» 07/27/2015, 00.00
Karnataka: thousands of pupils join Pope Francis’ ‘Green crusade"
More than 6,000 boys and girls took part in the ‘Clean and green Ballari’ as a practical response to the Laudato Si’ encyclical. The initiative is a joint effort by local Catholic schools and state officials. For the local bishop, “Teaching ecology must become an integral part of formal education.”
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.
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.
For Karnataka bishop, future elected officials must respect human dignity and religious freedom
In the Diocese of Bellary, the Catholic and other Christian communities are constituted largely of Dalits. Speaking to AsiaNews, the prelate noted that it is important for them to exercise "their right to vote," which they should do "with intelligence and good sense" by "choosing leaders who can really bring reforms to the country." At the same time, he calls on the authorities to improve education and health care.
For Karnataka Catholics, the government is violating minority rights
The state's chief minister plans to limit minority rights to schools where at least 75 per cent of students belong to minorities. Most minority schools would be excluded. For the archbishop of Bangalore, the government is twisting the law to "harass minorities" and "turn Karnataka into a Hindu state."
Modi, sweeper for a day for Gandhi and the "Clean India" campaign
The aim is to improve the sanitary conditions of the Indian people, providing toilets and services to schools and homes. For pro-Dalit activist Raghuvanshi, the campaign is a boost to the fight against the caste system. However, he opposes plans to turn the Ganges River into a fluvial highway for goods.
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