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Pope to Indian bishops: Your strongest asset is the faith of Catholics

The pope mentioned that since India is a country with great cultural, economic and linguistic diversity, the Church itself should be a uniting factor. ;

Benedict XVI ;“Whether her members be rich or poor, old or young, male or female, of ancient Christian heritage or newly welcomed into the faith, the Church cannot but see in the faith of her members, individually and collectively, a great sign of hope for India and for its future”The pope asked the group to promote fundamental human rights and to invite people of other religions to assert their dignity as human beings.

During the private meeting, he also thanked them for commemorating the 25th anniversary of John Paul II?s first visit to India.