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Hinn's meet getting undue publicity: Catholics

K Ramakrishna in Bangalore | January 21, 2005 15:56 IST

The Catholic Church in Karnataka has disassociated itself from the controversial prayer and healing session organised by American evangelist Benny Hinn in Bangalore on Friday.

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Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore said the Church is not "directly or indirectly involved" in the Festival of Blessings programme by Binn, which has invited criticism from a number of Hindu groups in Karnataka.

"Everybody has the right to preach about Christ, but that does not mean it should have fanfare and hype. Even Jesus Christ went about preaching the good news and doing good and he worked awesome miracles. But he did it all with admirable humility," Archbishop Moras told reporters.

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He said the Festival of Blessings by Hinn is attracting unnecessary publicity.

The archbishop rejected Hinn's oft repeated allegation in his meetings that the Roman Catholic Church worship idols.

"External symbols are necessary for a religion. Catholicism is not idolatrous. We do not have idols. We only have statues and we 'venerate', not 'worship' saints. Worship belongs to God and God alone. The images of saints we have and venerate help strengthen our relationship with God," Archbishop Moras said.

He said the Catholic Church in India does not encourage its followers to attend the Hinn prayer meetings.

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Sub: Baptists in India

The Catholic Archbishop had every right to protest the public nuisance Hinn. Hinn's display of supposed healing is also a big circus in the United ...

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Sub: Faith Healing a business !!

I cannot blame the arch bishop's intelligent statements. Benny Hinn is not a person of any socio-political significance in America as with most of the ...

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If the message of Christ is for everyone then why not let everybody know the Good News.

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Sub: A more mature approach needed.

I had never heard of Benny Hinn until few days ago; thanks to the whole drama surronding him. I may or may not agree to ...

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All religions has the right to speach and practice in India. Why no hindu leaders goes to foreign countries and do religious rituals? Why this ...

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