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Archbishop Calls for End to anti-Christian Violence in India

ICC Note

“The extremists will not back down and will continue in their efforts to erase all signs of Christianity in Orissa. But the mission continues and the violence will not stop us. The cross of Christ is our strength and our hope,”

08/25/2009 India (CNA)-During celebrations marking the “Day for Peace and Harmony” in various states in India , Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar insisted, “Acts such as anti-Christian violence must never happen again.”

The archbishop urged Hindu fundamentalists not to obstruct the rebuilding of churches destroyed during their attacks, and warned that as long as those responsible for such violence are not apprehended by police, “the attacks against the defenseless and innocent people will continue.”

“The extremists will not back down and will continue in their efforts to erase all signs of Christianity in Orissa. But the mission continues and the violence will not stop us. The cross of Christ is our strength and our hope,” he maintained.

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