- In France, more than 300,000 children have been abused by priests
- The need for an investigation into the persecution of Indian churches
- This was requested in the cover story of Panchajanya.
The cover story of the October 17 issue called for a detailed investigation into sexual harassment in Indian churches. More than 300,000 children have been sexually abused by a Catholic church in France.
Between 1950 and 2020, around 3,000 priests were reported to have sexually abused children. The report, which was investigated by the Independent Committee in 2018, has been published. The Panchajanya investigation has been requested based on this report.
The cover story covers events in different parts of India and events in Kerala. The report says that sexual exploitation is increasing in churches. There are reports of nuns being sexually harassed within a church in Kerala and at a missionary college in Chennai. An investigation against the church and the clergy is necessary.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis has expressed his regret over the sexual abuse of priests. Francisco expressed his condolences to the victims and thanked them for their courage in telling stories of torture. He said he would pray for the families of the victims.
An estimated 216,000 minors have been abused in seven decades. Between 2,900 and 3,200 child molesters are reported to have been active in the church over the past half century. Priests and other members of the church are in charge. The report was published by the international news agency AFP.
The young man had a tragic end when he was hit by a car in Ponnani