- Sep 20, 2020
According to Archbishop John Barwa, Kandhamal is growing in faith and the people have no fear, and they can face any challenge with faith and trusting in God.
Nearly 10,000 people marked the 10th anniversary of the worst anti-Christian violence in India’s history by attending a public hearing on the Kandhamal attacks.
The loudest ovations so far in the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops have come in response to accounts of contemporary anti-Christian persecution.
Pope Francis in his morning Mass on Thursday quoted an Indian archbishop’s tale of contemporary anti-Christian persecution.
What happened ten years ago in Kandhamal, India, “should never have happened and should never happen again,” according to Archbishop John Barwa.
Christians in India are gathering in Odisha state on August 25 to mark Kandhamal Day, which commemorates the worst Christian violence the country has ever seen. Archbishop John Barwa said they are not there just to pray for the sacrifices of those who died in 2008, and those who still struggle and suffer for their faith in the region, but to support the demands of the victims and survivors for justice.