Rajnath Singh on Archbishop's letter

James Marshall
May 22, 2018

Reacting to the Delhi Archbishop's "pray for nation" letter to the Christians, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Tuesday said that no one should say such things when it comes to religion, a news agency ANI reported.

The Home Minister said the government would not allow any breach of the unity of the country.

India is "witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our constitution and the secular fabric of our nation", Archbishop Anil Couto wrote in his May 8 letter, which was sent to all the city's churches.

The letter also carried a "Prayer for our Nation" that asked for God's blessings to uphold the values of equality, liberty and fraternity, and to protect the integrity of the judiciary, media and institutions from the "infiltration of the evil forces".

"The Prime Minister is working towards inclusive growth without discriminating while breaking barriers of religion and caste". Criticising the Delhi Archbishop, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi asked him to "think with a progressive mindset".

As for the prayer Archbishop Couto has suggested be read out by Delhi's parish priests, it seems to be one which citizens of all religious and political inclinations could join: "Let the poor of our country be provided with the means of livelihood".

He also clarified that the letter "did not pertain" to the Modi government and that he was raising concerns as a citizen of India. "Only this time a political colour is being deliberately given to the whole exercise by some people", Father Rodrigues said.

"We respect all communities, castes and Archbishops across the country, including that of Kolkata".

Moreover, I earnestly request that we organize an hour of Eucharistic Adoration every Friday at a convenient time in all our parishes, religious houses and institutions, specifically praying for our nation. Misinformation should not be spread. "It's just an invitation for prayers, and such letters have been written in the past too", said Father Robinson.

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