Despite threats, Christians in India to celebrate Christmas as usual
ICC Note: Please start praying for the Christians in Orissa, who were attacked last Christmas and have still not recovered from attacks beginning in August.
11/20/08 India (CNA) – Despite threats of a Christmas protest from Hindu fundamentalists in the region of Orissa, India, Christians there plan to celebrate Jesus’ birth as usual.
According to the L’Osservatore Romano, the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar said the December 25 march by Hindu extremists, is a protest against the inaction of the government for not arresting those responsible for the murder in August of Swami Laxanananda Saraswati, “for which Christians have been unjustly accused.”
Father Matteo Kallarangatt of the archdiocese told LOR, “We have scheduled two Masses: one at midnight on December 24 and another in the morning of the 25th, but we will need to celebrate another on the evening of the 25th.” “We are calm and we hope nothing happens and that the faithful will be able to participate normally in the Masses.”