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Ecumenical forum in Karnataka strengthened by anti-Christian violence

Catholic World News - October 06, 2010

More than 100 Church leaders from across India’s southern Karnataka state attended the second general assembly of the Karnataka United Christian Forum (KUCF) on October 5 at Bangalore, the state capital, to discuss their common interests in the wake of anti-Christian violence.

“The atrocities have united us. God has brought us together to unite and work together,” said Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore, chairman of the ecumenical forum. The KUCF has already set up seven regional units across the sprawling state for “united witness and action” on Christian concerns.

The formation of the forum-- with the participation of all the major Christian denominations-- came in the wake of an unprecedented spurt in attacks on the Christians in the state in 2008.

The anti-Christian violence Karnataka occurred after the Hindu-nationalist BJP party assumed political power in the state in May 2008. Christian groups have compiled list of as many as over 1,000 attacks during the two years under the BJP reign.

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