- Dec 8, 2019
In a ceremony lasting over two hours, Archbishop Felix Toppo was installed as the new Archbishop of Ranchi in St. Mary’s Cathedral.
A Catholic cardinal in India inaugurated a new parish in a state which last year passed a controversial anti-conversion law.
Indian Cardinal Telesphore Toppo said “tribal Catholics in India have impressed in their hearts that they are God’s people and the children of Mother Earth, a people with its own voice, its own dignity and its own security.” He was one of several Indian bishops who marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – celebrated on September 1.
Since the Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took over India’s national government in 2014, religious minorities have complained about increased harassment. Incidents of abuse have gotten worse over the past few months, with various Christians being detained or arrested for “attempted conversion,” and places of worship being vandalized.
Few local churches may have taken the message of mercy to heart more thoroughly than a group of Catholics in India, who recently convoked a special jubilee celebration for migrants among the country’s “Tribals,” meaning members of indigenous groups.