Calvary Apostolic church vandalized and eight believers injured in Sunday morning attack


Gangammapalaya-Bangarapet-Karnataka-23rd November-14
Rajendran,a mobster lead a violent mob today morning at about 10.30and attacked Christian believers of Calvary Apostolic church and vandalized the church property in Gangammapalaya,within Bangararapet police station limits.During the attack by inebriated vandals attacks,eight believers of the congregation sustained serious injuries.The perpetrators were threatening against the reconstruction of the church building..
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URGENT: Pray for the Huangs illegally jailed in Qatar

are an American couple from Los Angeles who moved to Qatar with their three young adopted children in 2012. Matt had been transferred to work there on an engineering project in preparation for Qatar's 2022 World Cup. While living there, on January 15, 2013, their daughter, Gloria, tragically and unexpectedly died. The local police immediately and prejudicially suspected foul play due to the Huangs being a multi-racial Christian family, although Gloria's body showed no signs of trauma or other violence. They arrested the Huangs the next day and ordered their two other children to be placed in a government orphanage. Shockingly, Qatari officials subsequently charged Matt and Grace with starving their daughter to death in order to "harvest her organs" to "conduct medical experiments" on her, and accused the Huangs of obtaining all three of their children via human trafficking.  read more »

Pope Francis to confer sainthood on two beatified candidates from Kerala at Vatican


Two beatified candidates from Kerala, Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia, will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican on Sunday.
In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala, Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia, will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican on Sunday.

With their canonisation, as the finale of the long-drawn stage-by-stage process is known in Catholic parlance, the centuries-old Syro Malabar Church will have three Saints, the first being Sister Alphonsa, raised to the revered rank in 2008.  read more »

Fears of Hindutva shadow on education in India

New Delhi, Nov 21, 2014, (Reuters):
Indians were flying aeroplanes, carrying out stem cell research and may even have been using cosmic weapons 5,000 years ago, according to the chairman of India's leading historical organisation. Reuters image
Indians were flying aeroplanes, carrying out stem cell research and may even have been using cosmic weapons 5,000 years ago, according to the chairman of India's leading historical organisation.  read more »

Muslim 'apostates' come out of hiding in Europe


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Muslim-apostates-come-ou...
BRUSSELS: A number of Muslims in Europe are publicly abandoning their religion to become Christians or agnostics despite their former community's taboo against such acts.

In France, the film "The Apostle" by filmmaker Cheyenne Carron has meanwhile lifted the veil on "apostasy" by telling the story of a young Muslim who converted to Catholicism and how he had trouble getting family and friends to accept his choice.  read more »

For Indian bishop, Christian-Muslim dialogue needs actions, not words

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-Indian-bishop,-Christian-Muslim-dialo...
by Nirmala Carvalho
In India, both communities are a minority. For Mgr Felix Machado, archbishop of Vasai, change begins in the school, which must be "an environment that teaches reciprocity, as well as respect for the natural dignity and freedom of every human being". He calls on Muslims to "use their own tools for the good of all and for building the nation."

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - "Islamic-Christian dialogue is crucial to India, and should take place at the theological and practical levels. The contribution of religion to peace and harmony in modern society cannot be dismissed, nor can religion be relegated to the edges of modern society," said Mgr Felix Machado, archbishop of Vasai and president of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences (FABC), following the third seminar of the Catholic-Muslim Forum, centred on the theme of 'Working together to serve others' (11-13 November, Rome).  read more »

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