India asks ten US missionaries to leave
The Indian Government reportedly asked ten Christian missionaries from the United States, believed to be Catholic priests, to leave the country by last Sunday.
The Hindu, citing sources in Madurai, reported the ten had been working for a school attached to the Mayyampul village church on the Rameswaram islands. The Press Trust of India said the order for the ten to leave the country was issued by the Union Home Ministry in New Delhi.
A report in The Hindu referred to the ten as evangelists, though Agence France-Presse said the expulsion involved American priests. They were told to pack their bags since they did not renew their visa papers in time. US Embassy officials here were not immediately available for comment.
The missionaries told Press Trust of India that they were "disappointed" by the directive and that they would leave for Sri Lanka and return in case the issue was settled with the Indian government.
Meanwhile in Taiwan, a Irish Columban missionary deported 11 years ago for his involvement in the local labour movement, has returned to the country at the invitation of Chen Chu, Chairman of the Cabinet's Council of Labour Affairs. Fr Neil Magill established the New Life Workers Centre in 1984. He spoke out against human rights violattions which the Kuomintang administration justified as 'necessary for national security'.