More than 100 pastors of the Church of South India (CSI), Corona, became part of an annual event in Munnar, Kerala, last month Found positive Huh. Two of them have died and 5 are in critical condition. The infected also include CSI Moderator and Rev A Dharmaraja Rasalam, Bishop of South Kerala State. He is currently in the home quarantine. During the media report, the Retreat program of last month was blown down by the Kovid rules.
According to The New Indian Express, A conference of priests and community members took place last month between April 13 and April 17 at CSI Christ Church. 350 clergy came from different places to attend this meet. The news quoted sources as saying that the meeting was held despite requests to postpone the program. It was also said that if a pastor did not join it, he would be subject to disciplinary action.
According to sources, the retreat was held in Munnar despite requests to postpone the event, and the priests were warned of disciplinary action if they failed to attend. More than 100 CSI priests tested positive after the retreat.# COVID19@chand_TNIE https://t.co/O01fAg5URJ
– The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) May 5, 2021
The priests had to travel in a bus from LMS Church in Thiruvananthapuram to Munnar for this meet. This was followed by Rev. Bijumon, a 52-year-old pastor of the CSI Church in Kazukode, Vatsapara, and died last Thursday. Similarly Rev Shine B Raj, a 43-year-old pastor of CSI Church, Punnakkugal near Thirumala, died this Tuesday due to a Kovid infection. Several other clergy are also undergoing treatment at Dr. Somervell CSI Medical College Hospital, while some are in home quarantine.
According to the report, Secretary of the CSI Trust Association and Member of the Joint Christian Council, Jacob Mathew, said that the government and the council’s instructions were completely rejected during the meeting. At the same time, the meats of Central Kerala churches and Kochi churches were pushed forward due to increasing cases of Kovid. But the CMI of South Kerala held these meetings without informing the state government.
However, CSI is rejecting all the allegations leveled against him. TT Praveen, secretary of CSI’s South Kerala State, claimed that the transition did not spread due to the program. Only a negative campaign is being carried out by accusations.
He claimed that the retreat was held in view of the Kovid rules and with the permission of the state government. The Secretary admitted that some clergy had become Kovid positive, but according to him, all this did not happen due to the retreat. He said that the two priests who died were the cause of his illness.
Let us tell that after joining a pastor’s retreat he was found to be Kovid positive. He said that at least 30 clergy are hospitalized. No action has yet been taken against the organizer, while the retreat was held only last month.
It is known that at present, Kerala ranks second in the list of states most affected by Corona. More than 17 lakh people have been found to be Kovid positive here. Of these, 3.57 lakh are active cases.