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Vatican starts beatification of Christians killed during 2008 communal riots in Odisha’s Kandhamal district

BHUBANESWAR, OCTOBER 29: The Vatican has initiated the process to beatify 35 Christians killed during the 2008 communal riots in Odisha’s Kandhamal district, delighting Church leaders in the State who said this was a nod to “love, compassion and justice”. Beatification, in which a person is conferred with the title of “Blessed”, is a step preceding canonisation. These 35 Christians had resisted pressure from Hindutva groups to convert to Hinduism, Archbishop John Barwa of the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, which covers Kandhamal, told The Telegraph on Saturday. They and dozens of other Christians...
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