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Father Cardinal Happy For CBI Probe, Demands Faster Justice

2015-03-19 00:57

Father Cardinal in Ranaghat. Picture by ABHI GHOSH


Ranaghat, March 19: President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India Father Cardinal Baselios Cleemis on Thursday said that the whole world is concerned about the elderly nun and has been praying for forgiving the perpetrators. He also expressed his happiness over state government’s announcement of a CBI probe into the Ranaghat convent attack.

He said this after visiting the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in Ranaghat.

Cardinal, who was accompanied by the organisation's deputy secretary general, Father Joseph Chinnayyan, spent nearly an hour in the school, speaking with the nuns and school representatives.

"A tragic incident has taken place. I have come here to express my solidarity. I would like to assure the Sisters that the whole community is with them, and I would also like to assure justice is brought to those people affected, and the miscreants face legitimate action," said Cardinal Baselios Cleemis.

" The whole Catholic Church of India is close to the Sisters and the Church's commitment continues. We are not stopped by such incidents," he said.

"I have personally come to verify what had happened and, though the chief minister has acted promptly, justice should be brought at the earliest.

It should be faster." He also said, "If there is need and occasion, then we will inform the Vatican because we have certain obligations.

Later Cardinal went to the Ranaghat sub divisional hospital, where he told the superintendent Atindranath Mandal. "I have come to see the patient”.

He was then taken upstairs to the cabin where the assaulted nun of the school was recovering.

According to those present, Father Cardinal greeted her with folded hands, and then held her hand. He is reported to have said: "The Pope has sent me. We are very concerned about the incident and your health." The nun replied that she felt humbled. They then prayed together, seeking her speedy recovery.

A doctor said: "The father prayed along with the nun and prayed for forgiveness of the perpetrators before speaking to the members of the medical team” After spending 10 minutes with the nun, he came out and spoke to reporters.

He said: :She has forgiven the perpetrators. However, justice should be given and it should be faster." Asked whether this was an attack on religion, he replied: " No comment." He then left for Calcutta.

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