Editor’s Note: India was the first mission undertaken by our Founder, Bishop Melchior de Marion Brésillac. The Indian subcontinent will, therefore, always retain a deep vein of affection and concern within the Society of African Missions.
The horrific attack on Catholic Churches on Easter Sunday, as well as the targeting of foreign visitors in Sri Lankan hotels has shocked the world. The level of carnage and the callousness of suicide bombers has, again, sent shockwaves reverberating throughout the world. Some reports state that the Islamic fundamentalists who carried out the attack did so in retaliation for the attacks on the New Zealand mosques on March 15th, 2019.
On this, the 150th anniversary year of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, it is worth remembering a quotation often attributed to Gandhi about retaliatory violence:
“An Eye for an Eye will Make the Whole World Blind”.
Christians follow the example of the great practitioner of non-violence – Jesus Christ. The One who injuncted ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ and who invoked his followers to ‘turn the other cheek’ and to return hate with love.
In the wake of the vicious attacks Vatican News is reporting that India’s Latin-rite Church is dedicating Divine Mercy Sunday to Sri Lanka’s bomb victims. Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and Daman, the president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), is inviting the Latin-rite faithful to dedicate the April 28 Divine Mercy Sunday as a day of prayer and solidarity for Sri Lanka, following the Easter Sunday bombings.
To read the full Vatican News report, please click here.
Let us add our prayers to those of Archbishop Ferrao. And let us recall all victims of violence on this Divine Mercy Sunday. Let us pray that Christians will be shining examples of mercy, compassion and respectful solidarity, especially to the world’s most vulnerable, as we seek to build a more peaceful and justice world for all.