Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Bengal Christians Take Out Protest Rally

In Bengal, a United Christian Forum Holds a Protest Rally

KRISHNAGAR, West Bengal, SEPT. 02, 2008, 16.30 Hrs (CBCI News): The Nadia District Committee of Bangiya Christiya Parisheba, a united forum of Christians of all denominations, held a protest rally here, against the recent violence in Orissa state where around 12 Christians were allegedly killed and churches and Christian institutions torched by Hindu religious fanatics.

Thousands of students studying in Christian schools in Nadia district, their parents and members of the Christian community joined the rally August 29, holding black flags and placards expressing their protest. All Christian schools remained closed.

Later, Bishop Joseph Soren Gomes of Krishnagar conducted a condolence prayer.

Speakers at the rally condemned the barbaric attacks on the life of innocent Christians, their houses, convents, shops and hostels in Orissa.

They also appealed to the Centre and the state government of Orissa to take necessary measures to prevent loss of lives and properties.

The Parisheba forwarded a memorandum to the Chief Minister and Governor of Orissa to take immediate steps in this regard.

The rally started at Krishnagar Cathedral and ended at St. John's C.M.S. High School ground. There are about 40 Christian missionary schools in the district.

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