Cardinal Mario Grech conveyed the greetings of Pope Francis to his brother bishops in India and told the gathering that the Holy Father is appreciative of the commitment of the Indian bishops. Emphasizing the Synodal consultation and the very theme of the ongoing CBCI Meeting, “Synodality: The Call to be a Synodal Church,” the Papal Representative urged the participants to delve deeply into the Acts of the Apostles, for in it the first mention of the Synodal Church.
Ash Wednesday begins on March 2, marking the 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving within the Catholic Church. Christian leaders have urged the faithful to pray for people suffering due to the war in Ukraine while calling for an unconditional ceasefire.
The Christian community in India will observe Martyrs Day–the anniversary of the assassination of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi—with nationwide fasting and prayers for the unity and progress of the country