Mount Mary’s Basilica gets relic containing late pontiff’s blood

The relic is a special gift from Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio.



The Mt. Mary Basilica in Mumbai will now house a relic containing the blood of Pope John Paul II.

“This relic contains the blood of Pope John Paul II. I present it to the rector of the shrine for devotion,” said Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio.

The relic, a special gift from Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, comes ahead of the canonization of the late pontiff.

Archbishop Pennacchio, who led the mass on Sunday morning on the first day of the Mount Mary Fair, ended the ceremony by handing over the relic to basilica representatives.

He also presented a 2 ft. statue of Pope John Paul II, who had visited the basilica 27 years ago.

“As the Pope’s representative in India, I bring to you blessings and greetings of our holy father,” he said.

“Let us pray in a special way for the gift of peace in Syria, the Middle East and every part of the world where there is violence,” he added.

On Saturday night, Pope Francis had led a peace prayer vigil for Syria at the Vatican.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, who was also present for the mass, prayed that the “statue will remind us of the teachings and life of Pope John Paul II.”

Father Aniceto Pereira, vice- rector of the basilica, said the gift came as a surprise and the installation will take a few days.”

Basilica authorities also presented Archbishop Pennacchio with a gift in return – a three dimensional photo of the Basilica.

The Mount Mary Fair, also known as the Bandra Fair, is a series of celebrations to mark the annual Feast of Our Lady of the Mount, or the Feast of the Nativity of Virgin Mary.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Priests should be sensitive on issues of homosexuality: Cardinal Oswald Gracias.



Some Catholics had written a complaint letter to Cardinal Oswald Gracias on the issue.






Cardinal Oswald Gracias has said he would advise priests to be more sensitive on issues relating to homosexuality during their sermons or in their public statements.

The prelate’s comments came a month after Pope Francis said that society should not be judgmental about homosexuality.

Cardinal Gracias, who is also the archbishop of Bombay, gave the statement in response to a letter from Queer Azaadi Mumbai (QAM), an LGBT group, about a sermon at St Thomas Church, Goregaon, where the priest allegedly described homosexuality as “a great sin” and opposed gay marriage.

Some Catholic members of the group had written a complaint letter to the archbishop last month and had discussed the issue on social media.

The sermon had taken place just a day before the widely-discussed statement by Pope Francis, in which he said: “If someone is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Cardinal Gracias, in his letter dated August 31, said “Going by the data in the letter, some of what the priest said is alright and some part is inappropriate. The Church does not accept gay marriage because the Bible teaches us that God willed marriage to be between man and woman.”

On the other hand, to say that those with other sexual orientations are sinners is wrong. “I do think we must be sensitive in our homilies [sermons] and how we speak in public and I will so advise our priests,” he added.

He added that the Church loved everybody, including those with different sexual orientations.

Members of QAM said they were satisfied with the response.

“The Archbishop’s response was very reassuring for the community. It gives me confidence as a member of the Church that I will not be discriminated against,” said a parishioner of the Goregaon Church and member of QAM who had attended the sermon.

LGBT activists lauded the archdiocese’s stand.

“We are grateful to the church for categorically stating that they are not against homosexuality. The Archbishop of Mumbai has set a benchmark for everyone else,” said Harish Iyer, who recently figured among the 100 most influential LGBT people in the world.

Source: Hindustan Times


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