Cardinal Oswald Gracias calls on Sonia Gandhi

The Cardinal said that the Christian Community was not seeking special favors but justice and equality and protection of minorities guaranteed under the Constitution of India.

India
Oct 22 2013, 3:11 PM
Cardinal Oswald Gracias calls on Sonia Gandhi
Cardinal Oswald Gracias (far right) calls on Sonia Gandhi (centre).

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, last Wednesday visited Sonia Gandhi, the president of the Congress party, which leads the federal coalition government to discuss issues concerning the Catholic Church in India.

The Cardinal appreciated the key role she played in getting the Food Security Bill passed by Parliament and said that it was a major step for the poor by the United Progressive Alliance Government that her party leads. He also discussed with her the issue of Christian converts from oppressed castes, who have been denied the benefits of government’s affirmative action given to such castes called Dalits.

The Cardinal said that the Christian Community was not seeking special favours but justice and equality and protection of minorities guaranteed under the Constitution of India.

Gandhi assured the prelate that his concerns would be addressed. She also appreciated the services of the Christian Community in many areas, especially in education and health care.

Cardinal Gracias pledged the Catholic Church’s support to government efforts for helping the poor. He is one of the eight cardinals Pope Francis has chosen to advise him on church reforms. He was on an official visit to the CBCI Centre in New Delhi.

Source: CBCI website

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