Bangalore, India, Feb 1, 2024 / 11:50 am
The Vatican’s top diplomat in India told a gathering of bishops there that the Church has an important role to play in standing up for the poor and asserting the right to religious freedom.
At the 36th biennial assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) in Bangalore on Jan. 31, before 180 Indian bishops Apostolic Nuncio to India Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli called to mind St. John Bosco, whose feast was celebrated that day.
“St. John Bosco is a shining example for all, emphasizing his zeal for Jesus and unwavering commitment to his missions,” Girelli said in his homily during the conference’s inaugural Mass. He also stressed the need for individuals “to be disciples of Jesus first and then take on roles as shepherds and fishermen, caring for others with genuine concern.”
“The Church can play a crucial role in shaping the moral character of the society,” Girelli exhorted while delivering the keynote address on the theme “The Church’s response to the sociopolitical situation in India.”