More than 1000 people including bishops, priests, religious and lay people attended the “Kandhamal Day” celebration reconnecting with Christian faith in Bengaluru, on Feb 22 at the Good Shepherd Auditorium. His Grace Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore and the Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops’ Council jointly organized the “Kandhamal Day” with the purpose of to help clergy, religious and Catholics to listen to the testimony witnesses of Kandhamal violence survivors and re-dedicate life to the service of humanity.
As reported by mattersindia.com, Divine Word Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Archdiocese, Odisha, Father Dibakar Parichha and two women from Kandhamal gave their testimonies of faith. They also shared about the 2008 anti-Christian violence that Kandhamal witnessed.
Odisha faced India’s worst anti-Christian violence that lasted for seven weeks, in Kandhamal, a rural hilly district in Odisha, in August 2008 after the murder of a Hindu religious leader. In the aftermath, the frenzied Hindu mobs armed with axes and swords attacked Christian homes, churches and convents in Kandhamal.