Kolkata Protests Against Attacks on Christian Minorities: News Report;

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On 10 Feb 2015, when Arvind Kejriwal pulled off an AAPsolute miracle by crushing the “invincible” BJP at Delhi Assembly Election, the Archdiocese of Calcutta organized a Protest against the recent rash of attack on churches in Delhi and other places.

Fr Dominic Gomes–Vicar General,led the Rally at Park Circus 7 Point Crossing at 6 pm.  He was joined byBishop Raju, Fr Vincent Lobo, Dean of Calcutta Archiocese, Alexander Anthony – President Catholic Association of Bengal, Eugene Gonsalves – President All India Catholic Union, Shane Calvert-MLAWest Bengal Legislative Assembly, Fr MoloyD’Costa – Inspector Diocesan SchoolsandSunil Lucas President SIGNIS India.  Prof. Maria Fernandes,  Lovina Khan Social Activist and many priests, nuns and believers in religious freedom, were present. The 3000+ turnoutwas jointly organized with West Bengal Minority Development Council.

Fr Dominic said “attack on churches and other holy places of minorities is attack on the Indian secularism and its Constitution.”  “Christians have always worked for India’s development.  Why are our places of worship and properties being attacked and destroyed?” যে কোন ধর্মস্থানের উপর আক্রমণ এবং তার পবিত্র জিনিষ ধ্বংস করা সভ্য সমাজে কোনমতেই মেনে নেওয়া যায় না৷he reiterated.

He pepped up the gathering by plunking his guitar and singing aloud. Charles Sassoon, VP1 Catholic Association of Bengal was called to lend his voice. All the dignitaries spoke in unison against the heinous outrages on Churches in Delhi and other states.  They condemned the strange silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

Alexander Anthony strongly condemned the attacks on minorities and said in Indian democracy this cannot be allowed.

EugeneGonsalves said thatthough Christians were about 2.5% of the Indian population, its share in the service sector was 24%.He emphasized if all minorities were united, they would become a combined force of 30% to counter any anti-minority policy.

Fr Dominic read out a Memorandum which was later submitted to the Governor for sending to the Prime Minister.
ISAAC HAROLD GOMES

ICPA – KOLKATA

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1 Comment

  1. Cedric Vaz said,

    February 23, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    BLAME IT ON CEDRIC ………..

    Fr. Cedric Prakash S.J. and his ilk should refrain from commenting on our political leaders and also taking sides with a particular political party and condemning another ! As a Roman Catholic priest his duty is shepherding his flock and not interfering with the Govt. and writing articles for or against political parties. Fr. Cedric should understand there is a lot of work to be done for educating illiterate Catholics first and also improving their standards of living more importantly. That is what our Catholic priests should strive for.
    Our tongue has no bone but it can break many bones (and Churches too !!!).

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