» 07/12/2010, 00.00
Missionary forced to leave Kashmir because his schools are "too good"
Fr. Jim Borst directed two successful educational facilities in Kashmir. For Predhuman Joseph Dhar, a Catholic convert from Hinduism, it is the result of "jealousy" on the part of Muslims who "can not compete with their schools”. Fr. Borst must leave the country, even though four months ago the government of Jammu and Kashmir renewed his visa until 2014.
Jammu-Kashmir, government oblivious to deportation order for Fr. Jim Borst
Two weeks ago, Catholic missionary Fr Jim Borst was ordered to leave the country by the end of July. Archbishop Peter Celestine met Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, who declared that he was not aware of the order. Even Samuel Vargeese, Commissioner of the Interior, said he was not informed about it. A friend of Fr Borst: "The whole thing is a mystery."
Deportation order for only Mill Hill missionary in Kashmir
Fr. Jim Borst must leave the country within 7 days or he will be expelled. He has been in Kashmir for 48 years. Unfounded accusations of proselytism: the Christian population has actually dropped. Bishop of Srinagar: A loss for the entire civil society. Joseph Dhar, converted Brahmin: Accusations motivated by envy of Muslim intellectuals, whose schools are unable to compete with Catholic ones. Criticism of Congress party, which should defend minorities.
The fruits of "Burn the Koran": Catholic school burnt two Protestant schools targeted
The Good Shepherd School in Pulwama targeted; attack against Christ School and Christ Mohalla School in Pooch Jammu. The Catholic school had already been targeted in 2003. Kashmir Autonomist leader defends Christians, but fundamentalism is growing in the region. The founder of the Good Shepherd, Fr Jim Borst had received a deportation order. Curfew continues in the region. All flights to and from Srinagar are suspended for three days.
Christian schools are patriotic and models of integration, says Cardinal Gracias
The cardinal rejects criticism from a splinter group in Mumbai municipality, members of the nationalist Sena-BJP alliance. Nationalists accuse the schools of not to singing the anthem and of preventing the celebration of Hindu festivals and customs. Archbishop of Mumbai: we nurture “diversity and pluralism" to build the nation.
Jesuit school in Bihar makes impossible dream come true
For the first time, children in remote villages have the chance to get a good education and hopes of finding secure employment. Public education is lacking or too expensive. An entire people are transforming their outlook on life.
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