Kathmandu - Catholics prayed for peace and a just constitution on Saturday in Kathmandu's Assumption Cathedral as part of the Christian Life Programme (CLP).
Despite a general strike by the Brahmin-Chhetri Samaj, which is in its third day, many Catholic couples and singles took part in the CLP meeting, whose goal is to renew life by following in the footsteps of Jesus. The CLP includes three meetings on public holidays since participants are busy the rest of the week.
"The CLP teaches the way of life that one needs throughout one's life," Fr Robin Rai said. "Whether one is single or a couple, young or old, a life in God is very important in reaching salvation and dealing with problems. Prayers bring salvation and peace to the heart."
"Praying is the key to Christian life and it is important in difficult situations," said Chirendra Satyal, a Catholic media officer. "However busy one may be, one ought to take time out to pray because it is the only thing that will bring success."
A case in point is the country's proposed constitution. "May the new constitution be promulgated in time and may secularism be practiced well," he said.
The new constitution should come into effect on 27 May. However, various groups are protesting against or in favour of federalism. Even political parties are divided over this form of government and the number of federated states.
Tensions are running high between the Hindu majorities and the country's 60 and more ethnic and religious minorities who want protection and rights under the new dispensation.
Fifteen days from the deadline, divisions have led to uncertainty over the promulgation of the new constitution.