Indian Catholics make Holy Year plea for end to religious persecuton
    Facing continued aggression and intimidation from Hindu militants, Indian Catholics have prepared an open letter addressed to all the country regretting the state of affairs and expressing their desire to live in peace and harmony.
    The document, written in the frame of national celebrations for the Holy Year 2000 and the closing of the assembly of diocesan delegates, highlights that "peace is the result of a genuine harmony in diversity".
    Stressing their Catholic as well as their national identity, the letter recalled that Catholics in this country "practically come from all the communities and peoples in India, and belong to different cultural traditions".
    Denying any accusations of forced conversions, Catholics in India recalled the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and His witness of forgiveness, expressing their desire to live in peace, harmony and freedom in the country.