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Indian Bishops tell government no to "saffronisation", yes to secularism
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take "urgently intervene" to stop threats against religious freedom across the nation. The impunity enjoyed by radical Hindu groups represents a danger for minorities.
In Orissa Christians treated worse than animals, says Father Bernard
As the situation gets back to normal amid fears and tensions, what happened is slowly emerging. Victims talk about the violence inflicted upon them, a true “attack against the sacredness and dignity of human life”. Beaten repeatedly and left unconscious for hours in the forest, Fr Bernard Digal tells his story.
Anti-Christian violence like “man-made tsunami,” says Cardinal Toppo
The chairman of the Indian Bishops’ Conference visits an area in the state of Orissa where Hindu fundamentalists went on a rampage in late December. Local authorities tried however to prevent him from talking to victims. During his meeting with Prime Minister Singh he slammed the attacks. Two weeks after the event, the National Commission on Minorities sends a delegation to look at the tormented district of Kandhamal.
Some 25,000 Catholic schools shut down in India to protest against Orissa massacres
The Bishops’ Conference of India suspends all activities in the country’s Catholic institutions. Cardinal Gracias highlights the attempt to reawaken the conscience of people in India and around the world over the fate of Indian Christians. Non-Christian schools join peaceful protest.
Upper castes behind anti-Christian violence in Orissa
The executive secretary of the Church’s Commission on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes argues that the upper castes are using a religious pretext to advance their political goals, namely keeping the marginalised in ignorance and poverty so as to continue to exploit them.
India, Narendra Modi and Hindu nationalists win elections
In the next few hours final data on the majority obtained by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be released. Congress admits defeat and says it is "ready to be in opposition". Christian leader tells AsiaNews: "Our congratulations, but we pray that they will respect the rights of minorities".
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