Holy Communion stolen, Satanists action suspected
This is not the first such incident in Kerala, which has a high Catholic presence. A similar incident took place in September 2010 in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Alappuzha diocese.
The tabernacle of the Catholic Church of St. Anthony in Aluva in Kerala state was broke openlast week and the Consecrated Host stolen. Church authorities suspect that it could be the work of Satanists who practice ‘black mass’.
Bishops of Kerala have asked priests to be more vigilant. "We strongly suspect the involvement of satanic groups. One can observe that the donation box in the church was intact. Therefore, the purpose of the raid was not theft. Only those who practice black mass seek the consecrated hosts," said Jose Vithayathil, Secretary of the Commission for the Laity, in the Council of the Bishops of Kerala.
This is not the first such incident in Kerala, which has a high Catholic presence. A similar incident took place in September 2010 in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Alappuzha diocese. Bishop Stephen Athipozhiyil had then published a pastoral letter asking the faithful to be vigilant against activities of groups of Satan worshipers.
In another case, priests in the Church of St. James in Cheranallore in the Archdiocese of Verapoly stopped placing Holy Communion in hands of the faithful after noting that some people did not consume it but took it away.
The Indian Church has already denounced satanic rituals that have allegedly captured the attention of youth in the state of Nagaland in north-eastern India.
Source: Agenzia Fides