Updated on: 11-Jul-2017
Press Release on Violence in the Country

Prot.762/GenSec2017 (3-b-10/CBCI-GC)                                                                11th July, 2017
It is with great distress and sadness that we have received reports of the dastardly and cowardly attack on a bus carrying pilgrims to the Amarnath Shrine, causing injuries and loss of precious lives.
This last attack is another sign of the flames of violence that seem to be unfortunately engulfing the Country.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference expresses its profound pain and sorrow at the spiralling violence in our Country in recent times. 
We have been equally shocked and saddened by the lynching of human beings by mobs calling themselves, “gaurakhshaks.” Violence (in whatever name) be it the name of animals or of God or of religion is appalling and unacceptable.We also condemn atrocities against Dalits, Tribalsand other weaker sections. We condole the death of so many innocents and pray for God’s comfort to their families.
We are also deeply worried by the communal violence that is being fanned in parts of West Bengal and other areas in the country.
We appeal to all concerned to restore peace and communal harmony in our society. A nation cannot progress if it divides itself on the basis of caste, creed and religion.
Violence brings death and destroys lives and families. We cannot risk the future of our children, our youth and our country for narrow political gains or for one upmanship. 
Our beloved country has been known for its traditional peace and harmony and though there have been times when we have seen unimaginable violence, death and bloodshed, our society has bounced back to peace and brotherhood. 
Lynchings, killings, terrorist attacks in recent times are frightening and worrying. We appeal to all our brother and sister Indians to rise above religion, caste, language or region and to unite in promoting peace, harmony and brotherhood.
Let us remember our pledge:“India is my Country and all Indians are my Brothers and Sisters” and let us live by it.
God bless India.
Jai Hind.
Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX
Secretary General, 
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI)
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15-Mar-2013Pope Francis Celebrates Mass With Cardinals
15-Mar-2013Prioress Cloistered Carmelite: with Pope Francis God has fulfilled our wishes
14-Mar-2013Fr. Lombardi: Joy at election of Latin American Pope
14-Mar-2013Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?
14-Mar-2013Cardinal Bergoglio Elected To Pontificate
14-Mar-2013Statement: Election of the new Pontiff, Pope Francis I
12-Mar-2013Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl urges Catholics to pray for Conclave
12-Mar-2013Every Cardinal in his Place: Internal Ranking Determines Seating Chart
12-Mar-2013In digital age, Vatican Sticks with Smoke, Bells to Announce Results
12-Mar-2013Preoccupation with pope's personality can be unhealthy, historian says
12-Mar-2013Quid est in Nomine? Latin Name is first Clue to New Pope's Identity
12-Mar-2013Pakistani Church Condemns Arson Attack on Christian Colony in Lahore
12-Mar-2013Whole Church Called to Enter Conclave in Prayer, Archbishop Says
12-Mar-2013Conclave Starts Today
10-Mar-2013Press Statement: CBCI Condemns the Act of Violence on the Innocent Christians in Lahore
07-Mar-2013Fr John Norohna Dies
07-Mar-2013Sistine Chapel gets ready, historic chimney brought in for Conclave
07-Mar-2013Cardinal Tauran in charge of pronouncing “ Habemus Papam”
07-Mar-2013Day 3: Cardinals meet to prepare for Conclave. Still no date
07-Mar-2013Cardinals Gather In St. Peters to Pray for the Church
07-Mar-2013Press Release: Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) Elects New Team
05-Mar-2013Faith Sharing Exposure Programme Held
05-Mar-2013Kerala Region Holds Training to Formulate Pastoral Plan for Latin Church
05-Mar-2013Vatican closes the Sistine Chapel as it prepares for the Conclave
05-Mar-2013The New Urns for the Election of the Pope
05-Mar-2013Date for Conclave Still Unknown, Say Cardinals on Day Two of General Congregation
05-Mar-2013Cardinals Send Telegram to Benedict XVI
05-Mar-2013Cardinals Continue Arriving for General Congregation Meetings
05-Mar-2013The Church in India has a Steady Growth of the Laity: Cardinal Filoni
05-Mar-2013Press Release: National Fact Finding Team on Gender Violence Express Concern, Call for Action
05-Mar-2013National Seminar on Media and People’s Outrage Held
05-Mar-2013Mourning without Morning: The Church left without Pope, now thinking about successor
01-Mar-2013Archdiocesan Youth Awards 2013 Conferred
01-Mar-2013Vatican Commission to Consider Christians and Muslims as 'Beacons of Hope'
01-Mar-2013Benedict XVI Ended Pontificate With 3 Million Twitter Followers
01-Mar-2013Cardinal Sodano Summons Cardinals to Rome
01-Mar-2013Benedict XVI's First Hours as Pope Emeritus
01-Mar-2013Stamps and Coins of the Sede Vacante
01-Mar-2013Members of the College of Cardinals
01-Mar-2013Benedict XVI is Well: Reading, Listening To Music, and Praying
01-Mar-2013First Congregations Of Cardinals This Coming Monday
01-Mar-2013Pope to College of Cardinals: “I will be near to You”
27-Feb-2013CBCI President Calls for Prayer for the Conclave
25-Feb-2013 Public Relations Seminar Held In the Northern Region Chandigarh
24-Feb-2013Delhi Chief Minister Bids Farewell to Archbishop Concessao
24-Feb-2013Christian Council disappointed at President Address to Parliament
24-Feb-2013Pope Benedict XVI: 'Pray for Me and Pray for the Next Pope'
22-Feb-2013List of cardinals who can vote in the conclave
22-Feb-2013Seminar on ‘Women Leadership’: Challenges and Prospects
22-Feb-2013History of Conclaves: It's Grace That Sustains the Church
22-Feb-2013Holy See Offers Rare Glimpse of Vatican City to Journalists
22-Feb-2013World Youth Day Gets Global Facebook Page
22-Feb-2013Vatican Press Office Director Confirms Details of Pontiff's Final Week
22-Feb-2013Pax Christi Official Discuss Impact of Arab Spring on Palestine Liberation
22-Feb-2013Bishop Orestes Marengo’s Beatification Process Underway
18-Feb-2013Catholic Social Teaching for Priests and Nuns Held
18-Feb-2013SIGNIS India Assembly Studies New Media for New Generation
17-Feb-2013A Day of Thanks for Pope Benedict XVI and his Pontificate
17-Feb-2013Pope's Resignation Directs Faithful to God
17-Feb-2013Cardinal Filoni Releases CBCI Catholic Directory 2013
13-Feb-2013Prioress Cloistered Monastery: Benedict XVI’s choice, the result of courage and intimacy with Christ
12-Feb-2013Following Mary's footsteps, we must "bear witness to our faith": Cardinal Filoni
12-Feb-2013Pope Benedict XVI Not the First Pontiff to Resign Office
12-Feb-2013World and Religious Leaders Recall Pope's Devoted Leadership, Service to Church
12-Feb-2013Fr. Lombardi: 'Pope Benedict is Still Our Pope'
11-Feb-2013Press Release - Pope Benedict XVI
11-Feb-2013Pope Renounces Papal Throne
11-Feb-2013Cardinals Eligible to Vote for the Next Pope?
11-Feb-2013What will the Pope do when he is no longer Pope?
11-Feb-2013Pope's resignation is a sign of his immense love for the Church: Card. Oswald Gracias
11-Feb-2013Composition of the Conclave
11-Feb-2013Director of Holy See Press Office on Pope's Resignation
11-Feb-2013Cardinal Sodano Expresses College of Cardinals' Nearness To Pope
11-Feb-2013Cardinal Filoni Releases Book on Incredible Christian Witness
09-Feb-2013Cardinal DiNardo on Youth and the Digital World
09-Feb-2013Today's Feast of St. Bakhita an Occasion to Pray for Trafficking Victims
08-Feb-2013Pope’s Delegate Cardinal Filoni Arrives in India
08-Feb-2013CCBI Elects New Office Bearers
07-Feb-2013The Dalai Lama says No to Conversions. Cardinal Gracias: Changing Religion is a Right
07-Feb-2013 ‘Service is a core value to Church’ – Cardinal Oswald Gracias
06-Feb-2013CCBI Plans Pastoral Plan
06-Feb-2013India Post Issued Stamp on Basilica of Vailankanni
03-Feb-2013Pope names Cardinal Cleemis to Two Key Panels
03-Feb-2013Caritas India holds consultation on Crimes against Women and Children
03-Feb-2013CCBI’s Mega Silver Jubilee Meet at Vailankanni: Towards Pastoral Plan for the Church in India
01-Feb-2013Sandesha Awards 2013 presented to Nine Achievers
01-Feb-2013“37 Million Diyas” to show you care
01-Feb-2013February 2: World Day for Consecrated Life
01-Feb-2013World Youth Day will be bigger than the World Cup
01-Feb-2013Emerging Youth Cultures: Theme of Annual Plenary Of Pontifical Council for Culture
31-Jan-2013Bishop Isidore Fernandes of Allahabad Resigns
28-Jan-2013Press Release: Church in The North Pledges
28-Jan-2013Major thumbs-up for Vatican's Newly Launched Pope App
28-Jan-2013Caritas, Bihar Govt needs to Improve Coordination: Experts
28-Jan-2013Staines Remembered, with Count of anti-Christian Attacks
28-Jan-2013Church Leaders Appeal for Unity Among Churches
28-Jan-2013Cardinal Oswald Gracias pushes for education, dialogue to prevent violence against women
24-Jan-2013Message for 47th World Communications Day
24-Jan-2013Pope Assesses Social Media Positively
24-Jan-2013Press Release: Statement by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
22-Jan-2013Priest Accused of Human Trafficking surrenders
22-Jan-2013Delhi Archbishop asks Religions to Work for Peace
22-Jan-2013Pope Appoints Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto as the Apostolic Administrator of Jullundur
21-Jan-2013Delhi’s New Archbishop Anil J. T. Couto Installed
20-Jan-2013App Developer with Altruistic Nature
20-Jan-2013Court stays trial in nun's murder case
20-Jan-2013Pope calls for prayer for Christian unity
18-Jan-2013Religious Leaders to Felicitate Archbishop Anil Couto
18-Jan-2013Caritas India Calls for consultation on Crimes against Women and Children
18-Jan-2013Mob attacks Christians for playing hymns
18-Jan-2013Web Portal for Registration of Mazdoor Suraksha Yojana Launched
15-Jan-2013Pope's Twitter success praised as evangelization breakthrough
11-Jan-2013Regional Theological Forum Formed
10-Jan-2013Capital Punishment is no Deterrent to Sexual Crimes: Caritas India
10-Jan-2013Fr. George Madathikandathil Apponted as the New Eparch of Kothamangalam.
04-Jan-2013U.S. And Mexican Catholic Bishops Release Joint Pastoral Letter on Immigration
04-Jan-2013Syrian Archbishop Details Humanitarian Crisis in Region; Appeals to UN and Iraqi Prime Minister for
04-Jan-2013Cardinal Mauro Piacenza Writes to Mothers of Priests, Seminarians Prefect for the Congregation for t
04-Jan-2013More than 2.3 million pilgrims visited the Pope at the Vatican in 2012
03-Jan-2013Pope on New Year's Day: find inner peace in God
03-Jan-2013Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for World Day of Peace 2013: Blessed are the Peacemakers
03-Jan-2013Pope on World day of Peace 2013: “Blessed are the Peacemakers”
31-Dec-2012Pope visits and Pardons 'Vatileaks' Butler in Jail
31-Dec-2012Full text of Pope’s address to the Roman Curia
31-Dec-2012Open the door to Christ, Benedict XVI says in Urbi et Orbi address
21-Dec-2012Bishop Devprasad John Ganawa, SVD, is appointed as the new Bishop of Udaipur
19-Dec-2012Vice President of India praises Christian Community for its Dedication; Felicitates Cardinal Cleemis
18-Dec-2012Vidyajyoti Journal Celebrates Platinum Jubilee
17-Dec-2012Pope Asks God's Consolation for Newtown Victims
17-Dec-2012Religious Celebrate Christmas with the Refugees
17-Dec-2012Papal Envoy buried in Southern India
17-Dec-2012Year of Faith Christmas Brings Glad Tidings to the Religious
17-Dec-2012Ivory Coast Foreign Minister visits Mangalore Bishop
17-Dec-2012Police Probe KCYM Leaders in Alleged Human Trafficing; Church Sets up Own Enquiry
17-Dec-2012National Consultation on Cash Transfer of Subsidies to be Held
16-Dec-2012Cardinal releases Kandhamal Stories in Malayalam
14-Dec-2012Laity Synod calls for Family Catechesis
14-Dec-2012Press Statement
11-Dec-2012FABC Plenary Assemblies: An Attempt to Discern The Signs of The Times in Asia
11-Dec-2012FABC Delegates praise Spiritual Life in Vietnam
11-Dec-2012Laity Synod calls for Family Catechesis
11-Dec-2012Students Promote Peace Awareness in Nagaland
11-Dec-2012No Persecution Can Destroy Our Faith, Says Orissa Archbishop
10-Dec-2012Christians should become Generators of Joy: Archbishop Menamparampil
10-Dec-2012About 300 000 children recruited for criminal activity in the world
10-Dec-2012FABC Plenary: “Christians are called to be icon of God's love": Archbishop Menamparampil
09-Dec-2012Human Rights Day Message – 2012
09-Dec-2012Archbishop Ambrose Madtha Dies in Accident in Ivory Coast
07-Dec-2012Pope Expected to have 1 Million Twitter Followers by Launch
07-Dec-2012Papal Envoy to Vellankani Golden Jubilee Named
05-Dec-2012Six-hour-long Hindi Film on Jesus released
05-Dec-2012Pro-life Irish Supporters Protest moves to Legalise Abortion