Government assures right to worship at Kurisumala

Thiruvananthapuram: The Latin Catholic Church has deferred their proposed strike for
Tuesday after the Kerala government assured the clergy that the believers’ freedom to
worship at Kurisumala, a controversial pilgrimage center, will be protected.

The decision comes after archbishop M Soosa Pakiam held talks with forest minister K Raju.
The minister has reportedly assured the archbishop that limited number of pilgrims would be
allowed to enter Kurisumla, which witnessed violent protests Friday after the police tried to
block people’s entry. The Church had earlier planned to hold protests Tuesday after the
faithful were injured in the police action. However, it was learned that the government would
not allow construction activities in the ecologically sensitive area.

Eight people, including three police personnel, injured after a march by the faithful to the
‘Kurisumala’ (Mount of the Cross) in nearby Bonacaud turned violent leading to lathicharge.

Priests and the faithful under the Neyyantinkara Latin Catholic Diocese took out the
procession to install a new holy cross in the place of one which got damaged a few months
ago. After which the entry to the Kurisumala was barred.

The faithful visit Kurisumala on the first Friday of every new year.

The wooden cross was found destroyed in November last year under mysterious

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  1. Christianity is a minority in India, in some of the BJP ruled States of north India, the percentage is too minimal.

    In Kerala, the history of Christianity is 2000 years old; ahead of Europe and Africa in history. The percentage is only 19%, but play a very powerful role in politics-business-education-healthcare etc. Very proudly the Christian community can say, this is not north India but South India.

    In my younger days, the Christians were opposed to communism as an atheistic ideology of bloodshed. The communist party, both the CPI and CPM didn’t show any special target shooting towards the Christians, but since Christianity was strongly opposed to communism, some followers of the dead communism are still displaying an attitude of revenge. Also, some former communist followers are consuming minor dosage of the anti-Christian virus of north Indian import which will be totally counter productive and undermine the prosperity of the State.

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