- Sep 20, 2020
The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, installed relics of Jacinta and Francisco Marto at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Karjat, India, on May 13. During the liturgy, Gracias blessed a new altar at the shrine, and renewed the Act of Consecration of the Archdiocese of Bombay to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The first Marian shrine in Asia dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima was built in 1935 at Karjat, near Mumbai. The church will hold special celebrations on May 13 to mark the centenary of the apparitions of Mary which took place in 1917 in in the Portuguese town, with an emphasis on prayers for peace.
The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias has called the destruction of a historic roadside cross in Mumbai “deeply disturbing.” The city’s Bandra neighborhood is known for these so-called “plague crosses,” built during the late 19th century, which dot city streets and especially the entrances of villages.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias celebrated Easter morning Mass with the retired priests of the Diocesan Clergy Home in Bandra West, Mumbai. He told the priests he had fond memories of working with them in their various ministries in the Archdiocese of Bombay, and encouraged them in their new “apostolate of prayer and of rest.”
Hours after the United States launched 59 missiles do destroy a military base of the Syrian government, many Catholic leaders, including the bishop of Aleppo, raised their voices in condemnation. Among other things, Catholic leaders in Syria complained that the strike was conducted before an investigation of an alleged chemical attack was completed.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, is demanding the recognition by the government of India of the religious freedom of Dalit — or low-caste — Christians by granting Scheduled Caste (SC) status to them.