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Bellary Christians Hold Ecumenical Procession; Pray For Successful Elections

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altBELLARY, APRIL 13:  Christians belonging to various denominations held an ecumenical procession on the occasion of the Palm Sunday, here in Bellary today.

The well attended procession was held under the auspices of the United Christian Forum, Bellary.

It was led by Bishop of Bellary and President of United Christian Forum Bishop Henry D’Souza.

The procession began from St. Anthony’s Cathedral, Cowl Bazaar at 6.00 p.m.  and ended at Bellary Arogya Mathe Shrine at about 8 pm. Hundreds of Christians from various denominations participated.

Christians with all affiliations with grace-filled hearts, sang the praises thanking God for the gift of salvation to humankind and participated enthusiastically.

Bishop D’Souza urged all Christians to imbibe the spirit of the Holy Week by generously responding to the love of God poured out in Christ Jesus, by forgiving all and by living with “courage and faith amidst problems and challenges”.

Rev. Samuel Prasad of John Hands Memorial Church, Bellary, Pastor Prabhakar Rao of Independent Church and other leaders led the prayers.

Special prayers were offered for the successful conduct of the ensuing general elections so that the democratic, secular character of the country will be upheld.

Also, leaders prayed for the protection of the minorities and upholding of moral values and principles in public life, promoting peace and prosperity of all the people of India

Fr. Chowrappa, Rector of the shrine church and Fr. Ivan Pinto, Diocesan Secretary for Ecumenism facilitated the program.

BI Kiran of Aradhana TV invited the gathering to participate in the marathon Run for Jesus to be held on Saturday, Apr. 19 in Bellary.

The ecumenical meet concluded with a word of thanks by Fr. Sunil Gehloth. 

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