The Christians were killed in the 2008 Christian persecution that took place in the remote jungle district of the eastern Odisha state.
The cases, involving abortion rights and gay marriage, came down within the same 24-hour period.
Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, Asia’s first tribal cardinal who died on Oct. 4, was remembered for his humility, simplicity, and care for the poor.
The priest’s action took place at a time of rising persecution of Christians in India.
“While the positive is that there is some conversation, I do not set hopes very high,” said John Dayal, an outspoken Catholic activist.
The head of the Christian human rights group had written to the prime minister’s office about three major grievances.
The feast of St. Teresa of Kolkata was celebrated by Catholics and non-Catholics alike with Mass, prayers, tributes, and visits to her tomb throughout the day.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India also called for “resolving internal challenges with empathy, understanding, and unity.”
Hindu groups had staged demonstrations in front of the police station calling for criminal charges to be brought against Father Bolmax Pereira.