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Eyewitness Account of Jesus Performing Miracle found

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ROME: An Italian expert studying a first century document written by the Roman historian Marcus Velleius Paterculus that was recently discovered in the archives of the Vatican, found what is presumed to be the first eyewitness account ever recorded of a miracle of Jesus Christ. The author describes a scene that he allegedly witnessed, in which a prophet and teacher that he names Iēsous de Nazarenus, resuscitated a stillborn boy and handed him back to his mother.

Historian and archivist Ignazio Perrucci, was hired by the Vatican authorities in 2012, to sort, analyze and classify some 6,000 ancient documents that had been uncovered in the gigantic archive vaults. He was already very excited when he noticed that the author of the text was the famous Roman historian Velleius, but he was completely stunned when he realized the nature of the content.

Professor Perrucci found the text in the archives of the Vatican while searching amongst a bundle of personal letters and other trivial documents dating from the Roman era.

The text as a whole is a narrative of the author’s return journey from Parthia to Rome that occurred in 31 AD, recorded in a highly rhetorical style of four sheets of parchment. He describes many different episodes taking place during his trip, like a violent sandstorm in Mesopotamia and visit a temple in Melitta (modern day Mdina, in Malta).

The part of the text that really caught M. Perrucci’s attention is an episode taking place in the city of Sebaste (near modern-day Nablus, in the West Bank). The author first describes the arrival of a great leader in the town with a group of disciples and followers, causing many of the lower class people from neighboring villages to gather around them. According to Velleius, that great man’s name was Iēsous de Nazarenus, a Greco-Latin translation of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua haNotzri.

Upon entering the town, Jesus would have visited the house of a woman named Elisheba, who had just given birth to a stillborn child. Jesus picked up the dead child and uttered a prayer in Aramaic to the heavens, which, unfortunately, the author describes as “immensus”, meaning incomprehensible. To the crowd’s surprise and amazement, the baby came back to life almost immediately, crying and squirming like a healthy newborn.

Marcus Velleius Paterculus, being a Roman officer of Campanian origins, seems to perceive Jesus Christ as a great doctor and miracle man, without associating him in any way to the Jewish concept of Messiah.

Many tests and analysis have been realized over the last weeks to determine the authenticity of the manuscript. The composition of the parchment and ink, the literary style and handwriting have all been carefully scrutinized and were considered to be entirely legitimate. The dating analysis also revealed that the sheepskin parchment on which the text is written, does indeed date from the 1st century of this era, more precisely from between 20-45 AD.

This new text from an author known for his reliability brings a brand new perspective on the life of the historical character that is Jesus of Nazareth. It comes to confirm the Gospels on the facts that he was known for accomplishing miracles and that his sheer presence in a town was enough to attract crowds of people.

A complete and official translation of the document should be made available online in many different languages over the next few weeks, but the impact of the discovery is already felt in the scientific community. Many scholars have already saluted the finding as one of the greatest breakthrough ever realized in the study of the historical life of Jesus, while others have expressed doubts about the conclusions of Professor Perrucci and demand for more tests to be performed by other scientific institutions before drawing any conclusions.

Source: worldnewsdailyreport.com

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VIPASSANA Emotional Support Center Inaugurated

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KOTTAYAM: The Malankara Orthodox Church has launched the Emotional Support Centre, VIPASSANA H.H. Basalios Mar Thoma Paulose II Catholicos inaugurated the Centre at MGOCSM Student Centre, Kottayam by lighting the lamp.

Justice K. T. Thomas, Fr. Dr. K. M. George (Director, Sopanam Academy of Orthodox Theology), Fr. Dr. O. Thomas (Principal, Orthodox Theological Seminary), Dr. Varghese Punnoose (Professor of Psychiatry, Government. Medical College, Kottayam), Fr. P. A. Philip (Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Human Empowerment) and Dr. Siby Tharakan (Director, Vipassana).

In the inaugural address, H. H. Catholicos emphasized that the number of people committing suicide is on the increase due to mounting emotional stress in the workplace, family and educational institutions. It is the responsibility of the Church to take care and solace the depressed through relevant measures as shown by Jesus Christ.

Justice K.T. Thomas, former Judge, Supreme Court of India said, there should not be any discrimination in funeral service for people committing self-harm. The mounting psychological pressure on an individual creates traumatic experiences in the individual which induces suicidal thoughts and the individual’s response to it is not volitional. Any act to normalize the thought process of such individual is commendable.

The Helpline envisages helping people who are under tremendous stress and emotional breakdown. The Telephone Helpline which purports to console and empower people under emotional breakdown and loneliness will function 24×6.

The calls coming to the Helpline centre will be handled by volunteers who are trained for the purpose. Three-day training for 40 volunteers was conducted at the Centre.

The callers will not be required to disclose their name and destination. The problems shared shall be kept strictly secret. Students, youth and senior citizens (anybody irrespective of their age, caste or religion) can be the beneficiaries of the helpline. Face to face interaction for emotional help and counselling by reference for the needy is also arranged in the center.

The focal point of the Centre shall be the enrichment of Family life. It will organize various Awareness /Training Program in this lineage. It will also organize various training /awareness programs for Suicide Prevention.

Vipassana shall organize programs to console and embolden families in which suicide or unnatural death happened. Get together of such families, emotional sharing, counselling, retreats etc also shall be organized. Vipassana is a joint enterprise of the Ministry of Human Empowerment and Mar Gregorios Orthodox Christian Student Movement.

The VIPASSANA Emotional Support Centre can be contacted at Mob: 07025067695.
E-mail: vipassana.mohe@gmail.com
Contact address: Director, VIPASSANA, MGOCSM Student Centre, CMC College Junction, Kottayam, Kerala-686001

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VIPASSANA Emotional Support Programme: Training conducted

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KOTTAYAM: VIPASSANA, the Emotional Support Centre of the Malankara Orthodox Church has organised a training program for the volunteers at MGOCSM Student Centre, Kottayam on 09 May,2015.

Dr.Thomas Mar Athanasios, President of the Ministry of Human Empowerment(MOHE) and Metropolitan of the Kandanad East Diocese inaugurated the training program.

Fr.P.A.Philip, Deputy Secretary, MOHE presided over the function.Fr.Philan Mathew,General Secretary,MGOCSM,Fr.Abraham Mathai(Fr.Shiju), Director, Student Centre, Kottayam, and Dr.Siby Tharakan, Director, Vpassana spoke on the occasion.

Dr.Varghese Punnoose, Secretary, Orthodox medical Forum and HOD, Dept.of Psychiatry, Govt.Medical College, Kottayam lead the session on ‘Understanding Human Behaviour’.

Mrs.Maya Susan Jacob, Counselling psychologist, Girideepan group of Institutions lead the session on ‘Emotional Challenges of Children’ and Fr.Dr.John Thomas Karingattil, Professor of Communication, orthodox Theological Seminary lead the session on’ Influence of Media on the Family’.

The training programme was attended by 39 participants from different walks of life including Students and Senior Citizens.The second and third training programme will be conducted on 16th and 23rd May,2015 at MGOCSM Student Centre, Kottayam.

The Ministry of Human Empowerment (MOHE) in collaboration with MGOCSM launched the Emotional Support Programme(ESP) with three-pronged strategies: like Emotional Support Helpline, Family Life Enrichment and Suicide Prevention Program, Fellowship of the family members who suffered the trauma of a suicide in the family.

The Centre also envisages helping people who are under tremendous stress and emotional breakdown.The Telephone Helpline which purports to console and empower people under emotional breakdown and loneliness will function 24×6.The calls coming to the Helpline centre will be handled by volunteers who are trained for the purpose.

The callers will not be asked to divulge their name and address. The problems shared shall be kept strictly confidential.Students, youth and seniors citizens (anybody irrespective of their age, caste or religion) can be the beneficiaries of the helpline.The focus of the Helpline shall be the enrichment of Family life. It will organize various Awareness/Training Program in this line.

It shall take up and continue various projects introduced by the Ministry of Human Empowerment of the Church.It will also organize various training /awareness programs for Suicide Prevention.

The centre shall organize programs to console and embolden families in which suicide or unnatural death happened. Get together of such families, emotional sharing, counseling, retreats etc also shall be organized.

The VIPASSANA Emotional Support Center can be contacted at Mob:07025067695, e-mail: vipassana.mohe@gmail.com or hrm@mosc.in

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