Kolkata, Mar 30 (PTI) The head priest of one of the oldest Catholic churches in the country today appealed to people to live a “peaceful life” and adopt the principles of “tolerance and forgiveness”. Also Read - Sooryavanshi Release Date: Is The 'Police' Coming on April 2 Now?

No matter what is our religion or culture, living in peace with fellow humans and other living beings is the need of the hour, Father T L Francis, Prior of Marian shrine at Bandel Church in Hooghly district, said during the Good Friday service today. Also Read - 'Corona Is Gone', Claims BJP's Bengal Chief; Says 'Didi is Imposing Lockdown to Stop His Party From Conducting Rallies' | Watch

Thousands thronged the church today to attend the prayer service. Also Read - HORRIBLE! Bengal Men Torture Gangetic Dolphin to Death on Banks of River Hooghly, Viral Video Sparks Fury on Twitter

The faithfuls took out a procession from the church with a 15-ft-long wooden cross and placed it in the middle of the field, next to the church, to mark the occasion.

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