‘Voice of the Official Church is missing’

‘Voice of the Official Church is missing’

Against a background of ‘well-planned attacks’ on Christian institutions reported in the media and 486 incidents of violence against Christians in the past year (as reported by United Christian Front) the voice of the official church, the CBCI(Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India*) is missing. This is the gist of an appeal sent out to CBCI […]

Now, ‘Missionaries’ accused of Stealing from the Sikh Flock!

Now, ‘Missionaries’ accused of Stealing  from the Sikh Flock!

The new front for confrontation against ‘Conversions to Christianity’ is opening up along India’s North-western border, as a leading Sikh cleric accuses ‘Christian missionaries’ of ‘aggressive proselytisation’ and vows to stem the tide. Even as Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore and various Christian leaders have   condemned the continuous harassment on the Christian Missionaries in Karnataka […]

Sunday Skirmishes: Evangelicals face Hindutva Ire?

Sunday Skirmishes: Evangelicals face Hindutva Ire?

The gloves are off now, Evangelical Christian prayer services attacked, pastors hauled up and questioned by the police, neighbours calling up the police and filing serious complaints, all happening in various small locations across the country. Is it the Hindu hardliners outrage against aggressive proselyting? Or is it stage one of a more ‘action packed’ […]

Church must learn to operate under continual threat of persecution

Church must learn to operate under continual threat of persecution

“The Church is having to learn to operate much as the early Church in the book of Acts — under the continual threat of persecution,”  says Release International CEO Paul Robinson. UK based Release International supports Christians around the world who have been forced to flee because of their faith. Christians in Afghanistan have been […]

Persecution still alive in Odisha’s Kandhamal

Persecution still alive in Odisha’s Kandhamal

Last week in the district of Kandhamal in Odisha four families were kicked out of their own houses. The reason for this was their faith. Their houses were demolished and they were not allowed to access common public resources, such as the village well. Because of this hostile environment some of them had to flee […]

US: Marching for the Martyrs

US: Marching for the Martyrs

On Saturday, (25th September) the streets of Washington D C were flooded with people walking in solidarity towards a cause often neglected. It was the second annual ‘ March For the Martyrs.’ What martyrs were they walking for ? Even though the world voices the idea of free choice of practicing any religion, doing so […]

Requiem for Nitish

Requiem for Nitish

Sir, It was on Aug 11 that a heinous crime took place to a boy merely 16 years old. Difficult to say, that it is fortunate or unfortunate, that the boy ( Nitish Kumar ) died today after going through unbearable suffering for more than 40 days. Who would have thought that one morning would […]

Why are MP Christians suddenly so fearful?

Why are MP Christians suddenly so fearful?

Christians in the Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh state are in a state of apprehension and fear, following repeated threats by self-styled Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists that they plan to demolish all ‘illegal’ churches in the district. Even though no serious incidents have been reported two days past the deadline, locals say that a […]

Jharkhand’s selective FCRA probe questioned

Jharkhand’s selective FCRA probe questioned

Faced with undue harassment by income tax officials and other state agencies for nearly a year now, the Church organizations could take it no longer.  Last fortnight,a  delegation of Church run institutions met the  Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu, and complained that the state administration had been indulging in a “selective” probe into overseas funds received […]

China bans teaching in Tibetan Monasteries

China bans teaching in Tibetan Monasteries

BEIJING, Jan 30: Though China has signed and ratified an international document allowing religious freedom, and even mended its Constitution to allow freedom of religion, it is still very harsh on Tibetan Buddhists, often denying them of their rights. A county in China’s Qinghai province, which is adjacent to the Tibetan Autonomous Region, has banned […]

81 year old Stan Swamy won’t Shut Up

81 year old Stan Swamy won’t Shut Up

Ranchi: Eighty-one year old Stan Swamy isn’t going to be gagged or intimidated. He speaks gently, but clearly. He says that both the governments: the one in Jharkhand and the one in the centre, are busy trying to frighten people who have begun to speak out against mismanagement and failure to govern. “What do you […]

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