27 May 2016
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia

  • mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato


    » 03/18/2009, 00.00

    INDIA

    Archbishop Machado: Interreligious dialogue and evangelization, a task for Christians in India

    Nirmala Carvalho

    Speaking to 650 bishops and priests of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, the archbishop of Nasik asserts: "God can never become a negotiable item." India's pluralist society offers Christians a great opportunity for enrichment.

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "For Christians, engagement in interreligious encounters is a way of ‘being’ in pluralistic society." Felix Machado, the archbishop of Nasik, invites Indian Catholics never to forget that "faith must be lived in its integrity" in a world that has become a "map of religions."

    The former undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, speaking to more than 650 bishops and priests of the Conference of Catholic Bishps of India, on the occasion of the national meeting on "The Church’s Social Doctrine on the Civilization of Peace," recalled that for Christians, "interreligious encounters are intrinsically linked to their faith." Without faith, "encounters cannot be genuine," and a believer will not be "credible" if he is not capable of providing reasons for that in which he believes. "It is not a matter of losing one’s own identity, but of taking the form and likeness of the other," Machado emphasized. "It is a humble love that fosters dialogue."

    For Machado, interreligious dialogue is not motivated by simple sociological reasons, but above all has theological roots, "because we come from God and we return to God." In the plurality of faiths and beliefs spread all over India, the archbishop of Nasik sees a great opportunity for Christians to be enriched. "In our encounter with Hindus," Machado says, "we may be struck by such spiritual values as that of their sense of the sacred and of the divine. In meeting Buddhists, we may discover their efforts for the search for final liberation in an apophatic Absolute, called sunyata (void), and the development of inner life through the many forms of meditation. The basis for a dialogue with Confucianism may stem from the importance attributed to interpersonal relations and social cohesion. In the dialogue with Islam, Christians may be attracted by the faith in one only God, the creator and judge of all."

    Christians must "nourish" interreligious dialogue "with solid spiritual food." "God can never become a negotiable item or a marginal thought in our interreligious encounters," the bishop says. "He is at the centre or like a foundation of all interreligious encounters."

    Archbishop Machado reiterated that evangelization is always an active task for Catholics, and this is not a matter of "adding some decoration or applying a coat of colour, but in depth, going to the very centre and roots of life." "The Gospel must impregnate the culture and the whole way of life of man," asserts the bishop of Nasik. "This work must always take the human person as its starting point, coming back to the interrelationships between persons and their relation with God."

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    07/04/2009 INDIA
    Hindu nationalists: if we win the elections, we will dialogue with the Christians
    The Bharatiya Janata Party pledges that it wants to institute "a permanent inter-faith consultative mechanism" for discussions with Christians, including "the issue of religious conversions." The secretary of the Indian bishops' conference: "I pray they mean what they say."

    30/04/2009 BANGLADESH
    "Unity in diversity": imams and Christian leaders condemn extremist violence
    In a meeting yesterday in Dhaka, dozens of Islamic imams and Christian pastors and bishops reaffirmed dialogue as the only means for living together. The remarks of participants, in a country that has been the theater of many extremist attacks.

    18/04/2009 BANGLADESH
    Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus: we need the pope's voice of truth
    On the occasion of Benedict XVI's birthday, representatives of various religions in Bangladesh pledge their prayers "for his life and ministry." The venerable Dhirbangsha Bikkhu, a Buddhist monk: "we want to see the pope in our midst, his presence will bring peace and happiness to the nation."

    14/11/2009 INDIA
    15 thousand at the meeting of Khrist Bhaktas, Hindus fascinated by Christ
    Three days of prayer and reflection in Varanasi. Christian, Hindus, Buddhist, Sikh and Muslim leaders participate.

    26/03/2008 INDIA
    "Black" day for India: new anti-conversion law in Rajasthan
    Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil denounces to AsiaNews the uselessness of the decree. According to the text, those who convert by "use of force, allurement or fraudulent means" risk five years in prison.



    Editor's choices

    CHINA - VATICAN
    The persecution of Catholics during the Cultural Revolution

    Sergio Ticozzi

    The documentation of that violent period was burned or buried in archives. Only a few survivors speak. The persecutors are silent in fear. The burning of religious objects and furnishings in Hebei. Bishops humiliated and arrested in Henan; nuns beaten with sticks and killed, or buried alive. A persecution that "is not over yet"; Today it is perhaps only more subtle.


    CHINA
    Silence shrouds 50th anniversary of Cultural Revolution in China and in the West

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The bloody campaign launched by Mao Zedong killed nearly 2 million people and sent  a further 4 million to concentration camps. Every Chinese has been marked by fear. But today, no memorial service has been planned and no newspaper article has appeared. The Party’s internal struggles and Xi Jinping’s fear of ending up like the USSR. Even today, as then, there are those in Europe who keep quiet and laud the myth of China. Many are predicting a return to the "great chaos".

     


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®