Christians pray for peace and harmony in J&K
The Christians in the trouble-torn state would pray for peace in J&K and better Indo-Pak relationship.india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 21:18 IST
On Christmas, the Christians in the trouble-torn state would pray for peace in Jammu and Kashmir and better Indo-Pak relationship.
Jammu and Kashmir Bishop Peter Celestine told Hindustan Times that he prays everyday for peace in Jammu and Kashmir. "On Christmas we would pray even more, pray for Indo-Pak friendship, better relations with terrorists. We will pray to God to put an end to turmoil in the region," he said.
"Since partition there has been too much enmity and hostility between India and Pakistan. We'll pray God to put an end to this enmity," Bishop Celestine said.
Quoting the old testament of Bible "Open your doors. Enlarge your tents. Hold back nothing. Keep everything open. So that others may come in…," Bishop Celestine said that the humans in the South Asia should be kind enough to one another.
Recalling the October 8, 2005 earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir, which consumed more than 73,000 lives including 72,000 in the PoK and more than 1,400 in Jammu and Kashmir and four in Afghanistan, he said that the earthquake survivors had not yet got proper houses to live despite the rehabilitation claims of government and NGOs.
"The houseless continue to remain houseless in Uri, Tangdhar and other areas and same is true with the Tsunami affected people," said Bishop Celestine, who hails from south Indian state of Kerela.
"We should at least open the doors for such people in our hearts," he said. Bishop Celestine also turned down any clash of civilisations between the Christian West and Islam. "There is no clash of religions. The problem with the West is their pampered ego. The abundance of luxuries in their lives like wealth, liquor and open-sex makes them morally degraded," he said about the West.
The Christian head priest in J&K said that there was a need to create a better Jammu and Kashmir by brining peace in the state with faith-based reconciliation.