The letter has attracted criticism from various quarters who allege that it is directed at the government led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
His letter had called for a prayer campaign beginning 13 May in the face of "turbulent political atmosphere threatening democracy and secularism" before general elections next year. The letter was sent with a prayer that he said must be read at masses on Sunday.
On May 21, The Delhi Archbishop, Anil Couto, had released a circular to churches and other Christian institutions across the city, asking the Christian community to hold prayers and observe a fast on Fridays for the nation's sake.
The Arbishop also requested the Christians in the country to observe a day of fast every Friday of the week. "Every government should protect the people and the Constitution".
Naqvi said that Modi was "breaking barriers of religion and castes" and his government was also committed towards the growth of minorities, reported Hindustan Times.
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Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi claimed that the government has strengthened safety and security for minorities in the country.
Talking to a TV channel, the Archbishop, denied any political motive in the prayer, calling it a standard practice before elections.
He further suggested an hour of special prayers each Friday in "all our parishes, religious houses and institutions specifically praying for our nation". In December 2017, during the Gujarat Assembly elections, the Archbishop of Gandhinagar Thomas Macwan issued a letter to defeat the "nationalist forces" and prevent them from "taking over the country". "It's just an invitation for prayers, and such letters have been written in the past too", said Robinson, secretary to Archbishop of Delhi. We pray for our own renewal & that of country. "We are law-abiding citizens and therefore we are concerned", News 18 quoted Couto as saying.