September 18, 2011. (Romereports.com)
The country of India has a population of roughly 1.2 billion people.
It's a country with several languages, ethnicities and of course
religions. About 81 percent are Hindu, 13 percent are Muslims and only
2.3 percent are Christian.
Msgr. Bernard Blasius Moras is the Archbishop of Bangalore. He says unfortunately, the persecution of Catholics is a reality. Attacks and even threats are sometimes made by small group of fundamentalist who see Christianity as something foreign.Msgr. Bernard Blasius Moras
Archbishop of Bangalore (India) “There are sometimes these fundamentalist groups going to schools, and attacking the teachers and the management, attacking the students saying you can't say prayers, you can't use all your dress, or the powder...All those thing are there.”
Even though the situation isn't easy, the Archbishop is optimistic about the future of Christianity in India. He says the key is in inter-religious dialogue.Msgr. Bernard Blasius Moras
Archbishop of Bangalore (India)
“Dialogue action we call it. It's taking projects together, we don't go by discussing the truth or not truth of religion, we share our religion, good things in our religion, but we respect every religion, and we try to build bridges, rather than hitting each other.”
In addition to this type of dialogue, the Archbishop says the constitution of India itself, promotes and recognizes the co-existence of different religions.