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Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/INDIA – Two Catholic priests and a catechist arrested for “proselytism”: for the church it is an abuse

Bhagalpur – Police in the state of Jharkhand, in eastern India, took into custody two Catholic priests and a catechist on charges of having led the conversion of religious faith to the people of a village. As reported to Agenzia Fides by father N.M. Thomas, vicar general of the diocese of Bhagalpur, the diocese where the village is located, the police arrested Fr. Arun Vincent and Fr. Benoy John and catechist Munna Hansda from the Rajdaha mission on 6 September accusing them of having carried out “forced conversions” to Christianity in the village of Deodar and also of “illegal occupation of land”.

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