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Continued violence against Christians in India

Catholic World News - April 29, 2011

The head of an Indian Catholic lay organization has denounced recent incidents of anti-Christian violence throughout the nation. Hindu extremists in Madhya Pradesh beat a Protestant pastor until he was unconscious; radicals in Maharashtra prevented tribal Christians from holding services; and extremists in Kerala beat Christians who were distributing copies of the Gospel.

“As Christians we are not discouraged and will continue to proclaim that God is with us,” said Joseph Dias of the Catholic Secular Forum. “But we want to put the matter to state authorities to guarantee the genuine freedom to worship in the country, for all believers of all religions.”

1.6% of the nation’s 1.15 billion people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics; 81% are Hindu, and 13% are Muslim.

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