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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Pope blesses YSR to turn AP into 'Christa Pradesh'

Rama Rao, Hyderabad

The November 9 edition of the "Deccan Chronicle" newspaper carried an interesting news-story. The Pope Benedict XVI, the global head of the Roman Catholic Church, has reportedly sent his blessings to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. Samuel Rajasekhar Reddy, an evangelical Protestant of the Seventh Day Adventist church.

The blessings were conveyed by Archbishop of the Hyderabad Diocese, Marampudi Joji, who visited the Vatican city on November 7. Recalling his meeting with the Pope, Joji said: “The Holy Father enquired whether the Church in our state faced any difficulty in carrying out her mission. I told him that in Andhra Pradesh, the Church faces no persecution, and we carry out their ministry without much difficulty."

“The Pope is keenly aware of the rising trends of evangelical sects and he asked me about the Catholic Church’s relationship with other churches.” The Archbishop reassured the Pope that the “ecumenical relationship shared with other Churches is very good”. Joji explained that in his diocese of Hyderabad, there are 100,000 Catholic [converts], 600,000 Protestant [converts], and four Protestant bishops, and they all consider him to be their Patriarch and Archbishop.

This news was also reported in the November 11 edition of the "Asia News" website, an Italian Catholic portal whose banner is the previous Pope John Paul's war-cry against the Hindus and Buddhists of Asia.

What is alarming here is that Christian fundamentalists across opposing sects have joined hands to convert the Hindus of Andhra Pradesh - a revealing tale of "ecumenical co-operation" among the wolves to hunt the sheep.

The results of the state-sponsored mass-conversion of Andhra Hindus are evident everywhere:

1) Hundreds of crores of rupees collected from 'hundis' (donation boxes) in Hindus temples are being diverted by the Andhra Pradesh State Government and the Endowment Board to building new churches and Christian run schools across the state.

2) The sacred Tirupati and Simhachalam temples are the target of land-grabbing and church building with the connivance of Christian officials. Ancient temple mandapams are being demolished at Tirumala.

3) Christian missionaries freely hand out bibles to Hindu students at Government and private schools in Hyderabad to convert these impressionable ones while the teachers look the other way.

4) According to a survey commissioned by the Revenue and Endowment Board of Andhra Pradesh, Christian churches outnumber Hindu temples in most districts of the state.

Will the Pope's blessings to Y.Samuel Rajashekhar Reddy bring in a larger flood of Christian missionaries and dollars to turn Andhra Pradesh into 'Christa Pradesh'?

Or will the people of India and Andhra Pradesh rise up to defend their honor and halt the spread of this malignant evil?

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