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Bangalore Archdiocese welcomes Catholic students from Africa

Initiative comes after several attacks against African nationals in Indian cities.

African students attending their first welcome meeting organised by Bangalore Archdiocese.

Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore led a program to welcome Catholic students from African nations, into the southern Indian city for university studies.

Some 200 students from Africa attended a Eucharistic celebration and cultural programs that the Archdiocesan Commission for Migrants organized on July 17.

Archbishop Moras assured African Catholics of his archdiocese's hospitality, and offered them pastoral care as well as providing educational and legal assistance through the commission.

Father Martin Puthussery, secretary of the Archdiocesan Commission of Migrants, said that 3,000 Africans come to Bangalore to attend university. At least 1,000 of them are Catholics, said the Jesuit priest.

The archdiocesan initiative comes in the backdrop of several racial attacks against African nationals in Bangalore and Delhi.

According to media reports local people tend to look at Africans with suspicion and prejudice.

"We wanted to make them feel welcome in society as well as in the church," Father Puthussery told

William Kengne Gatchuessi Guillaume from Cameroon applauded the archbishop's initiatives and said he felt "a sense of belonging to the Catholic Church as we build our careers here."

Source: UCAN

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