Call on Centre, and the governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, to work creatively to address the issue

Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church George Alencherry said here on Sunday that he was saddened to see even life and death issues getting politicized in the realm of public discourse.

He referred to the threat posed by the old Mullaperiyar dam, especially in the background of frequent earthquakes in the area where the dam was located. The Archbishop called on the Union government and the States of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to work creatively to address the outstanding issues to save Kerala from the fearful consequences of an accident.

He was speaking at the last session of the general body meeting of the Catholic Council of India here at the Renewal Centre, Kaloor.

The Archbishop expressed happiness that the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was taking a serious view of the situation and was initiating steps to address the fears of the people of the State.

Minister for Finance and Law K. M. Mani said that the Catholic Council, over the last four days, had discussed key contemporary issues. He said that salvation did not mean only for the soul but for all aspects of human life.

He called on the Church to evaluate the working of its institutions and said that these institutions should be instrumental in bringing about social changes. The Minister said that the poorer sections of the society should get more opportunities for higher education through Church-led institutions.

Archbishop of Varappuzha Francis Kallarakkal and Bishop of Jammu and Kashmir Peter Celestine and Bishop Albert D'souza were among those present, said a press release here.