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Two priests ordained in Kandhamal: site of India’s anti-Christian massacres

December 13, 2016

More than 3,000 people attended the December 12 ceremony at which Bishop Aplinar Senapati of Rayagada, India, ordained two men to the priesthood in Orissa, the state that saw a series of bloody anti-Christian pograms in 2008.

The two new priests are both natives of Kandhamal, the district where the anti-Christian violence was most intense, resulting in over 100 deaths and driving 50,000 people from their homes. “The presence of the new priests testifies that persecution has not stopped faith and the action of the Holy Spirit is alive in the hearts of the faithful,” the bishop remarked.

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