Desperate conditions have driven many Filipinos to leave the country, sometimes by any means possible, which makes them more vulnerable to exploitation.
A group of Hindu fundamentalists had attacked prayer hall under construction.
Social activists and some political parties in Goa too have submitted similar petitions for change in voting date.
Describing Lent as a season of opportunity for 'metanoia', a change of mind and heart, the Archbishop recalled the importance of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
The diplomatic worry that illegal immigrants may use this festival to get transit to Sri Lanka or India could be behind the restrictions this year.
The idea was initiated by the archdiocese in partnership with clergy, religious and laity.
Sixty lay women participated in the seminar held on March 4 aimed at making women aware of the pro-active role they can play in the Church, following the footsteps of Mary.
As per the new Sharia laws, which will come into force in April, it is a crime "to persuade, influence, incite, or encourage a child with non-Islamic teaching".