» 06/12/2008, 00.00
For the bishop of Bellary, Catholic media are playing a greater role in the Church’s mission
Mgr Henry D’Souza was consecrated today as the new bishop of Bellary. For years he was a pioneer in the field of social communications in India. About the BJP’s increasing appeal among voters he tells AsiaNews that he is neither pessimistic nor pessimistic.
Hindu nationalists in decisive victory in Karnataka
The Bharatiya Janata Party takes 110 out of 224 seats and increases its series of recent election wins. Now BJP is turning its attention to next year’s Union elections. A Karnataka bishops talks about it.
Karnataka flood: Catholic churches and schools to shelter displaced residents
Torrential rains in the northern districts of the Indian State kill more than 150 people, destroy at least 100,000 homes and displace millions. “We are doing our utmost to help everybody, irrespective of religion or caste,” said the bishop of the diocese of Bellary, one of the hardest hit areas.
Winds of civil war blowing over Rajasthan cut off from the rest of the country
Tribal Gujjars are in their fourth day of protest and continue blocking roads. Police have fired upon demonstrators as a solution continues to elude the government. Tribal Meenas warn that they will take to streets against the Gujjars. For experts the problem lies in affirmative action policies that do not take into account the needs of the poor.
Rising anti-Christian violence in Karnataka
Over the past three months, Hindu extremist groups have carried out at least 15 attacks against the state's Protestant communities. According to Christian leader Sajan George, this is part of an "ominous plan by ultra-nationalist forces to discredit the Congress-led Karnataka administration" and win back power.
Karnataka government absolves itself over anti-Christian violence
Ostensibly, the authorities were not involved in 2008 attacks against churches. The Global Council of Indian Christians slams what it calls a biased report, complaining about the double standards applied to Christians and Hindus involved in the unrest.
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