Catholics refute conversions

The population of Christians in India is two to three percent of the total population. Had the Christian educational institutions been engaged in religious conversion activities, the population of Christians would have been 50 percent in India today, said social activist Roman Lobo.

He was speaking during a protest staged by people belonging to Catholic community in front of DC’s office in Mangaluru on Friday, against the increasing atrocities against Catholics.

Roman Lobo negated the allegations that the Christian educational institutions have been engaged in religious conversions. He also condemned  allegations on  Mother Theresa that she involved in religious conversions. Her only motto of life was the service of poor and helpless.

In her own words, she strived towards making a Catholic a good Catholic, a Hindu a good Hindu and a Muslim a good Muslim. He meanwhile alleged that saffronisation is being carried out to misguide the people. He added that the protest was only symbolic and the more intensified protests will be carried out in coming days.

Rev Fr J B Crasta said that the constitution has given equal rights to all. But, the Catholics are looked down upon . He said the Indian Catholics needs to be treated as human beings. In the name of religion, antisocial elements are trying to create panic in society and are trying to perturb the peace. It is unfortunate that Christians, catholic institutions and churches have been attacked, vandalised and even derogatory comments on Jesus Christs were posted on internet media. Social activist Nelson Monis said that no religion teaches hatred but only humanity and compassion towards other living beings. But why the Christians are targeted, he questioned.

Christian institutions have immense contribution to the nation, he said and added that the attack on beliefs will not be withstood. The  protestors shouted slogans against the attack on churches and atrocities against nuns.

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