The much awaited “prayer rally” on January 20 will no longer be the prerogative of the Diocese of Kolkata of the Church of North India alone. It has been opened up to Christians of all enominations. A meeting at the Bishop’s House on Monday decided that it will be jointly held under the banners of Bangiya Chrishtiya Pariseba and Bengal Christian Council and will see both clerics and laity walking together in protest against the CAA and NRC.
Earlier, Bishop Paritosh Canning had given a call for the march but at a meeting on Monday, it was decided that churches across denominations should be invited for a cause that is so universal. Bishop Canning will lead the walk that is expected to see at least 10,000 Christians walking. The rally will start from St Paul’s Cathedral and will go up to the Gandhi statue, where senior clerics and prominent members of the community will speak about why the CAA/NRC is a negation of what the country stands for. The de-reservation of the Anglo Indian community from the Parliament and state legislatures will be the other issues the rally will focus on.
“We realised that the issue needs to be broad-based and hence, we have not kept it reserved for any particular denomination,” said Bishop Canning. The one-hour walk will start at 2pm.
Invitations had been sent to all CNI churches and schools earlier and they have all responded in the affirmative. Now invitations are being sent to the Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and AG Church, too, by the two Christian organisations that have taken over the baton for organising the rally. “The beauty of our country lies in its inclusivity…we cannot let that to be compromised. Christians from across Bengal are showing their solidarity with the rally,” said Terence Ireland, principal of St James School.
Source: Times of India