» 08/25/2011, 00.00
New anti-conversion law causing fears, forcing Church to stop catechism course
Classes for new catechumens from other religions are postponed to further notice. Nepal’s Catholic Church was not officially represented at World Youth Day in Madrid because of the country’s tense situation.
Nepali Muslims ask Christians for help against Hindu extremism
Catholics express full solidarity but Muslim leaders opt for silence. Faizan Ahmad’s widow slams her community for its fear to talk about her murdered husband’s case. Nepali Islamic Sangh President Najrul Hasan Falahi calls for “a fair and immediate investigation”. Christians are committed to minority rights.
Hindu, Muslim and Christian women come out in defence of religious freedom
During celebrations honouring Lord Shiva, Hindu women criticise proposed amendments to the penal code that would ban conversions. For them, such changes reflect the view of rightwing politicians, not all the people.
Sialkot: police charges crowd at funeral for young man killed in prison for blasphemy
Police attack mourners during the burial ceremony. Witnesses say police used tear gas against the crowd, injuring some and arresting others. Police claims it had to move in to prevent “further disturbances”. Catholic leaders renew call for the repeal of the blasphemy laws.
Umbrella organisation is created to lead young Catholic mission in Nepal
The Nepal Catholic Youth Movement plans to coordinate activities by various youth associations, which hitherto had no common reference point. It plans a series of activities ranging from the parish level to joint projects with worldwide youth movements.
Some 500 Indian youth WYD bound
The young delegates will be accompanied by 14 bishops and 80 priests and religious. Before arriving in Sydney they will experience Australia’s Catholic life staying with host families. Indian bishops are hopeful this experience will help them contribute to their country’s development.
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