Posts Tagged ‘India’

Religious places need protection Comments 0

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Religious places must be protected, say India’s Catholic bishops. They are concerned about the way “some of the fringe elements feel empowered” to destroy them. The bishops spoke out after a mob of more than 100 people attacked a church, breaking statues of Jesus, the Blessed Mother, a crucifix and damaging furniture in the newly Read more

Tearfund NZ blocked from aid to India Comments 0

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Tearfund NZ has been blocked from sending aid to India. It is one of 11,000 aid groups who rae no longer allowed to send aid there. The Indian Government says it is “not in its national interest to receive funding from such aid groups”. The Tearfund is a Christian charity. It supports about 145,000 children. Read more

Indian Christians fear violence Comments 0

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Indian Christians fear violence. They know an eruption of violence can happen anytime, says Veronique Vogel. Vogel is head of projects in Asia for international Catholic charity Aid to the Church In Need. She has recently returned from a fact-finding visit to the Church in Odisha State. That is where, in 2008, in Kandhamal, Hindu Read more

Charity closure means children will suffer Comments 0

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Children will suffer when Compassion International charity closes its doors in India. The Colorado-based charity is one of India’s biggest donors and has been operating for 48 years. Its donations, through child sponsorship, amount to about US$45 million a year. Its closure has been directed by the Indian government “on suspicion of engaging in religious Read more

Bishop kidnapped and assaulted Comments 0

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A Catholic bishop in southern India was kidnapped and assaulted by attackers who demanded money. Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah in Andhra Pradesh state was blindfolded, handcuffed and abducted while he was travelling home after celebrating Mass at Karunagiri Shrine on April 25. The bishop said that unidentified kidnappers came in two vehicles and took Read more

The surprisingly early history of Christianity in India Comments 0

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The first that I ever saw was worn by Father Lawrence, an elderly priest who said Mass for the rubber-plantation workers in the Kerala village where I spent a Catholic childhood. When he came to our house for coffee, he lifted the curiously rounded hat and bowed with grave courtesy, a gesture I remember vividly Read more

God, the gods and democracy Comments 0

Friday, October 30th, 2015

It’s a plain truth that democracies everywhere are witnessing the resurgence of religious bigotry. There are moments when it feels even as if something like a new global religious war has begun, on several fronts. Ignorant media hype, foul abuse of the faith or godlessness of others, ugly violence calculated to scare and kill: such Read more

Study suggests India as source of Shroud of Turin cloth Comments 0

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A new DNA study has added to the mystery surrounding the Shroud of Turin – which some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus. By sequencing genes from pollen and dust particles on the shroud, Italian researchers have been able to map the type of plants and people that came into contact with the Read more

Indian police probe death threat against cardinal Comments 0

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Police in India are probing a death threat allegedly made by a Maoist group against a Catholic cardinal. Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, the archbishop of Ranchi, received a threatening letter purportedly from the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) The PLFI is a breakaway faction of the Communist Party of India. The letter demanded a payment Read more

Raped nun forgives her attackers Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

An Indian bishop has said a 71-year-old nun who was the victim of a gang rape has forgiven her attackers. Bishop Joseph Gomes of Krishnagar, who visited the nun in hospital on Monday, added: “She told me that ‘justice should be done’.” “This should be never be repeated or happen to anyone else.” The attack Read more