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The Church in India calls for freedom of expression for all
Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, and other clergymen speak out against the reaction of Hindu nationalists to the principal of a Catholic college, a Jesuit priest who posted online his reflections on the so-called Gujarat model. In it, he calls on people to promote "human development" for everyone, and not only profits for the few.
Hindu Shankara masters decry Narendra Modi: A sinner for the Gujarat massacres
Also known as Shankaracharya, they are considered the highest spiritual authorities of Hinduism. The head of the Puri monastery: "Those who divide the community to gain power must be unmasked”. "I will not support any particular party, but they are secularists [parties] who should win".
01/04/2014 INDIA - UNITED STATES
For Indian Jesuit, US should not grant Narendra Modi diplomatic immunity
A report by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS) acknowledges that the Hindu nationalist leader "could return to the US" if he wins the election. Fr Cedric Prakash SJ tells AsiaNews that "Many in India are hoping that Narendra Modi never becomes prime minister." For nine years, Washington has denied him a visa for "violations of religious freedom" in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Simplicity, down-to-earth homilies, and dialogue define Pope Francis to the Church in India and the world
An Indian Jesuit, Fr Errol Fernandes, looks back at the first year of his pontificate. The Holy Father "has caught the imagination of people all over the world no matter what faith they might profess" because he has great respect for them and "is willing to learn from anyone and any situation."
Karnataka Hindu extremists attack a Jesuit Catholic College. Students and teachers beaten
The attack on the colleges of St. Joseph Anegal (40 km south of Bangalore) occurred on January 27. Reason for the assault, failure to display the Indian flag during celebrations for the national holiday. The extremists attack the university campus before the eyes of the police, who arrested without cause, the rector Fr. Melvin Medonca. The University is renowned for its commitment in the education of Dalits and tribals.
25/01/2016 14:51:00 INDIA
Republic Day: terrorism and development still hding India’s problems
India tomorrow celebrates the 67th Republic Day. Activities are planned across the country despite fear of attacks. For the editor of Mumbai’s diocesan weekly, the “country must be a democracy based on respect of the rule of law,” and rediscover the “multi-religious and multicultural” character of its people.
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