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Indian Prime Minister Modi meets top church, Christian leaders in Kerala

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets seven church leaders in Ernakulam in the southern State of Kerala on April 24, 2023 (Photo supplied)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top Church and Christian leaders in Ernakulam, in the southern state of Kerala, on April 24.   

"We shared the anxieties we have regarding our mission work in north India, which is being hindered by religious fundamentalists," Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar church, said about the April 24 meeting of seven Christian bishops with Modi in Ernakulam.   

There were also discussions about the rights of Dalit Christians, the poor, and the marginalized.

Modi was on a two-day state visit to Kerala.

"We presented the woes of farmers, fishermen, and people in coastal areas," the cardinal said.

The Prime Minister, Alencherry said, had listened attentively and promised 'protection for all believers' including Christians.

"The people of Kerala are appreciative of Modi. We are looking for further development," Alencherry added.

Modi met seven top spiritual leaders of Kerala churches, including the head of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Major Archbishop Cardinal Mar George Alencherry, Syro-Malankara Catholic Church head, Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis, Syrian Orthodox Church head, Baselios Marthoma Mathews III, and others. - With inputs from George Kallivayalil


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