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Andhra Pradesh: rising anti-Christian violence by radical Hindus
Sajan George, national president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), sounds the alarm bells. Fundamentalist group Hindu Vahini is of particular concern. In mid-January, one of its members stabbed to death an evangelical clergyman. According to the GCIC leader, anti-Christian violence is likely to become "more brutal" as India's general elections approach.
- "Attacks against Christian clergymen in Andhra Pradesh are on the rise and a
source of concern," said Sajan George, president of the Global Council of
Indian Christians (GCIC). "These acts of violence are unmotivated. With the
excuse of 'stopping conversions,' they target this community," he told AsiaNews
Christian leader, both state and the Union governments, as well as the National
Commission for Human Rights should monitor Hindu
Vahini, a Hindu fundamentalist group, which has been responsible for several
attacks in recent months.
January, police in the Indian state arrested three of its members, thought to
be responsible for the murder
of an evangelical pastor in Nalgonda, Rev Sanjeevulu.
weeks, extremists also attacked other Protestant leaders. In January, Rev Christopher
Talla was assaulted in the village of Munugode, and Rev Gajjala Neeladri Pal suffered
the same fate in Ipparthi.
December 2013, a group of extremists attacked a Baptist church in Narketpally,
accusing without any evidence its pastor, Rev Nama
Moses, of conducting forced conversions.
action is needed," said Sajan George, "especially in view of the general
elections. These groups could conduct even more brutal attacks against Christian
communities in order to polarise Hindu voters. Such unprovoked attacks threaten
India's moral authority and
Kandhamal (Orissa): man killed, dozens of Christians' homes burned
The police have sent an additional 700 officers, but the violence continues. Interior minister: the attacks against the Christians are "systematic". It is feared that the violence is also motivated by the upcoming elections, and could last until May of 2009.
Two churches attacked in the State of Karnataka
Hindu extremists are blamed for this morning’s attacks in the dioceses of Mysore and Karwar. The Holy Family Parish Church was attacked in Inkal (Mysore diocese); it had been also attacked by a group of 70 Hindus in 2002. Christians are increasingly worried.
Communal violence legislation, a matter “of life and death” for millions of Indians
India’s federal Home Affairs minister is seeking quick approval for the Communal Violence Bill, which will impose harsher penalties on those guilty of stoking inter-religious conflict. However, Fr C. Prakash, a front-line minority rights advocate, opposes the draft proposal because it does not prevent collusion between politicians and police in communal crimes.
Karnataka: 39 anti-Christian attacks in 2012
The information came from the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). The latest episodes were reported last Friday. A group of Muslim radicals were responsible for an attack in Bellary District; members of the Hindu nationalist Bajrang Dal struck in Kolar District. "Fears in Karnataka have been reignited," GCIC head said.
More anti-Christian violence in Orissa; school attacked in Kerala
A Christian has been killed and dozens of homes have been burned. Police are clashing with Hindu militants. The tension is spreading in Kerala, and remains high in Karnataka, where the government is accused of conniving with the fundamentalists.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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