It literally poured – both people in their thousands and unprecedented heavy showers – at the mammoth mass protest rally and candlelight vigil organized by the entire Christian community in Bangalore on Monday against Justice B K Somashekar Commission’s one-sided and biased report into the series of attacks against Churches and Places of Worship of Christians in September 2008 in Mangalore and several other districts of Karnataka.

The protest organized under the banner of Karnataka United Christian Forum for Human Rights (KUCfHR) at the St Francis Xavier Cathedral at Coles Park Road turned out to be a spectacular success with over 30,000 people, including religious priests and sisters of various Catholic Congregations as well faifhful belonging to the Catholic and all Christian denominations. The massive protest rally and prayer meeting coupled with candlelight vigil that began around 4.30 pm went off very smoothly in clockwork precision. However, with the onset of slight drizzle, the elaborate prayer service that was prepared with beautiful choir rendering by St Francis Xavier Cathedral Choir Group had to be curtailed and Bangalore Archbishop Most Rev Dr Bernard Moras, who is also the President of KUCFHR and Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops’ Council (KRCBC), delivered his presidential message explaining the reason for staging the protest rally and also the sequence of events starting with the Church attacks in September 2008.

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