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Church burned in Bangalore. Christians of Orissa comforted by pope’s prayers

ICC Note: Another church is burned in India, this time in Madhya Pradesh, not Orissa.

by Nirmala Carvalho
10/13/08 Bhubaneshwar, India (AsiaNews) – A few hours after the canonization of the first Indian saint, and Benedict XVI’s expression of closeness to the sufferings of the Christians in the country, a church has been burned, the church of St. Anthony in Yedavanahalli, near Bangalore (Madya Pradesh). In recent weeks, other churches have been targeted in the state, following the campaign of violence launched by radical Hindus at the end of August, starting from the district of Kandhamal in Orissa.

The list of victims in the attack continues to rise: 61 dead, 18,000 wounded; 181 churches razed or destroyed; 4,500 homes belonging to Christians burned; more than 50,000 displaced, of whom more than 30,000 have disappeared into the forests.

The canonization of the first Indian saint, Sr. Alfonsa of the Immaculate Conception, presided over by Benedict XVI yesterday at the Vatican, is bringing great comfort to the Christians, especially in this moment of explicit persecution… [Go To Full Story]