Monday, January 31, 2011
Two Indian missionary orders are preparing to enter Bhutan if the government allows them to be registered. Father Arul Raj, founder of the Society of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, says that the two orders, which work in education and assist the poor, 'do not openly initiate conversions, instead clearly manifesting their Christian identity in work and prayer,' and thus 'we have never had problems with extreme mixed Hindu groups in India, nor have we ever suffered allegations of mass conversions.'
Only 1,000 of Bhutan's 2.6 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics. Some 75% of the nation's residents are Buddhist, while approximately 25% are Hindu.
[HPI note: Hinduism is already suffering enough in Bhutan. A forced mass exodus of Hindus from Bhutan happened in the last 20 years, organized by the government, who defends Bhuddism fiercely. Read more about it here. ]