Dear Rev. Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and Friends,
Peace of Christ!
As the verdict on the Ayodhya issue is being pronounced today by the Supreme Court of our country, we pray that the people of all communities may accept it with due respect, openness and understanding. This is the crucial time that all of us, unmindful of our religious affiliations, should manifest our brotherhood and solidarity, and refrain from making any provocative and inflammatory statements that would affect the harmony and unity of the fabric of our society.
All of us are well aware that peace and harmony are important traits of every religion. We, the Christians, are known as promoters and champions of peace. Jesus Christ came into the world as a Messiah of Peace, and His sole purpose was to establish the kingdom of peace. His greatest gift to the whole humanity is: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you,…Do not let your hearts be troubled” (Jn. 14: 27).
Let all Christians and others all over the country continue to be messengers of peace and harmony, and continue to promote true brotherhood and solidarity in our city, state and country.
At this crucial moment, let us be strengthened by the words of St. Paul: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Phil.4:6-7).
I request that Sunday, 10th November be declared as Day of Prayer and Penance in all the Parishes, Religious Communities and Institutions of the Archdiocese of Bangalore for peace and harmony in the country.
May God bless all of us and our beloved Nation!
+ Peter Machado
Archbishop of Bangalore