Ranchi gears up for Jesuit martyr's golden jubilee
Feb. 19, 2014
Hectic preparations are going on in Kutungia parish of Ranchi Archdiocese as it gears up for the golden jubilee celebration of the Jesuit martyr, Fr Herman Rasschaert. Jesuits have undertaken the task of making a documentary film on the martyrdom of Father Rasschaert, who was killed while trying to protect people against rioters in 1964.
Some senior Jesuits have visited the sites connected with the missionary and met and interviewed people under the guidance of Father Jailas Kullu, the parish priest. Along with the various committees, he is undertaking plans and preparations of the upcoming jubilee celebration. Father Rasschaert was born in exile in the Netherlands on September 13, 1922. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 07, 1941. He arrived in India in November 1947. He was killed at Gerda on March 24, 1964.
From January 1964 onwards, atrocities had made thousands of Hindu refugees flee East Pakistan; hundreds of them, some with mutilated bodies, were sent by train from Calcutta through North Orissa to re-settlement areas in Madhya Pradesh.
Their sight provoked riots in Jamshedpur and Rourkela; rumours swept through the villages along the railway-line, that Pakistan was going to attack, that local Muslims were poisoning wells, taking away fields or arming themselves.
Armed bands began in panic to attack isolated Muslim houses and hamlets; Muslims fled North to bigger Muslim centres like Gerda, a village of 36 Muslim and 18 Catholic houses, 12 km away from Kutungia. Hundreds of them jammed the compound of the mosque on Monday March 23, 1964.
The same afternoon – a mob of thousands surrounded the mosque-compound and some Muslims were killed; the slaughter stopped when night fell. After Mass, the next day on March 24, the missionary’s catechist told him what was happening in Gerda. After a prayer reflection he rode his cycle and went to Gerda to pacify them but he was killed.
Other national News
Press Release on Ram Nath Kovind, 14th President of India
PRESS RELEASE ON THE ELECTION OF RAM NATH KOVIND AS THE 14TH PRESIDENT OF INDIA The Catholic Bis...
July 21, 2017
Press Release On Violence in the Country
11th July 2017 It is with great distress and sadness that we have received reports of dastardly ...
July 12, 2017
Cardinal Oswald re-elected to head the CCBI
Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay was re-elected on Monday to head of Conference of Catholic Bish...
Feb. 7, 2017
EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION - MIGRANT COMMUNITY (TRIBAL BELT, CHOTANAGPUR)
5000 tribal migrants from Jharkhand, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh came together from different pocke...
Nov. 7, 2016
Historic day: St Lawrence Shrine declared Minor Basilica
Karkala, Aug 1: It was a historic moment for Karkala and indeed for the entire coastal regio...
Aug. 2, 2016