- Jul 7, 2020
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.
Sister Gracy Rodrigues, an Indian nun and member of the Asian Movement of Women Religious Against Human Trafficking, will not be idle before the cry of children victims of human trafficking. In an essay, Rodrigues calls on everyone to put an end to this modern day form of slavery.
Somewhere near the top of any misery index would have to be India’s “Tribals,” meaning the roughly 9 percent of the country’s cast population of 1.25 billion belonging to various indigenous groups. On Christmas, the Cardinal of Mumbai will make a point of celebrating with them.