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Naidu for promoting lasting peace between people during Christmas season

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, December 13, 2017

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has called for promoting lasting peace between people of different religions and cultures during the Christmas season.
Attending a Christmas celebration event organized by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) here yesterday, Mr Naidu said, “Christmas reminds us all to live up to the ideals and values preached and practised by Jesus Christ.
“Christmas is the festival of love, joy and sharing. It is a time to renew our commitment to love and serve our families, communities and society; to be just and transparent in our dealings; to promote social and economic inclusion of all; to promote lasting peace between people of different religions and cultures and to promote sustainable development,” he added.
The Vice-President said every individual must revere his/her mother, mother tongue, birthplace and motherland. “It is the duty of every Indian to preserve and protect our culture. Let me once again clarify that religion is personal, while culture is a way of life,” he added.
Lauding the Catholic community as one that has been working with every Government, both at the Centre and in the States, to promote people’s welfare, he said the Catholic Church in India has been effectively contributing to the nation-building process in a number of ways.
“As you all are aware, education is the most important tool for transformation of the society through enlightenment and empowerment. It is meant to bring out all the good qualities of head and heart in an individual by instilling the values of compassion, morality and ethics.
“It must help in building character, enhancing capacity, promoting good conduct and patriotism,” Mr Naidu said.
Applauding the social and welfare activities of the Church, he noted that it runs hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the remote areas of the country and serves millions of poor patients through its healthcare programmes.
The Catholic communities in India along with the Christian community as a whole have been assiduously engaged in contributing their share to the building of a New India, which is united and strong, he added.
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