» 02/13/2015, 00.00
Delhi, more attacks on the Church as Catholic school targeted
It is the sixth aggression in three months perpetrated against the capital’s Christian community. The new chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, of the anti-corruption party: "This kind of action will not be tolerated." Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Public order is getting worse in Delhi".
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - In the early hours of this morning, a
group of unidentified people vandalized a Catholic school in Vasant Vihar, south
Delhi. This is the sixth attack on the Christian community in the capital in
just three months. In confirming the fact to AsiaNews Sajan
George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC),
said: "We are distressed, the hostility toward the tiny Christian
community has no end. Indeed, nationalist groups continue to target the
faithful, religious institutions and now the school. "
Following the attack the convent that runs the institute closed the facility
and sent students home. Upon hearing the news of the attack Arvind Kejriwal, the
newly appointed chief minister of Delhi, tweeted: "I strongly
condemn the attack on the Holy Child Auxilium School. Such actions will not be
"The public security situation is getting worse" - Sajan George told AsiaNews.
"The GCIC hopes the Aam Aadmi Party (AAAP, anti-corruption), now in government
is able to contain these elements".
What is happening in Delhi and other parts of India "is a shameful blot on
our secular credentials. India is a secular, democratic republic in which
freedom of religion and worship are guaranteed by the Constitution. We are
losing our moral authority before the international community".
Christians attacked, BJP administration backs fundamentalists, Bishop of Orissa says
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to discredit the Congress Party. An anti-conversion law is set to be approved in Rajasthan.
Mumbai, A Way of the Cross against persecution of Christians
In St. Andrew's parish (Bandra West), the faithful will also stage an exhibition informing of recent attacks on churches and communities. Last week the Archbishop and members of the local clergy have discussed the situation with the National Minorities Commission.
Bishop of Delhi: We strongly condemn the blasphemous and hateful burning of our church
Msgr. Anil Couto underlines the seriousness of the arson attack on a place of worship in the capital of India. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "Failure of the central government and the local administration. The authorities must protect the places of worship."
Karnataka, a march against the persecution of Christians in memory of Gandhi
Marking the Day of the martyrdom of Gandhi, the Christian minority march silently to demand the government stop the attacks against them. In 2009 alone, over 159 registered attacks on churches and believers, 72 in Karnataka.
Malaysia, Christians called to “vote responsibly”
Ahead of the March 8th elections, Christian Federation of Malaysia invites Christian voters to give their preference to candidates who safeguard religious freedom and the Constitution against Sharia. The Premier fails to clarify motives for the snap election.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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