Auckland (Agenzia Fides) – A prayer campaign has begun in the Pacific Islands, for the faithful of India, to express support for those who have been victims of the recent attacks led by Hindu fundamentalists in various states in the country. In recent days, the Christians of Auckland, of various denominations, have come together to pray and hold vigils so as to spread awareness among the public, inviting all citizens to unite in non-violent support of the Christians of India.
The Church leaders in New Zealand have also sent an open letter to the President and Prime Minister of India, expressing their “shock and sadness for the episodes of anti-Christian violence in India.” The letter encourages the political leaders to show “courage and determination” in persecuting those responsible for the death and destruction and to not remain “mute spectators while these crimes violate the freedom and security guaranteed in India’s Constitution.” Otherwise, they say, “What will happen to the democratic and secular character of your great nation?” They also asked that the police and political authorities defend the life and dignity of all Indian citizens, regardless of their faith.
The faithful in the Pacific Islands are not only praying, but are also carrying out a campaign of solidarity, raising funds to send to the Church in India, so they can rebuild their churches and houses. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 25/9/2008)