Bishop concerned over ‘majority polarisation’ against Goa’s minorities

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 28 December 2015 22:34 IST

The fiery public speeches made in Goa to polarise majority against the minorities is the concern Goa’s Church has expressed, but with an appeal to have an approach of mercy and compassion towards such people.

Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, at a civic reception organised on the occasion of Christmas festival, expressed concern over the new and greater forms of intolerance in the society.

“The whole of Goa was a haven of peace. On the social front, people from different walks of life, religious and social traditions lived in harmony and mutual respect. But what do we see today?  New and ever greater forms of intolerance”, he said.

While referring to incidents like wives and kids being hacked to death and gruesome murders caused by petty quarrels, he said there is also something more.

“…what is more, of fiery speeches made in public platforms, trying to incite hatred between communities and polarizing the majority against the minorities in this State”, he said, making his concern loud and clear about what he was referring to.

To overcome the disturbing situation in the society, the Christian head of Goa made a special reference to the Rig Vedic maxim:

“At a time when the ethos of openness, tolerance and unity in our country is being threatened, the celebration of Christmas becomes a reaffirmation of the Rig Vedic maxim that says, ‘let noble thoughts come from all directions.”

To practise mercy and to give pardon are universal values, cherished by all religions. In fact, if we want to live joyfully in this world and attain serenity of heart, we must let go anger, violence, intolerance and revenge, said Archbishop Ferrao.

“India is a land of karuna or compassion. Our Goan culture is a culture of welcome. It keeps everyone in our embrace. Tourists and migrants feel welcome here. Goa seems to shine in its unique ethos of hospitality and tolerance. We need to capitalize on this. On the other hand, we must admit that the practice of mercy is waning in our midst.”

If destiny has placed us together in this small territory that we call Goa, why should we waste our time and our peace with uncalled for animosities, quarrels and hatreds, asked the Archbishop.

He however did not fail to caution the authorities gathered at the Bishop House, including Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, defence minister Manohar Parrikar, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar and others from political, bureaucratic and social fields:

“These thoughts are especially shared with you, people in the government, with the assurance that you will always have the most frank collaboration on the part of the Church in Goa, as far as we are allowed by the situations and, above all, by what we believe.” is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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Parag ,Are your children,close relatives studing in private English medium schools?.

Did you read what karmali had said just the other day, the archbishop said it with reference to him and to all his chamchas who are out there with distorted facts and false data and to brainwash people.

Read what karmali said.

- santosh, goa | 30 th December 2015 01:15


This Archbishop is the most communal archbishop Goa ever had.His only intention is to bring Cong back to power so that more educational institutions could be opened and if possible take grants from govt.When goa is the epitome of peace and harmony he always imagines intolerance.

- Parag Hede, Panaji,Goa. | 29 th December 2015 09:59


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