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    » 07/15/2014, 00.00

    INDIA

    Mumbai, ancient crucifix desecrated a second time



    The faithful found the Vile Parle statue of Jesus with its arms broken off. Hundreds of Catholics in protest at the arrest - judged unfair – of a member of the community. The crucifix was also vandalized in December 2013.

    Mumbai (AsiaNews / Agencies) - For the second time in seven months an ancient crucifix in Vile Parle (district of Mumbai) has been vandalized. The incident occurred yesterday: the statue of Jesus was found with the arms of Christ broken off. The local Catholic community have voiced their protest accusing police of being unable to control the area and of having failed to conduct an appropriate investigation.

    The crucifix dates back to 1880 and is located along the main street of the neighborhood. AsiaNews had reported on the first act of vandalism, December 15, 2013, just as 37 children from the local church were preparing to receive their First Holy Communion.

    For the moment, police have arrested a Catholic, Agnelo Pereira, for the desecration of the crucifix. However, the community is convinced of the innocence of man and hundreds of people gathered on the spot in protest. To express their solidarity with the Catholic, Saint Xavier school and the convent of St. Joseph in Vile Parle remained closed for the entire day yesterday.

     

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    16/12/2013 INDIA
    Ancient Mumbai crucifix desecrated. Card Gracias : A wound for the entire population
    Unknown assailants pulled the statue of Jesus from the cross and smashed it to pieces. The incident occurred in the district of Vile Parle , near the church of St. Francis Xavier, where 37 children were preparing to receive their First Holy Communion . The archbishop of Mumbai describes it as an “attack on the tolerance , harmony and diversity that characterize our beloved city ." Last September, another church was desecrated in Mumbai .

    16/07/2014 INDIA
    Card. Gracias: The desecration of the crucifix targets Mumbai’s interfaith harmony
    Speaking to AsiaNews, the Archbishop of the city condemns the act of vandalism against the ancient statue of Jesus in the suburb of Vile Parle. "I ask the community to remain calm, because such actions must not destroy the harmony between people of different faiths."

    15/06/2005 INDIA
    Convent attacked, nuns held overnight


    28/05/2014 INDIA
    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.

    25/01/2010 VIETNAM
    Thousands of Catholics pray for Dong Chiem, the parish under siege
    Vigils were held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, prayers for the faithful and priests, and also for the Vietnamese government. Despite the threats made against those who had taken part in the vigils and the presence of police forces around the churches, there were no incidents.



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