Archbishop Bernard Moras has sought the State government’s intervention in protecting Christians who have been at the receiving end of communal violence in the State ever since the church attacks of September 2008.

Flanked by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister K.J. George, he was delivering his customary address before flagging off the procession of the chariot of St. Mary’s Basilica on Sunday.

The pontiff referred to the string of attacks against Christians and their institutions in the last few months and asked the government to provide protection to minorities.

Archbishop Bernard Moras also urged the Chief Minister to take steps to arrest individuals and groups responsible for such attacks.

Although, Mr. Siddaramaiah did not respond directly to the archbishop’s concerns, he said that it is the “collective responsibility of a humanist and rights-based society to condemn such attacks outright”.

He also said that he was touched by the edifice of secularism that the St. Mary’s Basilica had become over the years with people from all religions gathering there during the historic St. Mary’s feast.

Reiterating his government’s commitment to secular values, he said, “This government is not for people from any particular religion.”

Seeks government’s intervention to protect Christians