KROSS Organizes State Level Justice & Peace Commission Meet – 16th August, 2018

The Karnataka Regional Workshop on Justice & Peace was organized by Karnataka Regional Organization for Social Service (KROSS), Bengaluru on 16th August, 2017 in which 40 participants representing the Dioceses participated in the Workshop.

Rev. Fr. Sebastian Fernandes, Director, KROSS and Regional Secretary, Justice & Peace Commission welcomed the gathering which was followed by lighting of the lamp.

Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi and Chairman, Justice & Peace Commission presided and inaugurated the Workshop. In his inaugural address he quoted Pope Francis - “We are all equal – all of us – but this truth is not recognized, this equality is not recognized, and for this reason some people are, we can say, happier than others. But this is not a right. We all have the same rights. When we do not see this, society is unjust. It does not follow the rule of justice, and where there is no justice, there cannot be peace. I would like to repeat this with you: where there is no justice, there is no peace.” He said that as all are responsible for all, we should practice active non-violence, whereby we can promote a civilization of love.

Rev. Fr. Fasutine Lobo, National Director, Pontifical Mission Organization, Bangalore spoke on the occasion and conveyed his thoughts on how we could work towards creating a just society without trampling on the Human Rights of any individual.

Rev. Fr. Stephen Fernandes, National Director, Justice & Peace Commission, New Delhi facilitated the Workshop beginning with the Social Teachings of the Catholic Church on Human Rights, Peace & Justice and how to build strategies for peace and harmony.

Rev. Fr. Marcel Pinto, Director, CMSSS, Hassan led the participants in prayer, Sr. Zita D’Souza, KROSS, Bengaluru moderated the session and Rev. Fr. Oswald Monteiro, CODP, Mangaluru proposed the vote of thanks.