Mumbai cardinal appeals for calm after crucifix vandalized
Police slow to investigate a previous case of vandalism, says church
After a statue of a crucifix in Mumbai was vandalized in the early hours of Monday morning, the city's archbishop has appealed for peace and prayers.
“The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, appeals to the Christian community to remain peaceful, calm and lift up the perpetrators of this crime in prayer,” the Archdiocese of Bombay stated July 14.
“We urge the police to investigate the crime with full earnestness and to provide police protection to this sacred image.”
The historic crucifix, located on Swami Vivekanand Road near the Life Insurance Corporations building in Vile Parle West, a Mumbai suburb, was found by locals to have been attacked. The miscreants had hacked off the statue's hands.
“Till date no updates have been provided to the Christian community at Vile Parle or to the Archdiocese of Bombay with regards to the investigation of the previous vandalisation which took place on December 15, 2013,” the archdiocese noted, lamenting local law enforcement's slow response to the two acts of vandalism.
Source: Catholic News Agency
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