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India: sainthood cause begins for Catholics killed in 2008 pogrom

January 12, 2016

With the support of the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar has begun the cause of canonization of the faithful who were killed by Hindus in a 2008 anti-Christian pogrom in the eastern state of Odisha (Orissa).

“The opening of the cause is a source of pride for the relatives of the victims and for the whole Church,” said Archbishop Barwa, according to an AsiaNews report. “Our men, women, and children who became martyrs because of their faith are not forgotten.”

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