Archbishop of Delhi Calls on Christians to Pray for India

ICC Note: The Archbishop of Delhi issued a pastoral letter to encouraged prayers every Friday leading up to the 2019 elections. This action was taken by the Archbishop due to concerns over India’s “turbulent political atmosphere” and the increased hostilities faced by religious minorities under the BJP-led government.

05/16/2018 India (Asia News) – Mgr Anil JT Couto, Archbishop of Delhi, issued a pastoral letter with a prayer to be recited in all parishes of the diocese, together with fasting and Eucharistic adoration, every Friday until the 2019 elections.

In his statement, the prelate expresses concern about India’s “turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our Constitution and the secular fabric of our nation.”

His letter is dated 8 May but was released on 12 May, eve of the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. The archbishop emphasizes the value of prayer and the importance of fasting as redemptive practices

In his view, what needs to be redeem is India’s political life in which Christian and Muslim religious minorities are increasingly targeted by Hindu nationalist radicals. Indeed, not only Christians but Muslims as well are victims of attacks.

Tensions have intensified following the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power in 21 out of 29 states. However, the Hindu nationalist party failed by a small margin to take the State of Karnataka in recent elections.

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