A court in the western Indian state of Goa has instructed police to register the death of an activist and former priest as murder and investigate the crime, more than a year after he was found drowned.Former Blessed Sacrament Father Bismarque Dias' body was fished out of the Mandovi River Nov. 7, 2015, two days after he was reported missing. He left the priesthood three years before his death to contest state elections in Goa.
Demonetisation: Income Tax notice to Catholic Church in Goa kicks up a political controversy
The Archdiocese of Goa was given less than a day to provide details of cash in hand..Demonetisation: Income Tax notice to Catholic Church in Goa kicks up a political controversy.Local English daily The Goan, questioned why only the Church was picked for the notice. It published a report on Saturday that pointed out that Income-Tax authorities had not asked any of the prominent religious bodies of other faiths in the state to declare cash in hand and cash book entries.
Published: 2:09 pm, July 26, 2014
Bambolim: Thieves have robbed a shrine of a “miraculous cross” built on a national highway decades ago to prevent accidents and robberies.
The Herald Newspaper reported the thieves broke into the Holy Cross Bambolim shrine early morning on Thursday and took away valuables.
According to shrine in charge Fr Albano Fernandes, the thieves took away 12 gold chains from the statue of Blessed Mother, two rings and 60,000 rupees.
The incident came to light on Tuesday morning when a parishioner of St Rock Church, Tolleacanto, came to clean a grave in view of the Mass scheduled for today.Priest Fr. Luis Coutinho said around 8.30 in the morning the woman informed of the missing cross from the grave. The parish members soon found that "92 crosses from the graves were uprooted and thrown outside the cemetery,” he added.