» 02/25/2009, 00.00
Government blocks rebuilding of church in Orissa
The church was about to be turned into a Hindu temple. The authorities have stopped construction, but they are not permitting the Catholics to rebuild the edifice, for "legal" reasons.
Orissa: Hindu temple being built atop rubble of Batticola church
Hindu radicals had previously tried to destroy it in 2000. The situation remains tense. Christians are humiliated and marginalized, unless they convert to Hinduism.
Sister who was raped gives deposition to police, but will not return to Orissa
Sister Meena and Fr. Thomas Chellan have recounted the violence they suffered on the night they were assaulted by Hindu fundamentalists. This sister remains in Delhi, and will not participate in the "American-style" lineup scheduled today in Baliguda. Ministers of the central government are meeting with Christian families from Orissa living in refugee camps.
Security forces in Orissa can't stop arson, fear
Two shops and a Christian center have been burned. More than 10,000 refugees gathered in the camps have celebrated Christmas under the protection of the army. In the villages, the Masses were moved up to the afternoon in order to avoid returning home in the dark.
Orissa: Maoist couple surrenders because of their involvement in swami’s murder
Husband and wife surrender to police in Rayagada district. They admit being involved in the assassination of the Hindu leader, an event that set off an anti-Christian pogrom in Orissa. GCIC president deplores the fact “that in the region the reign of terror continues.”
Fr. Bernard Digal dies, India mourns another martyr of Orissa
The religious was attacked on the night of August 25, by a crowd of Hindu fundamentalists who beat him and left him in the forest for an entire night. Yesterday, his lungs collapsed and he fell into a coma. At his deathbed, Archbishop Raphael Cheenath.
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