MUMBAI, India (RNS) — From his kitchen in a suburb of North Mumbai, 50-year-old Catholic priest Warner D’Souza preaches across a kitchen counter laden with garden-fresh vegetables and finely ground spices for a one-pot meal. The minihomily is a prelude to an episode of his YouTube program, “Food for the Soul,” a series of lockdown lessons about food and spirituality.

D’Souza’s program for sharing recipes, reflections and liturgies with believers online has gained over 6,000 subscribers across India since its debut in April, not long after Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide COVID-19 lockdown beginning March 25.

D’Souza, who is the pastor of Mumbai’s St. Jude’s Church, is also a professionally trained chef. He believes people must cultivate a more responsible approach to food

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