Catholics pledge to work for making India a better place
The meet organised by the Catholic Bishops of India in Mumbai appealed to church leaders to follow the lead given by Pope Francis who wants the Church to be the Church of the Poor.
India has made rapid economic and technological progress but there was dehumanization of poverty, increase in sexual violence against women and communal and religious strife, a meet organised by the Catholic Bishops of India in Mumbai last week said.
‘Culture of death’ and ecological threats were also identified as other challenges. “Every third person is below poverty line, with around 300 million migrants for jobs and survival. According to the 2011-13 Global Hunger Index report, a quarter of the world's hungry live in India and 43.5% of the world's underweight children under 5 years are Indians,” the report said quoting the Hindustan Times.
The meet appealed to church leaders to follow the lead given by Pope Francis who wants the Church to be the Church of the Poor. “The Catholic Church must strip itself of all vanity, arrogance and pride and humbly serve the poorest in society,” it said. “We appeal to our bishops to implement the CBCI Education Policy, making our educational and other institutions pro-poor.
Participants pledged to fight corruption by “not giving bribes, getting a receipt for every purchase and paying just wages to those who work for us. We will use the mechanisms and facilities available to us like the RTI or Food Security Bill to fight corruption and to alleviate the lot of the poor. We will be bold in denouncing all that is evil, unjust and wrong in order to truly announce the Good News. The culture of silence has resulted in 'the culture of death,” a statement said.