Mangaluru: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah visited the St Joseph Vaz Shrine atMudipu here, on April 24.
The programme began with an invocation. Parish priest of St Joseph Vaz Shrine, Fr Gregory D’Souza welcomed the gathering. A special prayer was also held for Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
After visiting the shrine, speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the people of DK are secular and peace lovers but some anti-social elements are trying to destroy peace in the society. “They try to divide the society in the name of religion. No religion preaches hatred. Instead, all religions teach us to love one another. India has unity in diversity. We have various castes and religions. It is our duty to respect other religions and live in harmony and brotherhood.”
He also said that even though he wanted to attend the canonization of St JosephVaz, due to his busy schedule he was unable to attend it.
The Chief Minister then handed over a cheque of Rs 25 lakhs for the development of the St Joseph Vaz Shrine. He assured to grant more funds through the tourism department for the development of the shrine.
Bishop of Mangaluru Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza urged the Chief Minister to change the CDB as Christian Development Commission. He also requested to make Father Muller Charitable Institution a deemed university.
Udupi District Minister in-charge Vinay Kumar Sorake, Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khadar, DK District Minister in-charge Ramanath Rai, MLA J R Lobo, M:A Moideen Bava, Fr J B Crasta, Fr Patrick Rodrigues, Fr William Menezes and others were also present.