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Major Indian political party denounces papal reference to anti-Christian violence

October 13, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI offered a prayer for peace in India during his Angelus audience on Sunday, October 12. But his word drew an angry rebuke from leaders of India's Hindu-nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

After presiding at the canonization of Sister Alfonsa of the Immaculate Conception, India's first canonized native saint, the Holy Father mentioned his prayers for the Christians of that country "during this difficult time," as they face an onslaught of religious violence. The Pope urged "the perpetrators of violence to renounce these acts and join with their brothers and sisters to work together in building a civilization of love."

BJP denounced Pope Benedict’s reference to anti-Christian violence in their nation. "India is a sovereign country," said a party spokesman, "and I do not think any religious head should say anything."


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