Indian archbishop urges Catholics to pray for democracy

Source: Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — The archbishop of New Delhi has waded into Indian politics, urging Catholics to pray for democracy and marginalized people ahead of national elections next year, bringing a quick rebuke from the ruling party.

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India is “witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our constitution and the secular fabric of our nation,” Archbishop Anil Couto wrote in his May 8 letter, which was sent to all the city’s churches. He included a prayer to be read during Masses that asked “May the ethos of true democracy envelope our elections with dignity.”

The prayer also called for marginalized people to be “brought into the mainstream of nation-building.”

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