Catholic bishops confident about India's new government

Indian bishops 2014 Plenary

Catholic bishops in India have said they have nothing to fear from the country's new government following the landside success of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies, reports the Catholic News Agency.

'It is true that sometimes small groups of fanatics can give us concern, but the Church will continue in its mission to pray for the new government and contribute to the common good of the nation, supporting democracy, respect for pluralism, the rights of all and a secular concept in the political agenda,' Archbishop Albert D'Souza of Agra, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, told Fides news agency.

He said the elections were 'a great test of democracy' and their result 'highlights a strong government that will lead India into a new phase of economic development and progress, observing and ensuring democratic and constitutional values.'

Bishop Anthony Chirayath of Sagar, in central Madhya Pradesh state, was also confident. 'I believe that the Catholic Church will have nothing to fear from the new government.'

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