Loading
Catholics in India protest government order to expel missionary priest
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- An “unexpected” government order to expel a long-serving Catholic missionary priest from India caused dismay and protest among Catholics in the region he has served.

Fr. Jim Borst, a Mill Hill missionary originally from the Netherlands, has worked in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir since 1963.

The Foreigners Registration Office has told him to leave India by the end of July, the Catholic bishops of India's news service reports.

Bishop Peter Celestine Elampassery of Jammu-Sringar said the order was “unexpected” and the Church will make “all efforts” to have the order canceled.

Catholics in the state want Fr. Borst to “stay in Kashmir and be buried here,” the bishop reported, adding that Church officials have already approached the government to explain that the missionary is present “to work for the poor.”

Mill Hill missionaries pioneered education and health care in the state in the early 19th century.

The missionary is “unfazed by the order and is hopeful he can continue” his work, Bishop Elampassery told UCA News.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) said the government’s action was “myopic.”

Fr. Borst is principal of the Good Shepherd School in Kashmir Valley. Some Muslim groups have accused him of using the school as a cover for converting people.

The bishop dismissed the charge as “baseless,” adding that the priest has been “very careful” about his actions since 2004, when he was “threatened with a similar order.”

According to the Indian bishops' conference, Jammu and Kashmir is India’s only Muslim-majority state.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
Oct
20

Liturgical Calendar

October 20, 2014

Monday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 12:13-21

Gospel
Date
10/20/14
10/19/14
10/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Eph 2: 1-10
Gospel:: Lk 12: 13-21

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
10/20/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 12:13-21

Homily
Date
10/20/14
10/19/14
10/18/14