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  • 16/01/2018 - INDIA

    Upadhesh Rana is the head of the Vishwa Sanathan Sangh. The St. Mary Post Graduate College defended by more than 500 policemen. The St. Paul Convent School in the district of Ratlam attacked and vandalized by members of the Shri Rajput Karni Sena.

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    15/01/2018 - INDIA

    Hindu radicals against Catholic school in Madhya Pradesh

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The St Joseph Convent School in Namli is run by the Sisters of St Joseph of Chambery. After two students were reprimanded because of unruliness, nationalists slammed the nuns for “anti-national” behaviour.

    12/01/2018 - INDIA – NEPAL

    Three Nepali Christians arrested in Uttar Pradesh for spreading Christianity

    The charges against them include using offensive language against Hindu gods. Among Evangelicals, other religions are often seen in totally negative terms.

    11/01/2018 - INDIA

    The Dalits no longer tolerate hegemony of ruling castes

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    In Maharashtra the former untouchables block the city of Mumbai. Hindu radicals "try to repress them with violence because they do not believe in the equality of people". About 201 million Dalits live in India, out of a population of 1.2 billion.

    10/01/2018 - INDIA

    Hindu radical accuses Christianity of destroying the environment

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A Hindu fair was held in Gujarat from 5 to 8 January bringing together 315 Hindu organisations. The extremist S Gurumurthy claims that Christianity has no "reverence for nature". For Syriac Christian leader, such a view sows “seeds of suspicion and division in people against the Christian community.”

    08/01/2018 - INDIA

    Catholic Church serving society’s development in Madhya Pradesh, yet schools are attacked

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Extremists are threatening St Mary's Post Graduate College in Vidisha. Fr Biju describes the social outreach of the diocese of Sagar. Founded 27 years ago, the Manav Vikas Seva Sangh is an association that serves 286 tribal villages.

    08/01/2018 - INDIA

    Cap set on number of visitors to save the Taj Mahal from wear

    The number of local tourists reduced to 40 thousand a day; no restrictions for foreigners, who pay a more expensive ticket. The Islamic mausoleum "hymn to eternal love" is visited by about 6.5 million people each year.

    05/01/2018 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Hindu prayers in Catholic schools. Msgr. Mascarenhas: the fundamentalists will return

    Yesterday, the police dispersed about 900 members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, who planned another raid on January 16th. After the clashes with police the Hindus "left angry". Teachers and the government support Christians. 

    04/01/2018 - INDIA

    For Mgr Mascarenhas, to impose Hindu worship in Catholic schools is a form of terrorism

    About 900 members of the the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad are gathered in front of St Mary's Post Graduate College in Vidisha. India’s Home Affairs minister deployed 400 police agents to re-establish order. The bishop hopes for a 2018 "of peace and harmony".

    04/01/2018 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, Catholic school forced to celebrate Hindu rites

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The incident concerns the St. Mary's Post Graduate College in Vidisha. Hindu radicals of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad threaten retaliation. Numerous episodes of intimidation against institutions and Catholics.

    03/01/2018 - INDIA

    Kerala, protests against a demolished cross: eight wounded, including a nun

    The march was organized by the Kerala Latin Catholic Women's Association. Numerous children among participants. Police used batons to disperse women. The Cross was erected in November to replace others destroyed in a village.

    02/01/2018 - INDIA

    NGO celebrates Christmas in Vasai with children and drug addicts in the sign of Mother Teresa

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    More than700 poor, orphaned and HIV-positive children took part in Christmas celebrations. Founded in 1981 in Mumbai, the Kripa Foundation is present in 12 Indian States and 40 centres worldwide. Fr Joe Pereira goes over the highlights of the past year.

    29/12/2017 - INDIA

    Parliament bans Islamic ‘instant divorce'

    The bill approved by the Lok Sabha now goes to the upper house. Punishment includes up to three years in prison. Mgr Mascarenhas supports women’s rights and dignity. Every religious community should be responsible for its own religious affairs.

    28/12/2017 - INDIA

    Bishop of Sagar: proclaiming Christ in the streets at Christmas without fear (Photos)

    Anti-Christian demonstrations and arrests have occurred in recent weeks. On 23 December about a thousand people from various Christian denominations took part in a large procession. Some five thousand people from all religions visited a nativity scene set up in front of the cathedral. Mgr Anthony Chirayath describes Christmas celebrations. “We are very happy because we were able to announce the birth of Jesus Christ,” he said.

    28/12/2017 - INDIA

    Sapna Tracy, pro-life mother who refused abortion to save herself, dies

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The woman leaves her husband and eight children.  Sapna was pregnant with her last child when doctors advised her to abort and immediately start the treatment for breast cancer. She received  "Pro-Life Award".

    22/12/2017 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh Government promises crackdown on Hindu radicals targeting Christmas

    The Federal Interior Minister calls chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The militants of Hindu Jagrant Manch threatened Catholic schools. "To ensure that the freedom to practice one's religion is protected at all costs".

    21/12/2017 - INDIA

    Interior Minister promises a safe Christmas. But celebrations blocked in Rajasthan

    The president of the Episcopal Conference hands over a memorandum for the protection of Christians to Rajnath Singh. Several episodes of intimidation are ruining the Christmas celebrations. Card. Cleemis: "Accidents threaten the credibility of our democratic system".

    20/12/2017 - INDIA

    Hindu fundamentalists against Christmas in India

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    A Kerala clergyman was beaten up for the "forced conversion" of a Hindu family. Nationalists troll political leaders who participate in charity events. Seven Pentecostal Christians were released in Uttar Pradesh, but their case is still pending.

    19/12/2017 - INDIA

    Uttar Pradesh: Hindus want Christmas banned in Catholic schools, claim it lures Hindu students to Christianity

    The Hindu Jagran Manch is a far-right nationalist group linked to chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Young Catholics are reluctant to sing Christmas carols outdoors after the attack on seminarians and priests in Madhya Pradesh.

    19/12/2017 - INDIA

    Narendra Modi’s BJP wins in Gujarat by a handful of votes

    The Hindu nationalist party gains 99 seats out of 182, while the Congress Party wins 77. In the same round of voting also the Himachal Pradesh, where the nationalists triumph. Gujarat is most important electoral state. Now the BJP rules in 19 states out of 29.

    18/12/2017 - INDIA

    False charges of forced conversions over Christmas carols in Madhya Pradesh

    by Joseph Ottapurackal*

    The rector of St Ephrem's Theological College of Satna speaks out against the attack against 30 seminarians and two priests, held hostage for several hours by young Hindu militants. The man who accused a priest of giving him money to embrace Christianity appears to have retracted his original claim.

    16/12/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Church slams attack on seminarians and priests in Madhya Pradesh

    In Satna, Hindu extremists held Catholics hostage. “The charge of conversion on which the priests and seminarians were detained is frivolous and laughable,” said Mgr Mascarenhas. It is time “to go beyond words and promises”. Hindu terrorists “have taken on the garb of ‘religious police”.

    15/12/2017 - VATICAN-ASIA

    Xenophobia and populism. The case of Asia

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    Theme studied during symposium jointly organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and by the Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development. Tracing the commitment of Churches amid rising hostility towards others, considered as enemies and foreigners. "Migrants" are an important political theme in Germany and in UK Brexit. Testimonies from Latin America and Africa. Asian experiences entrusted to the director of AsiaNews.

    15/12/2017 - INDIA

    Madhya Pradesh, dangerous Christmas songs: 30 seminarians and two priests held hostage

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    The Christians were detained yesterday in Satna. Their car was burned. Like every year, they wanted to reach a remote village to hold a Christmas carol service.

    14/12/2017 - INDIA

    Missionary of Mother Teresa hopes that Christmas will bring the joy of God’s presence even in times of martyrdom

    by Yesudas*

    He calls for putting Pope Francis's call into practice, namely "Let us love, not with words but with deeds". The example is that of the four nuns killed by extremists in Aden, Yemen. Speaking about one of the nuns, he writes that she had “faith and trust that God's love is stronger than all the aggressive powers of the world and it transformed her from victim of darkness into a daughter of light.”

    14/12/2017 - VATICAN

    For the pope, cultural and religious diversity is good for a globalised society

    Francis met with a group of ambassadors, including the representatives of India, Yemen and Azerbaijan. The “centrifugal forces that would drive peoples apart are not found in their differences but in the failure to set out on the path of dialogue and understanding as the most effective means of responding to these challenges.”

    14/12/2017 - INDIA

    Cyclone in Kerala, Msgr. Pakiam: a disaster. Find the resources soon

    Rescue operations underway, while the state authorities lag "out of negligence". A meeting with the governor to define short and long-term support programs. There are no precise numbers of displaced people "because the devastation is unprecedented".

    13/12/2017 - INDIA

    Four Pentecostals arrested in Madhya Pradesh, they were praying for Christmas

    by Nirmala Carvalho

    Rev Karan was among those detained. Police broke into Bethel Church and stopped Advent prayers. For Sajan K George, "In small remote areas, Jesus is the only refuge".

    13/12/2017 - INDIA

    Indian Vice President praises Christians: they build the nation

    Venkaiah Naidu was the guest of honor at the Christmas greetings ceremony. Catholics "manage the best educational institutions in the country". "Continue your service with special attention to the disadvantaged sectors of society".

    12/12/2017 - INDIA

    Kerala, the Church leads a march for fishermen dispersed by the Ockhi cyclone

    The Latin rite Archdiocese of Trivandrum, calls for more reparations. At least 40 fishermen died at sea and another 5656 rescued alive. The authorities must declare the cyclone "a natural disaster".

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