16 December 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  •    - Afghanistan
  •    - Bangladesh
  •    - Bhutan
  •    - India
  •    - Nepal
  •    - Pakistan
  •    - Sri Lanka
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 01/14/2015, 00.00

    INDIA

    In a Delhi Catholic church, the Grotto of Our Lady is desecrated

    Nirmala Carvalho

    Police have identified three culprits, who might be Sikh. For the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), the deed is related to upcoming elections in Delhi. In his view, "some will try to polarise the electorate along communal lines".

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) - This morning, the Marian grotto in Our Lady of Grace Church in Vikaspury, a New Delhi district, was desecrated. Video security cameras show three men wearing a Sikh headgear fleeing. Police have already identified the culprits.

    "The vandals arrived at the grotto at around 4.20 am," Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) president Sajan George told AsiaNews. "The plan was well organised: one man broke the glass, another toppled the statue of Our Lady, and together they destroyed it."

    According to the Christian leader, the desecration is tied to upcoming elections for the New Delhi Legislative Assembly, set for 7 February, which the Election Commission announced two days ago.

    "With elections around the corner in Delhi, some will try to polarise the electorate along communal lines," the GCIC president explained. "This is a terrible blow to social harmony, religious tolerance and mutual respect."

     

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    10/03/2016 16:42:00 INDIA
    Pune: thugs burn Bible and sacred texts in front of Our Lady of Fatima grotto

    The arson attack took place early yesterday morning. The Grotto of Our Lady is part of the St Sebastian Church, but is located on a private property outside the building. The owner of the land, a Christian activist, filed a complaint. Since “no valuables had been stolen,” said the owner, “we realised that the act was done only to offend our religious feelings”. Meanwhile, parishioners set up private security.



    25/11/2006 INDIA
    Road improvement to wipe out Christian cemetery, spare shopping centres in Mumbai

    Mumbai's archbishop tells AsiaNews that the city's proposal is unacceptable. He stresses how Catholics have always been law-abiding and involved in improving society.



    18/02/2015 INDIA
    Tribal Mundari begin Lent with a pilgrimage to India's 'Black Lady'
    People from Blessed Mother Teresa Parish in Siadih are planning to travel to the Dhori Matha Shrine to ask for Mary's intercession during this liturgical period. The holy place holds a black wooden statue depicting the Virgin, found in 1956 by a Hindu woman in a coalmine.

    21/06/2013 INDIA
    Jharkhand: 'tribal' Madonna for Singpur Catholics
    Card Telesphore Toppo, archbishop of Ranchi, unveiled a statue of the Virgin wearing a saree with red borders, holding Jesus according to local tribal customs. One tribe, the Sarna, has criticised the work, saying that it is a "tactic to convert". For Verbite priest, "Christian missionaries defend and protect indigenous cultures and traditions."

    15/09/2004 INDIA
    Kerala's Our Lady of Ransom becomes a National Pilgrim Centre




    Editor's choices

    MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES
    Mideast Christians against Trump over Jerusalem capital, a decision that destroys hope for peace



    The Chaldean patriarchate criticises a choice that complicates the situation and fuels conflicts and wars. Card al-Rahi calls the decision “destructive” and a violation of international resolutions. Coptic pope Tawadros II cancels a meeting with US Vice President Pence. Somewhat resigned, Palestinians continue their protest. For Israeli peace group, the US has abdicated its role of mediator in the region.


    CHINA
    Xi Jinping’s false promises and the expulsion of the “low-end population” from Beijing

    Willy Wo-Lap Lam

    Tens of thousands of migrants and their families have been expelled and sent away from the capital. Yet, at the recent Party Congress, President Xi had promised to provide support and help against poverty. There is no reward nor legal or charity for displaced persons. The country’s "social Darwinism" condemns the rural people to marginalisation and allows urban classes to enjoy privileges and advantages. Courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®