- Feb 23, 2020
Father Ángel Fernández Artime, the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation, was in Mumbai recently for the diamond jubilee of the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians, which was founded by a member of the order. He took the opportunity to reflect on the Salesian mission to young people, especially in light of the upcoming Synod of Bishops meeting on Youth, taking place in 2018.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias delivered a speech in Mumbai, India about Pope Francis’s document on the family, ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ without mentioning the controversies that have consumed many people in the west. Instead, he discussed the document’s calling on families to proactively live the Gospel, and be protagonists of the Church’s mission of evangelization.
Indian priest Father Joe D’Souza says non-Christians like the blessing of the animals associated with the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. “They tell me that this blessing represents a bit the beauty of the Catholic Church, which not only allows animals into a sacred place, but also blesses them,” he said. “This love for other creatures is a way of saying that they too are created by God.”
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.
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.
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