BENGALURU: St Francis Xavier's Cathedral wore a festive look on Wednesday to celebrate City Archbishop Dr Bernard Moras completing fifty years of priesthood.
The sacerdotal golden jubilee celebration was attended by bishops, archbishops and clergy from Ballari, Mysuru, Karwar, Shivamogga, various government officials and the general public.
The gathering prayed for the long life, good health and happiness for the Archbishop. Sharon, a volunteer from the Indian Catholic Youth Association, said, "The ceremony began with the Thanksgiving Mass, followed by a prayer dance and then conclude with a felicitation dinner."
In his message to the people, Dr Moras said, "Christians are called to serve - serve in humility, serve in true love, serve in a way that changes hearts."
Dr Moras is currently the President of The Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops' Council and had earlier served as a priest in many churches across the state.
As a spiritual leader he had initiated several works, both spiritual and temporal, and was instrumental in promoting inter-religious unity and harmony.
Dr Moras is also known for promoting vernacular culture to publish books in Kannada and for his participation in the religious festivals of other religions.