Goan parish pardons students for desecrating Eucharist
The two Hindu boys did not realize the gravity of their actions
A Catholic receives the Holy Eucharist during an Ash Wednesday service at St. Mary's Basilica in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad. In Goa, two Hindu students have apologized for their desecration of the Eucharist. (Photo by Noah Seelam/AFP)
Catholics have decided not to take legal action against two Hindu students after they apologized for desecrating the Eucharist in a parish in Goa.
Students of Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Goa, on March 5, received communion and walked away without consuming it.
"A parishioner noticed one of them holding a communion wafer on his hand and filming it on his cellphone, while the other spat his out and covered it with mud using his footwear," said Father Eremito Rebelo, parish priest of Our Lady of Snows Church, Rachol.
Irate parishioners gathered and roughed up Sanny Agrawal and Bhojraj Sikarwal and made them kneel outside the church even before the Mass could end.
At the police station later, the students and their guardians apologized saying that the students did not understand the seriousness of their actions.
"I felt the boys were sincerely apologetic. I don't think they were aware of the gravity of their conduct and its repercussions. Had I not forgiven, they would be rusticated and would always nurture a grudge against Catholics," Father Rebelo said.
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