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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Andaman Islands under siege of Catholics

June, 2005

As the initial euphoria over Tsunami relief settled down PIME catholic church of Italy has virtually taken over the protected islands. Many of the native tribes are supposed to be protected by the Indian Government under a natives protection scheme. With a Christian friendly federal Government in place, the authorities are turning a blind eye to the ongoing activities organized by the church.

Though officially Government released funds none of the victims received any money due to corrupt officialdom. Within hours of Tsunami disaster P.I.M.E. missionary centre in Milan wired 15,000 Euros (about Rs. 10 lakh) while Missionaries of Immaculate received 30,000 Euro (Rs. 20 lakh). Subsequently all the missions received millions of Euros.

Fr Franklin Rodrigues, provincial superior with the Indian missionaries of St Francis Xavier (aka Pilar Fathers), who recenly visited Andamans archipelago said “The tsunami has led many back towards God,” .” “Survivors who now live in refugee camps kneel to pray, the rosary in their hands, young and old, heedless to caste or religion.”. This is a suble way of accepting that majority have been converted.

Fr Durgam Melkior Raja and Fr Anthony Thota, parish priest in Chennai are the P.I.M.E. missionaries overseeing the work in addition to adopting two Hindu villages.

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