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Indian Catholics protest cross demolition in Kerala

Finger of suspicion falls on forest officials thought to be facing disciplinary action for allowing its installation

Updated: August 22, 2017 05:42 AM GMT
Indian Catholics protest cross demolition in Kerala

An Indian Catholic priest delivers his sermon during a Mass in the southern Indian state of Kerala, in this file photo. (Photo by AFP)

At least 1,500 Catholics staged a protest on Aug. 20 against the demolition of a cross that stood at a pilgrim site in a forested area near Vithura, a village in India's southern Kerala state.

It is thought the 8-meter tall concrete cross was destroyed on Aug. 18, but it is not yet known who was responsible. Local Catholics from Neyyatinkara Diocese had installed the cross.

Several Catholics accused forest officials of destroying the cross, saying the officials were threatened with disciplinary action for allowing the construction of the cross.

The diocese's vicar-general, Father Christudas, said the protest would continue until a new cross is installed.

A church delegation from Neyyattinkara Diocese met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who vowed to arrest those responsible and would look into having the cross replaced.

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According to Neyyattinkara diocesan officials, a wooden cross was erected on a hill in the area about 60 years ago. The demolished concrete cross was erected in its place a year ago.

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