Cardinal Cleemis meets Narendra Modi

The Office of the Prime Minister in its Tweets said the cardinal “called on the PM.”

 Posted on August 19, 2014, 12:43 PM

New Delhi :

Cardinal Cleemis Thottunkal, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), visited Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday.

The Office of the Prime Minister in its Tweets said the cardinal “called on the PM’ and published a picture of the prelate presenting a gift to Modi.

“It was a courtesy call,” according to a government press release.
The meeting comes soon after the bishops expressed concern over increasing attempts against religious freedom in the country, while they extended support for Modi.

The bishops’ Aug. 6-8 standing committee meeting in a statement reiterated the support of the Catholic Church to the democratically elected NDA Government and extended their greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The statement also extended support his efforts to lead the nation to new heights of peace and prosperity for all.

However, the statement also expressed over certain sporadic events of violence against Christians in certain parts of India. One of them was an unprecedented move in Chhattisgarh where 50 villages passed a resolution in Gram Sabha, denying entry to Christian Priests in the villages, a move fortunately foiled by the timely intervention of the District Administration.

The bishops also urged the Central Government and the State Governments to keep constant vigil over such sinister moves designed to weaken the very character and nature of our secular and democratic Constitution.

The Bishops’ Committee also expressed deep concern and anxiety over certain statements made by responsible and highly placed persons in the Judiciary favoring particular religion and its sacred books to be included in the school curriculum.

They also had expressed apprehension on certain moves on the part of the Government and the Judiciary to bring about the uniform civil code and to legalize euthanasia.



  1. August 20, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Wishy washy murmurs about injustice or restrictions which minority religions are made to endure — are of absolutely no use– we are a democracy– and those who are presently adopting the attitude of the
    ONLY WAY is MY WAY must be put an end to.
    All the rhetoric of “good days” will come, is fine to sucker the gullible and entice them to vote for you — it has surely translated into votes.
    But it must be remembered that with great/absolute power comes great responsibility– this is forgotten immediately after coming to power.
    It must be remembered that the same mandate which brings a party to power can just as easily kick them out.
    The Archdiocese of Bombay has a dirty history of ” no comment ” &
    “Not available for comment” — in short just twiddling the thumbs and
    saying/doing nothing–
    This must stop and our Church leaders must realize that they are not there only to swindle money — live in pomp — and enjoy cushy private lives.
    So all these placating and pleasant ” courtesy calls ” must stress that we, of the so-called minority religions are as Indian as the next citizen, and must have our rights– which are guaranteed by our Constitution

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    • aubreyguard said,

      August 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Fergus, you are right. In this context Fr.Myron Pereira`s letter published in Silent Voice earlier, should serve as a guideline for our priests & laity to follow. Our church leaders in Mumbai should follow the example of Pope Francis and re-organise things before it is too late.


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