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BISHOP

Most Rev. Oswald Lewis
Bishop of Jaipur

2018 Easter Message By Most Rev. Oswald Lewis

BISHOP’S MESSAGE : DECEMBER 2018


The solemnity of Christ the King, on the last Sunday of the liturgical year marks the closing of the liturgical year of Cycle B and gives way to begin the new liturgical year Cycle C. at the outset, I am reminded of a renowned Russian author, Dostoyevsky, who wrote “I believe that not only has there never been anyone like Christ Jesus, but that there can never be anyone like Him again.” The Kingship of Jesus is in contrast with that of the concept we generally have of any king. The feast of Christ the King reminds us of thousands of kings and kingdoms of the past. The World History and Indian History in particular bring to our mind names of Kings and their administration of the past. To begin with, there is the war of Mahabharata in the battle field of Kurukshetra, the battles between various Hindu Kings, many Moghul Kings and finally we think the war for Independence of our country. Battles are won, battles are lost. The end result of all battles is the same. Rivers of blood flow down, thousands of precious lives are lost. Parents lose their sons, children lose their father, wives their husbands. There is so much suffering and misery.

The beginning of the last century was also marked with many battles in the European continent. It was a period of confusion, violence and struggle for control of power by force. Italy was ruled by Mussolini and Germany was ruled by Hitler. In such an atmosphere, the Catholics were losing their faith in God. The believers would question God for the misery they were going through. Why do you allow Lord such things to happen? Why Lord? Realizing the danger of people losing their faith, Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in 1925. He explained the notion of kings and rulers of this world, their struggle for power, glory and wealth in contrast to the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ is the King of the Universe. All power and authority is given to Him. But the characteristics of His Kingdom are quite different from those of the worldly kings. Thus the people were strengthened in their faith; were helped from dwindling away. The Pope thus sought to remind people what life is all about and to whom they truly belong.

Brief History

Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is a complete all season destination created in pink stone. Jaipur derives its name from Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a prince, soldier and astronomer, who built the city in 1721 in accordance with Shilpa Shastra, the ancient Hindu tradition on architecture.

The first Christian presence in Jaipur goes back to the time of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur. In 1728 Father Emmanuel de Figuredo accompanied by a lay man Pedro de Silva, who later settled down in Jaipur, came to Jaipur at the invitation of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. The Maharaja gifted a piece of land and contributed generously for building of Sacred Heart Church at Ghat Gate in 1871.

The first resident priest of Jaipur was Fr. Conrad OFM Cap. In 1890 Rajputana and Malwa Missions were created separating them from Agra Diocese and in 1891 this new mission was made into an Apostolic Prefecture appointing Fr. Bertram OFM Cap., as the first Prefect of the new Prefecture. To start with there were five priests and five stations namely Bandikui, Nasirabad, Jaipur, Neemuch and Mhow.

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