Archbishop, CM extend Christmas greetings


Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao has sent his greetings to the Christian community on the occasion of Christmas.
In his message, Archbishop Ferrao said: “I bring you good news of great joy … for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:10-11). This was the Angel’s message to shepherds on the Holy Night when the Son of God became man. This is the message which is heard at every Christmas celebration in our churches, drawing us into the atmosphere of that night.”
“In the Child in a manger we contemplate the Creator of the Universe reduced to the helplessness of an infant. He becomes our companion in the precarious path of history. We only need to take his hand stretched out to us. It is a hand that takes nothing from us, only gives.”
“I wish the Christian community and the society, at large, all the blessings of this Night and season; and pray that we may be inspired to bear witness to Truth, to Love, to Peace: values for which Christ was born, lived and died.”
In his message, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has extended warm wishes to people of Goa on the occasion of Christmas popularly known as “Natal”.
In his message, Chief Minister said, the festival of Christmas is a symbol of love and compassion and celebrated in many parts of the world with joy and enthusiasm.
“Let us on this occasion dedicate ourselves to strengthen the unity and promote national integration and take Goa to new heights of progress and prosperity,” Parrikar said. [H]