Indian Christians and Hindus united in fasting and prayer for peace in Syria
Fasting and prayer for peace in Syria has seen Christians and Hindus in India united. The Bishop of Vasai and President of the Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue of the "Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences" Bishop Machado, said the "The Pope's appeal for a special Day for peace in Syria was welcomed with joy and enthusiasm by Christians in India, and now has spread to the leaders and the Hindu communities. He said some Hindu leaders called him to express solidarity and to ensure fasting and prayer in the Hindu temples". The Bishops' Conference of India invited all dioceses to organize prayer vigils. Bishop Muchado explained that the fact that the appeal was also addressed to the faithful of other religions and all people of good will was very much appreciated in India.He added that the initiative was very important for the people of india because it came at a very favorable moment on the eve of the Feast of the Nativity of Mary who is deeply felt by Indian Christians. The bishop said that the Hindu faithful are very sensitive to this Marian feast, adding that, the weapon of fasting is universal, it is very dear to Hindus and is capable of uniting the faithful of all religions in a deep spiritual communion".