- May 24, 2020
A Catholic hospital in India was attacked by a mob on March 12, leading to the destruction of the institution’s water and power supply. Several nurses were also injured in the attack.
Church leaders in India are complaining of continued harassment after the latest arrest by Railway Police accusing Christians of kidnapping children in an attempt to convert them. In the current case, the children came from Christian families, and were on their way to a prayer meeting with their parents’ permission. The two adults could face seven years in prison if convicted.
Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal said the reason he organized an interfaith event marking the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth is because the “father of India” preached non-violence and constantly spoke about unity, peace and harmony in society. Incidents of harassment against Christians have increased over the past few months in India, with various Christians being detained or arrested for “attempted conversion,” and places of worship being vandalized.
For the third time in less than a month, a group of Christians have been detained while trying to travel by train in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. They have been accused of trying to convert Hindus. Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal has strongly condemned what he has termed “harassment” of a religious minority.
A priest of the Archdiocese of Bhopal has accused Archbishop Leo Cornelio and two other priests of plotting to drive him crazy with a slow-acting poison, in order to prevent him from filing a complaint against them for mismanaging the archdiocese. The case may soon go to trial.