Archbishop of Goa urges to skip pilgrimage, vote for candidates with 'secular' credentials

Panaji, Apr 18 (IANS): Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Cardinal Ferrao, has appealed to the people to refrain from going on pilgrimage during Lok Sabha voting day and cast their vote for persons with secular credentials.

In a circular issued by Filipe Neri Cardinal Ferrao, he has said "Indeed, the growth of a nation is dependent on its citizens' active participation and responsible behaviour."

The Church's obligation to participate in nation-building and in shaping the moral character of society is a requirement of our faith, it is an all-important part of the mission we have received from Jesus Christ. It is in this spirit that all eligible Catholic voters need to exercise their franchise on May 7, 2024, casting their vote for persons with secular credentials, who are truly committed to working for the good of all the people and upholding the values enshrined in our Constitution, he said.

"In the light of this teaching of the Church, it is clear that Catholics moving out with family and friends on a holiday or even going on a pilgrimage on election day, thereby abstaining from the responsibility of participating in the voting process on May 7, would be not only doing a disservice to the nation, but failing seriously in their important civic responsibility," he said.

"It is known that there is a regular train from Goa to Velankanni every Monday. I earnestly appeal to our Catholics to refrain from taking that train journey on Monday, (6th May 2024) and, instead, to book their trip for any other Monday. In case a booking has already been made, it is certainly worth losing some money by way of cancellation charges for the sake of the greater good and the sacred duty of exercising one's franchise on Election Day and thus being positively responsible towards the greater good of the nation," Filipe Neri Cardinal Ferrao further said.

He has requested Parish Priests, Chaplains and Superiors of Religious Houses in Goa to organise special prayer services on May 3, and May 5, 2024, for the success of the elections.





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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore Kudla

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Can we not have divine intervention ?

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  • Sunil, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Your wish will be granted on the results day. Please be patient when our Lord will intervene.

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  • Arjun, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Your reply made my day well said

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  • aaam admi, MUMBAI

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    The arm twisting of Central Investigative agencies like ED, CBI, IT, EC, RBI, has exposed BJP’s sheer hunger for power & disregard for the constitution.

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  • Balakrishna Kanathoor, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Please tell us which party is secular? If we do not vote a party govt forming is not possible.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Its a true call to wake up and select a party/Leaders who respect Democratic secular norm /constitution and not the one who is working on the basis of expansionism norms to satisfy party agenda without any concern for peoples wish. Only the voters can bring badly needed change. Act now instead of regretting when it is too late!

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  • Natalia Coelho, Urwa - Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Go to Vailankini, go to Haj so that Modi wins all the 552 seats.

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  • Roshan, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Political parties do have certain constitution and history. People come and go. Secular guy can be fanatic another day and visa versa. Person to vote for is an indiviudal who stands with the political idealogy and wont ditch the voters. Being secular is constitutional obligation and its a pledge to unite the nation. BJP believes religious fundamentalism is secular and other parties believes respecting all religions, faiths and traditions is secular. This is something voter must ponder over.

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  • nitin shetty, bangalore, udupi

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    ನನಗೆ 19 ವರ್ಷ ಮತ್ತು ನನ್ನ ಜೀವನದ ಮೊದಲ ಮತ ಭಾರತದ ಸಂವಿಧಾನವನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸುವುದಾಗಿದೆ

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  • Ashwin Perla, Perla

    Thu, Apr 18 2024

    Beautiful thought!

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