Catholic Church bell rings after half a century long gap

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Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir), Oct 29 (ANI): After 50 long years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar heard the holy bell of 121-year-old Catholic Church on Sunday. The Holy Family Church was built in 1896, and holds so far the largest bell the state weighed at 105 kilograms. The British-era Church and its belfry had suffered severe damage in an arson incident in 1967and since then it had no bells. In a gesture of communal harmony, members from Muslim, Hindu, Sikh community joined hands with Christians for the re-installation of bell. Continuing with Kashmir’s pluralistic ethos, an inter-religious ceremony was organised for the historic occasion attended by representatives of all major faiths and joined hands with Christian community to ring the bell for the first time. There are about 30 Christian families, both Catholics and Protestants, living in Srinagar There are five churches in Kashmir, of which regular prayers services are being held in three Churches. Traditionally, a church bell is used to call worshipers to the church for a prayer service and announcing the time of daily prayers.

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