Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara condemns the attack on church
A Catholic Archbishop has demanded protection for all places of religious worship in Delhi after another Catholic church was attacked in the national capital Saturday evening. Some unidentified persons threw stones at Our Lady of Fatima Forane Church, Jasola, near Okhla in Delhi, India when some 200 people were attending Mass and novena inside the church. The one-year-old church belongs to the Faridabad Syro-Malabar diocese. The Church leaders are worried because the city has many churches. The congregation continued with the service that was about to end when the incident occurred.
Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara
Archbishop Kuriakose Bharanikulangara of Faridabad rushed to Jasola on hearing the news and lamented “This is the second such incident happening in a week.” The archbishop, a former Vatican diplomat, wants protection for all places of worship, irrespective of their minority or majority status. “We live in a secular country. We need complete protection for all places of worship whether they belong to Christians, Sikhs Hindus or Muslims. The Government has to ensure conducive condition for worship,” he asserted. Global Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) also condemns the violation.
Narrating the incident, Parish priest Fr. Jacob Nagelimalil said that he was conducting the Mass when a stone hit one of the windows and broke its glass and the pieces of the glass fell inside the church, not the stone. “We informed the police and officers such as ACP (Assistant Commissioner of Police) and the SHO (station house officer) came immediately and collected details. They have also posted police guards for the church,” Father Nagelimalil said.
Archbishop Bharanikulangara expressed happiness at the prompt response of the local police unlike their counterparts in Dilshad Garden. The lackadaisical attitude of the Dilshad Garden police had apparently helped destroy valuable evidences from the burned church site,” alleged the prelate who had also reached the area within hours. Before, on December 01, some miscreants tried to rob a convent of the Congregation of Jesus in Rohini, North Delhi.
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