Catholic Church vandalized in Delhi

February 2, 2015 by  
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Delhi churchThe CSF takes strong exception to the fifth case of vandalism that has taken place in the national capital in the last 2 months. Over two dozen incidents of Christian persecution have been documented in the last 2 months of 2014 according to a report released by the CSF which has seen a rapid rise in crimes against Christians. Coming just days before the Delhi elections, the desecration of St. Alphonsa’s Church seems to be with a view to polarise the voters on communal lines.

Please find below a ucan report, according to which the attackers broke open the main gate of St Alphonsa’s Church in the Vasant Kunj area and entered the sacristy, before opening the tabernacle and scattering the host and desecrating the place. If Christians are not safe in the national capital, what else can we expect across the states, where hostility and fundamentalism is even more stronger.

The CSF in a representation after the Delhi polls will take up the issue with the President, Prime Minister and Union Home Minister emphasizing the need to protect the Christian minority, as India is becoming increasing dangerous for the community to even freely practice their faith. Such instances place severe restrictions on the freedom of conscience and we will take it up.

The Church & others seem to have their limitations, but The CSF calls upon all ICAN activists to send in their suggestions, as to how to deal with the menace in a befitting manner. Do write in and share your thoughts in an email to csfpost@gmail.com

In the meanwhile keep the prayers going.

Your brother in Christ,

Joseph Dias, The CSF Gen. Sec.

+91 9769555657

New Delhi, February 2, 2015: Vandals attacked a Catholic Church in south Delhi early on Monday, the fifth attack on a Christian place of worship in the city within two months.

The attackers broke open the main gate of St Alphonsa’s Church in the Vasant Kunj area and entered the sacristy, before opening the tabernacle and scattering the host, Delhi archdiocese spokesman Father Savarimuthu Shankar told ucanews.com.

The attack comes five days before state assembly elections in the nation’s capital. Church officials believe this and the four previous attacks are part of a campaign to polarize the Christian community.

They refused however to blame any political party or religious group citing a lack of proof.

“These attacks are definitely aimed at polarizing the community before state assembly elections but we cannot blame any political party until we have evidence,” Fr Shankar said.

Police however dismissed the claim, saying the motive behind Monday’s incident was probably theft.

“It is simply a case of robbery. We have filed a case and investigation is on,” Virendra Jain, area police officer, told ucanews.com.

The Christian community has seen a spate of attacks since December 1 when St Sebastian Church in the Dilshad Garden area of the city was allegedly torched.

A few days later rocks were thrown at a Catholic Church in Jasola district, causing minor damage.

A crib for a Nativity scene was found burned earlier this month at a church in Rohini district, while on January 14, a Catholic church was attacked and its grotto smashed by three unidentified men.

So far police have arrested three people in connection with the January 14 incident.

Fr Shankar said the Christian community planned to hold a candle light vigil on Monday evening to protest against the St Alphonsa Church attack.

He also said authorities have done nothing since Church officials spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee about the earlier attacks.

“It is getting very disturbing now. The community is left with no option but to come out on streets and protest,” he said.

– ucanews

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