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Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings from Bishop’s House, Balasore!

The canonization of Mother Teresa, which would take place on the 4th of September in Rome, would surprise no one as she had been given the status of saint even before died 19 years ago. The ‘Saint of the Gutters’, as she was well known in the world outside, would finally be counted among the company of saints and placed on pedestals for veneration. The poor for whom she dedicated her life need not be told that she is now counted among the saints of heaven. She knew that the true good cannot be found in systems and plans, no matter how clever and efficient, but in a person. Read More....

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The Present Ecclesiastical territory of Balasore, Comprising the 4 civil Districts : Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar of Orissa State, was under the Archdiocese of Calcutta until 1968.Though the origin of Christianity in this part of North East Orissa can be traced back to 1514 with a Portuguese settlement in Pippilli, Balasore got a resident Priest in the person of Fr. Sapport S.J. only in 1865. He had built a beautiful church (Lal Girja) in Balasore and had started a Foundling Home, which later was looked after by the Daughters of the Cross (DC). Fr Sapport S.J. was said to be the Pioneer Missionary of Balasore. In 1915, the Daughters of St. Joseph of Chembery had arrived and opened a Convent and a School in Balasore which was functioning until 1938.  Read More....

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