Cardinal Charles Bo SDB, the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences (FABC) and Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Nuncio to India and Nepal, visited the Holy Rosary Cathedral, Kolkata on Sunday 24th July 2022.
Archbishop Girelli, presided over the Eucharistic celebration in the Cathedral on the occasion of the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly with the theme proposed by Pope Francis for the year, Psalm 92:15, “In old age they will still bear fruit”.
Quoting Pope Francis, the archbishop said, “Old age is not a time to give up, but a session of enduring fruitfulness; the new mission awaits us and bids us to look to the future.
”The elderly have concerns, thoughts and affections that makes us human”, yet they “contribute towards a revolution of tenderness”, he continued.
On the occasion, Archbishop Girelli conferred the sacrament of confirmation to seven young people.
The Cathedral Parishioners honoured the dignitaries with cultural programs.
The presence of the United Interfaith Forum of India, including members of Sikh and Shia communities, made the event an interreligious celebration.
Cardinal Charles Bo, addressed the gathering saying “Unity in diversity must be respected and promoted. The differences are not only to be tolerated but to be celebrated”.
Cardinal Bo, Archbishop Girelli, and Bishop Yawhan of Yangon visited Radio Veritas Asia Bengali Service along with Archbishop Thomas D’Souza, of Calcutta and encouraged the members.
With inputs from Soumitra Makhal /Bengali Service
Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.” Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.