Witness of Love

Bishop Angelo Gracias, Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai

Agenzia Fides, the information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies, reported a story from India on 2 January 2017 that would surely have gladdened the heart of our founder, Bishop Melchior de Marion Bresillac.

Bishop de Bresillac arrived in Pondicherry, India, on 24 July 1842. He desired to train Indian priests and wished to establish an indigenous clergy, with their own hierarchy, capable of taking on responsibility for the missions.

Reporting from Mumbai, Agenzia Fides reports that the 77-year-old auxiliary Bishop of Bombay, Agnelo Gracias, has decided to donate his organs after death. It is a decision that many of India’s Christian community are making and Bishop Gracias hopes that his example will encourage more to do so.  Through increased awareness the Bishop hopes the Christian community will realise that “one can serve God and humanity even after death”.

Pope Francis has described organ donations as a “witness to love”.

The short Agenzia Fides article can be accessed here:

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