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Orissa: fundamentalists attack Mother Teresa’s missionaries over night

ICC Note: This is one of many stories that will likely come out of the anti-Christian violence in Orissa. Hindu attacks left a still growing number of casualties.

by Nirmala Carvalho
12/27/07 New Delhi (AsiaNews) – Anti-Christian violence in Orissa continues. A house belonging to the Missionaries of Charity, the male branch of Mother Teresa’s order, was attacked by Hindu fundamentalists in Kandhamal. Violence was visited upon Brother Sadasananda and a local Mother Teresa Shanti Niwas (peaceful abode). The same happened to the Saint Joseph of Annecy convent of Sisters. Despite a curfew the attack took place in the middle of the night. The sisters and the priest living at the mission fled and are hiding in the forest that surrounds the area. In India’s capital Christians of every denomination have organised a big protest march against the violence in Orissa.

Since Christmas Eve, a “strike” called by the Viśva Hindū Parishad (VHP), a Hindu fundamentalist organisation known for its violence, has caused death and destruction, including churches, convents, homes and Christian-owned stores.

In a press release the Global Council of Indian Churches (GCIC), an advocacy group operating in Orissa, reported that “300 houses belonging to Christians were burnt down in Barakamal and three believers were burnt alive.”… [Go To Full Story]