New fears in Orissa prompt cautions on Christmas celebrations
December 22, 2011
Catholics in India’s troubled state of Orissa have been encouraged to celebrate Christmas “with prudence and vigilance,” and a local prelate has asked police for protection, because of new threats.
Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar reports: “We have informed the administration of Kandhamal district and the police of the imminent risk, asking to take precautions. We have been assured that order will be maintained. However, we must remain cautious at all times.”
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