01/24/2013, 00.00
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托波枢机:印度基督徒的信仰、世界典范

作者 Card. Telesphore Toppo
一月二十六日印度国庆节之际发表的文告中,兰契总主教反思教会为印度未来作出的贡献。如果将天主的和平视为普遍性的爱与正义的经验,国家可以战胜暴力、腐败、贫困、饥饿、歧视。印度人民应该善度符合信仰的生活

兰契(亚洲新闻)-一月二十六日印度国庆节之际,前印度主教团主席,兰契总主教区总主教托波枢机发表文告指出,只有印度人民和基督徒善度符合信仰的生活才能成为世界的典范。身为第一位印度原住民出身的枢机主教,托波枢机强调了今年国庆时值信德年、梵二大公会议五十周年纪念;以及教宗强调的新福传之年。为了解决印度的问题--暴力、腐败、贫困、饥饿、歧视,托波枢机邀请印度基督徒皈依、邀请印度人民恪守甘地的教导。

       托波枢机文告英文版全文如下:

The Church in India has to play an important role in shaping the future of our beloved country. This is our responsibility.  We have to rediscover the Beauty of the Truth, and in this context, our national emblem has the words, 'Satyameva Jayate Truth Alone Triumphs.

It is significant that our celebrations of  our 64th Republic Day is in the  context  of this Year of Faith, New Evangelisation, 50th Anniversary of Second Vatican Council -and also the Holy Father's World Day of Peace Message, Blessed are the Peace Makes - as instruments gifted to the Church to fulfil our obligation to the Church in the world.

The Church is a sign of sacrament of salvation..India can become a model for the world, when we live coherent lives of faith, which  means a deep coherence between knowing our Catholic teaching with our minds, truly believing it in our hearts, practicing it with our lives and passing it along to our family and friends. This is our faith, and each of us have a responsibility to fulfil.It is through coherent lives of faith in which we share the responsibility in our efforts to transform the world in and around us.

Corruption and violence may take the form of a crime against humanity itself and they are corroding our nation's character - the New Delhi rape case is a challenge to our conscience. . It is vital and urgent, for a transformation from a culture of Corruption and violence to a culture of justice and peace.

The Pope Benedict XVI Message for World Day of Peace, - "Blessed are the Peacemakers," reminds  us that God's peace is the universal experience of justice and love.

Pope Benedict's message addresses the personal and structural evils of greed, inequality and violence. The Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi understood that violence was linked to poverty and injustice. 

 The Church has to be the light of the world, and as Christians, even as a minority of (2.3%) as per census 2011, we have to live our vocation through witness of our lives.  Regrettably too often, we live our faith with spiritual inertnia, tepidness, routine.  This Year of Faith is a time of Grace to rediscover the original purity of faith which we received in Baptism.

The beauty of Christ, has to be visible in the lives of Christians, the testimony of life will attract people to Christ, the way of beauty is about the culture in the broadest sense of the word. It is therefore, about how we live our lives in every aspect.  Each of us are called to bear witness to the world of the beauty of Christ

There can be no peace without justice and development; Pope Paul VI had already stated that development is another name for peace. Peace is the prerequisite for development, human rights, and Justice especially in the face of growing marginalisation of weaker sections like tribals, women and dalits.   It is only in peace and through peace can respect for human dignity and its inalienable rights be guaranteed. 

Hunger and malnourishment are serious problem, a result of poverty in general. Our country has seen over a quarter of a million farmers' suicides between 1995 and 2010.  Over a third of India's population lives below the poverty line and about half the country's 350 million children are chronically malnourished.  Gandhi concept of development is Sarvodaya through Antyodaya, implying the welfare of all through the weakest of the society

The Holy Father writes, "Peace is an order enlivened and integrated by love- in such a way that we feel the needs of others as our own, share our goods with others  Love for God and Love for Neighbour are inextricably intertwined.  Only love is capable of radically transforming the relationships, urging us to have sensibility, or sensitivity for other.

As we Indians celebrate our 64th Republic Day, may we citizens of this great Republic India, take to heart Pope Benedict  message, "Blessed are the Peace makers, be committed to the truth that "Evil is in fact overcome by good."

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God"

God Bless India !

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