» 01/23/2007, 00.00
Indian Church: rather than worship the sun, the government should deal with more pressing problems
The archbishop of Bhopal talks to AsiaNews about the state government’s proposal to organise a mass sun worshipping ceremony. In his view there are more important issues that require attention. The Muslin community protests against what it considers an un-Islamic and unconstitutional proposal.
Praying and fasting to counter anti-Christian violence
Praying is the best weapon against rising persecution in Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, says the Archbishop of Bhopal. Catholic Tribals attend the prayer meeting in great numbers.
Hindu extremists slander the Church but send their children to Church-run schools
False charges of "forced conversions" are levelled at a Catholic priest. For the local bishop, this is a plot by Hindu extremists, backed by the state government that provides the legal instruments. Behind it, there is an attempt by extremists to get free access to high-status Catholic schools.
Hindu fundamentalists vandalise Catholic school in Bophal
Violence is triggered by trumpeted up charges against the school principal.
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Madhya Pradesh: 12 people arrested for forced conversions to Christianity, but none is Christian
All those detained were taking part in a private dinner to mark a Hindu harvest festival. Police took the accused, including a blind married couple, to a police station. They were released the next day on bail. For the archbishop of Bhopal, “Sangh Parivar activists have taken advantage of” the state’s anti-conversion law, “making false and baseless allegations.”
Andhra Pradesh: new law to ban non-Hindus from many cities
A new state law bans non-Hindus from propagating their religion in cities with holy Hindu temples. In many areas violence and threats are proffered for the mere physical presence of Christians. The archbishop of Hyderabad warns that there is a real possibility that the faithful may be chased out of these cities.
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