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‘India witnessed religiously motivated killings, arrests’

Washington (Matters India): India witnessed religiously motivated killings, arrests, riots and coerced religious conversions and the police in some cases failed to respond effectively to communal violence, according to the US state department report on International Religious Freedom 2014. In...

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Legal experts back Teresa nuns

Kolkata (Matters India): Several legal experts in India say the government cannot force the Missionaries of Charity to continue adoption work. The Catholic religious congregation, founded by Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, found recent government regulations on adoption centers against...

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Mob sets fire to church in Mizoram

Aizawl (Matters India): An angry mob on Tuesday night attacked a church constructed on a plot at Bawngkawn Brigade Land, which is in dispute between the Baptist Church of Mizoram (BCM) and local council of Bawngkawn. The church, made of...

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Mamata Banerjee supports Teresa nuns

Kolkata (Matters India): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has extended support to the Missionaries of Charity’s move to give up its status to run adoption homes in India. “We fully support Missionaries of Charity and Sister Prema in their...

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Missionaries of Charity may have to shut down orphanages

New Delhi (Matters India): The government could derecognise 13 orphanages run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity after it refused to give children up for adoption to single, divorced or separated people. Women and child development (WCD) minister Maneka Gandhi...

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Police arrest three pastors on conversion charges

Christian leaders accuse authorities of staging organized intimidation. Bhopal (UCAN): Indian police arrested three Protestant pastors after they were attacked by a mob for allegedly attempting to convert Hindus. Christian leaders called the Oct. 3 attack and subsequent arrests an organized...

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Police help staging of controversial play

Mumbai (Matters India): Controversial play ‘Agnes of God’ was staged at the NCPA peacefully under police monitoring on Monday evening. But the pot was kept boiling with director Kaizaad Kotwal, addressing the audience, saying he was “thrilled that artistes can...

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Kerala nun’s body exhumed, autopsy performed

She had died after spending a few days in hospital. Kottayam: (UCAN) The body of an 83-year-old nun Sister Jose Maria was exhumed, near here, on Friday for conducting an autopsy after it was revealed that she was actually murdered instead...

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BJP members plan for anti-conversion bill in Parliamen

BJP's Lok Sabha member Yogi Adityanath and Rajya Sabha member Tarun Vijay will introduce the bill in respective houses. New Delhi (UCAN): Two BJP members plan to introduce private member bills in both houses of parliament to stop religious conversions and...

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Bishop Ferdinand Fonseca dies

Mumbai: Bombay archdiocese’s retired Auxiliary Bishop Ferdinand Joseph Fonseca died on October 2. He would have completed 90 on December 2. Bishop Ferdinand was fondly known as Bishop Ferdie. He was born to Jose and Julia Fonseca, Goan settlers in...

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Cardinal Cleemis demands ban on ‘Agnes of God’

The play, Agnes of God – an anti-Catholic Play directed by Mumbai born Kaizaad Kotwal, is an adaptation of a 1982 Broadway production.                    The following letter from Cardinal Cleemis to Home Minister,...

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VHP wants pope apologize to Indians

 Many cases occurred in India and deserve recompense, official says. New Delhi (UCAN):  A prominent Hindu group in India has asked Pope Francis to apologize to Indians who have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Christian missionaries in the...

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Nun’s murderer admits killing another elderly nun

Kottayam (Matters India): The man held in connection with the murder of a 69-year-old nun in Pala allegedly had killed another elderly nun at a convent near Erattupetta in April this year, police said on Tuesday. Satheesh Babu, who has...

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Is Our Civilization in Peril? Mathew Idikkula (USA)

The evolutionary march of our civilization from the Stone Age to the Space Age has been an enduring struggle. Empires have risen and fallen; indigenous civilizations have come, made their contributions, and gone; groundbreaking innovations such as the dawn of...