Roman Catholic Diocese of Chingleput

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Dear Fathers / Brothers / Sisters
Lockdown - 4 has come to an end and we were hoping and praying that we would slowly limp back to normal life. Unfortunately the further extension of the lockdown has dashed our hopes. To make matters worse, Chingleput and Kanchipuram have been classified as red zones, requiring stringent restrictions.
Let me at the outset, express to each one of you my love, concern and solidarity in these challenging times. Let me assure you of my humble prayers and request you to pray for me and for our diocese. For more than two months we have not been able to fulfill our duties as ministers of God’s Word and Sacrament and that is indeed painful for all of us. Our people have sadly been denied of their spiritual and pastoral care barring what they receive from Madha Television and social media. This is indeed an unfortunate and unexpected situation. I would earnestly request you all to be in communion with our people through your daily mass, Prayers and presence.
I wish to make a special reference, in this critical situation, about our efforts at alleviating the sufferings of our people at least to a certain extent through our relief measures. We need to show our solidarity with our people especially at this time of crisis. Let us remember that Jesus our Lord and Master was first and foremost a compassionate shepherd and a caring pastor who was always at the service of the people, especially the poor and the marginalized. May I therefore exhort all of you to reach out to the people and provide them with whatever help you can.
We continue to pray to the merciful God to deliver us from this deadly pandemic Covid - 19. We can always turn to the maternal protection and intercession of our blessed mother, the Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church.
In union of Prayers,

+ Most Rev. Dr. A. Neethinathan
   Bishop of Chingleput

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