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Andhra Pradesh to provide financial aid to Christian pilgrims going to Holy Land
Opposition slams proposal. Catholic leaders are grateful but note there are more pressing issues to deal with like financial assistance to schools, which has not been given yet.
Christians challenge ban on their faith in Tirumala
Legal actions are expected against the state ban on non-Hindu religions in a Tirumala and other areas in Andhra Pradesh. The measure violates constitutionally-guaranteed rights and will affect Christians’ freedom of movement and livelihoods. Father Thumma laments that since a Christian has become chief minister, Christians face more problems.
Andhra Pradesh: Sisters of Mother Teresa forgive, bishop slams BJP politics
The four nuns who were held up by an extremist mob for their alleged proselytising forgive their aggressors and do not press charges. The bishop of Hyderabad talks to AsiaNews about Hindu fundamentalists' plan against Christians in Andhra Pradesh.
Church to maintain unity between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Christians
The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches (APFC), an umbrella organisations for Christians denominations in the two states, has been renamed the Federation of Telugu Churches (FTC). The new name, which reflects the fact that Andhra Pradesh and Telangana share the same language, is meant to prevent further divisions.
In Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh local politicians fight against conversions to Christianity
The rising number of conversions is worrying local authorities who accuse Christians of stealing from the poor and carrying out all sorts of vile acts. In Jharkhand there is a growing demand that Tribal converts be denied government benefits. In Andhra Pradesh campaigns of open intolerance are underway.
Indian bishops speak out against anti-Christian violence
Anti-Christian violence rises dramatically. In Orissa state no action is taken against the perpetrators of last Christmas’ violence; instead religious men and women are investigated for alleged conversions. In Kerala bishops call on the authorities to find the murderers of Father Thomas who was laid to rest today.
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