Hyderabad,AP: St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church, Secunderabad in Hyderabad was attacked by some unidentified people on Aug 25. According to Father Felix Thondalil OIC, the parish priest of the church, the attackers put the tabernacle, the Bible, missal and other items on the altar and burnt them. The church has 110 parishioners. Four years ago, Hindu radicals had attacked the church and damaged property.
This is the second Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the country to come under attack this month. On August 15, suspected devil worshippers vandalized a church in Pune, western India.
His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, the head of the Church, the Apostolic Visitator His Excellency Most Rev. Dr. Jacob Mar Barnabas, the other bishops of the Church and the Archbishop of Hydrabad are constantly in communication with the parishioners and have asked them to remain peaceful in prayer.