Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Rome, Sep 2, 2008 (CNA).- In an interview with Vatican Radio, the Archbishop of Ranchi in India, Cardinal Telesforo Placidus Toppo, said that the Catholic Church’s defense of the sacredness of the human person and its opposition to the caste system are what is fueling the violence against Christian minorities in India.

“In the caste system, equality doesn’t exist. That is why the Church’s commitment to overcome the caste system is not accepted. For us the person is sacred,” Cardinal Toppo said.

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I've had the opportunity to travel to India and attend Mass there, as well as speak with some of the locals about religion.  For the most part the people that I've interactive with have been very friendly and not outwardly aggressive against Christians.  This may have to do with the fact that I was in one of the larger more diverse cities in India.

In my search for a Church to attend Mass at I had a discussion with one gentleman who expressed to me how unhappy he was with missionaries coming to India and converting Hindus. Again to his credit he wasn't overly aggressive with me but if I had known then about the some of the violence that was taking place against Christians I may have chosen my words a bit more wisely. :)

In any event we need to pray that the violence against Christians stops and that the situation improves for all those involved.