Mangaluru: With less than 12 hours left for the Episcopal Ordination and Installation of New Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, all arrangements Have been completed and the Rosario Cathedral grounds has taken a new look to welcome the guests and faithful arriving from near and far to witness this historical event.
Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha will be consecrated during the solemn Eucharistic celebration by Most Rev. Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, the Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Mangalore along with Dr. Peter Machado, Archbishop of Bangalore and Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Issac Lobo Bishop of Udupi as co-consecraters.
After the religious ceremony, a formal felicitation will be held at the same venue. State Minister for Urban Development and Housing U T Khader, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, MLA Vedavyas Kamath, central and state ministers will offer felicitation to the newly appointed Bishop.
This historical event will be witnessed by Rev. Msgr. Javier D Fernandez G, Counsellor of Papal Nuncio to India. Archbishops, many Bishops and priests, religious political leaders, Catholics of Mangalore Diocese-more than 10000 people are expected to be present. The formal event is open to people of all religion and a simple lunch will be served to all the attendees.
Seating arrangements have been made for 10,000 people at the Rosario Church and College grounds. Since there will be many vehicles and people attending the event, elaborate safety and parking arrangements have been made. District adminstration and Police departments are supporting the arrangements in co ordination with the Episcopal Ordination Organising Committee led by Fr. J B Crasta and M P Noronha.
NewsKarnataka will live telecast the event from 9.30 am onwards.