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Indian bishops issue statement following victory of Hindu nationalist party

Catholic World News - May 20, 2014

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, the head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and president of the Indian episcopal conference, has issued a statement following the victory of a Hindu nationalist party in general elections.

“We hope and wish that the new government will continue to uphold the eternal values, secularism and principles of democracy to lead the nation on the path of development,” he said, according to The Times of India. “The new government has the responsibility to ensure the security of the minorities and to show special consideration towards the weaker sections of the country. The Catholic Church in India will continue to extend its creative support to the activities of the government in the process of nation building.”

“The Church should not be unduly concerned,” Archbishop Albert D’Souza of Agra told Catholic News Service. “We should not be alarmed or be scared.”

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