The Archbishop of Delhi, Anil Couto, has issued a circular in which he urges Catholics of India to start a prayer campaign and also appealed to observe a day of fast on every Friday ahead of the 2019 general elections. In the letter which is addressed to all parish priests, Archbishop of Delhi, Anil Couto, said, “We are witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our Constitution and the secular fabric of our nation.”
The letter further states, “As we look forward towards 2019 when we will have new government let us begin a prayer campaign for our country from May 13, 2018, which marks the anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Mother at Fatima, consecrating ourselves and our nation to the Immaculate Heart.”
Later in the circular Couto asks people to forgo one meal on Fridays, in the letter he says, “I request that we observe a day of fast every Friday of the week by forgoing at least one meal and offering our penance and all our sacrifices for our spiritual renewal and that of our nation. Moreover, I earnestly request that we organize an hour of Eucharistic adoration every Friday at a convenient time in all our parishes, religious houses and institution specifically praying for our nation. During this Adoration, the enclosed Prayer may be recited”
The Archbishop of Delhi is considered to be the face of Catholics in India, Anil Couto who hails from Goa and was the bishop of Jalandhar before being appointed as the Archbishop of Delhi in 2013. Couto’s circular has created religion turmoil in politics, and people have now started slamming him for this circular.