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Vandals smash Malankara church

Tabernacle, the Bible, missal and other items 'placed on the altar' and burned

The damaged altar The damaged altar
  • ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi
  • India
  • August 26, 2011
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Police are guarding a Catholic Oriental church in Hyderabad after unidentified people vandalized it yesterday.

“They put the tabernacle, the Bible, missal and other items on the altar and burnt them,” said Father Felix Thondalil, pastor of the Syro Malankara Catholics in the southern city today.

Mother Mary Malankara Catholic Church is in Secunderabad, which with Hyderabad forms Andhra Pradesh state’s twin capitals.

Father Thondalil said the church, established five years ago, has some 110 parishioners but nobody stays there.

After the parishioners complained, senior police officials visited and posted guards for the church, the priest said.

Four years ago, Hindu radicals had attacked the church and damaged property.

He said parish officials informed top Church leaders in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

This is the second Syro-Malankara church in the country to come under attack this month. On August 15, suspected devil worshippers vandalized a church in Pune, western India.

Police have not yet arrested the culprits.

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