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Magi’s journey in Chandor includes every caste
As in the past, the procession of the Three Wise Men took place this year. Once a prerogative of upper caste residents, for decades it has brought the entire village together irrespective of social differences.
Haryana, the caste barrier is broken. A Dalit elected head of an Indian village
Rani Devi was named sarpanch (head) of Serhada. The village is located in the district of Hisar, a long time hotbed of violence and atrocities by Jat (superiors) toward lower castes and untouchables such as Dalits.
Pope at Epiphany: For the Church, "There is no other way. Mission is her vocation”
Speaking at the Epiphany Mass, Pope Francis reiterated the Church’s missionary mission, which is not proselytising. The Church lives from the ‘mysterium lunae’. She reflects God’s light, and cannot “illude herself into thinking that she shines with her own light”. “Like the Magi, countless people, in our own day, have a ‘restless heart’.” In front of the child and his mother, let us present them with our gifts: “our freedom, our understanding and our love."
Pope: the Magi teach us to follow "the Light" and use "holy cunning" to keep the faith
On the feast day of Epiphany, of the 'Lord's manifestation', Francis said that "The destiny of every person is symbolized in this journey of the Magi of the East: our life is a journey, illuminated by the lights which brighten our way, to find the fullness of truth and of love". The Holy Father also sends his best wishes to "the brothers and sisters of the Eastern Churches that celebrate Christmas tomorrow. May the peace God gave humanity with the birth of Jesus, the Word Incarnate, strengthen in everyone faith, hope, and charity, and give comfort to Christian communities at a time of trial."
Like the Magi, we seek the light that shows the path to take in life, Pope says
In looking at the universe, which was not created randomly, they sought the true light. They found it following the Scriptures. There is a bit of Herod in each of us when we see God as a limit to our freedom. Pope speaks about Eastern Churches, currently under pressure, who celebrate Christmas now.
For Christian leader, Hindutva does not represent hope for India
For the head of the Hindu extremist group Rashtriya Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Hindu radical ideology is "the only way to change the country." President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) says that Hindu extremists "have always opposed social equality". For him, support for the caste system goes against the positive change.
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