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Pastoral care vital for economic migrants who don't speak the local language and are often treated as second-class citizens

The Kerala church's migrant dilemma 

A Mass in Odia language in progress at the St. George Catholic Church, Kerala state. An estimated influx of 4 million migrants has increased pressure on church resources for extending pastoral care to them. ( photo)

T.K. Devasia, Kochi

June 15, 2017

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Every Sunday, Vidhyapathi Dighal travels 25 kilometers to reach St. George Catholic Church in Perumbavoor in the southern Indian state of Kerala for Mass.

Though he works in a different village, Dighal takes the bus to Perumbavoor because, there, Mass is said in his native Odia, a language spoken in the eastern state of Odisha.

Dighal left behind poverty in Odisha and migrated to Kerala to find work. Many migrants like him come to Perumbavoor from different parts of the district as St. George Church is the only venue that offers Mass in Odia on a regular basis.

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