Tuesday, April 04, 2006

India remembers Pope John Paul II

This article posted at the Web site of the Union of Catholic Asian News tells of the various ways that the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II was observed in India. This is interesting in light of the fact that in recent years, more and more pressure has been put on Catholics and other Christians in India by some Hindu organizations.


NEW DELHI (UCAN) -- The unveiling of a bronze bust of Pope John Paul II in New Delhi was among the programs organized across India April 2 to observe the pope's first death anniversary.

Federal ministers, and Church and social leaders were among 500 invited guests at a New Delhi event organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and Civil and Human Relations, an NGO. The function also marked 60 years of CRS, the overseas development organization of the U.S. Catholic Church, in India.

In churches across the country, Catholics remembered the late pope at Sunday Mass, while some dioceses also organized seminars and programs to mark the day, said Father Babu Joseph, spokesperson of the bishops' conference. Memorial Eucharistic services were held.

"The overwhelming secular response" to the pope's death anniversary testified to the fact that his "immense influence" was not limited to just Catholics, the Divine Word priest said.

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