Mangaluru: “Let us respect human life at whatever stage it is found. Do not strangle life; allow it to grow,” said Mangaluru Bishop Most Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, on Monday, December 23.
While giving his Christmas message to the people during a press meet held at the Bishop House in Kodialbail, he said, “Christians believe that the true dignity of every person is reflected in Jesus. The archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that the child to be born to her is the Son of the Most High God. If God has chosen to become human and nothing else, then every person is truly the image and likeness of God. Every child, whether in the womb or outside or a grown-up person or a dying person, has great inalienable dignity and right. With Jesus, God is not a mere immaterial idea; through the mystery of his birth, God shows that he is concretely involved in the material world. He is concerned about each one of us. With his birth through the Virgin Mary, he has ushered in a new creation.”
“Christmas helps us to contemplate the depth of the mystery of human life. It helps us to protect, promote and enhance human life. Our true worth is shown by the birth of the Son of God amidst us as one like us. Let us rejoice at this good news,” he said and wished everyone a happy Christmas.
Vicar General Msgr. Maxim L Noronha, Chancellor Rev Fr Victor George D’Souza, PROs Rev. Fr. Victor Vijay Lobo, Marcel Monteiro, Canara Communication Centre director Fr Richard D’Souza and media adviser Elias Fernandes were present.