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Card. Oswald Gracias
Cardinal Gracias: A year from the pogroms in Orissa, hope "for a new beginning"
According to the Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops, the anti-Christian violence in Orissa was "one of the saddest moments in the history of India." The country "needs to restore its glorious multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-linguistic tradition”.
Christian leaders: Orissa government still ignores pogrom victims
Archbishop Cheenath and the president of Orissa Minority Forum demand sentences for perpetrators, compensation for the victims and peace initiatives. The movement creates a youth wing to address community needs. To date there are still 3500 houses to rebuild.
Orissa: Maoist couple surrenders because of their involvement in swami’s murder
Husband and wife surrender to police in Rayagada district. They admit being involved in the assassination of the Hindu leader, an event that set off an anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa. GCIC president deplores the fact “that in the region the reign of terror continues.”
Government blocks rebuilding of church in Orissa
The church was about to be turned into a Hindu temple. The authorities have stopped construction, but they are not permitting the Catholics to rebuild the edifice, for "legal" reasons.
The daily persecution of Orissa’s Christians
Forced conversions, prohibition of buying goods in shops, the faithful have to live in half-ruined houses without roofs and dirt floors: in In Kandhamal violence against Christians is "normal". The authorities do not intervene. The report of a special fact-finding group.
Karnataka: police arrest Pentecostal pastor beaten by Hindu extremists
During Sunday service Hindu extremists stormed the church, beat the Pastor, insulted and threatened those present. The police then arrested the pastor, on charges of having converted people. Anti-Christian violence a daily occurrence in the region.
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