Telangana government will distribute gifts to arround two lakh christians from imp
backgrounds and host Christmas dinners,confirming past tradition tata started in 2015. The gifts will include sarees or cloth pieces that can be stitched into a pair of shirt and a pant, or a salwar-kameez. “The distribution of gift hampers will take place on December 14 and the dinner will be hosted on December 18. The total expenditure for distribution of gift hampers and hosting of lunch is around Rs 15 crore,” Syed Omar Jaleel, the secretary of Telangana minority welfare department said.In September, the state government distributed sarees to around one crore Hindu women on the occasion of Bathukamma festival during Dasara, but the gifts were criticised for their poor quality.Jaleel said as per estimates, there were around one lakh poor Christians in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, and another lakh in the rest of Telangana.The government has asked MLAs and corporators to identify those eligible for the gifts with the help of Christian organisations associated with local churches.
"Once the beneficiaries under each church are identified, we will transfer the amount directly to the church account to host the dinner, besides handing over the gift packets with new clothes,” the official said. “In all, 190 churches have been identified for the scheme.”
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has also decided that Christmas will be celebrated as an official state function. “The chief minister will host a grand dinner for elite Christian families of the city in Hyderabad on Christmas eve,” Jaleel said.
The distribution of gift hampers during Christmas festivities was launched by KCR in December 2015.
He also laid a foundation stone for a Christian Bhavan proposed to be constructed at a cost of Rs 10 crore at Mahendra Hills in Secunderabad. But construction did not take off due to legal problems over the land.
Last year, he promised a two-acre land for at Nagole in Hyderabad, but it, too, did not materialise. Finally, on December 4 this year, deputy chief minister Mohammad Mahmud Ali laid foundation for Christian Bhavan at Medchal on the city suburbs.
PRAYER TOWN LAUNCHED IN CHICAGOown launched in Chicago
A prayer tower is opened on 2355 W Devon Ave., Chicago, IL, 60659 (Devon and Western Intersection) on 11/30/2013. Dedication service was followed up by a prayer service with Dr. Benny Prasad, world’s first musician who traveled all countries and a Guinness record holder from Bangalore, India, on 12/03/2013 The purpose of prayer tower is to pray for the neighborhood, bring healing to the community, comfort to the broken hearted, bring deliverance from evil attacks, addictions and setting the captives free in the name of lord Jesus Christ.
It is also a Christian book center where free bibles can be obtained in all languages.it also serves as a Christian library where people can walk-in for a free cup of coffee, tea or snacks and be prayed for and use the resources to get connected to their creator and help grow in their relationship with God. There is also free internet, printing, scanning, fax, services that are offered to help the community
The prayer team at prayer tower has witnessed mighty miracles such as healings from cancer, deliverance from evil spirits when people are prayed for in the name of Lord Jesus Christ. It is their desire that people should live wholesome blessed life by getting into a relationship with their creator.
People from all walks of life and communities are invited to stop by for prayers, cup of coffee/tea or snacks and to listen to anointed messages from servants of Prayers team can be reached at 847-312-2669 or 847-833-1400 for prayers or for more.
Telugu Christian fellowship of Canada has announced their annual Christmas celebration, will be held this year on Saturday 16 Dec 2017.This will be one of the largest Telugu christian events held in city of Toronto,ON and all the Telugu speaking community can gather under one roof for His glory.we recommend all the christian community to pray for this grand event and provide the pleasure of your presence. TCFC always welcomes our new immigrants,Students and families from various denominations and provide one platform for Telugu Christians in North America,we provide the opportunity to present and stage your spiritual gifts and be live example for the whole world.Please connect and bring your testimony for encouraging and uplifting our community. All the Toronto events are free and open to public, following by grand Dinner. please keep in touch with one of our community member and keep visiting our official website for latest Christian news,updated and prayer events.
Hope you will have a joyful festive season ahead .Regards from all our seniors and TCFC Committee in building His Church.
The Bangladesh church must continue to build bridges and promote dialogue with other religions in the country to promote "harmony." And "when religious leaders speak out with one voice against the violence that parades as religion and seek to replace the culture of conflict with the culture of encounter, they draw from the deepest spiritual roots of their various traditions." It is one of the tasks that Pope Francis has entrusted to the bishops of the country, whom he met in the cathedral of Dhaka, which is part of the archbishopric complex, where he arrived at 4 pm local time, after receiving the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Shekh Hasina.In the home for elderly priests which is also part of the cathedral complex, he spoke to Bangladesh's 10 bishops recommending in particular the care of priests and lay people, especially families and young people.In his speech, the Pope first praised the spirit of communion existing among bishops and priests of the country. "Your own episcopal leadership has traditionally been marked by a spirit of collegiality and mutual support. This spirit of affective collegiality is shared by your priests, and through them, has spread to the parishes, communities and manifold apostolates of your local Churches. It finds expression in the seriousness with which you, in your dioceses, engage in pastoral visitations and demonstrate practical concern for the welfare of your people. I ask you to persevere in this ministry of presence, which can only strengthen the bonds of communion uniting you to your priests, who are your brothers, sons and co-workers in the Lord’s vineyard, and to the men and women religious who make so crucial a contribution to Catholic life in this country".
"At the same time, I would ask you to show ever greater pastoral closeness to the lay faithful. There is a need to promote their effective participation in the life of your particular Churches, not least through the canonical structures that provide for their voices to be heard and their experiences acknowledged. Recognize and value the charisms of lay men and women, and encourage them to put their gifts at the service of the Church and of society as a whole. I think here of the many dedicated catechists in this country, whose apostolate is essential for the growth of the faith and for the Christian formation of the next generation. They are true missionaries and leaders of prayer, especially in the more remote areas. Be concerned for their spiritual needs and for their continuing education in the faith."
"Significant" is also the goal set out in the Pastoral Plan of 1985 - "and that has indeed proved to be prophetic" - of the option for the poor. "The Catholic community in Bangladesh can be proud of its history of service to the poor, especially in remote areas and tribal communities; it continues this outreach daily through its educational apostolates, its hospitals, clinics and health centres, and the variety of its organized charitable works. Yet, especially in light of the present refugee crisis, we see how much more needs to be done! The inspiration for your works of assistance to the needy must always be that pastoral charity which is quick to recognize human woundedness and to respond with generosity, one person at a time. By working to create a “culture of mercy” (cf. Misericordia et Misera, 20), your local Churches demonstrate their option for the poor, reinforce their proclamation of the Father’s infinite mercy, and contribute in no small measure to the integral development of their homeland".
"An important part of my pastoral visit to Bangladesh is the inter religious and ecumenical encounter that will take place immediately following our meeting. Yours is a nation where ethnic diversity is mirrored in a diversity of religious traditions. The Church’s commitment to pursuing inter religious understanding through seminars and educational programs, as well as through personal contacts and invitations, contributes to the spread of good will and harmony. Work unremittingly to build bridges and to foster dialogue, for these efforts not only facilitate communication between different religious groups, but also awaken the spiritual energies needed for the work of nation building in unity, justice and peace.