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Christmas in Orissa: we also reach out to those who persecuted us, says Msgr. Raphael Cheenath
Celebrations were peaceful in Orissa, where the bloody pogroms of 2007 and 2008 have left wounds in Christian communities. The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar: "The message of Christmas is to break down the barriers and walls of caste, colour, creed and religion to create a community of brothers and sisters united in love, including our Hindu brothers."
Peace and forgiveness, two sides of Christmas among Orissa Christians
The faithful prepare to celebrate Christmas with hope, even after a long period of persecution. The authorities in Kandhamal have promised security and call for “respect and solidarity with Christian communities.” People want to “forget the pain, divisions and the loss of dear ones.”
16/08/2017 11:30:00 INDIA
Indian Associations: On 25 August we remember the Christian victims of Kandhamal
The National Solidarity Forum includes over 70 organizations and was born following the 2008 pogroms against Christians. "Kandhamal Day" not to forget the victims and give them justice. "Your solidarity will inspire those still struggling." The Forum's demands.
28/08/2017 10:33:00 INDIA
Orissa, 3,000 people at anniversary of Kandhamal pogrom against Christians
The celebrations took place on August 26 at G. Udayagiri. The violence of 2008 "the largest and best-planned attack on Christians". "Shameful that even today the victims have not got justice." "The struggle for justice in Kandhamal has become a struggle for justice throughout the nation."
Orissa: European delegation meets victims of anti-Christian pogrom
Representatives from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland visit the region more than a year after it was shaken by violence. Authorities in New Delhi deny the diplomats permission to visit Kandhamal district. They meet ten survivors at the Bishop’s House in Bhubaneswar-Cuttack diocese. Bishop Cheenath said they expressed “concern” but “did not make any promises”.
For Orissa bishop government lying as it tries to evade responsibility in anti-Christian violence
Government officials testify before the commission of inquiry set up to look into last year’s anti-Christian violence. Former district collector in Kandhamal talks about illegal conversions to Christianity, whilst police inspector general claims the authorities had no intelligence about Maoist threats against Hindus. For the bishop of Bhubanewsar, they are all in together to rid the State of its Christian minority.
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