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Indian state sets up subsidy of Holy Land pilgrimages

Catholic World News - December 27, 2011

The government of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state has announced a gift to state’s Christians: a subsidy for pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

The government will provide Christians with 20,000 rupees—nearly $400—toward the cost of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The full cost of such a pilgrimage is about $1,000.

“This is a welcome move,” Father Vincent Chinnadurai, chairman of the autonomous Minorities Commission of Tamil Nadu state told CWN. His commission had proposed the subsidy. Several of India’s states provide subsidies to Muslims who travel to Mecca for the haj.

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