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Friday, February 11, 2005

Indian Christians Demanding Govt Subsidy for Holy Pilgrimages

February 11, 2005, 10:22 am

[Kerala, India]: Kochi, Jan 27 2005 PTI

A petition, seeking a direction to the Central government to grant subsidy or concession to the christian community for undertaking pilgrimage to Israel, Palestine and Vatican on the lines of the subsidy being granted for Haj pilgrimage, was filed in the Kerala High Court today.

The petition, filed by Francis Albert, General secretary of the Latin Catholic 'Aikya Vedi', also sought a direction to the Union and state governments to take immediate steps to constitute a high power pilgrimage committee for the christian community on the model of the Haj committee.

According to the petitioner, christians would have to spend at least Rs one lakh for undertaking the pilgrimage to the Holy land and poor pilgrims cannot afford it.

The petition is likely to be taken up tomorrow.


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