I would consider myself all too happy if, after a life consecrated to God in the midst of the labours of the apostolate, I might simply save my own soul and avoid hell.
-St. Daniel Comboni
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********************** May the words of the holy Gospel wash away our sins and bring us to everlasting life.
********************** "The Gospel is capable of changing people! It transforms evil inclinations into good proposals. It frees those who are enslaved by sin, the spirit of vanity, of attachment to money, of pride, of sensuality… Read the Word of God daily and meditate upon its teachings and allow yourselves to be nurtured every day by this infinite source of salvation."(Pope Francis)
AVONA WELCOMES HIS GRACE ARCHBISHOP FRANCISCO M. PADILLA, APOSTOLIC NUNCIO TO THE ARABIAN PENINSULA
We are very happy to announce that the Holy Father has appointed His Grace Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, Titular Archbishop of Nebbio as Apostolic Nuncio to the State of Kuwait and Apostolic Delegate to the Arabian Peninsula. The appointment was made public on April 5, 2016. We warmly welcome the Archbishop to the region and pray and wish him every success in his role making present the person of the Holy Father to the faithful and the peoples of the different countries of the peninsula. [Biography of His Grace Archbishop Francisco Padilla]
FR. GABRIEL DIAS, OCD, PASSES AWAY IN GOA
We regret to inform our parishioners in Kuwait of the passing away of Fr. Gabriel Dias, OCD, on July 20, 2016 at the age of 61. May his soul rest in peace. The funeral will take place on Friday at 4:00 pm in Margao, Goa.
Fr. Gabriel served in the Cathedral and Salmiya parishes of Kuwait from 1994 to 2001. He celebrated the 25th aniversary of his priestly ordination last year.
We convey our deep condolences to his family and the Discalced Carmelite Fathers.
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COAT OF ARMS OF THE APOSTOLIC VICARIATE OF NORTHERN ARABIA
The Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia has launched a new coat of arms to identify the Vicariate on documents, etc.
The arms is comprised of a shield, surmounted by a bishop’s mitre, cross and crozier. The four colours on the shield represent the four countries of our Vicariate: red (Bahrain), green (Saudi), dark brown (Qatar) and black (Kuwait). Over all, the letter 'M' is inscribed to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary, in her title of Our Lady of Arabia, to whom our Vicariate is dedicated.
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Global Catholic News
Bishop's Office, June 30, 2016 Obituary - Archbishop Giuseppe De Andrea Passes Away at 86
With deep sadness I wish to inform the faithful that His Grace Archbishop Giuseppe De Andrea passed away yesterday evening in Rome at the age of 86... Continue
Bishop's Office, June 25, 2016 H.L. Bishop Camillo's Letter concerning Fr. Luis Camacho
Dear Parishioners, may the peace of Christ be with you. In my recent visit to some parishes.... Continue
Bishop's Office, Dec 25, 2015 H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin's Christmas & New Year Message
Dear Brothers and Sisters, first and foremost, let me wish you all a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year, in the Lord. These wishes are routinely repeated every year... Continue
Bishop's Office, Dec 2015 Kuwait Clergy Transfer
Fr. (Dr.) John Padipurackal left Kuwait for his new appointment. Our sincere gratitude to Father John. We wish him God's abundant blessings in his ministry.
Bishop's Office, Dec 2015 Bahrain Cathedral Update from H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin MCCJ
Dear brothers and sisters, Peace be with you. Surely you are asking yourselves at what point is the project of the Cathedral in Bahrain. I am happy to inform you ... [Continue]
Site Update, Dec 5, 2015 Kuwait: Marriage Preparation Course Schedule
The MPC Schedule for the year 2016 is available here.
July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
In honouring the Blood of Jesus, we honour the price of our redemption. The Blood of the risen, glorified, living Body of Christ in heaven is made present on our altars by the words of Consecration. How fortunate we are to have Divine Blood so near to us, to offer it to the heavenly Father for the sins of the whole world! Devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus
Papal Prayer Intentions for July 2016
[Universal] Indigenous Peoples - That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.
[Evangelization] Latin America and the Caribbean - That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
What is the Neo-Catechumenal Way? To begin, the Neo-Catechumenal Way is a way of conversion, a Christian initiation within the Catholic Church, dedicated to adult faith formation. The Neo-Catechumenal Community was initiated in Kuwait in 2006, by H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin, mccj, with the help of Catechists from Italy. More about the Neo-Catechumenal Community in Kuwait
"O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Arabia and our Patroness! To you we offer up our prayers for the needs of the Church here and throughout the world. Help us to remain one with your Son Jesus and united amongst ourselves, so that we may be true witnesses for Christ in our daily lives and that the Lord's blessings of peace and harmony be within our families and communities always. Trusting in your maternal intercession, we beseech you to hear our humble prayers and grant us the graces we seek... so that we may give glory to God forever. Amen. Our Lady of Arabia, pray for us!"