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Much less then the number of people catholics have killed all over the world in the name of the church. India was and continues to be the few places in the world where catholics thrive and do 'multilply' by converting 'pagans'

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It would be difficult to get a good count because the Roman Catholic Church denies organizational complicity in many massacres such as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre of the French Huguenots (my ancestors).

In other cases, Church leaders have stepped forward and taken responsibility as in 2001 when the Polish Catholic Bishops asked for forgiveness for the WWII massacre of the Polish Jews. In other circumstances, the Catholic Church is able to claim plausible deniability of genocide such as happened by the destruction of the indigenous populations of Central America and Mexico by the Spanish Conquistadores. The massacre of Muslims in numerous countries under the flag of the Catholic Church were known as the Crusades.

Present day, a Catholic Priest was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison by the United Nations war crimes court for his role in the 1994 Rwandan massacre (

It is still unclear the extent of the Church's involvement in the systematic extirpation of Native American religions through the process of re-education of children in Canadian Indian Residential Schools (

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