By Maria Lozana
On 18th April a deliberate arson attack caused some damage to the rectory attached to the church of the Assumption, the cathedral church of the apostolic vicariate of Nepal, which is situated on the outskirts of the capital Kathmandu. No one was injured and the damage was solely material. Nonetheless, according to the vicar general, Father Silas Bogati, the attack “has harmed the tiny Catholic community, which is now afraid. We are trusting in God, but what has happened is a call to be vigilant.” The attack took place in the midst of a very delicate political situation in the country, as the county prepares for the forthcoming local elections on 14th May – the first to be held in Nepal for almost 20 years. The local elections are expected to be followed by Parliamentary elections in January 2018.