His Excellency Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, has called on heads of various religions in India to lead the nation and the world toward peace and harmony. “The nation and the world require people who will bring healing and who will work for peace and harmony. We have had enough of hatred, division and injury,” Bishop Mascarenhas said at a meeting held to mark the 400th death anniversary of Sikh social reformer Bhai Kanhaiya (1648–1718).
As reported by mattersindia.com, His Grace Bishop Mascarenhas pointed out that the Sikh leader was known for pouring water for the wounded in the battlefield whether they were Sikhs or fighting against the Sikhs. Speaking on the theme, “Refreshing humanitarian action: Role of interfaith organizations in changing humanitarian landscape,” His Grace Bishop Mascarenhas lauded the Sikh community for their humanitarian works reflected in the organization of langars, providing free medical aid, conducting relief in disaster zones, providing relief in times of floods and earthquakes.
Recounting the Gospel passage on the last Judgment, Bishop Mascarenhas told his audience that what eventually defines salvation is one’s humanitarian efforts. Others who spoke on the occasion were Swami Chitananda Saraswati, Acharya Lokesh Muni, Binny Sareen, Jaspal Singh, A.K. Merchant, Bikkhu Sanghasena, and Goswami Sushilji Maharaj.