Archbishop of Bangalore: India must aid persecuted Christians in the Middle East
by Nirmala Carvalho
Msgr. Bernard Moras has handed over a memorandum to the Governor of Karnataka, to be presented to the President of the country. "Our people need to be aware of the harsh reality of the suffering of their brothers and sisters in the Middle East."

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "Christians in Iraq and Syria are being massacred, raped, killed and tortured. We, as members of the Christian community, must raise our voice and ask the Indian government to take a firm stand in support of our brothers and sisters of faith in these countries", Msgr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore (Karnataka) tells AsiaNews.  His diocese has organized various initiatives to raise awareness and aid persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Yesterday a delegation of Christian leaders handed a memorandum to the Governor of Karnataka (see photo) to be delivered to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

"Prior to meeting the Governor of Karnataka - says Msgr. Moras - we organized a day of prayer and fasting [September 12] and a march [September 14] for persecuted Christians. This was primarily to pray for the situation and secondly and importantly, to create awareness among  own Christian community and all our Educational Institutions, of the inhuman tragedy unfolding in these countries.  Our Christians must be made aware of the stark reality of the sufferings of their brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria. "

"The Government of India - said the archbishop - can have a significant influence on the situation in the Middle East, given that many of our citizens work there, contributing  to those countries."