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Indian bishops concerned about threats to diversity

BANGALORE (CNS): “Intolerance is causing a certain amount of anxiety to us,” Oswald Cardinal Gracias of Mumbai, said at the end of the February 2 to 9 assembly of Indian bishops held in Bangalore.
The newly elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), expressed “anguish” over increasing threats to pluralism in the country.
“Diversity is one of the strengths of India. It is known world over for its diversity of culture, language and religion. Any attempt to divide people by certain sections will be harmful for the nation,” Cardinal Gracias cautioned responding to a question on how the bishops viewed increasing threats to diversity in recent years.
Auxiliary Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas of Ranchi, secretary-general of the CBCI, said that attacks on pluralism were “not only against Christians, but all Indians.”
He said, “You cannot allow a few rabid elements to spoil the harmony. It is a question of upholding constitutional values and rule of law.” 
A statement from the bishops after the meeting said, “No one should doubt our loyalty or our commitment to the nation,” 
Human rights groups have expressed concern over religiously-motivated crime in India.
“True nationalism can lead our motherland to genuine peace, harmony, progress and prosperity,” the bishops said. They appealed to all people “to shun mob culture and vigilantism in favour of peace.” 

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