Kerala church questions yoga day celebrations on Sunday

  • Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Updated: Jun 11, 2015 18:23 IST

After several Muslim bodies, Catholic church in Kerala has expressed reservations over government's plan to observe International Yoga Day on June 21. The church made it clear that it was not against Yoga but the plan to observe it on Sunday was deplorable.

“It is sad all important functions are being scheduled on Sundays these days. We are not against yoga but all know it well that Sundays are sacred for believers. So it is natural it will clash with our customs and belief,” Kerala Catholic Bishop Conference president Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis said in Kochi adding the church would inform its reservations in this regard to responsible authorities.

“It is fast becoming a trend to host important functions on Sundays. It is not a healthy trend. We will inform our concerns in this regard to authorities concerned,” he said.

Catholic church is the largest church in India representing about 70% of total Christians in the country.

“True, what the Cardinal said is right. For believers Sunday is a day of worship and is also known as the Lord’s Day. While taking such decisions all communities should have been taken into confidence,” said Syro-Malabar church spokesperson Father Paul Thelekkat.

In April this year, Supreme Court judge Kurian Joseph had abstained from the judges’ conference and dinner hosted by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying both clashed with Good Friday and Easter weekend. He also wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India raising objections over holding such a meeting during the holy weekend for Christians. His letter had triggered a debate and the church had supported his stand.

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