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Why Do Angels Need Armies?

Move aside Shiv Sena, there’s a new sena in town…in service of Archangel Gabriel. The Catholic Church in Kerala has set up a unit of retired military and paramilitary personnel in Kannur and christened it Gabriel Sena. But why does an angel need an army? In case you’re wondering if it has anything to do with the sex scandals, land rows and factional disputes plaguing the clergy, the director of the sena lays all such heresy to rest: it has been formed for “crowd control”, he declares. After all, why should countries alone enjoy the privilege of large armies? Even gods and angels could use a little military reinforcement to herd their flock from time to time.


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