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Andhra Pradesh: Via Crucis desecration at Catholic ashram
Vandals took advantage of the absence of the Catholic priests from the Congregation of the Holy Spirit who run Cristu Jyothi. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) tells AsiaNews that such an act "offends the religious sentiments" of the community. Bishop Emeritus Mgr Beretta, PIME, had inaugurated the ashram.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - A group of vandals desecrated all the statues at the
14 Stations of the Cross in the Cristu Jyothi ashram in Warangal (Andhra
Pradesh), the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) told AsiaNews.
The incident occurred last Sunday morning, between 8 and 10 am, when the
priests were away from the ashram, to celebrate Mass.
"The GCIC is
anguished at the desecration of all the 14 Stations," GCIC president Sajan George told AsiaNews.
vandals," he said, "shattered the 5-feet cement statues of the soldiers at every
station of the cross, but they did not damage any of the crosses".
Such "an "act of
vandalism deeply offends the religious sentiments" of the community, he
lamented, and is the "work of evil perpetrators."
Mgr Alfonso Beretta, the diocese's bishop emeritus and a missionary from
the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), inaugurated the Cristu
Jyothi on 3 April 1993.
Since then, priests from the Catholic Congregation of the Holy Spirit have
run the community.
On 8 January 1953, Mgr Beretta became the first bishop of the Diocese of
Warangal, which was created a year earlier out of the Diocese of Hyderabad.
He was a strong supporter of the ashram.
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