Catholics oppose polling on April 1 in Bengal, Assam

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/3/2021 10:33:45 AM

NEW DELHI, Mar 02: A delegation of All-India Catholic Union (AICTU) has petitioned the Election Commission to change the polling on April 1 in West Bengal and Assam since it falls on Maundy Thursday, a day before the Good Friday.
In a memorandum submitted to Deputy Election Commissioner Dr Chander Bhushan, IAS, the delegation led by MP Vincent H Pala and A C Michael, a former member of Delhi Minority Commission, pleaded that Maundy Thursday is one of the most complex and profound days of celebrations as it marks the day Jesus Christ “celebrated his final Passover with his disciples.” It is believed that Jesus on this day had washed the feet of his disciples during the supper.
It is to mark the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood, the memorandum said. The term ‘Maundy’ is derived from the Latin word ‘mandatum’ which means ‘Commandment’. Referring this, to the instructions that Jesus gave to the disciples before the betrayal of Judas, the day is known as Maundy Thursday.



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