ICC Note: An Easter vigil service in Margao, India was disturbed when unidentified people threw heavy stones from a neighboring building. According to the church leader, this is the third year in a row that both their Christmas and Easter services have been disturbed by stone throwing. Hostility against Christians and other minorities is on the rise across India as radical Hindu nationalists continue to spread their message of intolerance.
04/04/2018 India (UCAN) – In an attempt to disturb the Easter vigil service at Carmelite Monastery in Margao, some unidentified people threw heavy stones on the premises injuring a woman and damaging two parked vehicles.
When people were walking into the chapel after the Blessing of the Fire outside the premises, three stones were reportedly thrown apparently from a high rise building near the monastery. One stone fell on a bonnet of a car and from there landed on the foot of a woman causing her minor injuries while the windshield of another car was damaged by another stone.
Superior of the Carmelite Monastery Fr Archibald Gonsalves said that this is the third year in succession when the midnight services held at the Monastery for Christmas and Easter have been stoned.
“Last year the 24-hour long service we had for veneration of the Blessed Sacrament was also sought to be disturbed by similar stone throwing,” he said, adding that every time the premises were stoned they had complained to the police.
Unfortunately, the three police personnel deputed this year were busy managing the traffic and could not spot the person who threw the stones.
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