The very fact that the St. Philomena’s Church in city was built under the supervision of Hindu Maharaja Jayachamaraja Wadiyar is testimony to the secular credentials of India, opined Justice Cyriac Joseph, former Judge of the Supreme Court and member of National Human Rights Commission this morning.

He was delivering the valedictory address of the golden jubilee celebration of Carmel Catholic Sangha at the St. Philomena’s auditorium in Bannimantap.

Citing another example of secular credentials of the nation, Justice Joseph said that there was a Muslim place of worship just 50 metres away from the seat of Lord Aiyappa at the hill shrine of Sabarimala, which is not well known among people, but is visited by most pilgrims who make the yearly visit to Sabarimala temple.

Justice Cyriac Joseph also called upon his own community members to become good Indians by respecting people of all religions in the society.

Earlier, he was felicitated by the organisers in traditional Mysore style — a shawl, Mysore peta and phala-thamboola.

A team of 25 students from other colleges were awarded scholarships besides felicitating couples who had completed 25 years of marriage.

Bishop of Mysore Diocese Dr. Rev. Thomas A. Vazhapilly inaugurated the function in which Vicar General of Mandya Diocese Rev. Fr. George Alukka, College Principal Rev. Fr. Leslie Moras, Chief Executive Officer Joseph Rathapillal and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore