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Prelate Decries India's Abortions of Females
BOMBAY, India, JUNE 26, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Availing of modern medicine to determine the sex of babies and abort females is a crime against humanity, says the president of India's episcopal conference.

Archbishop Oswald Gracias of Bombay spoke with Aid to the Church in Need about the widespread practice of aborting female babies in India, explaining that in that poverty torn country, parents want sons, and daughters are often not welcome.

Archbishop Gracias told the aid organization that he is striving to raise political awareness among Catholics and trying to bring peoples of all faiths to value life.

"We hope in this way to be able to contribute to creating a better society," the archbishop explained, saying there is widespread corruption at every level of politics.

Archbishop Gracias described the Catholic Church in India as a "Church of great hope." The current difficulties will only "strengthen and purify" it, he believes.

The 62-year-old prelate added: "The Indian Church is making a major contribution to the universal Church. We even send many priests into other parts of the world.

"I am optimistic that in India too, we can exercise an influence on society."