and Pictures by : Fr.Francis Rodrigues, Raknno
Mangalore: Dr Christy Leon Fernandez, IAS, Secretary to the President
of India Honourable Prathiba Patil expressed concern for the minorities
and especially towards the Christians during his meeting with Most Rev.
Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Bishop of Mangalore on Sunday
27th of November in the Bishop’s House of Mangalore.
He said that minorities should be very cautious lest there
should be laws and legislations endangering the existence of minorities
and their rights. He was honoured by the Bishop of Mangalore
on behalf of the Christians of Mangalore.
‘I am very much impressed by the spiritual geography of
central Milagres Church of Mangalore. I will carry a picture
of Our Lady of Miracles and add to my collection of unique pictures and
statues of Mother Mary’ said art lover Dr Fernandez.
Dr Fernandez is a Christian originally from Cochin. Dr Fernandez is a
1973 Gujarat cadre Indian Administrative Service officer. He is holding
the top bureaucratic post in Rashtrapati Bhawan since 2007 July
immediately after the present President had taken charge of the
office. He was the Tourism Secretary in the central
government for four years before being appointed as the Secretary to
Even though he was due for retirement in June 2009, he has been asked
by the President to continue as her secretary till her tenure is
completed in mid 2012.
PRO Fr William Menezes, president of Rachana Marcel Monteiro,
president of Konkanni Prachar Sanchalan Roy Castelino, Christian lay
leaders Walter D’Souza, Melwyn P. Noronha, Fr Rithesh
Rodrigues and others were present on the occasion.
and Published by Konkanifriends.com Team