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ELEPHANTS ATTACK IN ORISSA EXACTLY AFTER ONE YEAR OF PERSECUTIONS
Archdiocese of Colombo ^ | 12/9/2009 | Fr. Sunil De Silva

Posted on 12/20/2009 3:19:51 PM PST by markomalley

In July 2008 a severe persecution of Christians broke out in the Indian state of Orissa. A 22 year old nun was burnt to death when angry mobs burnt down an orphanage in Khuntpali village in Barhgarh district, another nun was gang raped in Kandhamal, mobs attacked churches, torched vehicles, houses of Christians destroyed, and Fr. Thomas Chellen, director of the pastoral center that was destroyed with a bomb, had a narrow escape after a Hindu mob nearly set him on fire.  The end result saw more than 500 Christians murdered, and thousands of others injured and homeless after their houses were reduced to ashes.  Recently a strange and dramatic event took place in Orissa, which has many people talking and wondering.

In recent months, herds of wild elephants have begun to storm villages that are home to some of the worst persecutors of Christians during the troubles.  In one village, where in August a year ago the Christians had to run for their lives while their homes were being destroyed by rioters, a herd of elephants emerged from the surrounding jungle exactly one year later, in July 2009, at the same time of the day of the attack.

These elephants first attacked a rock crusher machine owned by a key leader of the persecution movement.  They then went on to destroy his house and farms.

Hundreds of villagers have been forced to take shelter in camps in the Indian state of Orissa after repeated attacks by a herd of elephants.

Seven people have been killed and several others injured in attacks by a herd of 12-13 elephants over the past few weeks in Kandhamal district.

Over 2,500 people living in 45 villages have been affected by the attacks, district chief Krishen Kumar said.

It is, however, unclear why this herd of elephants migrated from the Lakheri sanctuary in a neighbouring district. He said the herd had travelled some 300km into Kandhamal, and even entered a town in the district. Wildlife officials were camping at the site of the attacks and trying to find out why the elephants had come out of their sanctuary. The villagers say elephants attack their areas in herds, causing heavy destruction.

Gaining momentum, they rampaged through other non-Christian homes, demolishing gardens and singling out the home of persecutors, leaving Christian homes untouched.
 
These strange attacks have spread, and according to a report, the elephants have already destroyed more than 700 houses in 30 villages, and killed five people.  Nobody in this area has seen or even imagined the unique appearance of a herd of wild elephants such as this. The elephants are not ordinary elephants; they appear to be on a mission.

Typically, smaller elephants enter a village first, appearing to survey the community.  They then rejoin the larger herd, and larger elephant soon follow and get the job done.
 

The ministry partner in India stated “We think that it might have something to do with the avenging the blood of martyrs.  In fact the fear of God has fallen on the local people, who have labeled these elephants “Christian elephants.”

With little help coming from the administration, the villagers have taken to road blockades. "The elephants have destroyed crops and selected houses. But officials too express helplessness. "There is no permanent habitat of elephants in Sundargarh. They come from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand where their habitats have shrunk. But is not clear how and why these elephants reached Orissa.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: elephants; india; persecution

1 posted on 12/20/2009 3:19:55 PM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Gaining momentum, they rampaged through other non-Christian homes, demolishing gardens and singling out the home of persecutors, leaving Christian homes untouched.

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INDEED.

PRAISE GOD.

Stranger things are going to increasingly happen in our era.

BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.


2 posted on 12/20/2009 3:28:47 PM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: markomalley

I’m on the side of the elephants!


3 posted on 12/20/2009 3:29:12 PM PST by proudofthesouth (We are being governed by a Muzzie illegal alien and a corrupt Congress who no longer work for us.)
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To: markomalley

Go elephant, go!


4 posted on 12/20/2009 3:31:37 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: markomalley
The ministry partner in India stated “We think that it might have something to do with the avenging the blood of martyrs. In fact the fear of God has fallen on the local people, who have labeled these elephants “Christian elephants.”

Anybody else have a plausible explanation other than the hand of God?

They don't call them miracles for nothing you know.

5 posted on 12/20/2009 3:31:58 PM PST by bayliving (Democrats are the enemy of : fill in the blank...........)
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To: markomalley

Pretty strange story. Sounds like they have been trained by the CIA. (Love the part about the younger ones acting as scouts.)


6 posted on 12/20/2009 3:32:14 PM PST by Dem Guard
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To: markomalley

I love these elephants. I have met several of them, deep in the jungles of Sri Lanka, just me and them, eye to eye, and it was one of the highlights of my life.


7 posted on 12/20/2009 3:34:29 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: markomalley

IIRC The movie ‘Elephant Walk’, starring Liz Taylor was premised on the legend that ‘Elephants never Forget’ their migratory trails.

It is possible that this area they are “rampaging” has some old migration connection.

But I do love the implication that this is a mastodon miracle.


8 posted on 12/20/2009 3:35:05 PM PST by sodpoodle (Stop wasting our wealth and start telling the truth.)
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Summary of the plot for Elephant Walk - the movie

http://www.anusha.com/walk-rev.htm


9 posted on 12/20/2009 3:37:58 PM PST by sodpoodle (Stop wasting our wealth and start telling the truth.)
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To: markomalley

Elephants never forget...


10 posted on 12/20/2009 3:41:20 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Dem Guard

God can use beasts to accomplish his will if he so chooses. By the way, can we bring a shipload of them over here and turn them loose on Pennsylvania Avenue?


11 posted on 12/20/2009 3:41:36 PM PST by 1951Boomer
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To: markomalley

Too bad the GOP elephant is such a wuss compared to these Indian ones.


12 posted on 12/20/2009 3:43:28 PM PST by hellbender
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To: luvEastTenn
I love elephants too! I also think that God uses dogs and other animals to do good things - there are so many amazing stories of dogs saving lives of people. Dolphins too.

The world is sometimes a wondrous place full of everyday miracles and some definitely not everyday. BTW, the article didn't mention exactly who it is persecution the Christians - maybe they figured they didn't need to?

13 posted on 12/20/2009 3:55:53 PM PST by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: bmwcyle

Maybe they’re on a mission from God? Interesting that they single out the non-Christian homes...wonder who told them which houses those were?


14 posted on 12/20/2009 3:55:56 PM PST by Apple Blossom (Politicians are like diapers, they both need changed regularly, and for the same reason.)
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To: markomalley

2 Kings 2:24

“He turned around, looked at them and called down a curse on them in the name of the LORD. Then two bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.”


15 posted on 12/20/2009 3:57:18 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: markomalley

Ok, I’ll say it:

GEORGE W. BUSH DID IT w/the complicity of Karl Rove.


16 posted on 12/20/2009 4:02:04 PM PST by Jemian (Why do the nations rage? And why do the peoples imagine a vain thing?)
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To: markomalley

FYI - a book about elephants that I really like is When Elephants Weep.

These are amazing beings.


17 posted on 12/20/2009 4:07:05 PM PST by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: markomalley

Hinduism, the other ROP.

And to think that Mother Teresa spent almost her entire life caring for those Hindus that their co-religionists did not want to be bothered with.


18 posted on 12/20/2009 4:14:23 PM PST by 353FMG (Save the Planet -- Eliminate Socialism)
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To: markomalley

Elephants are extremely intelligent animals and their ‘’memory’’ is what you might expect for a higher-order social mammal. It doesn’t surprise me at all they would observe the comings and goings of those other animals, in the case the humans who tormented them and then dish out their brand of revenge. Although lions do hunt them, mostly their young, most animals tend to stay out of their way. I’m curious as to the identity of these ‘’villagers’’ who attacked the nuns. (Muslims maybe?)


19 posted on 12/20/2009 4:47:42 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: markomalley

Elephants are my favorite ‘wild’ animal.


20 posted on 12/20/2009 4:48:03 PM PST by constitutiongirl ("Neitzsche was stupid & abnormal."- Leo Tolstoy)
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To: John-Irish
I think they're absolutely fascinating. Have you ever seen the video footage of a herd of female elephants stomping to death the lion cubs belonging to several lionesses that killed an elephant baby? One or two of the elephants would watch those lionesses every day and when they left the cubs alone, the elephants grouped together and killed the cubs.
21 posted on 12/20/2009 4:53:13 PM PST by constitutiongirl ("Neitzsche was stupid & abnormal."- Leo Tolstoy)
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To: John-Irish
I’m curious as to the identity of these ‘’villagers’’ who attacked the nuns. (Muslims maybe?)

A radical Hindu nationalist element. Rumor has it is a faction associated with the BJP.

22 posted on 12/20/2009 4:53:40 PM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: markomalley

It would be nice if the renegade elephants kept on stampeding their way to Washington D.C....


23 posted on 12/20/2009 4:56:56 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: markomalley

Thanks for the info. Hindus aren’t exactly the peaceful type either from what I understand.


24 posted on 12/20/2009 5:47:18 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: constitutiongirl

Can’t recall seeing the video you’re talking about but as I say, it doesn’t surprise me. Elephants are the only other animal other than man with an abstract understanding of death. They mourn their dead. It’s not hard to understand the reasoning behind them killing lion cubs. Think of it. They’re mothers who seen a child(a calf of a ‘’sister’’ or ‘’daughter’’ killed) and they figure “Kill one of mine, I’ll kill one of yours’’ In addition it makes for a kind of cruel logic. The elephant is probably thinking’’ That lion cub or cubs isn’t going to get the chance to grow up and kill any more of our young’’. Clearly the elephant is not an animal to trifle with.


25 posted on 12/20/2009 5:58:40 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: markomalley

Onward, Christian Soldiers.


26 posted on 12/20/2009 6:54:58 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Copenhagen Climate Summit; Shovel Ready)
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To: markomalley
More info on persecution here (includes graphic image)
27 posted on 12/20/2009 9:24:32 PM PST by cmj328 (Filibuster FOCA--a/k/a ObamaCare--or lose reelection)
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To: markomalley

Good post, but the picture is wrong. Those are African elephants, not Indian


28 posted on 12/20/2009 10:03:07 PM PST by Cronos (Nuke Mecca NOW!!!<img src="http://shiitehappens.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/bomb_mecca450.jpg" />)
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To: Apple Blossom

the non-Christians had driven out theChristians.


29 posted on 12/20/2009 10:04:02 PM PST by Cronos (Nuke Mecca NOW!!!<img src="http://shiitehappens.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/bomb_mecca450.jpg" />)
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To: John-Irish; 353FMG

Well, the Hindus have their radical element, but unlike the trademarked ROP, these aren’t supported by the majority and on the contrary, are condemned by most Hindus. that’s a big difference.


30 posted on 12/20/2009 10:05:49 PM PST by Cronos (Nuke Mecca NOW!!!<img src="http://shiitehappens.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/bomb_mecca450.jpg" />)
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To: John-Irish

Talk about smart elephants...This is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen...I’m still not sure it’s real...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He7Ge7Sogrk


31 posted on 12/20/2009 11:57:00 PM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: Cronos
Good post, but the picture is wrong. Those are African elephants, not Indian

Indian elephants got two humps???

32 posted on 12/20/2009 11:58:22 PM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: Iscool
Indian elephants got two humps???

Asian (Indian) elephants do.


33 posted on 12/21/2009 12:08:04 AM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

And I was trying to be funny...Guess that didn’t pan out...


34 posted on 12/21/2009 12:58:41 AM PST by Iscool (I don't understand all that I know...)
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To: Cronos
Good post, but the picture is wrong. Those are African elephants, not Indian

And I got the picture directly from the Sri Lankan web site (diocese of Colombo). Imagine that?

35 posted on 12/21/2009 1:32:37 AM PST by markomalley (Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Iscool

nah, indian elephants have smaller ears.


36 posted on 12/21/2009 4:01:41 AM PST by Cronos (Nuke Mecca NOW!!!<img src="http://shiitehappens.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/bomb_mecca450.jpg" />)
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To: Iscool

That is amazing isn’t ? God surely gave this magnificent animal a truly remarkable intelligence.


37 posted on 12/21/2009 7:03:22 PM PST by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: Quix

Anyway it is good to evaluate our life under the light of word of God.. We have to think that without the knowledge of God nothing will happened in our life... When man become like animals in the forest(it may be shame for the animals to compare theese people with them)...People of responsibility and in authority simply become watch dogs for evildoers...God permitted animals from forrest to do human justice in villages( Old Testament Justice..which is well fit to those who deserve - not caring the value of human life which is devilish culture. God is not sleeping but gave enough time to repent but nobody bothers...such people may face the consequences... If I am right agree with me or give your view for better understanding


38 posted on 01/17/2010 8:15:47 AM PST by Peraji.Pen
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To: Peraji.Pen

I think you are thoroughly and perceptively right.

I felt that way when I first read the story.

There will be many more such instances in these END TIMES.

God has a lot of surprises in store for the evil doers.


39 posted on 01/17/2010 8:36:53 AM PST by Quix (POL Ldrs quotes fm1900 TRAITORS http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2130557/posts?page=81#81)
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To: markomalley
Dear Friends, It is good to evaluate this real story. When Human become animals...Animals become Human...What is wrong in it...It is a big shame for animals to compare them with these people... any way no other way. When man became inhuman and people in authority and of responsibility kept themselves as watch dogs for thees evildoers...what to do..? God can not be simply with them. God permitted the elephants to act Human Justice (as per in Old Testament IKings 13:11-31, 2Kings 2:23-24)For animal like people this is the only option for God...God has given enough time to repent...For human, God is having a different justice that is divine one; only people of love and forgiveness will understand that.Which is shown through His only Son Jesus Christ at the Cross...Amen. Peraji Pen
40 posted on 01/17/2010 9:15:52 AM PST by Peraji.Pen
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To: markomalley

Dear Friends,

It is good to evaluate this real story.
When Human become animals...Animals become Human...What is wrong in it...It is a big shame for animals to compare them with these people... any way no other way.
When man became inhuman and people in authority and of responsibility kept themselves as watch dogs for thees evildoers...what to do..? God can not be simply with them.
God permitted the elephants to act Human Justice (as per in Old Testament IKings 13:11-31, 2Kings 2:23-24)For animal like people this is the only option for God...God has given enough time to repent...For human, God is having a different justice that is divine one; only people of love and forgiveness will understand that.Which is shown through His only Son Jesus Christ at the Cross...Amen.
Peraji Pen


41 posted on 01/17/2010 9:16:17 AM PST by Peraji.Pen
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