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Religious Leaders Need To Build Bridges: Bishop

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“Religions are a great motivating force. They need to motivate their followers to serve the society through education, healthcare, promotion of human rights of Dalits, women and children”, Bishop stated.

Bishop D’Souza was speaking at a large inter-religious gathering held at H.B. Halli in the heartland of Veerashaivism, April 16.

“Religious leaders should promote mutual trust, human dignity and freedom”, added Bishop Henry D’Souza.

“God has created all humans in equal dignity and freedom. Therefore, all religions must fight the forces which curb human dignity and freedom through social evils such as caste discrimination, violence and corruption”, Bishop declared.

“Human life is for inter-being, for mutuality and communion. Hence, all walls of hatred, mistrust and disrespect should be pulled down by all religious leaders”, Bishop added.

Sighting the example of Christ, Bishop D’Souza urged all leaders to sensitize their followers to the plight of the Dalits, physically challenged and the economically poor sections of the society.

Earlier inaugurating the meet, the local member of legislative assembly K. Nemiraj Naik called for more harmonious inter-religious relationships in the society.

“Respecting every living being is the essence of any religion and motivating the people to lead honest life is what true religion is all about”, said Sri Shanthaveeraswami of Gavimatt, Hadagali.

Hazrat  Maulana Ibrahim Shakafi urged that all religious followers should respect each other and foster tolerance in the society.

Chief Guest of the gathering, Swami Dingaaleshwar of Balehosur spoke on the need of avoiding evil ways and fostering non-violence and kindness to fellow human beings in the society.

Local parish priest Fr. Jose Prakash and MSFS priest Fr. Mijo also attended the programme. 

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