The Catholic bishops in north-eastern India on July 13 condemned the demolition of a church in the national capital the previous day.
“It is shocking and sad news,” said Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati, who is president of North East India Regional Bishops’ Council (NEIRBC). The Little Flower Church in Lado Sarai was demolished by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation citing encroachment of government’s agricultural land “by some people by instalment of reli-gious structures.”
Speaking on behalf of NEIRBC, Archbishop Moolachira said, “Demolition of the Church in Delhi has hurt the religious sentiment of the peace loving Christian community not only in Delhi but across the country. The number of such incident has been on the rise in the recent past, including many parts of North East India.”