Friday, December 4, 2009

Union of Catholic Asian News » Artwork in Catholic 'temple' depicts Christ's story

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    • An eastern Indian diocese has built a Catholic "temple" to allow people of other religions to understand Christianity better through art.
    • Bishop Joseph Surin Gomes of Krishnagar opened the "Christo Mandir" (Christ-temple) on Nov. 29. The building uses murals, paintings and statues to depict the Gospel story.

      Italian-born Salesian Father Luciano Colussi came up with the idea of calling the building a "temple." "We want to reach out to Hindus too" as "temple" is a term "associated with a Hindu place of worship," said the 85-year-old priest.

    • Statues depicting the apostles, evangelists
      and other saints adorn the Christo Mandir
    • The exterior of the building resembles the well-known Sri Chaitanya temple in Mayapur, in the same district. Sri Chaitanya was a devotee of Lord Krishna, and is a popular Hindu deity in Bengal.

      Inside the building, which has neither altar nor Blessed Sacrament, are statues and fiberglass paintings depicting the history of Christian salvation.

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