Delhi archbishop concerned over controversies surrounding Christmas

 Everyone concerned authority has realised that this is the beginning of Bure Din for minorities in the Country. Delhi Archbishop 
 Anil J.T. Couto has issued a statement expressing his concern about happenings around Christmas festivities. When will Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay  do so? or does he think that it is not his concern because his Citadel is safe and nothing will happen over here?
Wake up your Eminence……..

The archbishop also strongly condemned the conversion drive planned by the Hindu groups on Christmas Day.

 Anil J.T. Couto
 Archbishop of Delhi

New Delhi: Delhi Archbishop Anil J.T. Couto today expressed concern at reports of different controversies surrounding Christmas, including federal government’s plan to open CBSE-affiliated schools on the day.

“Christmas Day is a day to celebrate and pray for peace and harmony in the country and world at large,” the archbishop said in a statement.

A national daily today reported that the government plans to mark Christmas as ‘Good Governance Day’ and organize essay competitions and similar events in schools for students on the day.

However, human resource development minister Smriti Irani denied any such move by the government, saying that all schools will be closed on Christmas.

The archbishop also strongly condemned the conversion drive planned by the Hindu groups on Christmas Day.

Reports have been doing the round of right-wing groups are planning conversion of 5,000 Muslims and Christians on Christmas in Aligarh.

“It is a violation of Constitutional rights and guarantees to citizens of India such as the freedom of faith and the freedom of movement, expression and association,” he said in a statement.

It is nothing but hate campaign against the Christian community and the Christian faith, the archbishop said.

He called for an immediate end to such malicious hate campaigns and intervention of both the state and central governments in the matter.

The community reserves its right to take legal action and approach the courts for stopping these conversion drives and hate campaigns as they violate the fundamental rights of every citizen of this country as enshrined in the Constitution of India, the statement said.

Source: Press Release



  1. December 16, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Hello Greg, Our Archbishop Oswald Gracias is a busy man, jetsetting to and from Rome,Of course Pope Francis has chosen him as one of the inner circles, yet Pope Francis did not ask him to forget his sheep. Archbishop Oswald Gracias has no time for me and you, so we need to help ourselves. One appeal is stop giving money in the church and starve them. One can hear each Sunday that the previous week collections have started dropping, its because people have seen the truth.


  2. December 16, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Pope to Roman Parish: Remember that Christmas is not about gifts or parties. In his homily, the Pope talked about why Christians should reflect the happiness that comes with the season.

    “On this Sunday, the Church looks ahead to the joy of Christmas, which is precisely why it’s known as the Sunday of joy.”

    He reminded the parishioners that Christmas is about a lot more than gifts and parties.


  3. Cedric Vaz said,

    December 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Archbishop Oswald Gracias is MORE of an Ambassador, a Diplomat, a Consul-General of The Vatican State here in India !


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