Congressman Says Appointment of Goa’s First Cardinal a Proud Moment for the State | Goa News
PANAJI: The elevation of Bishop Filipe Neri Ferrao to the cardinalate is a proud moment for Goa and India, said the Congressman for Aldona Carlos Alvares Ferreira Saturday.
Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrão was installed as a cardinal by His Holiness Pope Francis on Saturday in a solemn ceremony at the Vatican. Ferreira is from the same village as the Ferrao.
“It’s a great moment of joy for us Aldoncars in particular, Goa in general and India as a whole, to have our own Aldoncar and a Goan, our beloved bishop to be made cardinal. It is of greater joy because since 1553 Goa will have its own Goan as Cardinal,” Ferreira said.
The congressman described Cardinal Ferrao as a simple yet erudite person who has been a beacon to Goans across religions and across state lines.
“We Goans and Aldoncars are immensely grateful to Pope Francis for choosing our very own jewel, Filipe Neri Ferrão, to don the Cardinal’s mantle and crown – the first for the Diocese of Goa. I personally interacted with him when he was a bishop and I found him always gentle, meticulous and focused,” Ferreira said.The Diocese of Goa and Daman encompasses the state of Goa, the territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
“On behalf of my fellow Aldoncars, the Goans and the Indian community and without forgetting my family, I wish our Cardinal, our beloved Aldoncar, all the best in his new pastoral journey in the years to come,” said Ferreira.