» 09/24/2013, 00.00
INDIA - PAKISTAN
Pune bishop: Christian massacre in Peshawar, a failure of the Pakistani government
Mgr Thomas Dabre has decided that all the parishes in his diocese will devote next Sunday Mass to the victims of the attack in Pakistan. "The integrity and moral authority of a nation," he said, "depend on its firm commitment to ensuring the rule of law and defending its minorities." Religious freedom "is an inalienable human right."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - The massacre
of Peshawar "shows the failure of Pakistani authorities to protect
the country's vulnerable Christian community. The integrity and moral authority
of a nation depends on its firm commitment to ensuring the rule of law and defend its minorities," said Mgr Thomas
Dabre, bishop of Pune (Maharashtra).
In remembrance of the victims of the attack, he has decided that every
parish in his diocese will hold a solemn Eucharistic celebration on 29 September.
Mass after the reading of the Gospel," the prelate said, "we shall say a prayer
for peace, harmony, respect and the security of all minorities of
Pakistan." The bishop himself will celebrate the liturgy in Pune cathedral.
deeply saddened," the prelate said, "for the terrible and cruel attack on
innocent Christians. The failure of the authorities [to protect them] is discouraging
and a cause of great concern. The primary task and obligation of a nation is to
protect minorities. I am proud of Pakistani Christians for the way they maintain
and preserve their faith despite all the difficulties and the challenges they
face every day in believing in Christ. "
Christians of Pakistan are deeply integrated into the local culture," Bishop
Dabre said. "Urdu is their mother tongue, which they use in worship. This is
significant because it shows complete and genuine inculturation. The fact that this
community is often
persecuted and its members killed is even more serious."
of religion," he added, "is an inalienable human right, which is intrinsically
connected to human dignity and moral compassion for a nation. It is urgent that the international
community not remain silent in the face to the growing persecution of Christians
in the world."
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