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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Indian Christians mourn loss of their most courageous spokesman
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┬áThe Rt Rev Alan Basil de Lastic, Archbishop of Delhi, died following a car accident in Poland on Tuesday night. The Archbishop, who was on a five day visit to the country, suffered a fatal heart attack after the car in which he he was travelling swerved to avoid a motorcyclist on the road between Krakow and Warsaw. Archbishop de Lastic was born on 24 September 1929 in Maymyo, archdiocese of Mandalay, Burma (now Myanmar). He was ordained priest on the 21 of December 1958. In 1979 he was consecrated auxiliary Bishop of Calcutta, in 1984 he was transferred to Lucknow in northern Uttar Pradesh and in 1990 became Bishop of Delhi. He was nominated President of the Catholic Indian Bishops' Conference in 1998. The Archbishop was president of the United Christian Forum For Human Rights in India. Last June he met with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to call for an inquiry into attacks against India╣s Christian community. Following the escalation of violence against Christians, including the murder of a Franciscan brother George Kuzhikandham at a missionary station in Nawada, northern India, and a number bomb attacks on churches in Andrha Pradesh, Karnakata and Goa, the Forum wrote a letter last week to the Prime Minister protesting at his government's lack of action.
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