- Apr 2, 2020
Christian leaders in New Delhi have condemned the communal violence in the Indian capital and asked churches to open their doors to victims of the riots.
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), met the country’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on May 24 in New Delhi as controversy continues over a letter sent by a Catholic prelate ahead of India’s 2019 general elections.
Hindu politicians in India have accused a Catholic archbishop of stirring up religious tensions for issuing a pastoral letter mentioning the “turbulent political atmosphere” in the country.
A chapel at a Christian college was vandalized in India’s capital on Friday, and the national student union has said it is an attempt to “polarize” the community.
Participants in a meeting hosted by the bishops of India said recent communal violence “threatened not just secularism, but the Constitution and the democratic fabric of the country.” They called upon the people to “seek strength from India’s deep spiritual reservoirs to end the increasing environment of hate, violence and disregard for the rule of law.”
NEW DELHI — A series of church episodes over the last two months has prompted Roman Catholics here to worry about a deliberate campaign of violence, and to call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against religious intimidation. At least five Catholic churches in and around Delhi have