A Catholic bishop doin the ecumenical funk called... "Ghandi get-down"Catholic archbishop leads interfaith service to mark anniversary of Gandhi’s birthArchbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal and other religious leaders light candles in remembrance of Mahatma Gandhi. (Credit: Archdiocese of Bhopal.)Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal said the reason he organized an interfaith event marking the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth is because the “father of India” preached non-violence and constantly spoke about unity, peace and harmony in society. Incidents of harassment against Christians have increased over the past few months in India, with various Christians being detained or arrested for “attempted conversion,” and places of worship being vandalized.MUMBAI, India - A Catholic archbishop led an interfaith prayer rally in Bhopal, India, to mark the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi, the leader of India’s independence movement, was born on October 2, 1869. He was later assassinated in 1948 by a Hindu nationalist angered at Gandhi’s supposed “complacence” towards Muslims, which many Hindu nationalists said helped cause the violence surrounding the partition of British India into India and Pakistan 6 months earlier.
Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal said the reason he organized the event on the day of Gandhi’s birth is because the “father of India” preached non-violence and constantly spoke about unity, peace and harmony in society.Since 2014, India has been ruled by the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has strong links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a militant Hindu nationalist organization.
Incidents of harassment against the small Christian minority have increased over the past few months, with various Christians being detained or arrested for “attempted conversion,” and places of worship being vandalized.
More recently, a spate of killings related to “cow vigilantism” have happened around the country. The slaughter of cows - which are sacred in Hinduism - is illegal in most parts of India, although beef is often eaten by some Dalits (low-caste Hindus previously called “untouchables”) and members of some religious minorities, such as Muslims and Christians.
Members of “cow vigilante” groups often attack people accused of slaughtering cows, and several people - predominantly Muslims - have been killed over the past year.
"Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer." St. Francis of Assisi