Catholics Targeted by Fellow Christians in India
Acts of violence and intimidation by some Protestant groups in north-east India are preventing thousands of people from converting to Catholicism – according to a leading bishop there.
In an interview during a visit to ACN’s international headquarters in Germany, Bishop Mukala said, “There is a big increase in the number of people in the diocese wanting to become Catholic but there is very strong opposition among some of the local Protestant leaders. These issues have got a lot worse recently….If this opposition stopped, there would be a flood of conversions to Catholicism.”
Bishop Mukala described how one village elder warned of “something happening” to the bishop if he returned there. In another region, Christian fundamentalists are accused of being behind the destruction of a Catholic church which could only be rebuilt under police protection. The threat of further violence forced the bishop to initiate lawsuits against individuals accused of carrying out the attacks on the Church.