Archbishop greets new President of India

President Pranab MukherjeeCardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay and President of CBCI greeted new President, Pranab Mukherjee on his election as the 13th President of the country. Mr.Pranab Mukherjee, 76, was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India, Sarosh Homi Kapadia at a ceremony in the historic Central Hall of Parliament yesterday (25.07.2012). Among those at the swearing-in ceremony was Vice President of India Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and a host of dignitaries.

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Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI)

Cardinal Oswald Gracias
Oswald Gracias
Greeting Mukherjee, the President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) Cardinal Oswald Gracias said "the President has impressive political leadership qualities and a great interest in the good of the country". Cardinal Oswald Gracias called for renewed cooperation between the Government and the Catholic Church in its service for the poor and marginalised. "We welcome the election of Pranab Mukherjee as the 13th President of India and on behalf of the Church in India we offer him our warmest congratulations and we pray for God's blessings on the President and on our beloved country," Cardinal Cracias said.

Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh
The Cardinal assured the new President the commitment of the Catholic Church towards nation building. "The Catholic Church in India has always addressed the causes of poverty throughout the country," he said. He recalled the Church's service particularly in the field of education and health care. Nearly 60% of the Catholic schools are situated in rural areas, he pointed out. He reminded that the Church's social welfare mission promotes empowerment of women and girl child and youth to ensure that the poor and the marginalised lived a life of dignity. Mr.Mukherjee, who began his career from the Indian National Congress, was today escorted to the presidential palace by the horse-borne President's Bodyguard.

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