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Two Afghan converts to Christianity risk the death penalty
The two men have been in jail since June waiting for trial. A local TV station showed Afghans reciting Christian prayers and being baptised. Afghan law bans conversion from Islam to any other religion. Fr Moretti, in charge of the country’s onlyCatholic church, is interviewed about the matter.
Orissa: 12 Tribals arrested for converting to Christianity without an official permit
They violated the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act. Police issued an arrest warrant against the Protestant clergymen who carried out the conversion. For Sajan K. George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), what happened is “scandalous and a travesty of the noble vision and ideals enshrined in Indian constitution.”
In Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh local politicians fight against conversions to Christianity
The rising number of conversions is worrying local authorities who accuse Christians of stealing from the poor and carrying out all sorts of vile acts. In Jharkhand there is a growing demand that Tribal converts be denied government benefits. In Andhra Pradesh campaigns of open intolerance are underway.
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Seoul hope for solution to hostage crises at Camp David
President Karzai is in the Usa to meet with George W. Bush, but has already repeated his no to the exchange of the 21 hostages for prisoners wanted by the Taliban and blocked by Washington. Negotiations between Seoul and the “Koranic students” are stalled once again, under the threat of further executions. The international Catholic Community in Kabul hold “ceaseless prayer vigil” for their release.
Nepali Hindus and Christians: false allegations of forced conversions to Christianity
Hindu monarchists declare one million conversions from Hinduism to Christianity since the fall of the monarchy. Religious leaders of both faiths accuse the Hindu extremist parties of exploiting religion to gain support.
Catholics in Bangladesh hit by land expropriation and forced conversions to Islam
A Jesuit, professor at the major seminary in Dhaka, explains the difficulties of the Christians and Catholics, often plagued by extreme poverty. Conversion to Islam for marriage increasingly widespread. In the era of communication and globalization, it is urgent to focus on young people.
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