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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Padr Jose Vaz biography

New biography of Blessed Joseph Vaz

NT News Desk

A new, critical biography of Blessed Joseph Vaz, entitled ‘De Goa a Ceilco: Saga de um Caminheiro Infatigavel’ (From Goa to Ceylon: Saga of a Tireless Wayfarer), authored by the well-known Goan writer, Pedro Correia Afonso (1892-1965), will be released by the Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa and Daman, Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao, on April 21 at 5 p. m., at the St John the Baptist church, Benaulim.
The book, published on the 355th birth anniversary of Blessed Joseph Vaz, examines the Goan missionary’s apostolate, against the social, religious and political background of the 17th and 18th centuries. It highlights the hardships that Joseph Vaz suffered, working as he did without state patronage, and the pioneering achievements of his missionary methods in Kanara and Ceylon.
In the special attention he gave to local cultures and the process of inculturation, Joseph Vaz’s methods were forerunners to several practices that won ecclesiastical approval after Vatican Council II, in the late twentieth century. The author, who hailed from Benaulim, was an agronomist by profession, editor of ‘A Vida,’ a Portuguese language daily published from Margco, and the first president of the Konkani Bhasha Mandal.


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