Benedict XVI Hopes to Visit India, Says Prelate

BANGALORE, India, JULY 11, 2005 ( Benedict XVI has expressed his desire to visit India, says Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore.

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«The Pope expressed his desire to visit India when I had a brief exchange with him during my visit to Rome on June 29-30,» the archbishop told a press conference here. His comments were reported by ICNS, the Indian bishops’ news service.

Archbishop Moras was in Rome to receive the pallium, a woolen band that symbolizes the bond between archbishops and the Pope.

The archbishop said that he would invite the Holy Father to Karnataka and Bangalore in particular, when he visits India.

Archbishop Moras presented a memento to the Pope on behalf of the Bangalore Archdiocese.

For his part, Benedict XVI, in a message to the people of the state of Karnataka, said that they should work for unity and peace and love one another.

«Only by loving one another, we can love God,» he stressed.

Soon after being elected in April, Benedict XVI hailed the Church in India, praised the country’s unique culture and imparted his love and blessing to all Indians.

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