanded the baby Jesus and welcomed the Peace Rally at udiya pole. At Surajpole Mahant Murli Manohar Shastri welcomed the Rally and addressed the rally after garlanding the Baby Jesus. He said be it Christ or Krishana they are the messengers of peace. Today world is in great need of peace, religious harmony and brotherhood.

The representative of Brahaman Samaj Mr. Lokesh Paliwal welcomed the rally at Ashwini Bazar and garlanded the Child Jesus. Peace rally passed through Delhi Gate where Mr. Sujansing the representative of Sikh community welcomed the Rally; at Chetak circle Mr. Saifuddin Balmwal the representative of Bohra samaj welcomed the Rally. Bohra samaj carried different peace massages banners and participated in the rally. Passing through sukhadia circle peace rally reached Our Lady of Fatima Cathedral where Rev. Bishop Joseph Patalil addressed the gathering and gave the peace message to all the religious groups and freed the Pigeon as a symbol of freedom and peace to the whole world. There after Dr. Norbert and his group sang the carols and concluded the Rally. The president of Sarva Dharma Maitri Sangh Mr. Sandeep Singhatwadia proposed the vote of thanks. He thanked especially the NCC cadets of St. Paul School and the city police for their active role in conducting the peace rally and the people of different religions served snacks and cool drinks at the various places in the city.