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Christians attacked in Madhya Pradesh

Story By: mattersindia.com. New Delhi: Suspected Hindu radicals attacked two churches in four days in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The attacks came a few days after police in Rajasthan, a northwestern Indian state, allegedly tortured 20 Christians, reports christiannews.net....

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Bangalore Seminary gets new rector

Father Mathias fills the vacancy left by Father Thomas, whose body was found inside the seminary building on the morning of April 1, 2013. Bangaluru:  Jesuit Father Joseph Benedict Mathias has been appointed Rector of St. Peter's Pontifical Seminary in...

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Discalced nuns fear for safety

Story By: mattersindia.com.  Mangaluru – The discalced nuns of cloistered monastery in Mangaluru dedicated to Sacred Heart of Jesus, who live an enclosed life spending minimum seven hours a day in prayers, have been forced to run from pillar to post...

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Unattached Christians seek burial place

Story By: mattersindia.com.  Nagercoil: A group of Christians not attached to any denominations Monday staged a demonstration in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, to demand a separate burial ground. “A common burial ground is a must for those who are not members of...

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India’s empty rhetoric on religious freedom

Modi's assurances of ending violence are contradicted by his party faithful.   By John Dayal  New Delhi:  Whether you love her or hate her, Blessed Teresa of Kolkata did her main work with her hands and heart among people that...

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Andhra Christians march demanding RSS chief’s apology

Fr M Prasad said that Mother Teresa always wanted to serve the poor, but not involved in religious conversions. Vijayawada:  The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches organized rally in Vijayawada on Tuesday demanding an open apology from RSS chief Mohan...

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Court moved against proposed church demolition

The parish was in possession and enjoyment of the site for 80 years and had been given electricity connection. Madurai:  Madurai district administration has ordered demolition of a church allegedly instigated by Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK), the church's parish told...

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Needless provocation

(This Hindu Editorial, February 28, 2015,  on Mother Teresa is full of lessons for all and comforting for those who look to her as the saint of the gutter. Dr James Kottoor)          Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent...

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Dalit Liberation Theology: Interview with James Massey

Story: Matters India. Reverend James Massey, who died March 3, was a leading Dalit Christian theologian, one of the pioneers in the field. He wrote several books on Dalit Christian theology. He was the general secretary of the Indian Society for...

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Cardinal raises concern over ‘decline in secular values’

Thiruvananthapuram (Matters India)– Syro Malankara Catholic Church Chief Baselios Cardinal Cleemis Catholics has expressed serious concern over the ‘’decline in secular values’’ in the country. Presiding over the inaugural of the birth centenary celebrations of Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios here on...

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Proud of Christian education: Uttar Pradesh CM

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has promised all possible support to Christians in the northern Indian state. The 41-year-old leader also said his Samajwadi (socialist) Party would ensure that all communities were treated with equality and respect. Yadav was...

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Bishops seek Modi’s help for Dalit reservation

Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church also sought Modi's help for dalit reservation. New Delhi (UCAN): Catholic leaders, who addressed a New Delhi seminar along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have sought his help in introducing reservation for...

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Kerala Church asks Marxists not to use saints’ photos

Alappuzha (Matters India): The Communist Party of India (Marxist) should not use the pictures of Saint Alphonsa and Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara to get votes in Kerala, a Catholic church official said Tuesday. The CPI-M state party conference will be held...

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Modi promises Christians to protect religious freedom

The lack of a public statement from Modi had caused concern among Christian leaders Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Tuesday told a gathering of Christians that his government would ensure religious freedom, amid increasing criticism that his administration was apathetic...