Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/INDIA – Religious leaders united to fight Covid-19; an Indian state subsidizes religious communities
Hyderabad – Indian religious leaders unite to fight Covid-19 in India: as Agenzia Fides learns, religious leaders of different faiths and various interreligious organizations have tightened a collaboration agreement to help contain the spread of Covid-19 in India. In a joint declaration, sent to Agenzia Fides, the organizations say they “want to play a constructive role for the common good by uniting people of all faiths”. The leaders intend to “speak with one voice”, concentrating efforts on service and unity as the country faces the pandemic. Religions aim to “avoid prejudice, a sense of exclusion, superstition and fanaticism spread in the name of religion”, allowing “the scientific approach to combat the virus” to prevail, continuing in one’s spiritual and material commitment. “Religion is probably the most powerful means of mobilizing human conscience to serve the common good: we unite as a single force to give impetus to action to overcome the pandemic”, says the text.