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Christian leaded found dead in Kandhamal, Sajan George accuses Hindu radicals
Micael Digal disappeared a few days ago. His body was found last night near the village of Mdikia. Police closed the case, claiming his death was accidental. The president of the Global Council of Indian Christians slams police and the authorities for covering up crimes by Hindu radicals.
Kandhamal: children still suffering three years after pogroms
A report by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights highlights the negligence of the state towards the children affected by the violence of three years ago. Many children have had to move away. Others have had to drop out of school to go to work in dangerous occupations.
Orissa Christians hope for justice, Indian activist says
In an interview with AsiaNews, Ram Puniyani, Convenor of the National People’s Tribunal, talks about the latter’s report on the 2008 anti-Christian pogroms. For him, the issue was not religious but the political use of poverty among Hindu Adivasi and Christian Dalits by Hindu fundamentalists.
Orissa: Christian pogrom victims endure violence, and denial of justice
Hindu radicals continue to intimidate, commit acts of violence and economically and socially boycott Christians. The government is incapable of protecting Christians, who move elsewhere. Only in March 2011, a woman was able to file a complaint about her husband and daughter who died in the 2008 wave of violence. Initially, police refused to file her First Information Report.
Father Bernard’s funeral in Orissa, Christ’s triumph over death
Three bishops, more than 150 priests and 3,000 faithful take part in the funeral liturgy for the priest who died from injuries inflicted upon him by Hindu fundamentalists. Police and security staff patrolled the area around the church against possible attacks. Father Bernard has forgiven his persecutors.
Spiritual retreat for clergymen hurt during Orissa persecution
Organised by Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, the meeting will be held from 10 to 14 December. It will bring together clergymen hurt during anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal (2008). Fr Errol Fernandes, a Jesuit priest will run the retreat, speaks about it. Besides the pain and suffering, Christ "must remain the inspiration" to face every challenge.
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