Catholic church hit by new vandalism in India’s Tamil Nadu state

| December 1, 2009

Just one day after a Protestant church was bombed in India's southern Tamil Nadu state, a statue of St. Francis Xavier was found damaged by vandalism in the same Kanyakumari district

The statue was intact when choir members left the church of St. Francis Xavier in the village of Konamcadu after a rehearsal. But when they returned they were shocked to find that the right hand of the statue had been broken, the glass case shattered. The pastor's residence had also been ransacked.

“This is an attempt to disturb the harmony and create fear in the minds of our people ahead of the feast of St Francis Xavier,” Bishop Peter Remigius of Kottar told

The attack on the church came just before the December 3 feast of St Francis Xavier, the Portuguese Jesuit missionary who evangelized the region in the 16th century.

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