Friday, 23 September 2011

Pope's message: Strive for Human Rights

The other day I received a mail containing the text of the Holy Father's message to the Indian Bishop's contingent. I was also pleasantly surprised to see the tone of the message. There wasn't any straight-forward indication of proclamation or preaching and baptising... rather it was very encouraging! The Pope himself indicating that fight for human rights and dignity would be the best channel of presenting Christ in the Indian context. Now that's some broad thinking!

Here is an extract:
"I encourage you, dear brothers, to carry forward the Church's efforts to promote the well-being of Indian society through continued attention to the promotion of basic rights - rights shared by all humanity - and by inviting your fellow Christians and the followers of other religious traditions to take up the challenge of affirming the dignity of each and every human person. ... I pray that the followers of Christ in India will continue to be promoters of justice, bearers of peace, people of respectful dialogue, and lovers of the truth about God and about man".

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