Goa: Religious structure desecrated at Navelim

March 2, 2015 by  
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Navelim churchNavelim villagers woke up on Monday to hear the shocking news of the desecration of the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes meters away from the district library.

The miscreants vandalised the statue by breaking the glass casket which was installed on a pedestal near the Holy Cross. The incident had come to light on Sunday after a local resident saw the statue damaged with glass pieces strewn all round the cross. It is believed that the miscreants desecrated the statue on Saturday night.

Glorio Fernandes, who had installed the statue around a year and half ago, took the pieces of the statue home yesterday evening and later informed the local residents about the incident.

Our Lady of Rosary Parish Priest Fr Jose Roque Gonsalves and his two Priests, Fr Camilo and Fr Jovito, visited the spot around noon and expressed shock over the desecration.

“ What has happened is sad.

This is certainly not done by a drunkard or a lunatic, who too has respect for places of worship.

We do not want to point any accusing fingers, but at the same time, the police should try to bring the culprits to book”, Fr Gonsalves said.

He said that Navelim has not witnessed any such incident in the past as people from all communities live in perfect harmony. “ We can see that people used to lit candidates at the cross”, he added.

Margao PI Sudesh Naik and his team descended on the spot to conduct a probe.

– herald

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