Archbishop calls for spreading peace, love

BANGALORE, MARCH 24. The Archbishop of Bangalore Diocese, Bernard Moras, on Thursday called for spreading peace, love, affection and compassion in the world to bring about a new order and pave the way for "sublimation of our lives."

In his message for Good Friday, which marks the anniversary of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, Dr. Moras said Jesus laid down his life for what he believed is righteousness and a new world order.

He was hailed as "the Prince of Peace" as he fought against violence, immorality and hypocrisy. His teachings are relevant today as the world is passing through times of hatred, turmoil, wars between nations and sustained immorality in public life.

He said masses will be held on Friday in English, Tamil and Kannada at 8.30 a.m., 9.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively at St. Francis Xavier's Cathedral, near Coles Park, on the theme "Way of the Cross."

At 4 p.m. there will be a celebration of the Lord's Passion (in English) followed by its Kannada version at 5.30 p.m.

On Saturday, night vigil and Easter mass will be held at midnight.

On Sunday a special Easter mass will be held at 7.15 a.m., Dr. Moras said.

`Give right information'

Dr. Moras said those in responsible religious positions should have educated people in a better manner about the "miracles" performed by American evangelist Benny Hinn here recently.

Dr. Moras said clergymen and others holding responsible positions like me could have given the right information prior to Mr. Hinn's public meetings, which were attended by lakhs of people. "We have a moral duty to give the right information," he said. "We might have failed (in giving that)."

Dr. Moras said nobody could claim to have the power to work miracles. "We can only pray and only He can intervene." He said he does not believe that one can touch another person and make miracles happen as is supposed to have happened in Mr. Hinn's meetings. "Miracles should take place automatically (on their own)." He wondered whether the miracles that people claimed had taken place in Mr. Hinn's meetings were real or psychological, temporary or permanent. But he said he would not like to probe the miracles further since Catholics were not a part of the evangelist's meetings.

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