Bengaluru: As the Metropolitan Archbishop of Bangalore, President of the Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops’ Council (KRCBC), and President of All Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights (AKUCFHR), I express my deep sympathy for the earthquake victims and their families and all those who have suffered injuries or lost their belongings due to this natural disaster in the northern parts of India and several parts of Nepal.
I appeal to all clergy, pastors, religious men and women, and the Christian faithful in the Archdiocese of Bangalore and all over Karnataka, and people of good will in the State to come forward to exercise charity, solidarity and provide generous financial assistance, and request them to conduct special prayer services in all the churches, religious communities and institutions during the coming week, and to give financial assistance to help the earthquake victims in India and Nepal.
Through this Press Statement, I wish to mention that our Christian responsibility urges us to pray for the repose of the souls of the victims, and to express our solidarity with the bereaved family members in this moment of natural disaster and great calamity. We, as one family, should pray to God for all those who are affected due to this massive earthquake and show our deep concern and care for them by working together to collect monetary donations from the Christian faithful and others, and help effectively channel this aid to them through Caritas India and Nepal. This is an opportunity to unite our faith, our prayer to concrete acts of solidarity to render support to the victims in these affected areas who are in dire need of our assistance right now.
I offered special prayers for the earthquake victims and for their dear ones at the Sunday Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
A special goodwill collection will be made on Sunday, 3rd May in all the churches and institutions for the earthquake victims of India and Nepal. Cheques in favour of “Archdiocese of Bangalore” and donations can also be sent directly to: Financial Administrator, Archbishop’s House, 75 Miller’s Road, Bengaluru – 560 046.