India: Catholics persecuted in the state of Orissa

Source: FSSPX News


"Missionaries and our religious staff are afraid. Traveling is dangerous. Christians are ridiculed, boycotted in their everyday life, while the civil authorities and the local police remain indifferent. It is an unbearable situation.” This is the warning cry given on June 9 to Fides Agency by Mgr. Raphael Cheenath, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar in the state of Orissa. As a matter of fact, a few days earlier the local government had approved an order to tear down 109 homes of poor Christian families. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS, "Body of Volunteers"), one of the organizations imposing the nationalist ideology of the "hindutwa" by violence, were at the source of this decision. Though few in proportion, these organized groups benefit from the political support of the local government and from the financial support of businessmen. They may practice their exactions against Catholics in all impunity to the point of forcing them to convert to Hinduism.

Last minute: By reason of the scandal caused by this governmental decision, the order of tearing down the 109 houses was suspended by the Prime Minister of the state of Orissa. "For how long?" wonder the threatened Catholic families.