‘Buon Natale’, conducted by with support of the public and govt machineries is not a Christmas procession. It's a tactics of Arch Bishop Andrew Thazhath to show the strength. By this tactics he threaten the Govt and his superior Pope.
‘Buon Natale’ enters Guinness World Records
Courtesy: The HinduTHRISSUR, December 28, 2014
: ‘Buon Natale’, a Christmas procession taken out here on Saturday by the Thrissur Archdiocese of the Syro-Malabar Church, entered the Guinness World Records for having the largest number of people dressed up as Santa Claus (Father Christmas).
With 18,112 people donning the red-and-white costumes, the procession was declared at 4.35 p.m. “the largest gathering of Santa Claus” by authorities of the Guinness World Records.
Pontifical Lateran University Major Rector Archbishop Enrico dal Covolo witnessed the procession.
Elaborate arrangements were made for counting the participants.
M.P. Vincent, MLA, Thrissur Mayor Rajan Pallan, District Collector M.S. Jaya, Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath, Auxiliary Bishop Raphael Thattil, KPCC general secretary Padmaja Venugopal, and Cochin Devaswom Board president M.P. Bhaskaran Nair were present.
Christian bodies seek removal of ArchbishopTHRISSUR, December 28, 2014
The Joint Christian Council and the Kerala Catholic Federation have demanded the removal of Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath from office for the alleged extravagance for ‘Buon Natale’, a procession, and other charges levelled against him.
In a memorandum sent to Pope Francis, council general secretary Anto Kokkat and federation representative Antony Chittattukkara said that the procession for which crores of rupees had been spent was against Christian ideals of austerity and monasticism.
Alleging that the Archdiocese ignored the laws and customs of the land, the signatories argued that the event was mounted for political mileage.
The event caused traffic jams and difficulties for members of other communities, they said.
The signatories cited an order of the Kerala High Court against causing traffic blocks.
They alleged that the Archbishop compelled believers to mount the procession. The signatories termed the procession a show of ‘religious fanaticism,’ which would ‘isolate Christians in democratic India.’
The memorandum drew attention to a letter written by the Archbishop to Congress president Sonia Gandhi on August 3 to promote the All-Kerala Catholic Congress. The signatories alleged that the Archbishop had indulged in unconstitutional deeds mixing religion and politics.