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Orissa, killings and terror continue ahead of Christmas
A woman has been cut into pieces and thrown into the forest. Another has disappeared. Both of them had returned to the village to try to harvest rice for their families. The government is incapable of guaranteeing security. So far, no arrests have been made for the violence in recent months.
Bishop of Orissa: We are being persecuted like the first Christians
Raphael Cheenath, archbishop of Bhubaneshwar, comments to AsiaNews on the first pastoral letter of the bishops of Orissa following the violence that began at the end of August. The text calls for justice regarding all of the destruction, but also thanks many citizens and Indian and international organizations for their collaboration.
Widow of Graham Staines: "Do not give up hope, pray for India"
10 years ago in Orissa, Hindu extremists burned alive the Christian Graham Staines and his two sons. His wife, back in India, connects the recent anti-Christian persecution to her husband. To the many recent widows of Kandhamal, she speaks of forgiveness and strength "in Christ."
Orissa: schools transformed into refugee camps, students risk losing year
Four moths before year-end exams, students and parents are not concealing their concern that a year's school work could be lost. Classes have been suspended for two months, and schools are being used as temporary housing for refugees and police. For the government, the situation "is returning to normal," but fear remains among Christians.
Orissa: Christmas of Namrata, the little Dalit disfigured by a bomb
Hers is the best-known face among the victims of the attacks against the Christians. After 45 days in the hospital, she is now healed. Her family, who are day laborers, have lost everything. Fears and hopes ahead of Christmas.
Indian Church remembers Fr. Bernard Digal, martyr of the faith in Orissa
Archbishop Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar emphasizes his "tireless" work on behalf of "persecuted Christians," and his devotion to the Virgin Mary. His fellow religious stress his "virtues and ability to forgive his persecutors." Friday October 31, the community's last goodbye to the slain priest.
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