- Jul 12, 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.
“We alcoholics have been graced with a new life, through the gift of sobriety, so freely and compassionately bestowed upon us by our loving God.” This was the response from the director of an anti-alcoholism facility in Mumbai, which won an award for its work from the Archdiocese of Bombay.
“Care for Creation” will be my Episcopal motto,” Father Allwyn D’Silva told Crux and added that “My appointment is a recognition of the Church for justice and environment issues.” D’Silva is preparing for his new job as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay.
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.
In many ways, 93-year-old Monsignor Nereus Rodrigues was the kind of pastor who “carries the smell of his sheep,” long before Pope Francis started using that vocabulary. He’s been a pioneer in both Catholic schools and Catholic health care in India, believing both have reshaped Indian society.
The hermitage of St. Andrew in Mumbai’s Bandra neighborhood existed in 1600, well before the famous Taj Mahal, and by 1616 it was functioning as a parish. It’s withstood centuries of natural disasters, including a 1618 cyclone, and political and religious turmoil.