09 Church should foster Mercy and Compassion... - Dr. Stephen Alathara

posted Mar 22, 2018, 7:12 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 22, 2018, 7:12 AM ]

Church should foster Mercy and Compassion: Cardinal Oswald Gracias

The Catholic Church in India should foster mercy and compassion, urged His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) and the Archbishop of Bombay. The Cardinal was inaugurating the Bishops' Joint Reflection Programme in Sarvodaya, Mumbai on March 13, 2018, and addressing 31 Bishops from different dioceses of India who were participating in the programme.

Observing the fifth anniversary of the Pontificate of His Holiness Pope Francis on March 13, Cardinal Oswald remarked that "Pope Francis is a Pope of mercy, who draws people to the sacrament of Reconciliation. Pope Francis is a Pope of the peripheries, who has a compassionate heart for the poor, and love and concern for the neglected and suffering."

A thanksgiving Holy Mass was celebrated to mark the Papal anniversary. His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the main celebrant, the Apostolic Nuncio Giambattista Diquattro, the Bishops and the other concelebrants prayed for the Universal Church and the Pope. The Bishops also held a half-hour Eucharistic adoration to mark the day.

The Bishops' Joint Reflection programme was organised by the CCBI for the bishops in two batches - first batch from March 12 to 17, and the second batch from July 2 to 7, 2018 at Sarvodaya, Mumbai.