» 12/12/2008, 00.00
Risk of anti-Christian violence in Orissa but also in Karnataka during Christmas
A delegation from the Bishops’ Conference meets the Home Affairs minister to express “great apprehension” over the risk of anti-Christian attacks during the Christmas holidays. The All Indian Christian Council releases a report on violence that took place in Karnataka between August and October, resulting in 48 incidents, 53 injured and more than 30 places of worship attacked.
State should stop sectarian violence, says bishop of Gandhinagar
Huge crowds gather in Karnataka to protest attack against Father Pereira and other Christians. Mgr Fernandes says he was overwhelmed by the solidarity of the population, irrespective of caste or faith. The state must however act against the culprits who too often get away with it.
In Orissa Christians treated worse than animals, says Father Bernard
As the situation gets back to normal amid fears and tensions, what happened is slowly emerging. Victims talk about the violence inflicted upon them, a true “attack against the sacredness and dignity of human life”. Beaten repeatedly and left unconscious for hours in the forest, Fr Bernard Digal tells his story.
Gujarat: State control of school hiring puts educational freedom at risk
Officially, the reason is to ensure adequate training for teaching staff and avoid layoffs. Catholic Bishops’ spokesman Fr Babu says that it could undermine school autonomy.
Biggest Bible on display at the Chennai Book Fair
Pressures on Indian president to stop anti-Christian violence in Orissa
Violence continues, unabated. Yesterday four churches were destroyed as violence spreads to Madya Pradesh and Karnataka.
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