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Sunday, December 4, 2016
India: Catholic church destroyed by mob
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¬†A priest and some parishioners in Piket, near Hyderabad were attacked by around 100 Hindus on Sunday, the Missionary News Service has learnt. After driving parishioners out of the church they looted and destroyed the building. Local TV stations recorded the attack on the Catholic church of Bethany Ashram. Msgr Joji Marampudi, Archbishop of Hyderabad, said Father Joseph Vattaparambil, was slightly injured in the incident. Archbishop Marampudi said he thought the attack was aimed at preventing the laying of the foundation stone of a new church within the compound, which was due to take place at 6.30 that evening. He said the extremist group had issued death threats against the priest if the building went ahead. For now, the construction of the new church has been suspended. Archbishop Marampudi told MISNA the priest is now under his protection. He said: "I travelled to the scene and I accompanied the priest to our premises. I then approached the interior ministry, the police and the head of local government. All the authorities have pledged protection and peace." The archbishop said that there has not been violence of this kind in his diocese ≠ home to roughly 90.000 Catholics out of a total population of 11 million - for a number of years. Source: MISNA
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