» 11/27/2008, 00.00
Cardinal of Mumbai: “Criminal acts against a courageous and tolerant city”
The metropolitan archbishop condemns the attacks and opens Catholic medical centres to help tend the wounded. Card. Gracias sends condolences to the victim’s families. The prelate urges full cooperation with police and invites the international community to be close to his nation.
Cardinal Gracias: A year from the pogroms in Orissa, hope "for a new beginning"
According to the Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops, the anti-Christian violence in Orissa was "one of the saddest moments in the history of India." The country "needs to restore its glorious multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-linguistic tradition”.
Cardinal Gracias: The Indian Churches’ mission for religious freedom and human rights
On the occasion of World Day for Human Rights, the Archbishop of Mumbai speaks of Indian society and the commitment of the Catholic world. Recalling that human rights must be based on the teachings of the Gospel: that God is our Father and that all Indians are brothers and sisters that we are all made in the image and likeness of God.
Card. Gracias: The desecration of the crucifix targets Mumbai’s interfaith harmony
Speaking to AsiaNews, the Archbishop of the city condemns the act of vandalism against the ancient statue of Jesus in the suburb of Vile Parle. "I ask the community to remain calm, because such actions must not destroy the harmony between people of different faiths."
Cardinal Gracias: The Church wants to serve India, freedom of conversion is a right
Closing the Indian Churches Missionary Congress, the archbishop of Mumbai invites Catholics to renew their faith. While radically rejecting forced conversions he firmly defends freedom of religion: "No government can enter my soul or imprison my conscience saying 'you can not change religion'."
Indian bishop: We will not burn the Koran, but Islam must be more tolerant
Interviewed by AsiaNews, Mgr. Cornelius Leo, Archbishop of Bhopal, condemns the "burn the Koran" campaign launched by American pastor Terry Jones. The prelate urges Christians and Muslims to isolate extremists who offend other faiths: "Having respect for religion means respecting the human being."
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