1. Attack on Christians in India: Narendra Modi not being taken seriously, says Cardinal Baselios Cleemis

Attack on Christians in India: Narendra Modi not being taken seriously, says Cardinal Baselios Cleemis

Recent attacks on churches and Christians in India have made many "feel that their Christian identity is being questioned", the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 22, 2015 3:03 PM
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Christians hold candles during a vigil to show solidarity with the nun who was raped during an armed assault on a convent school, in New Delhi March 16, 2015. In the days before the rape of an elderly nun in an armed assault that has shaken India, death threats and extortion attempts had already shattered the peace at her Convent of Jesus and Mary school, police and school officials say. For 19 years, the Catholic school in the town of Ranaghat in West Bengal state had been teaching children of workers at a nearby jute factory without incident. But three weeks ago, the school received death threats and demands for money in anonymous phone calls just days after the nuns had an altercation with the father of a boy who was expelled. Picture taken March 16, 2015. REUTERS

Recent attacks on churches and Christians in India have made many “feel that their Christian identity is being questioned”, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India today said, adding that it showed that not everybody had taken seriously the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to minorities.

“There are lot of people who feel their Christian identity is being questioned. Indian Christian identity is being questioned, and it gives certain sense of sadness,” Cardinal Baselios Cleemis said.

In an interview to Karan Thapar on Headlines Today, Cleemis also described as “very painful and sad” the comments of RSS head Mohan Bhagwat that Mother Teresa’s humanitarian works were driven by her motive to convert those she served.

“It was very painful and very sad to hear about Mother Teresa whom the nation honoured with Bharat Ratna,” he said.

He did not single out any organisation over these incidents but criticised the Modi government for observing Christmas as Good Governance Day, saying good governance should be done everyday and the Christian festival should be respected.

The BJP government had defended the exercise, saying it was to mark the birthday of its stalwart and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, whose birthday falls on December 25.

Commenting on violence targeting Christians and churches despite Modi’s recent assurance to minorities at a Christian congregation, Cleemis said, “I think everybody has to take seriously what he said, especially those in the government.

These incidents show not everybody has taken it seriously.”

Irrespective of their faiths, anybody being attacked was an Indian citizen and it was the government’s duty to protect them, he said.

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    andrew
    Jun 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    This is done by bjp supporters as they hates Christians. And don't want them to spread Christianity. In orrisa 2008 soo many Christians were killed As there were strong hold of bjp govt. In Gujarat also several Christians killed And when pm was questioned he said he don't know abt this. Also in Gujarat book of 9 th standard of 'guru shishya samband' Jesus Christ is described as devil. (Havvian) And one more Modi the Pm who says Sonia convert Hindus to christian. .is wrong. . In our Indian cons ution three is Right to religion No one can force . Those who force against religion are criminal s Sonia is not forcing Modi is forcing .he offered. Christians and Muslims to become Hindu and giving them heavy amount . Modi is bribing .he is against the Indian cons ution...
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      Sam
      Mar 23, 2015 at 11:21 am
      If you read papers, rapes are a common place in India, UK or USA. The Christians are politicizing this and it will only impact them adversely. Christians forget history where Hindus have always been the victims and continue to do so today with Christianity and Islam having found their way in Hindustan with the sword. Christians and Muslims when they ruled, discriminated and abused Hindus. And now they cry for minority rights and special privileges. This rape is no different than another and it did not have to be one of a Christian. There are worse rapes that happen daily in India. Think of the prosutes that we all look down upon that were little young girls at one time that were sold into slavery and are raped every day and they know nothing better than getting raped for survival. Christians should be ashamed and it time that the Pope got don on his knees and apologized for what Christianity and Christian have done to India. It is a very bad thing to say but Christians have done far worst things to Indians and Hindus n the last 2 centuries. Portuguese entered over Goa and took over territory forcibly and the soldiers taking in girls as wives, no matter how well they treated them was rape every time that they did it. Just because the girls were treated right and came to accept the soldiers does not make it any better. For what Christianity and Islam have done in India, they have no place here.
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        Anjam Desi
        Mar 22, 2015 at 5:21 pm
        The Cardinal and his handlers in Vatican are working hard to fabricate attack stories to destroy India's image abroad. The country's image cannot be allowed to suffer due to fabricated stories by Christians in India. Each fabrication galvanizes the Westerners to pour more money into these missionaries for help which in turn is either pocketed or used for land purpose and establishment of missionaries for conversion purposes. The fabricated lies are front page news but the lies exposed are seldom given the same publicity. Christ himself would be ashamed of you Mr Cardinal.
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          Satya Paul
          Mar 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm
          He is a servant of the Vetican, so Sonia!
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            Satya Paul
            Mar 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm
            What did Modi do?
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            Satya Paul
            Mar 23, 2015 at 1:27 pm
            Why don't Christians say anything about what is happening in their convents, even in Vetican? How many nuns, minors, church goers are ually harred/raped?
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              Sudarshan
              Mar 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm
              Why did you not commented when Christians lynched and hanged a Muslim nationalist in Nagaland. That time you did not blame Modi Ji that time.
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                Sudarshan
                Mar 22, 2015 at 9:12 pm
                What else you want to do by a PM of a country. In US also temples are vandalized. Hindus are killed in Bangladesh & sthan. What their PM is doing. PM is not running any state nor he controls Police. If you have to blame then blame the concerned CM. When Gujarat riot took place you did not blame PM. Under Manomohan regime also many riot took place, you did not blame Manomohan, then why now as he is a hindu nationalist.
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                  rs
                  Mar 22, 2015 at 7:23 pm
                  We are wondering what is the agenda for this Cardinal?
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                    rs
                    Mar 22, 2015 at 7:16 pm
                    This cardinal speaks like a politician. Better join a political party or start one.
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                      sangos
                      Mar 23, 2015 at 8:24 am
                      againallegations
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                        sangos
                        Mar 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm
                        Mr cardinal be careful with allegations. Remember your Christian mob lynching in Nagaland?
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                          selva Rathinam
                          Mar 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm
                          Narendra Modi is not a leader of an hindu organisation. He is the leader of India, PM of India.He should be ashamed to be doing this. Shame for a country that predicted to be a world power with this mean mentality.
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                            selva Rathinam
                            Mar 24, 2015 at 5:15 pm
                            if you can not get your basics right in a democratic country, this is what happens. The Hindutva agenda should be eliminated from the hearts of BJP leaders in a secular country. Otherwise it will continue to create more & more problems in India. This will tarnish our retion globally.
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