» 12/07/2005, 00.00
Two arrested for desecrating Catholic church
The police consider the suspects to be mere thieves. The diocese believes the attack was perpetrated to generate communal tension in the lead-up to Christmas. A prayer march is slated for 9 December in Calcutta.
Salesian seminarian attacked in Maharashtra
The attack took place two days ago near Nashik, a famous Hindu place of pilgrimage. The local bishop said the episode was part of an anti-Christian campaign under way in India that seeks to label the Church’s social ministry as proselytism. The Salesian provincial superior has said the incident will not dampen commitment to the poor and marginalized.
Christmas vigils cancelled in Dhaka
The parish priest of the country's largest church warns the community: "There is a risk of bombs, don't come to church with bags and watch out for strangers". Even Hindu and Buddhist temples are targeted by Islamic terrorists.
Killers of Catholic youth, Javed Anjum, sentenced
Only two out of the three murderers were sentenced; they have been condemned to 25 years imprisonment. The 19-year-old boy was tortured in a bid to make him embrace Islam.
Madhya Pradesh, an anti-Christian campaign by Hindu fundamentalists
Yesterday RSS activists attacked two young Christians: they were distributing religious material in front of their local church. It is the fifth such attack in the state since January 25th.
Fundamentalist group urges Christians and Muslims to "return to being Hindu"
The RSS, a Hindu paramilitary movement, calls for the removal of minority status for Christians and Muslims, urging a return to "Indianisation". The Bishops' Conference is quick to respond.
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