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St. Joseph Church in Mumbai, India was desecrated when a group of unknown persons vandalized the church’s chapel and stole some of its most holy items. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship in India continues to rise as Hindu nationalist groups gain popularity in several of India’s states. Where ever Hindu nationalism is growing, the number of violent incidents against Christians is also growing. Please pray for the persecuted of India.
9/20/2013 India (Asia News) – A group of unknown persons desecrated the church of St. Joseph in Juhu (Mumbai), more specifically the Sacrament located in the Adoration Chapel. The fact was discovered yesterday at 5 o’clock in the morning when the priest found the open tabernacle, some consecrated hosts scattered on the ground and the box with the offerings unhinged and empty. Even the monstrance and ciborium – containing the sacred species – were taken away. The police are still on the trail of the culprits.
On the same day Msgr. John Rodrigues, the new auxiliary bishop of Mumbai, celebrated a Mass of reparation. During the homily, the prelate urged the faithful to “pray for those who committed this act and invoke the mercy of God.”
“It was clearly a theft – the parish priest, Fr. Vincent D’Mello explains to AsiaNews – because the monstrance in the chapel of Adoration and the ciborium of the tabernacle that is in the church are gold-plated.

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