2009-10-28 15:30:37

Church remembers 1st death anniversary of Fr Bernard Digal killed in anti-Christian riots in Orissa.

(Oct.28,2009): The Catholic Church of India marked on Tuesday the first death anniversary of
Fr. Bernard Digal, one of the first victims of anti-Christian riots of August 2008 in eastern India’s Orissa State. The 48-year-old priest died Oct. 28 at St. Thomas Hospital in Chennai after two months of slow agony for the serious injuries sustained during the attack by Hindu fundamentalists.in Khandhamal. His murderers have not yet been arrested and the family never received any compensation.
The Indian Church remembered the exact day of his death with a Mass at the church of Saint Vincent in Bhubaneshwar. Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar celebrated the memorial mass.
According to reports the extremists beat the priest for hours with crowbars, lathis, [spears] and wooden boards, leaving him completely naked. There was not a single part of Fr.Bernard’s body that was not beaten."

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