Catholics in India Unite in Prayer Ahead of General Elections

Catholics in India Unite in Prayer Ahead of General Elections

Catholics in India are observing a special day of prayer and fasting in preparation for the upcoming general elections, as they gather to seek divine guidance amidst rising political and religious tensions in the nation. Ahead of the 2024 General Elections scheduled for 19 April, Catholics nationwide are uniting in a "National Day of Fasting and Prayer" on Friday, as called for by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) during their plenary assembly in Bengaluru in February.

Led by Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi, the faithful are urged to dedicate 12 hours to fervent prayer for the Church and the country, aligning their hearts with God's will and entrusting the democratic process to His wisdom. Traditional acts of devotion such as Mass, Adoration, and prayers like the Rosary and the Way of the Cross are encouraged during this time of collective supplication, emphasizing the significance of coming together in prayer during the sacred season of Lent and the Paschal Triduum.

In response to the escalating political and religious divisions in India that threaten social harmony and democratic values, the bishops advocate for the protection of fundamental and minority rights enshrined in the Constitution. Against this backdrop, the day of prayer serves as a moment for deep spiritual reflection, penance, and renewal for the entire Catholic community in India, as they offer sacrifices and invocations with trust in God's mercy and providence.

With the general elections set to unfold in seven rounds from 19 April to 1 June and results expected on 4 June, the faithful's prayers hold particular significance as the incumbent Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, seeks a third term, facing competition from the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA), consisting of 27 parties.

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