» 01/31/2013, 00.00
Catholic priest to be first clergyman on Nepal martyrs' list
An official with the probe committee for martyrs and the disappeared makes the announcement. Indian-born Fr John Prakash was killed in 2008 by a group of Hindu extremists. He is the first martyr from the country's Catholic minority. Until now the term martyr was reserved to political leaders killed during the civil war.
Catholics mourn the “first martyr” of the Church in Nepal By Kalpit Parajuli
At the funeral of Fr John Prakash more than a thousands priests, nuns and ordinary believers gather to honour the memory of the slain Salesian clergyman. People want to know what happened as Bishop Sharma promises continuity in the work of the religious.
After Father Prakash’s death, threats and extortion attempts are made against Nepali Catholics
Criminals announce new attacks against Catholic faithful and religious institutions. Hindu fundamentalists are suspected. Apostolic vicar turns to Interior minister to get greater “protection and security” for the entire Christian community.
Nepal, the silent drama of more than 1200 "desaparecidos"
Last August 30, on the occasion of the International Day of Disappeared Persons, families organized demonstrations and protest marches through the streets of the capital. The creation of the commission to investigate what happened to them has been awaited for some time, but has been blocked by the government, and especially by the Maoists.
Candlelit rally for family members who disappeared into the hands of the authorities
Dozens of people demonstrate peacefully. We are not asking the government to release our loved ones but to tell us where they are and whether they are still alive, says the mother of a detained young man.
Inter-faith prayer to honour the memory of Father Prakash, Nepali martyr
The leaders of the country’s main religions condemn the murder of the Catholic priest, the first martyr of the Nepali Church. They urge the faithful to follow the path laid down by the missionary, working for the poor and promoting a dialogue among religions.
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