ASIA/INDIA - Intrusion during a Christian assembly: faithful threatened, Bibles confiscated

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 persecutions   religious minorities   religious freedom  


New Delhi (Agenzia Fides) - A group of about 40 Hindu extremists in a Pentecostal Christian Assembly stormed during a prayer meeting, interrupting the worship, threatening the faithful and seizing Bibles: as reported to Fides by the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the incident took place last Sunday, April 3, in Kawardha district in the Indian state of Chattisgarh.
Sajan K George, president of the GCIC told Fides: "Chattisgarh has earned a record of infamy for radicals who illegally suppress religious freedom. Last month alone 25 extremists beat men, women and children and a church was vandalized, in Raipur district".
Anti-Christian violence and the implications that all this brings to the life of Pastors will be a topic of discussion at a conference to be held in Goa from April 5 to 8, in which Bishops, priests, lay people, theologians, activists will also discuss on the issue of religious intolerance in India. The central theme of the meeting is on the figure of the priest, "minister of God, reflected in the person of Pope Francis". (NC-PA) (Agenzia Fides 05/04/2015)