Kurisummoode (shrine of cross) of St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral,
Karthigappally, one of the oldest church in Malankara, vandalized by
unidentified people in the early hours of Friday at Karthigappally
junction in Alappuzha district of Kerala.
While the police and church authorities suspect a deliberate attempt to
instigate communal ire, Karthikappally and nearby panchayats, which are
home to scores of churches of various denominations, remained calm.
The Catholicose designate of MOSC condemned the attack. The Malankara
Orthodox Syrian Church has termed the attack on churches isolated acts
of violence by anti-social elements.
SOCM News Bureau - Alappuzha