In a circular issued on Saturday, the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, exhorted Goa’s 26 percent Catholics to start a prayer campaign to internally think and choose the best possible elected representative for the state.
“It should make us constantly aware of our duties and responsibilities as citizens who not only cast their vote, but also actively participate in the political life of our state. This is indeed a compelling need of the present times," the circular says.

The circular comes a few days after a social organization backed by the church issued a stinging critique of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, accusing both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders of misgovernance.

During the last assembly elections, the church had a cozy relationship with the BJP, which eventually proved helpful for the saffron party helping it win an unprecedented simple majority in the 40-member Goa Assembly.

In Saturday's circular, the Church has reminded the Catholic faithful to fulfill ‘their solemn duty of exercising their franchise with a sense of responsibility to oneself and to our beloved nation, so that we may have a government which will uphold the principles of democracy, secularism, human rights, freedom of enshrined in the Constitution of our nation’.


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