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Persecution Against Christians Increases in India

 
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Persecution Against Christians Increases in India

A wave of attacks on Catholic churches in Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, signal increased persecution in Karnataka Province. Since his election in 2014, Prime Minister Modi has aggressively promoted Hinduism as the state religion in India. Now, President Kovind also represents a continued threat to non-Hindus in India. Recent attacks on two Catholic churches, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church and St. James Catholic Church, have been met with shameful responses from authorities. One priest claimed the attacks were to "create communal disharmony." Karnataka is considered South India's most needy state.

India is the world's largest democracy and its constitution guarantees religious freedom, yet these attacks were described as "minor issues" by the Home Minister of Karnataka province. Bengaluru, its capital, has been called India's "Silicon City." It is also the headquarters for many Christian churches and organizations. Since 2002 fundamentalist Hindu activists have organized "reconversion camps" to turn Christians back to Hinduism. Religious freedom violations have continued to spread unchecked in India and particularly in Karnataka Province.

The nation of India has moved up from number 15 to 11 on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for India on Day 1 by following the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.

Please pray for:
  • Christian Believers to remain strong in the face of adversity and these latest attacks against them (The Bible, Romans 8:35).

  • Government officials to enforce the freedom of religion rights guaranteed by India's constitution (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-4).

  • Persecution efforts to backfire and instead serve to further advance the Kingdom of God, particularly in Karnataka Province (The Bible, 2 Timothy 2:8-10).

  • The Lord to put a supernatural hedge of protection around Christians and embolden them to preach the Gospel during these dangerous times (The Bible, 2 Kings 6:17).

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