Mangaluru, Dec 11, 2017: A Christmas programme organized by Doordarshan Kendra(Chandana) Bangalore and Diocese of Mangalore was the center of focus in the city held at Fr.Muller’s convention center at Pumpwell, on December 10.
With participation of many a group of enternatiners and students of the city, Fr Onil D’Souza the coordinator of the programme welcomed the gathering. Doordarshan directors and technicians with AIR’s Concepta Alva and Dr. Galdson Jathanna of Theological College conducted the programme. The theme was ’Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ for peace and blessings’.
Rev Dr Bernard Moras the Archbishop of Bangalore while participating as the Chief Guest in the ‘CHRISTA NAMANA’ said it is festival of remembering the event of God becoming human being. The birth of Jesus heralded the Good News to the humankind that God loves people and because of this love He forgives people, the Archbishop said in his address.
Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza the Bishop of Mangalore and dignataries inaugurated the programme by lighting the lamp. The Bishop of Mangalore In his message said that Jesus came into this world for the sinners, outcast, poor and neglected and not for the affluent. When he came into the world He didn’t find a place for his birth. He was born
in the manger. He didn’t find a place in the house or in the inn because there was no place for Him in the hearts of people. We celebrate His Birthday. He wishes to be born in our hearts and he invites us to see Him among
the poor, downtrodden, oppressed. This gives true meaning for the celebration of Christmas.
The participation by many goups from the city, gave a colourful performance and kept the venue filled with people enthralled through the event. Groups of artistes from Agnes Special School, Urwa church, St.Annes Capuchin Friary, Alphonse church, Belvadere, and many others gave thrilling performances. Doordarshan recorded the whole event for transmission, to be announced.
Swamy Jitakamananda of Rama Krishna Math, J. R. Lobo the M.L.A. Mangalore South , Ivan D’Souza M.L.C. and Chief Whip Govt of Karnataka, N Chandrashekar the Deputy Director General of Doordarshan Kendra Bangauru, T.R. Suresh the Police Commissioner of Mangalore Commisonerate, Nazir Mohammed the Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation, Rev Richard Coelho the Director Fr Muller Hospital, i M. P. Noronha the Secretary of Mangalore Diocesan Pastoral Parishad graced the occasion amidst a huge public audience. .