A parish in eastern India’s Bombay Archdiocese marked its 400 years of its foundation on Good Friday, holding the Way of the Cross inspired by Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical “Laudato Si”. "This year, the story of the Passion is associated with the degradation of the earth and the ocean in particular, given that the existence of many people depend on the ocean, such as fishermen and sailors," said Fr. Magi Murzello of St. Andrew Bandra West in Mumbai city.
The commemoration of Christ’s passion and death through the 14 stations, began Friday morning at the Holy Door of the Basilica of Mount Mary with an introductory prayer and blessing. A brief documentary was screened to help people to meditate on the "culture of waste" and on the waste of marine resources. The meditations of all stations were introduced with extracts from Laudato sì.
The procession wound its way from Mount Mary along Chimbai beach, and culminated in front of the parish of St. Andrew for the final blessing. At the end of the service, Fr. Murzello invited all to Chimbai beach, Saturday, March 26, to clean it of waste of all kinds.