UCAN.- The Catholic Bishops Conference of Sri Lanka (CBCSL) has launched an official website for Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the country, scheduled for January 13-15. The website, www.popefrancissrilanka.com , is available in English, Sinhala and Tamil, and contains information on the visit, events, liturgical celebrations and media accreditation. CBCSL president, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo said that in Sri Lanka Pope Francis would be able to "experience the essence of the Asian culture".
"Sri Lanka is a country where people belong to various ethnic groups and religions. The pope will have the opportunity of experiencing the whole of Asia through his visit," the cardinal told reporters at a press conference on Friday in Colombo that was held to announce the website's launch. Sri Lanka is the first leg of Pope Francis’ Asia trip, after which he will proceed to the Philippines, Jan. 15-19. Details of the trip are not yet finalized.
Barcelona (www.ccee.eu) - On the occasion of the meeting of CCEE’s Commission for Social Communications (CCS), taking place at this time in the Spanish city of Barcelona (8-10 November), the new website of the Council of European Episcopal Conferences - www.ccee.eu - was presented to participants. The site is now live.
The graphics, using the CCEE colours and logo, are the work of the Dutch designer Patrick Jimenez Quinayas.
The new bi-lingual version (Italian – English) presents the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) and its activities to the visitor. Alongside sections which illustrate the management of the European episcopal body and its members, there are various sections which enable an in-depth examination of the various areas of work tackled by the Council, through its commissions, working groups or institutional meetings.
In the news section, linked to the calendar present on the homepage, the visitor can access information on past and future meetings and the latest news. The professional working in communications will also be able to ask directly to be included in the CCEE mailing list and will find other useful information for his or her work in the ‘Media’ section.
Kolkata (Times of India): The Archdiocese of Calcutta on Tuesday launched a website http://www.archdioceseofcalcutta.in to mark the completion of 125 years of its foundation in the city. On September 1, 1886, the catholic hierarchy was set up in British India by Pope Leo XIII and the Vicariate Apostolic of Bengal was elevated to the rank of a metropolitan archdiocese and christened 'Archdiocese of Calcutta'.
"We have a mission of service in education, healthcare and social development. To mark the occasion, we are going to organize a series of events this year," said Archbishop of Calcutta Lucas Sirkar. Commenting on the event, coadjutor Archbishop of Calcutta Thomas D'Souza said, "We have already opened a 70-bed hospital at Midnapore especially for the poor. It will help to treat patients suffering from leprosy, TB and HIV/AIDS patients. We wish to reach out to the poor and the marginalized section of the society and strive for empowerment to the maximum extent possible."