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US Commission for Religious Freedom to visit Orissa and Gujarat
Secretary General of the Indian Bishops Conference hopes the visit will contribute to “accelerating the path of justice for the Christians of Kandhamal”. “The Church does not want revenge”, but peace and reconciliation.
Indian bishops on the “authentic Calvary” of Christians in Orissa
The Bishops Conference announce 8 days of prayer following the Christmas attacks. Numerous fugitives still seek refuge in the forests living without food and shelter. A memorandum from the National Commission for Human Rights sent to the State Governor lists the loss and damage done to Christians and demands action against police who stood by and watched.
More homes burned in Orissa. Statement by the bishops
Extremists are violating the curfew. Raids on domesticated animals, and celebrations amid the ruins. The bishops proclaim a total lack of trust toward the government of Orissa. Singh's proposal to rebuild the destroyed churches has been denounced by fundamentalist groups.
Chief Minister of Gujarat under investigation for massacre of more than a thousand Muslims
The Supreme Court sets up a commission to verify the responsibility of Narendra Modi in the violence against the Islamic minority in 2002. A polemical reaction from the Bharatiya Janata Party, which considers the governor of Gujarat a candidate for Indian prime minister. The Chief Minister, a leading figure of the new party, accuses: "it is a conspiracy of the Congress party to put me behind bars."
Kerala, procession for Christ the King, prayers for end to anti-Christian violence
Thousands of faithful have marched through the streets of the city, calling for religious freedom in India and greater protection for the Christian community. In Chennai, 28 women's movements have organized a demonstration calling for justice for Sister Meena, the nun raped by Hindu fundamentalists.
Bishop of Orissa: We are being persecuted like the first Christians
Raphael Cheenath, archbishop of Bhubaneshwar, comments to AsiaNews on the first pastoral letter of the bishops of Orissa following the violence that began at the end of August. The text calls for justice regarding all of the destruction, but also thanks many citizens and Indian and international organizations for their collaboration.
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