07/23/2014INDIA India, Hindu politicians force Muslim to break Ramadan fast Some members of the Maharashtra Hindu Nationalist Shiv Sena Party were unhappy with the food consumed. They forced an employee - of the Islamic faith - to eat a chapati (flat bread). New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Annoyed with not having
been offered "real Maharashtra food of ", a group of Shiv Sena MPS's forced
an employee of the catering service to eat a chapati...
07/22/2014INDIA Peace and religious harmony in India, "the goal" of Christians and Jains by Nirmala Carvalho Archbishop Felix Anthony Machado of Vasai, met for the first time Swasti Shri Bhattaraka Charukeerti Swamiji, leader of the Jain institutions Digambaras tradition in Moodabidri. The city is a place of pilgrimage for Jains, but it is very much appreciated by the other religions because of its historical and architectural importance.
07/21/2014INDIA - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Emirates: Hike in suicides among Indian migrants Among the leading factors, economic problems and the fear of humiliation because of social debts to loan sharks. In the first half of 2014 at least 37 people killed themselves. They are usually members of the middle class who live above their means.
07/19/2014INDIA Uttar Pradesh, Church of the Nazarene attacked: Pastor and faithful beaten by Nirmala Carvalho A group of Hindu fundamentalists, led by the local coordinator of the Bajrang Dal, interrupted a Bible studies session in Sehkari Nagar: they did not spare even the pastor’s young daughter. The attackers destroyed the cross on the church roof and hoisted the orange flag, symbol of Hindutva. Christian activist: "The state must do something."
07/18/2014INDIA For Catholic doctor, violence against women can destroy India A member of the Pontifical Academy for Life talks to AsiaNews about the gang rape of a novice in Bangalore. "The fight against this culture of violence must start with respect for life, especially for the girls for whom violence begins in the womb with female feticide and infanticide," he said.
07/18/2014INDIA Bangalore, 17 year old novice gang raped by Nirmala Carvalho Local Church reports attack to AsiaNews. The Archbishop, Msgr. Bernard Moras, expresses "deep sorrow for the inhumane act suffered by this young girl. This act is a shameful blot on the dignity of our women, society and the nation." Three men broke into the convent and raped the girl, who has been hospitalized.
07/16/2014INDIA Feast of Mount Carmel in India: Mary, a woman who made a difference From behind the cloister's grille, the prioress of the Carmelite monastery in Mumbai welcomed hundreds of the faithful for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, celebrated the Eucharist, talked about his First Communion.
07/15/2014INDIA Mumbai, ancient crucifix desecrated a second time The faithful found the Vile Parle statue of Jesus with its arms broken off. Hundreds of Catholics in protest at the arrest - judged unfair – of a member of the community. The crucifix was also vandalized in December 2013.