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

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

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 »

Israel Shaken by 5 Deaths in Synagogue Assault

JERUSALEM — The Orthodox Jewish men were facing east, to honor the Old City site where the ancient temples once stood, when two Palestinians armed with a gun, knives and axes burst into their synagogue Tuesday morning, shouting “God is great!” in Arabic. Within moments, three rabbis and a fourth pious man lay dead, blood pooling on their prayer shawls and holy books.

The assailants, cousins from East Jerusalem, were killed at the scene in a gun battle with the police that wounded two officers; one died of his injuries Tuesday night. Politicians and others around the world condemned the attack and the rising religious dimension of the spate of violence, which has been attributed mainly to a struggle over the very site the victims were praying toward.  read more »

Tamil Nadu, 100 Hindu radicals attack a Christian community


by Nirmala Carvalho
Four people, including the Reverend, are hospitalized in serious condition. The extremists also attempted to attack them in the hospital. Desecrated the altar, and a Bible, community’s vehicles destroyed. Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "The violence spreads a culture that holds religious conversions to be illegal ".  read more »

Konkal (udumalpet-Tamilnadu) Marthoma Church Parish Priest and believers injured in the attack during church service

On 16th November during Sunday worship service at Konkal Marthoma Church in Udumalpet(TN) a group of more than 100 anti Christian goons attacked the PARISH priest Fr.K.A. Sathish,evangelist and Amrutha Raj, grievously injuring them.Two believers are also injured in the attack. The savage attackers have destroyed more than 20 vehicle parked outside the church. The perpetrators desecrated holy alter and continuously abused Christians and deity of Christ.The attackers torn Holy bible and spoiled musical instruments used for worship  read more »

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