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Orissa: thousands of Hindus attend Christmas Mass, a sign of hope for 2013
For Mgr John Barwa, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, such an event is unprecedented in the history of the troubled state of Orissa. Hundreds of thousands of Catholics and Hindus brought flowers and candles to the Baby Jesus in all the parishes of the state. In his New Year message, the archbishop stresses the importance of young people in spreading and bearing witness to the message of Christ among the nations.
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.”
Forming priests for the Church's mission in Orissa victimized by Hindu extremism
This message is the result of a meeting of bishops and seminary rectors held in recent days in Bhubaneswar. For priests and prelates future priests should be able to face their vocation beginning with the challenges arising that have emerged from the 2008 anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal.
Hindu Activists Arrested For Attack On Missionaries of Charity
Year of Faith in India: Poverty is destroying the country
Bishops, priests, religious and lay Catholics around the country take part in a national symposium on how the social doctrine of the Church is applied today. Examining some documents of the Second Vatican Council, participants identify five "critical" areas. AsiaNews presents the Symposium’s conclusions. Part One.
Orissa: European delegation meets victims of anti-Christian pogrom
Representatives from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland visit the region more than a year after it was shaken by violence. Authorities in New Delhi deny the diplomats permission to visit Kandhamal district. They meet ten survivors at the Bishop’s House in Bhubaneswar-Cuttack diocese. Bishop Cheenath said they expressed “concern” but “did not make any promises”.
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