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India    MOTHER TERESA'S SUCCESSOR ATTACKS ANTI-CHRISTIAN VIOLENCE
Mother Teresa's successor has condemned attacks against Christians in India as hundreds of nuns and children prayed at the late nun's marbled tomb on Saturday, her 90th birthday.
    "The atrocities on the Christians are a disgrace for our country, which is a secular state," Sr Nirmala said in her address at the headquarters of Missionaries of Charity.
    "Our brothers and sisters of the Hindu religion are known for their tolerance of other religions in the country."
    There have been a number of attacks on Indian Christians over the last two years. Church leaders accuse right-wing allies of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's Bharatiya Janata Party of being involved in the assaults.
    The government says it has investigated the attacks, and that many of them were related to local land and property disputes. Arrests have been made in several other cases, Interior Ministry officials say.
    Mother Teresa, born in the former Yugoslavia, died on 6 September, 1997 at the age of 87. Her white marble tomb was built at the Motherhouse, the headquarters of the order in Calcutta.
   
Ananova
   
28 Aug 00



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