According to the Neyyatinkara diocese, a wooden cross was erected atop a hill in the region about 60 years ago.
Some 1,500 Catholics gathered on Aug. 20 to protest the demolition of a cross that stood at a pilgrim spot in the forest area near Bonacaud tea estate in Vithura.
Kerala Church attacked
by Nirmala Carvalho
The police has not yet identified the culprits, probably Hindu extremists. About 20 masked men forced the door of the building, broke windowpanes, and destroyed the altar, the confessional, lights, and sacred ornaments, desecrating the sacred building. Hearing noises, Catholics rushed to the church where they were threatened by the attackers.