Delhi-based archbishop calls to avoid war

Archbishop Bharanikulangara of Faridabad also asked his Oriental Catholics to have a prayer service for peace on October 16.

New Delhi: 

Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara of Faridabad has issued a call for peace amid speculation of military conflict between India and Pakistan following the Uri attack.

In a media release titled "Word should prevail over sword", he said: "Suggestions have been made in various forums demanding instant retaliatory action against Pakistan... Any thoughtless strike can lead to war with disastrous consequences for the country.”

"Mahatma Gandhi had said that an eye for an eye will make everyone blind. Any instantaneous action against Pakistan is bound to exacerbate the situation. And that is exactly what terrorists want,” said the statement from the Syro-Malabar rite archbishop based in New Delhi.

"Pakistan should lose its face in every international forum over its support to terrorists. In the long run, there is no weapon more powerful than this international isolation," it said.

Explaining his stand to The Telegraph, he said: "Any big war primarily starts with an idea. With the rhetoric we are hearing, I fear this may grow into an explosive situation which will be tragic."

He added that he would issue an official communication to Catholics of his diocese for a prayer service for peace on October 16.

"We will surely make known our position to the government," he said.

Archbishop Bharanikulangara was a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See and had served as the first counsellor of the permanent observer mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.

Source: The Telegraph

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