Saturday, July 20, 2013

RIP CARDINAL SIMON PIMENTA OF MUMBAI - A GREAT LEADER OF INDIA

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by Nirmala Carvalho
The cardinal died last night at 93 years of age. His diocese in mourning, date of funeral to be decided. Appointed bishop by Pope Paul VI and Cardinal by John Paul II, he led the Indian Bishops' Conference for three terms. The Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai: "A great leader not only for the diocese, but for the whole of India."


Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Cardinal Simon Pimenta "was a holy man, who will be remembered for his boundless generosity and for his commitment. He was an important leader not only for Catholics in Mumbai, but also for those of the whole 'India". With these words, Msgr. Dominic Savio Fernandes, Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai, remembers the late prelate who died last night at age 93.
Cardinal Pimenta was living in the house of the clergy of the diocese, while waiting for the renovation of his house, near the Cathedral of the Holy Name: "He ate his dinner and went to rest - continues Msgr. Savio Fernandes - when a nurse noticed that he had slipped too deeply into sleep. The doctor arrived promptly, but it was his hour. " Throughout the day today the Catholic community in Mumbai will pay tribute to his archbishop emeritus the details of the funeral will be announced later.


Born on March 1, 1920 in the village of Marol, near the then Bombay, the young Simon Pimenta studied at the St John and then at St Xavier's College. Ordained priest on December 21, 1949, he obtained a doctorate in canon law from Rome's Urbanianum in 1954. Returning to India, he became secretary of Cardinal Valerian Gracias, the first Indian cardinal. Then came a number of positions, from the rector of the cathedral to the teaching of the liturgy in the diocesan seminary.

Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay June 5, 1971, he was appointed coadjutor by Paul VI February 26, 1977. A year later, on September 11, he was installed as titular archbishop. He convened a diocesan synod and was dedicated to pastoral and charitable activities: under his leadership, the diocese opened 12 hospitals and 44 dispensaries. From 1988 he was elected for three consecutive terms president of the Catholic Bishops.

Created cardinal by John Paul II in the consistory of 28 June 1988, he received the titular church of Santa Maria Regina Mundi in Torre Spaccata and continued his pastoral work until 8 November 1996, when he retired from office.

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3 comments:

francislmonteiro said...

Pray For US Jesus so loved the world that he laid his life for us .Our prist love world so much that they do not care life/death but contribution to Church fund .Tommorow we will de denied burial if we do not show church fund receiptYou are the tree and cardinal bishops are trunk and we are branches.Then why we lay people rights are not considered by Mumbai church
Govt gives receipt for every penny paid the Holy Fathern why Church do not give receipt for contribution to Mass,Donation Certificate issued etc
From last several years I am fighting for transparency in Funds collected by Church .Mumbai Church is full of news about land selling to builders,demanding donations,Not giving records of fund collected
Why Holy Father instead of giving instruction does not come heavily on those who go against Church teachings.Why we are tutored like child that God is merciful and we can go on sinning The first trunk part that will crack is Mumbai archdiocese.
My Church Nativity of Lord kandivali east Mumbai collects building fund of rs two lacks from public every month .The priest refuses to give balance sheet showing where cores from last seven years or more kept .We want to know which banks hold this money .We want expenditure /income details from start of fund.This father has completed five years then why he is not transferred .Should I believe their are God Father?Our Church is closed full day on Monday ,No mass.Why one assistant not given to this church as we have seven hundred families.
We take morcha,candle light ,pray ,posters ,pilgrim walh then why not one soul speaks when priest go wrong
The contribution to fund is voluntary but they have made compulsory by closing nose saying no minority/baptism /marriage certificate be given unless latest receipt of contribution to fund is shown
Holy father has to act against Arch bishop as my letters fall on deaf ear
Father This same priest shouts against corruption of Govt but what he is doing by hiding facts.We can preach many good but can we be hypocrit
WE can arrange yearly picnic yearly party and what not then why not annual general body meeting to discuss accounts and other agenda

francislmonteiro said...

At Last JESUS won .Fr declared by mouth that there will be no building fund Box from 3/12/16.One has to fill form and state donation in form.This is streamlining to be transparent and give Balance sheet as per Govt policy.He declared we will get Tax rebate .Can expert interpret this action .Does this mean if no balance sheet given we can demand from Charity commissioner .Why we preach on e thing and do opposite .When this priest will be transferred as he has completed Seven years .Spoke person to Mumbai Church is Mum from last six months in spite of giving facts.This is Nativity of Lord Church Kandivali East

francislmonteiro said...

At Last JESUS won .Fr declared by mouth that there will be no building fund Box from 3/12/16.One has to fill form and state donation in form.This is streamlining to be transparent and give Balance sheet as per Govt policy.He declared we will get Tax rebate .Can expert interpret this action .Does this mean if no balance sheet given we can demand from Charity commissioner .Why we preach on e thing and do opposite .When this priest will be transferred as he has completed Seven years .Spoke person to Mumbai Church is Mum from last six months in spite of giving facts.This is Nativity of Lord Church Kandivali East