Mumbai: Senior BJP leader L K Advani went
down the memory lane during his visit to the Mount Mary Church
in suburban Bandra here today, recalling his association with
the Catholic community as a student in a Karachi school.
"Coming here is a very fortunate moment for me. I have
had a very close association with the Catholic community since
my school days. I was born and educated in Karachi and my
school St Patrick`s was run by Christian brothers," Advani
St Patrick`s school was also the alma mater of several
Pakistani leaders, including the likes of Pervez Musharraf,
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, he told reporters
here after offering prayers at the Mount Mary shrine.
The octogenarian leader said he visited the shrine at the
insistence of city unit BJP leaders Ashish Shelar and Shaina N
They told me that the Mount Mary festival attracts
devotees from all faiths, he said, adding that he was happy to
take the blessings of Mother Mary.
The Church`s Vice-Rector Aniceto Pereira said Advani
showed a lot of devotion and offered a garland and two candles
to Mother Mary.
He also showed a lot of respect to our religion and the
shrine, he said.
Advani was presented three books - History of Mount Mary
shrine by Father Francis Correia, a copy of the Holy Bible and
the Divine Harmony, a comparison of Vedas and Bible, he said.