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Archbishop of Gandhinagar on the Jubilee of Mercy and anti-conversion legislation
A law passed in 2003 by the government of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi bans conversions from Hinduism to other religions without a judge’s permission. For Mgr Macwan, “We are free to celebrate our functions without restrictions,” but “difficulties arise in the case of the baptism of catechumens”. In the Year of Mercy, we are driven “towards the poor, the homeless, the sick.” The bishop talks about his personal experience at the Eucharistic Congress in Mumbai.
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Madhya Pradesh, police interrupt a Christian marriage: "The spouses are Hindus"
Security officers and Hindu extremists stormed a place of worship in Satna, arresting 10 people including the pastor and the groom's parents. He is accused of having converted the pair illegally to Christianity and celebrating a marriage between minors. Christian leaders: "This is abuse of anti-conversion laws".
Karnataka: Christian woman arrested on false charges of forced conversion
Hers is the 41st case of anti-Christian violence in Karnataka since the start of the year. Global Council of Indian Christians president Sajan K George slams the government, police and Hindu extremists.
For Christian leader, Graham Staines' death is warning against Hindu fundamentalism
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the murder of the Australian missionary and his two sons, killed by Hindu radicals. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) reflects on the next general election. The nationalist party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which supports radical groups, is also vying for power.
1,793 Christians reconverted to Hinduism
Hindu leader: Christian missionaries use "luring and misleading" methods, and anti-conversion laws are required. Bishop of Mumbai: those who claim to have been converted "by force or deception" should come forward, but lawmakers should occupy themselves with bringing potable water, homes, and education to all.
Madhya Pradesh: government "encourages" radical Hindus to persecute Christians
Reported to AsiaNews by Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC). In June and July there have been numerous attacks against the minority. In all cases the extremists are using the weapon of the "anti-conversion law" to threaten the faithful and Christian religious leaders.
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