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Amidst 'Turbulent Political Atmosphere' Ahead Of 2019, Delhi Archbishop Calls For Prayer Campaign

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| May 22 , 2018 , 10:25 IST

The Archbishop of Delhi Anil Couto in a letter written to all the parish priests in the capital has called for the launching of a 'prayer campaign' along with fasting on Fridays ahead of the 2019 general elections due to the current 'turbulent political atmosphere', media reported on Tuesday.

The letter cites the “turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in the Constitution and the secular fabric of our nation”, and says, “It is our hallowed practice to pray for our country and its political leaders all the time but all the more so when we approach the general elections.”

The letter continues, “As we look forward towards 2019 when we will have new government let us begin a prayer campaign for our country.”

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Archbishop Couto requests that “...we observe a day of fast every Friday of the week by forgoing at least one meal and offering our penance and all our sacrifices for our spiritual renewal and that of our nation”.

Along with the letter was a special “prayer for our nation” regarding the protection of the values of the Constitution.

“Let the dreams of our founding fathers and the values of our Constitution – equality, liberty and fraternity – be always held in highest esteem. Let the people of all castes and creeds, all denominations and persuasions live in harmony and peace steering far away from hatred and violence," the prayer said.

"Protect our legislature as a place of discerning minds. Raise our judiciary as the hallmark of integrity, prudence and justice. Keep our print, visual and social media as the channels of truth for edifying discourses. Protect our institutions from the infiltration of the evil forces,” it said.

“Let the poor of our country be provided with the means of livelihood. Let the dalits, tribals and the marginalised be brought into the mainstream of nation building. Let justice and integrity prevail in every sphere of our life,” the prayer said.

Secretary to Archbishop of Delhi Father Robinson defended the letter as being 'non-political'.

"The Archbishop's letter is not political, neither it is against the Govt or against the honourable PM. Misinformation should not be spread. It's just an invitation for prayers, and such letters have been written in the past too," said Father Robinson.