Catholic Bishops condemn intolerance, attacks against Hindus

Islamic extremists accused the Hindu community of "blasphemy" and attacked while the Hindu community was celebrating the festival of Holi.

Pakistan
Mar 21 2014, 4:18 PM
Catholic Bishops condemn intolerance, attacks against Hindus
A Hindu temple burns after it was attacked in Larkana, southern Pakistan's Sindh province.

Justice and Peace Commission of the Pakistani Bishops have condemned the attacks on a temple and the Hindu religious shrine Dharam Shala last week in Larkana of Sindh province.

Islamic extremists accused the Hindu community of "blasphemy" and attacked while the Hindu community was celebrating the festival of Holi.

The attack is "the fruit of hatred and premeditated instigation," the bishops said and requested the government to protect the places of worship of every religion.

On a positive note, a one-day conference titled ‘The role of youth in peace building’ was recently held in Multan in Punjab Province to focus on the issue of religious intolerance in society.

Experts, representatives of institutions, theologians and activists agreed that peace building in Pakistan passes through the education of the younger generation’s mentality. Distorted education, prejudice against religious minorities, hatred towards Christians and Hindus in school textbooks are the main elements that create disharmony and conflict in society and derail peace in Pakistan.

Young participants of the conference were sensitized "to welcoming religious diversity", rejecting violence. The young people then visited a mosque, a church and a Hindu temple, spent a day with different religious communities, got to know the traditions, symbols, and history of different religions.

Source: Agenzia Fides

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