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New archbishop for Indian archdiocese at center of Orissa violence

Catholic World News - February 14, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has named a new archbishop to lead the Catholic Church in Orissa, the Indian state that has been troubled by waves of anti-Christian violence.

Bishop John Barwa, who had been serving in the Rourkela diocese, will become Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. He will replace Archbishop Raphael Cheenath—who, although he submitted his resignation more than a year ago, when he turned 75, admitted that he was surprised that his replacement had been announced.

Meanwhile the specter of anti-Christian violence was evident in the state of Madhya Pradesh, where a Hindu militant leader rallied his followers by comparing Christians to bugs that must be exterminated.

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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Feb. 15, 2011 2:57 PM ET USA

    The Asia News article was interesting. Apparently one of the sadhus (aescetics) criticised the Hindu leaders for their invective against the Christians, and other sadhus followed his lead. Glory be to God who made us all in his image.

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