Kasargod: Manjeshwar church attack - Catholic Sabha of district zone holds massive protest

Stephen Kayyar

Daijiworld Media Network - Kasargod (MS)

Kasargod, Aug 26: A massive protest was held on the evening of Sunday, August 25, under the leadership of Catholic Sabha of Kasargod zone, condemning the recent attack on Our Lady of Mercy church at Manjeshwar in the district and also atrocities carried out on the Christian community.

The protest march started from the vicinity of Manjeshwar Block Panchayat, went via the road in front of the Manjeshwar church and ended up at Hosangadi Junction. Thousands of people took part in the protest march. The leaders of the protest march warned the district administration to hold fierce protest and also fast unto death, if the culprits are not arrested soon.

Raju Stephen Kumble, president of Kasargod zone Catholic Sabha, presided over the protest meeting that was held after the march.

The chief priest of Kasargod zone and parish priest of Bela Shokamatha shrine Fr John Vaz, parish priest of Kasargod Kotekani church Fr Mani Melvattam, president of Catholic Sabha central committee Rolphy D'Costa, secretary Naveen Braggs, Fr Manoj from Talassery, Joseph Crasta of Snehalaya, lawyer M S Thomas D'Souza and Jean Lavina were present on the dais.

Fr J B Moras of Narampady, Fr Daniel of Kollangana, Fr Francis Rodrigues of Varkady, Fr Valerian Katipalla, Fr Paul of Maniyampare, Fr Augustine of Pavoor, Fr Melwyn Lobo and Fr Santhosh of Kasargod and Fr Ani D'Souza of Miyapadavu were also present.

Fr Manoj sculpted the picture of Jesus Christ from mud, which attracted all the protesters. Raju Stephen welcomed the gathering. Veenu Bela rendered the vote of thanks.


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  • Hariprasad, Bajpe

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    I have told this story multiple times! Dear Fellow Hindu Brothers and families: Just for a minute pause and think!

    1. Where do you study? Most likely School built by Christians
    2. Where do you go to College with GOOD REPUTATION? Most likely Christian owned/managed.

    Think what Christian community has done / currently doing for the community.

    Why do you WANT TO SLAP THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU???????????

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  • SmR, Karkala

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    The Christian community should raise this issue with the forthcoming visit of PM Modi with US President Donald Trump.

    The raising atrocities with the return of the BJP government in Karnataka is raising alarm for the community. If this silent protest were not held Karnataka may witness the atrocities like Jarkhand and Madhya Pradesh.

    When the PM Modi' government can elect Pratap Sarangi, the new minister led Bajrang Dal when Graham Staines was burnt alive with his sons. Sarangi was the leader of the Bajrang Dal when a Hindu mob brutally killed Australian Christian missionary Graham Staines and his two children in 1999.
    Last month Indian pastor dragged from prayer meeting, beaten by Hindu radicals in Uttar Pradesh. In recent incident an 86-year-old Spanish nun was returned to her country from Odisha Village After 50 Years Of Social Service she is denied visa by the PM Modi's government Home affairs.

    Is India heading towards becoming a theocratic nation like Pakistan?

    Jai Hind

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Your dream to ignite communal tensions between Hindus and Christians will remain a dream because there are enough educated, clear thinking people in both Hindu and Christian communities.
    You can keep trying....just to quench your frustrations.

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    I Agree with your comments.

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  • Raju Pilikula, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Thank god ,what happend is in state of RED flag ,if it is happened in karnataka this sickulers would have went to complan all over world RSS and yeddi did this .I think you should complain to Franko he have solution.

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  • Vinod, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Its happening in Kerala right? Why Ktaka is brought in. I think you should pose your questions to the great Congi leader who was defeated by woman in the 50 year old bastion and fled to Wayanad in Kerala. This state is teh new head quarters for Congress.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    God The Father on problems and solutions.

    Message to Maureen.

    August 19, 2019

    Once again, I (Maureen) see a Great Flame that I have come to know as the Heart of God the Father. He says: "I come to you as Creator of land, sea and sky - of every soul and every present moment. There is no problem too big for My Grace and Provision. Therefore, do not allow problems to eat away at your trust."

    "I have created each of you for every present moment that you live in. No life situation is a surprise to Me. Your acceptance of the present moment is as deep as your trust in Me. Some problems seem daunting on human terms. That is when you surrender to My Power and trust in Me."

    "The powers of darkness despise your trust and attack your faith. Do not listen to any worst-case scenario. If you trust, you will be able to think in a positive way and expect the best solutions. I am in every solution. My Will is always the best for you."

    "Confide to Me your worries and problems. I am listening."

    Read Psalm 3:3-8+

    But thou, O LORD, are a shield about me,
    my glory, and the lifter of my head.

    I cry aloud to the LORD,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

    I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, for the LORD sustains me.

    I am not afraid of ten thousands of people
    who have set themselves against me round about.

    Arise, O LORD!
    Deliver me, O my God!
    For you strike all my enemies on the cheek,
    you break the teeth of the wicked.

    Deliverance belongs to the LORD;
    your blessing be upon your people!

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  • NN, NN

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    I wonder why didn't the Spanish Nun living in India for 50 years apply for Indian citizenship? She was renewing her residency every year which means she had a intention to go back to Spain during her last days. The government should have given her a national award for her selfless service. She will be get a better care in Spain. Please don't stir the emotions unnecessarily.

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    I don't know what makes people so cruel. Our tendency in the midst of suffering is only to turn on to God.

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  • Mukesh Attavar, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    What sort of police force do we have? No arrests made as yet?

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Well, these incidents are clearly meant to polarize electorate. How else to explain this ridiculous act?
    Past standard practices were:
    1. Release provocative materials/text denigrating God and followers of other religion.
    2. Leave head or part of a particular animal at sacred places.
    3. Simply stone places of worship and create damage.
    4. Garland with old footwear to idols of mass followership.
    People behind this should be investigated and they should be named and shamed in public, whilst also making public their vested interest.
    Even in the 21st Century our people with aspirations of India becoming superpower, permanent seat in Security council and membership of elite clubs, are indulging in such acts. It is as though, history has not taught us anything. Really a shame.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    We know the reason behind these actions, as you have clearly mentioned.
    But aren't we fools if we start organizing huge rallies in protest of these actions?

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  • John, Manglore/New Jersey

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Now let’s pray for them those who persecute us
    Because Christ also did 2000 years back hanging on cross. He prayed abba father forgive them

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    No, You shouldn't do that if there is an attack on you. In this era, though most of Christ's preaching do stand good, some of them have lost relevance. Being quiet, and praying for the attackers when you are attacked will send a wrong message to the attacker. He will think you can be suppressed.
    You should protest if there is an attack on you or on your places of worship. Even I will stand with you.
    But these kind of protests for a silly stone pelting will no good than widening the gap between Hindus and Christians.
    Christians in the region should introspect with regard to this protest. Christians in this forum should respond to my comment, not name calling.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore.

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Jesus on God's Love and Reconciliation. Part 1.

    Message to Joseph of Jesus and Mary

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son

    John 3:16-18

    In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, He also created man and woman in his image for His own glory.

    God the Father willed this creation, which was accomplished through my word as God the Son, by the power or our Holy Spirit. This is the first manifestation of God as trinity, a mystery that has puzzled men for thousands of years.

    God is pure spirit; God is one. Yet this mystery cannot be comprehended completely by human beings until they become one with God in the Spirit.

    The whole of creation is the first compelling witness of the presence of God the Father, creator of everything that exists. No one can deny the existence of the creator, but men, instead of praising God for having brought them into existence, go about their lives offending Him and denying themselves the rights that He has offered them as His children.

    Sin has become a wall between God and men, the darkness of evil stops the light of God reaching them.

    God so loved the world that He sent his only Son, so that anyone who believes in Him may not perish but have eternal life.

    I came into the world to give my testimony as the Word of God. This word is the emanation of the spirit that brings the clarity of truth; the light that dispels the darkness, the purity that takes away sins, the life of God given to men so that they can obtain everlasting life.

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Jesus on God's Love and Reconciliation Part 2.

    Message to Joseph of Jesus and Mary.

    I did not come to condemn but to save. You condemn yourselves to eternal death when you live in sin, but I offer eternal life to you if you believe in me and follow me.

    I am the truth, and I came to witness the truth about God. Those who acknowledge me acknowledge God the Father, and those who live in the truth live in me and in my Father.

    I came to the world to awaken everyone to the realities of the spiritual connection between God and men. Being created in the image of God you are his children, but sharing the spirit of God you must live a godly life.

    When evil enters man, the Holy Spirit of God has to leave. Then the evil spirit reigns in that soul until repentance comes and the door is opened back to God for Him to enter and purify. If men don’t repent and change their evil ways, they are despising the truth that calls them to live the way God has disposed, in fact, they are condemning themselves.

    I suffered and died in order to pay for the sins of the whole world, to manifest the mercy of God that desires everyone to be saved.

    As a token of reconciliation between God and men, the Father and I have sent the Holy Spirit into the world to accompany and to advise, to purify, to heal and to sanctify.

    The Holy Spirit is the third testimony of God in the world since creation; it is the fire of our love, which enters the soul to give witness our presence.

    Blessed are those who yearn for the Holy Spirit, they will be rewarded for their good desire.

    Fire will cleanse the world, the Holy Spirit will purify with holiness, and the fallen creation will rise in the presence of the Lord.

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  • Sampath, Mlore/ Blore

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Rightly said.... The same Jesus who asked to Pray for those who persecuted them. Cleansed the Temple (Read Mt 21). Not that they persecuted him, but because what they were doing in the temple Premises was wrong....

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  • Dan M, Dubai / Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Is God upset with The Mankind ?

    NO. 780

    OUR LORD: “I greet you My beloved son, most pleasing to me: In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. Be at peace, for today I come to instruct Our children to be ready, for the tribulations are about to fall, as mankind remain stubborn in their ways.”

    “My beloved and holy son, do not be afraid because the world must be chastised, as man goes further into darkness and I cannot allow this to continue. The two asteroids are close by, My son, but not yet naked to the eye. The world will get a shock, because I am going to allow one of them to enter the Earth to wake up mankind, before the Antichrist – the man of unbelievable sin – enters in full, [into] man’s affairs.”

    "Mankind believe that God is asleep as they continue on their merry way, deceiving themselves, as well as their brothers and sisters, that there is no God. But little do they know what will awaken them.”

    O mankind: Do you think little of Me, allowing the sins of the world to continue, believing I am asleep? Little do they know that I am concerned of every effort man makes, but little [is made] on their behalf towards loving God and atoning for their sins.”

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Good to see the protest for a noble cause

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Many sporadic attacks on minorities are being reported from around the country; I don't know where we are heading?

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Sporadic attacks on minorities by majorities and vice versa have been happening from ages. Now the news of each and every incidence is spreading all over the country because of cheap internet and web connectivity. So you get a sense that these incidences have increased many fold.
    Nothing to worry, we even now have beer with Christian friends in Mangala!!

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  • Nitin, Koteshwara

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    With such mass protest what's the use. Sand Mafia is hand glove with politicans and administration. Can you able to challenge them.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    You could have extended your support... For you it's close-by.. Koteshwara to manjeshwara... This is not sand mafia.. Still what you said about sand mafia and this church attack.. Some connection is there.. Chalo have one beeda.. 😁

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Please mention 'without tobacco leaves'.
    We can't promote tobacco consumption here!! :)

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    It's beeda... Not beedi... ಬಚ್ಚಿರೆ, ಬಜ್ಜೈ ಬೊಕ್ಕ ಸುಣ್ಣದ ಬೀಡ..ಮೆರೆ ..ಬೀಡೀ ವೋಯ್ಪುನ ಎಡ್ಡೆ ಅತ್ತ್ .ಶಂಕರಣ್ಣ

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Beedodu pugeredire ijjinda majaa ijjige. Panpuna kende!

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    ಅವು ಪುಗ್ಗೆರೆ ಇಜ್ಜಾಂಡ ಬೀಡ ತಿನೆರೆ ಆಪುಂಡು. ಪುಗ್ಗೆರೆ ಈರ್ ತಿನೊಡ್ಚಿ. ಈರ್ ಬುಡ್ಡಾಂ ನಿರೆಕರೆಟ್ ಮಾತಾಲಾ ಬುಡ್ಪೆರ್ ಶಂಕರಣ್ಣ. ಪುಗ್ಗೆರೆ ಏವೇರ್ ನೆಸ್ ಶುರು ಮಲ್ಪುಗ...

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  • Krishna, udupi

    Mon, Aug 26 2019


    Why he could have extended his support. to you, did you extended ur support Authority when they said sunday class?
    U told sunday is for rest and other than rest nothing will be done,

    Even yesturday was sunday and how he will extend support? If protest was on week days he could have supported. These all happening because of lack of education and you are ignoring education only.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Krishna... I don't do partiality while commenting.. I am dead against for the school to be reopened on Sunday.. Being Sunday.. a day of obligation... I too raised my voice in the beginning saying there should not be classes on Sunday and on the October holidays... We too conveyed message to the concerned authorities regarding sunday classes. Offices are closed on Sunday's and one day to spend with the family...

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Dear Cynthia, Kirem

    one day to spend with the family... not to spend in protest right?????

    They why u need other to support??????

    Every one have family and want to spend with family... not to spend in street....

    or u think protest is more important than Education and family????

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Mon, Aug 26 2019


    even am also telling one day to spend with the family... not with protest

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    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Dear Nitin

    Its Govt / Police Dept duty to Handling / Challenge Sand Mafia. You mean to say we need to keep quiet till the knife reaches till throat..?. Era / Thinking pattern / Mode of action changes time to time . Its not Muscle power works every time , its Cerebral power works most of the time ..

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Aug 26 2019

    Where is sand mafia in this case? Please elaborate your views?

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