Bengaluru: Archbishop Peter Machado of Bengaluru has received the traditional pallium from Rev. Dr. Giambattista Diquattro, Apostolic Nuncio in India (Vatican Ambassador) in the presence of over a dozen bishops of Karnataka and neighbouring states. Scores of priests, nuns and a large number of lay people attended the meaningful ceremony which the congregation of faithful witnessed for the first time in the Archdiocese.
Archbishop Diquattro conducted the investiture ceremony prior to the Eucharist. He also spoke at length eulogizing the qualities of head and heart of Archbishop Machado. The Ambassador expressed hope that the new Archbishop of Bangalore would fulfill the expectations of the people of the archdiocese. He touched upon a brief history of the archdiocese and the work done by Dr Machado’s predecessors and pioneers. Much work has been done from the inception of the diocese and the same is being carried out by efficient and enthusiastic prelates, priests and even by able and talented lay leaders.
Dr Giambattista Diquattro put the pallium on Archbishop Machado ceremoniously. Dr Machado took an oath and recited prayers kneeling down in front of the nuncio. The nuncio presented Archbishop Machado with a miter and a crosier (official staff) indicating an Archbishop’s responsibility and authority over areas of spiritual and ecclesiastic matters. Soon after the investiture ceremony Archbishop Peter Machado celebrated the Holy Mass concelebrated by all other bishops and priests.
Preaching a homily, Archbishop Machado quoting St. Paul said “Rejoice in the Lord always…” He spoke of the significance of pallium. Pallium is an woolen material from sheep (It is an woolen vestment conferred by the Pope on an archbishop in the Latin Church, consisting of a narrow circular band placed round the shoulders with a short lappet hanging from front and back. Also it symbolizes the office or dignity of an archbishop. He reminded the congregation the need to strengthen the faith. Referring to the gospel of the day, in which Jesus asked Peter ‘Do you love me. Each person is encouraged to ask the same question on whether one loves Jesus more than others and anything else.
The question Jesus asked Peter implied each person’s responsibility towatds Chuch. This also pointed towards the lost sheep, the weak and the needy. According to Pope Benedict VI, the pallium symbolizes ‘Feed my lamb, feed my sheep.’ Quoting Mathew 11, 28, the prelate said, ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.’ He said again,“For my yoke is easy and my burden light’ (Mt 11, 30). The pallium worn on him symbolized the yoke (cross) he has to carry as Jesus carried his Cross. Each one has to carry own crosses, taking the example of Jesus.
Archbishop Machado reminded all to understand and tackle issues around us such as issues of scandals and other issues seen around us. Even Archdiocese has also issues. To deal with all types of issues one faces, we need unity and fidelity to Church. No one should feel forced to do this or one should not have indifferent attitude towards the aspects of unity. Ephesians 5 demands this unity and fidelity between husband and wife like Christ and the Church. This calls for sanctity. Christ loved the Church, so also the couple should love each other. This applied to him as well, he said, “I have to be faithful and preserve unity of Church” same way as what Christ brought to the Church. The bottom line is ‘one Church and one baptism.’ It is also important to keep our culture and traditions as we sustain our faith. However, Christ and Church should be more than and above all these. Archbishop Machado urged all to remain firm in faith and to keep the oath and agreement taken at various stages of life.
Rev Machado was happy that God has given him this responsibility to follow Jesus and to follow Mary’s foot steps to emulate her action at Cana. He thanked the nuncio, all bishops, Vicars General, priests, nuns and faithful for gracing the occasion. He conveyed the message in English, Kannada and Tamil.
Earlier, Fr Anthony Swamy, Chancellor, Archdiocese, Bengaluru, introduced the Apostolic Nuncio, initiated the ceremony and welcomed all. Msgr Jayanathan introduced all bishops and thanked all concerned. All were presented with shawls, traditional caps, garlands and bouquets. Archbishop Machado was felicitated soon after the Mass. Fr Jayanathan presented a citation to Apostolic nuncio after reading out the words it contained. Nuncio also spoke a few words of appreciation and gratitude for the hospitality. A nun and a lay person (Kantharaj) felicitated Archbishop Peter Machado. Archbishop emeritus Bernard Moras was also present on the occasion. Msgr Jayanathan announced on the occasion that Dr Machado was elected Chancellor of St Peter’s Pontifical Seminary at a meeting of bishops on September 11. Msgr C Francis also joined in felicitating the prelates of other dioceses.
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