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India's bishops hope for good relations with new Hindu-nationalist government

May 26, 2014

The Catholic bishops of India have sent their “warm and cordial greetings” to the country’s incoming prime minister, Narendra Modi, as he prepares for his inauguration.

The Indian bishops’ conference promised the newly elected leader their “wholehearted support in his efforts to lead the nation toward new heights of peace, prosperity, and harmony.”

India’s Catholics are hoping for positive relations with the new government, which is led by the Hindu-nationalist BJP party, and Modi has pledged to work with India’s religious minorities. But the history of conflict between Christians and militant Hindus, especially in states controlled by the BJP, has raised serious concerns.


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