India has seen troubled times for relations across the lines of major faiths. In Baruipur, a new cathedral was dedicated November 12th. It was an opportunity for Hindus and Muslims to assist their Catholic neighbors in a building effort. “It was a sign of goodwill that helped promote harmony among various faiths,” according to Bishop Salvadore Lobo.
“God is the same although he is called by different names,” said local business owner Mohammed Inul Khan, a Muslim. “And God will bless me and my family.”
Ranjit Ghosh, a Hindu neighbor, contributed to the cathedral fund to show support. Christians donate, he noted, during Hindu festivals in Baruipur.
How about some numbers? The total cost of Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral was 10 million rupees (a bit more than $200,000) and includes 24 paintings and 32 stained glass windows. Mother Teresa is one of the cathedral’s patrons, too. Baruipur is only twenty-five miles south of Kolkata (Calcutta) and Sister Mary Prema, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity cut the ceremonial opening ribbon.
Check the link for the front of the cathedral. What do you think? I was unable to find any images online of the cathedral interior.