The Catholic bishops of Uttar Pradesh called on state’s new chief minister Yogi Adityanath on April 21, who assured his government’s support and protection to practice Christian faith in the state.
“He sounded very protective and welcoming,” said Archbishop Albert D’Souza of Agra, the region’s senior bishop was among the seven-member bishop’s team that met the chief minster.
However, the meeting was not meant to discuss any particular issue “but was a courtesy visit,” as it was customary for the bishop in the state capital Lucknow to visit the head of the government soon after a new government is elected.
The bishops converted the the opportunity to make it possible for all available bishops to meet him and bishops of Allahabad, Bareily, Bijnor, Gorakhpur, Lucknow and Varanasi comprised the delegation besides the head of Agra archdiocese.
The chief minister told the Christian leaders that he will ensure actions against whoever create social problems in the name of religion and told the bishops to “inform his office directly whenever you face a problem,” Archbishop D’Souza said.
“Christians have nothing to worry.,” the archbishop said and added they are hopeful that the political changes in the state would not make Christian life harder here.”
“After all, we are peace-loving community, and we would like to walk that extra mile for social harmony and peace in society,” he said.
The state has 11 dioceses, including two Syro-Malabar dioceses.
Source : UCANINDIA