Gandhinagar Archbishop urges to pray for Gujarat election

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under India, newsletter-india

Vadodara, November 23, 2017: Archbishop Thomas Macwan of Gandhinagar has urged Christians across India to “pray” for the victory of the “humane” leaders in the Gujarat state elections, expressing concerns about secular and democratic future of the nation.

In a Nov. 21 letter reportedly sent to all bishops of India and churches across Gujarat, Archbishop Macwan said the Gujarat election is “significant” for the future “course of our country”.

The letter, without naming any political party nor making any direct appeal for vote, said the results of Gujarat state election “are significant and it will have its repercussion and reverberation throughout our beloved nation. It will influence the course of our country.”

“We are aware that the secular and democratic fabric of our country is at stake. Human Rights are being violated. The constitutional rights are being trampled. Not a single day goes without an attack on our churches, faithful or institutions. There is a growing sense of insecurity among the minorities, OBCs, BCs, poor and so on. Nationalist forces are on the verge of taking over the country. The election results of Gujarat State Assembly can make a difference.”

The letter urged the churches in Gujarat to hold prayers to seek divine intervention for selection of “humane” candidates.

“The Bishops of Gujarat state request you to organize prayer services in your parishes and convents so that people, who would remain faithful to our Indian Constitution and respect every human being without any discrimination, are elected in the Gujarat state Assembly,” it states.

The letter cited examples from history where powerful prayers to Mother Mary helped topple tyrannical rulers in Europe and said, “The recitation of the Holy Rosary at individual, community, family and parish-levels will be of great help… It will save our country from nationalist forces too.”

According to the 2011 Census, the total population of Christians in Gujarat is 0.52 per cent.

While this is the first time that the Catholic Archdiocese has issued a letter like this, Archbishop Macwan said the letter has been issued to Catholics across India to join in the prayers and has no “malicious” intention.

“The letter has only been sent to the Christian community. I have given it to the Bishops across India to pray. We can always pray for good humans to be elected as leaders. Where do we Christians stand in Gujarat, at a bare 0.5 per cent of population? It has not been issued with any bad intention. If anyone uses the letter to divide the society or polarize voters, it will be unfortunate,” Archbishop Macwan said.

– ucan

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