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(AsiaNews/UCAN) –Catholics in the diocese of Jabalpur in the central Indian State of Madya Pradesh have been praying for the vandals who desecrated the Infant Jesus Shrine—this is their peaceful reaction to the acts of desecration that took place four days against the shrine that both they and Hindus venerate. On June 12, unidentified youth threw rotten eggs and coloured water against the shrine which comes under nearby Holy Trinity parish church—the church itself was vandalised on June 5. Fr. Joseph Periyapuram, Holy Trinity parish priest, said that over the years the shrine has become popular and many of the visitors are Hindus. He said that the repeated attacks induced his parishioners to organise special prayers, masses, adoration and a novena for the Infant Jesus so as to bring about a “change of heart in those who desecrated the holy shrine.”