Indian pastor arrested after holding mass on Christmas Day | World News

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NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty ImagesPolice in India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state arrested two pastors under the state’s “anti-conversion” law, alleging they converted people to Christianity through “enticement” or “force” during the Christmas season. Pastor Paulus Masih, a resident of Rampur district, was arrested Monday on charges of “enticing” about 100 people on Sunday during a mass he held “in an open ground” in a village, The Times of India reported.Senior police officer Sansaar Singh told the outlet that a case had been registered under Sections 3 and 5 of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act of  2021 based on a complaint from Rajeev Yadav, who is described as a “right-wing activist.””The pastor has been sent to jail,” Singh was quoted as saying. “No prior permission was taken to hold the event.”A Message from CrossmapNeed Prayer?Join our new online community of Christians to share prayer topics and pray for one another. We are better together! Visit NowIn a video, the 43-year-old pastor was alleged to have told the gathering “about the benefits of being a Christian.”According to the newspaper, Masih also told the crowd: “The motive of our prayer is not to hurt the sentiments of anyone but to worship our lord with utmost honesty.”

Indian pastor arrested after holding mass on Christmas Day | World News

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