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Orissa: 50 Hindu nationalists attack Christians. Fear of new pogroms
The pastor of a Pentecostal Church and 12 families of his community were seriously wounded, in the district of Balasore. The police seized explosives and dynamite in another district (Puri) of Orissa. According to the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), Hindu nationalists are preparing a "diabolical plan" to repeat the 2008 violence of Kandhamal.
Pogrom in Orissa: life imprisonment for seven innocent Christians
Retired bishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar promises: "We will appeal". The convicted men are accused of the murder of a Hindu leader, which triggered the anti-Christian violence of 2008. Against them there is no evidence. The Maoists have always claimed reponsibility for the assassination.
Orissa: Governor Patnaik visits Kandhamal, but ignores the Christians
In his visit to the district most affected by Hindu violence, the Chief Minister never mentions the situation of Christians. Disappointment and anger among members of the community. "The state has forgotten us." Patnaik's behavior "reflects the typical attitude of the Orissa administration against Christians."
Cardinal Gracias: A year from the pogroms in Orissa, hope "for a new beginning"
According to the Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops, the anti-Christian violence in Orissa was "one of the saddest moments in the history of India." The country "needs to restore its glorious multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-linguistic tradition”.
Peace and forgiveness, two sides of Christmas among Orissa Christians
The faithful prepare to celebrate Christmas with hope, even after a long period of persecution. The authorities in Kandhamal have promised security and call for “respect and solidarity with Christian communities.” People want to “forget the pain, divisions and the loss of dear ones.”
Orissa’s Christians want "concrete measures", not just apologies from government
The Interior Minister has visited refugee camps in Kandhamal and assured the government's commitment to a return to normal. Christians complain of threats, lack of compensation and continuing violations of religious freedom. Even today, the perpetrators of violence go unpunished circulating in the villages.
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