Church leaders in India call for prayer as fighting spreads in Kashmir
October 06, 2016
Church leaders in India are seeking prayers for peace as fighting continues between Indian and Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region.
Cardinal Oswald Gracis of Mumbai, who is the president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, issued a called for prayer for peace in both India and Pakistan. His plea was echoed by Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, the president of the Indian bishops’ conference, who asked the faithful to observe October 16 as a special day of prayer for peace.
“Let each one spend some time in prayer for peace in India and Pakistan, to work for peace, to become bridge-builders,” said Cardinal Gracias.
In a September 18 attack, terrorists killed 18 Indian soldiers in Kashmir. Indian troops retaliated last week with assaults on sites that they had identified as militant camps. Then another Indian army camp was struck by terrorists on October 2. Indian leaders have complained bitterly that Pakistan is failing to curb terrorist activities.