» 04/02/2013, 00.00
Dozens of baptisms in Nepal during Easter Vigil, including many Hindus
Easter celebrations were held in various parishes across the country. Twenty catechumens were baptised after two years of preparation. "We were confused and lived in superstition. Now our life has a new meaning," a young Hindu said.
Young Nepali Hindus becoming Catholic to stop discrimination
More and more children and teenagers are converting to Catholicism "tired" of inequality and abuses by Hindus on the lower castes and the poor. Twenty young people attend catechism at Kathmandu's Assumption Cathedral. "I want to become Catholic to spread the message of God's equality," said 12-year-old Diko.
Kathmandu, attack on Cathedral of the Assumption: two dead, dozens wounded
The most famous Catholic building in Nepal is attacked. Hindu fundamentalists claim responsibility, the same group behind the assassination of a Catholic priest in 2007. This afternoon a parliamentary meeting to elect a new premier was scheduled to take place.
No space for Christians and Muslims to bury their dead in Kathmandu
Rapid unplanned urbanisation has led the government to give Hindus land earmarked for Christian, Muslim and Baha’i minorities, groups that do not cremate their dead. This is causing tensions between Hindus and other religious groups.
Nepali Hindus and Buddhists also celebrating Easter
Many activities are being organised in the mountain nation to celebrate the Christian holy day. A priest at Kathmandu Cathedral hopes "that all the inhabitants of the country can share the Easter message, and that Easter will soon become a festivity for all faiths and communities". Thousands of cards and e-messages are exchanged for the occasion.
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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