New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday delivered the inaugural adress ti mark the 90th birthday celebrations of Reverend Dr Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan.
Talking on the occasion PM Modi said, “We have gathered to mark the special occasion of the 90th birthday of Most Revered Doctor Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan. I convey my greetings to him, and I wish him a long life and best health. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma has devoted his life for the betterment of our society and nation. He has been particularly passionate about removal of poverty and women empowerment.”
” India has always been open to spiritual influences from many sources. The contributions of Saint Thomas and, following him, the Indian Christian community are deeply valued. With Saint Thomas we associate humility. He rightly said “Humility which is a virtue, is always fruitful in good works”. It is with this spirit of humility that the Mar Thoma Church has worked to bring a positive difference in the lives of our fellow Indians. They have done so in areas such as healthcare and education. Saint Thomas was blessed with immense wisdom. The Mar Thoma Church played a role in India’s freedom struggle. The Church was at the fore-front of working towards national integration,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi added, “The Holy Bible talks extensively about togetherness. Now is the time to join ranks, work together for the advancement of our nation. Think of this- how can our actions contribute to national development? Today India is saying- we will produce locally and also buy local products. This will light the lamp of prosperity in the homes of many. There are many ways to strengthen our nation. The Mar Thoma Church, in line with its values will surely rise to the occasion and play a key role in India’s growth trajectory in the times to come.”
Addressing the 90th birthday celebrations of The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan. https://t.co/9AUWwJgqZd
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 27, 2020