The day after US President Joe Biden’s visit to the Vatican, Francis received Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Pope allotted 55 minutes for the politician, which is 25 minutes more than planned. I had an intimate meeting with Pope Francis. I had the opportunity to discuss a lot of things with him and also invited him to visit India,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
As the Vatican press office adds, the Prime Minister of India also met with Pope Francis’ right-hand man, the Secretary of State, the Cardinal. Pietro Parolin, with whom he discussed “the friendly relationship between the Holy See and India,” Vatican News reported. The papal site also sees the gifts exchanged by the two leaders. Francesc gave a bronze medal to Moody illustrating the words from the book of Isaiah: “Then the desert shall become a garden, and the orchard shall be a forest.” The Indian Prime Minister slapped a silver candlestick and a book displaying India’s commitment to combating “climate change”.
Persecution of Christians and Narendra Modi
Representing the Hindu nationalist wing of India’s political scene, Narendra Modi is a longtime member of the Indian People’s Party and the nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, whom investigators have accused of calling for a massacre against the predominantly Muslim population. Gujarat in 2002. At that time, the chief minister of the state was Narendra Modi, whom the judiciary accused of passivity in the face of the massacre, in which, according to some estimates, up to 2,000 people were killed.
Persecution in India also affects Christians. Under the state’s “anti-conversion” laws, dozens of Christians are regularly imprisoned for converting Hindus. recently in prison The Indian Jesuit diedFather Stanislaus Lordswamy was imprisoned on the pretext of “terrorist activities”.
India now ranks tenth on the list of doors open to most persecuted Christians, which claims that followers of Christ are “persecuted in all areas of public and private life.” Neither the Vatican nor the Indian side said a word that this issue was to be raised by Pope Francis during a meeting with the Indian Prime Minister.
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