- Oct 27, 2020
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, said he was “anguished and deeply pained” after a stampede at a Mumbai train station left 22 people dead, and over 30 others seriously injured. Over 3,000 people die in accidents on the Mumbai rail network every year.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a member of the Council of Cardinals tasked with reforming the Vatican bureaucracy, says that more than anything, there is a change in mentality that’s needed, which will take longer than simply reforming the Vatican’s structures, he said, but said the group is “rather confident that it will happen because the pope is giving very effective leadership.”
Indian Cardinal Telesphore Toppo said “tribal Catholics in India have impressed in their hearts that they are God’s people and the children of Mother Earth, a people with its own voice, its own dignity and its own security.” He was one of several Indian bishops who marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – celebrated on September 1.
Mumbai has seen its worst flooding in over a decade, and so far five deaths have been attributed to the storm. Floods in 2005 led to the deaths of more than 500 people across the city. Monsoon rains have caused flooding across the region, and over 1,200 people have died in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
Indian cardinal Oswald Gracias said there is so much suffering, turmoil, distress, and poverty of all kinds, and brokenness in families, and Mary said, “pray and consecrate yourselves to my Immaculate Heart.” The cardinal invited everyone to “pray, pray the rosary for peace.”
Cardinal Oswald Gracis of India says his fellow Indian Prince of the Church, Ivan Dias, who died in Rome on Monday at the age of 81, was a “martyr for mission,” driven by a relentless missionary zeal and willing to put up with illness and suffering as the result of his efforts.