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Despite the apprehension about the Third Wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Christian community of Udupi celebrated Christmas with restraint and simplicity but with full devotion and joy.

Keeping in mind the Covid-19 protocol imposed by the government agencies, Christians in all the churches of the diocese conducted special prayers, Carol singing and Holy mass.

The special celebrations for Christmas were conducted by the Bishop of Udupi Diocese, Dr Gerald Lobo at the Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur where he delivered the Christmas message. The Rector of the Cathedral Fr Valerian Mendonca and Assistant Parish Priest Fr Joy Andrade concelebrated the festal mass.

In his homily, Bishop Gerald Lobo said that despite the differences in celebrating Christmas throughout the world, the Christmas message is the same to all, which conveys God’s love, peace, and harmony. The birth of Christ propagates peace, love, cooperation and harmony. Christmas’s message with peace and love has emerged as the rays of hope of the early rising sun.