While he finally condemned the continuing bloodshed, more than two months after Christians were targeted by deadly ethnic strife, critics say his muted response refutes claims his Hindu nationalist party will protect Christians’ security.
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While not critical of Modi’s visit, they question the sincerity of his outreach to the nation’s persecuted Christian minority.
The Hindu nationalist Indian prime minister extended the invitation during an Oct. 30 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican.
Voters in Bihar sharply rebuked the Bharatiya Janata Party, accused of fostering a climate of religious intolerance and violence since winning India’s national elections last year.
But the cardinal told the Register he was ‘amazed by the serenity and the grace’ the 74-year-old nun displayed when he visited her last week in he thospital after the vicious attack.
As the end of his three-day visit, the U.S. president advised India’s Hindu nationalist rulers that ‘upholding freedom of religion is the utmost responsibility of the government.’