Dear friends in Jesus,
You may or may not have heard of the pitiable condition of the Church in our country.St.Thomas had arrived at the shores of Kerala as early as 52 AD…long before Christianity reached Europe.The Gospel had been preached by St. Xavier,and is still being preached in our country ever since with increasing effect.However,percecutions have always been an issue,as they still remain in a putative Secular Democratic India.
Christian Missionaries have been accused of proselytisation and anti-nationalist conspiracy,all quite falsely of course.
Over the past 15 days,violent communal clashes have erupted in the eastern state of Orissa. Christians were accused of successfully conspiring murder of a militant Hindu leader, and soon,they gathered all the drunkards and goons of their groups and went around burning churches,vandalising all Christian property including humble huts belonging to the innocent converts.Ambulances and other vehicles were charred to cinders.
It got ugly when they began to kill…people. Nine Catholics have already died…Nuns were being assaulted sexually…until they chose to take refuge in a nearby forest. Scores of nuns are now in hiding,in fear and quiet alarm. Awards have been declared for killing the bishops,who are continuously appealing to the state government,a strong voice against the murderous extemism of the VHP(a state-sponsored militant organisation).These fellows were ordered to shoot any Christian in sight.
The media has indeed been vociferous,but not all of the misery of the people can ever be measured.It is utter torment for us Christians all over the country.
The Church suffers in India.We catholics were so excited about the upcoming canonizatiion of Blessed Alphonsa this October…but the horrifying plight of the brothers and sisters in Orissa is too disturbing.
What can I say but ask you saints for prayer!! Please pray at mass,like the whole Catholic church in our country is doing.PLEASE.