» 02/15/2011, 00.00
Nepali Christians celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day helping the poor and handing out Bibles
The unplanned action provided an opportunity to show non-Christians God’s love. It brought together Protestants and Catholics from various Kathmandu’s parishes, and was appreciated by Hindus. For Komal Oli, a Hindu singer, “When you have faith in God, he teaches you to love the whole of humanity and this is present in all religions”.
Drug addiction reaches crisis levels in Nepal with Hindus the most affected
Almost a third of young people is taking drugs; an increase of 3 per cent compared to ten years ago. According to psychologists, weak educational institutions and unstable families are some of the causes of the problem.
A Protestant church collapses: 25 dead. Catholics and Hindus in aid of victims
The roof collapsed overnight while people slept in the building. Over 100 injured. Isu Jung Karki, president of the Nepal Christian Forum: "Our first concern is to rescue the wounded and treat them. Discussions on the causes of the incident will follow”.
Young Nepali Hindus becoming Catholic to stop discrimination
More and more children and teenagers are converting to Catholicism "tired" of inequality and abuses by Hindus on the lower castes and the poor. Twenty young people attend catechism at Kathmandu's Assumption Cathedral. "I want to become Catholic to spread the message of God's equality," said 12-year-old Diko.
Taoist statue deemed “offensive” to Islam raises new controversy over religious freedom
After local authorities approved Mazu statue two years ago, state government halts construction of the goddess of the sea. In July state mufti declared the statue was “offensive” because too close to a mosque. Political opposition and Chinese community protest. The incident is the latest in a string of cases that threaten inter-faith harmony.
Harsh sentence for Chinese Protestant pastor "guilty" of printing bibles
His sentence, of two years imprisonment and a fine of 10,000 euros, was handed down on the same day as the head of the world's Anglicans discussed "closer collaboration for theological formation of the clergy" with Chinese leaders. The government says it is open to catechism classes for children.
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