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Posted on: Thursday , December 24 , 2015 | The Telegraph Calcutta, India

The Hon'ble CM, Mamata Banerjee and a host of her Ministers, MPs, MLAs and Mayors joined the Jesuits and Xaverians to celebrate Christmas at St. Xavier's.

The country should learn about tolerance from St. Xavier's College, chief minister Mamata Banerjee said on the Mother Teresa Sarani campus on Wednesday evening.

"If an institution like St. Xavier's, Calcutta, can quote from the Quran, the Gita, the Guru Granth Sahib, why can't we all follow this example?" she asked, referring to the speeches of Archbishop of Calcutta, Thomas D'Souza and the principal of the college, Father Felix Raj.

The archbishop and the principal had spoken in favour of tolerance and integration while addressing the gathering organised by the St. Xavier's College Calcutta Alumni Association.

In his address, Father Felix Raj, also the president of the alumni association, stressed the need for tolerance in minimizing global conflict.

"Now, more than ever, we feel the importance of tolerance all around us.... Even after 2015 years, Jesus Christ's words ring true. He had said, 'Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God'."

"Let's always remember, intolerance is temporary, tolerance is permanent. All good men, great prophets and learned souls have promoted tolerance and love for one and all....Tolerance and humanity come from deeds and not just words. I am delighted to be here, in an institution like St. Xavier's that keeps showing the way for all of us," the chief minister said.

   Courtesy: The Telegraph Kolkata