Friday, March 27, 2009

Pastoral letter to be read out on Sunday

Express News 27 Mar 2009
KOCHI: The Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference(KCBC), which asked the members of the Church to use all opportunities to campaign against the CPM in the Lok Sabha elections, said the joint pastoral letter issued as a prelude to the election would be read out during the Holy Mass this Sunday.

The bishops had urged the Church members not to vote for parties and individuals who advocate atheism. The pastoral letter is undersigned by KCBC president and Verapoly Archbishop Daniel Acharuparambil, Syro-Malabar Church head Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil and Syro Malankara Church head Baselios Cleemis Catholicose.

Archbishop Joseph Powathil, at the meeting of the Vigilance Commission at the Pastoral Orientation Centre here on Thursday, said Christians have been abused and tortured like never before under the LDF Government rule.

The laity should come forward and explain to society the stand of the Church.

Vigilance Commission chairman Bishop Stanly Roman said the Communist party has a different approach to Christians in Kerala.

“In other states, the situation is different.

We can mould leaders within our community to secure the future of the next generation," he said.

The meeting observed that KCBC had the moral responsibility to explain anti-minority and anti-Church policies to society.

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