Bishop of Pune greets people on Diwali

Bishop of Pune Rt Rev Thomas Dabre has extended his greetings to people on the occasion of Diwali.

In a statement issued here on Monday, Dabre said, "On behalf of the Christian community, I extend our good wishes to all Hindu brothers and sisters."

"The dream of Diwali, however, cannot be realised without the bedrock of morality and spirituality. Absence of morality and spirituality is the root of all our problems," he added.

Dabre said moral and spiritual formation is necessary and parents, teachers and religious leaders should consider it their responsibility.

According to United Nations' latest report, 42 per cent of Indians are below poverty line. "However, in the same country there are a few people who are listed among the richest in the world. Such a situation is not possible where there is awareness of the needs and problems of others," he said in the statement. For this, Dabre said, morality and spirituality is essential and there should be a realisation that poor and needy have their share in the wealth that the rich possesses.

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