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Kochi: Cardinal George Alencherry, major archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, said in a pastoral letter on Sunday that debates and controversies “detrimental to religious harmony and community fraternity are taking place in Kerala society” .

The archbishop affirmed that “love and brotherhood are fundamental values ​​for the churches”.

“Debates and controversies that harm religious harmony and community brotherhood are taking place in Kerala society these days. Our tradition as Keralites is that all religions and communities live in brotherhood. must not allow it to hurt us in any way. We must cling to brotherhood between different religions. All should strive to move forward in brotherhood by solving the problems that are suspected to hurt religious feelings by discussing them with the greatest wisdom and the greatest mutual respect ”, we read in the pastoral letter.

The letter further read: “Interpreting the statements and actions of those in positions of responsibility in society as being detached from their true purpose can lead to misunderstandings and differences. Everyone should be vigilant against such trends. It is important that everyone comes back from the current mess. to a peaceful friendship. “

Alencherry, who is also Chairman of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) and Chairman of the Kerala Inter-Church Council, said: “Love and fellowship are core values ​​for churches. The vision of the Church is to respect all religions equally and to work with all. Churches and Evangelicals do not want to create a situation of conflict in society. All church members should be careful not to deviate from this view of the church under any circumstances.

He later urged everyone to end all disputes and strive to move forward in mutual love and brotherhood. “To this end, let us wholeheartedly cooperate with the efforts of the clergy, politicians and community leaders,” he said.

Catholic priests belonging to the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabar Church are said to have opposed a decision by a supreme episcopal body to implement a uniform mode of celebration of Mass in churches on Saturday, claiming that any change in their mode of celebration would be disastrous. for the Church.

On August 28, Cardinal George Alencherry in a pastoral letter addressed to all parishes of the Syrian Catholic Church on October 5 during Sunday Mass, called on church members to adhere to the unified system of celebration of the Mass according to the decision of the Synod of Bishops, which met online earlier this month.


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