Festival of Diwali in Mumbai: Christ is the "light of the world"
by Nirmala Carvalho

Yesterday the feast of the "row of oil lamps" is celebrated. For the Hindu tradition it represents the victory of light over darkness. The Sisters Disciples of the Divine Master "authentic symbol of the disciples of Christ".


Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Throughout India yesterday the festival of Diwali was celebrated, the Hindu tradition that symbolizes the victory of truth over untruth, light over darkness, of life over death, good over evil.

In Mumbai, the festivities of the "row of oil lamps" was remembered by Msgr. John Rodrigues, auxiliary bishop of the diocese who, while celebrating the liturgy, reminded that Jesus Christ is the Divine Master.

The bishop said: "The lamps are lit throughout the city, while our brothers celebrate Diwali and rejoice in the victory of good over evil. We join them in celebrating this festival of light, because Christ is the light of the world. "

In recent days the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a message to Hindus for their holidays, in which it stressed the need to support marriage and family life.

The solemnity of Jesus Christ the Divine Master is the most important holiday for the Sisters Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM), and yesterday coincided with Diwali. The celebration took place in Bandra, a Mumbai neighborhood. Msgr. Rodrigues was assisted eight concelebrants, including the provincial superior of the Society of St. Paul.

In fact the Sisters Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM) were also present. Referring to them Msgr. Rodrigues said: "The sisters are authentic symbol of the disciples of Christ". The religious congregation of contemplative in fact was founded by Fr. Giacomo Alberione to carry out an apostolate of priestly and liturgical support.

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