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Franciscan Provincial Superior: No Buddhist has ever attacked an Indian Catholic
False claims circulating web for months about a Buddhist extremists attack on 20 Catholic churches and death against threats missionaries. Fr. Babu Jose Pamplany, of the Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle (Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala), denies rumours categorically: "It is all false. And with the Buddhists we have always had a very good relationship ".
As one family, Christians and Buddhists meet in Bodh Gaya, India
Vatican delegates and representatives of the three main Buddhist traditions (Theravada, Vajrayana, and Mayahana) are in Bihar to talk about the family and inter-faith dialogue. The gathering's objective is to propose ways "to support and revitalise family life in order to make human society prosper." Focus will be on children living in difficult situations: those born out of wedlock, those who experience divorce, and the victims of trafficking and abuse.
01/10/2014 PAKISTAN - ISLAM
Rawalpindi: a phone call from police behind (false) rumours about Zafar Bhatti's death
Naureen, the pastor's sister, says police told the family about his murder in cell and then denied them the right to view the body. A church in the city conducted a funeral service. Family and Christian leaders met him in prison yesterday, and found him alive and in good health.
Gorbachev Catholic? Former president denies
Former Soviet president says news reports about his move to Catholicism are false. Rumours that began circulating after he paid an unexpected visit to the St Francis of Assisi Basilica are pure “fantasies.”
22/05/2007 SRI LANKA
Franciscan missionaries “gift” education to tsunami and war orphans
In an official ceremony in Trincomalee 2 thousand dollars are presented to over 40 children from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. Young mothers widowed of husbands swallowed up by the 2004 monster wave and over 20 years of armed conflict express their gratitude.
State assembly adopts anti-conversion law in Gujarat
The new version of the law defines Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism as denominations of the same religion. Gujarat's political opposition and the Catholic Church will challenge the law, which is seen as part of a wider plan to sow dissension within religious communities.
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