Bharat Mukti Morcha writes to Pope over ‘Church injustice’

Panaji: Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) faxed a letter to Pope Francis on Friday afternoon, asking for his intervention in the alleged injustice meted out to Vanxim Islanders by Church authorities that sold, and through deed of transfer, transferred rights over paddy fields, water bodies and horticulture land including land that has dwelling houses without consulting Vanxim Islanders. BMM in their letter stated that they had faxed a letter to the Apostolic Nuncio in India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio in New Delhi but after receiving no reply and finding the situation on the ground deteriorating, decided to write directly to the Vatican.

” The broker has signed a joint development agreement on August 11, 2009 with corporate bodies and the agreement has plans laid out to use the island for a golf course, five star hotel, luxury villas, resorts and private marinas. “Then in 2010 began the times of bullying and pressurizing, bribing and co-opting of the Vanxim islanders to surrender our rights to cultivate paddy,” states the letter signed by Maggie Silveira, president, Goa unit, BMM. tnn

Users wrote:


The ArchBishop along with his Estates Managers or Empregados told the faithful to look up to the skies and pray for Salvation and whilst the flock prayed , these very men of God stole our lands and our dignity. I have previously written to the Bishops House and All I have have received is an email stating God should grant me peace. And a few weeks later the Bishops House issued a legal statement which was a regular PR exercise. The days of fooling the faithful from the pulpit are clearly numbered. Jai Hind

Francis Lobo

Parish Priest of Udupi acquired our 12 acres land cheating my parents without children knowledge in 1991 and later in 1995 my parents filed case in civil court which is still ongoing .We are also fighting this injustice of Church. Presently petition has been sent to Pope seeking justice .

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