Miscreants damage grotto in Mangalore

December 13, 2011 by  
Filed under India, Karnataka, newsletter-india, Persecution

DamageKarnataka, December 12, 2011: A grotto of St Antony belonging to a businessman was damaged by some unknown miscreants Sunday night in Valencia near Mangalore.

Businessman Romeo Saldanha Monday morning found that the statue of St Anthony was damaged.

The glass of the grotto was smashed, a row of miniature lights were destroyed and the hand of child Jesus has developed cracks, he said.

Police officials and local parish priest Fr. Bonaventure Nazareth visited the spot.

Assistant Police Commissioner Dharmayya after visiting the grotto, said “We will investigate the issue. Let us not make a big issue of this now”.

“Damaging or throwing stones at religious symbols is as same as throwing stones on our religion and on our God,” said Saldanha, an ardent devotee of the saint.

He said the grotto was built just six months ago and during its inauguration a large number of Hindus and Muslims were present.

“Every day many people, including many Hindus pray before this grotto as it is beside the road,” said Saldanha.

He has registered a complaint at the local Pandeshwar police station.

“Close to the grotto is a Hindu temple. But the miscreants have decided to damage only the Christian symbol which clearly indicates that they wanted to hurt religious sentiments of Christians,” said Sylvester Pinto, a neighbor.

“There are continues attacks on the Christians. We should do something about this,” said Ivan D’Souza, a Catholic leader.

– francis rodrigues

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