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- Church heads’ Xmas message of peace

Leaders of different churches in the state capital on Monday appealed to people of all religions to close ranks and put up a united fight against man-made disasters as the nation was passing through hard times.

“These days, bad news flood in from every corner. Unemployment figures are constantly on the rise. Everyday we hear about rapes and child trafficking,” said Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo of Roman Catholic Church and Archbishop of Ranchi.

Toppo pointed out that all these ills plaguing the country at large were man-made.

“God did not create unemployment and inflation. The Almighty gave this earth all the riches. Yet, hunger and poverty stalk every sphere of our lives,” Toppo said.

He lamented that God created women so that life on earth would flourish. “Even the Almighty could not have imagined that women would one day be defiled at will,” he added.

Referring to Jharkhand, the Cardinal pointed out that though bestowed with all the world’s riches — forests, rivers and minerals — the people of this state were among the poorest in the country.

“What we need is a moral rearmament, an ethical revolution in the state,” the Cardinal stressed.

And there cannot be a more befitting occasion for it than Christmas. The birth of Christ ushered in a revolution, Toppo pointed out.

Echoing Toppo, Bishop B.B. Baskey of Church of North India said: “We need to close ranks with not just Christians but with people of all religions to find out the right mechanism to restore a better order.”

Bishop Nelson Lakra, moderator of Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church, pointed out that Christmas was about spreading the message of peace. “This is the true gift of the festival,” Lakra stressed.

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