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Nuns, priests, asked to maintain documents proving identity, age and religion of people joining them as novices or as staff

Indian religious cautioned over vocations promotion

Some Holy Cross nuns visit a home in Madhya Pradesh, in this file photo. Religious have been advised to be cautious in their recruitment to avoid allegations by extremist groups misinterpreting their action as fraudulent means of religious conversions in India. (ucanews.com file photo)

Saji Thomas, Bhopal
India

July 6, 2017

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A forum of Catholic religious in India has appealed to its members to be more cautious when recruiting new candidates to religious life and hiring domestic help in light of a changing environment that could easily see them accused of illegal conversions.

The Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace (FORUM), which represents both Catholic priests and nuns, has circulated a 10-point guideline in July advising religious not to accompany candidates travelling to join a religious house.

In a note circulated by FORUM, religious were asked to maintain documents proving the identity, age and religion of people joining them as staff or as novices. It was also noted that new vocations and new staff should not be offered money for travel or other expenses lest it be construed as an enticement for conversion.

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