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Italian marines in India say they struggle to keep faith

Sailors they want to believe in God's strength despite captivity

Vatican City, October 25 - Two Italian marines held in India since shooting two fishermen last February said Thursday that they're struggling to keep the faith. "We want to continue to believe in Jesus," marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone said in a letter read on Vatican Radio. "We do not want to give up. We are unjustly held, but the two of us pray together to the God who loves His children, and loves those who are in pain". Their letter was read by military chaplain Monsignor Vincenzo Pelvi, who said it is "truly a demonstration of how faith is nourished by love". The two Italian anti-pirate marines have been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Italy and India since being detained in February in the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen. They were granted bail in June, but must remain in Indian territory until their next hearing, set for November 8. India's Supreme Court has still not given its ruling on Italy's petition that it should have jurisdiction over the case because the incident took place on an Italian ship. The Italian government has stated that, regardless of who has jurisdiction, the marines should be exempt from prosecution in India as they were military personnel working on an anti-piracy mission.

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