No less than 1,500 Christians staged a protest on Aug. 20 against the demolition of a cross that remained at an explorer site in a forested region near Vithura, a town in India’s southern Kerala state.
It is thought the 8-meter tall solid cross was devastated on Aug. 18, but it is not yet known who was responsible. Local Catholics from Neyyatinkara Diocese had installed the cross.
Many Christians blamed forest officials of destroying the cross, saying the authorities were undermined with disciplinary activity for permitting the development of the cross.
The diocese’s vicar-general, Father Christudas, said the protest would continue until a new cross is installed.
A congregation delegation from Neyyattinkara Diocese met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who promised to capture those dependable and would investigate having the cross supplanted.
According to Neyyattinkara diocesan officials, a wooden cross was erected on a hill in the area about 60 years ago. The demolished concrete cross was erected in its place a year ago.