Jewish leader blasts indifference to persecuted Christians

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August 26, 2014 by CNA Daily News

New York City, N.Y., Aug 26, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the World Jewish Congress slammed global apathy to persecution of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world, saying more countries should be moved to action.

“The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn't just wrong; it's obscene,” wrote Ronald S. Lauder in an Aug. 19 New York Times editorial.  read more »

New Study Examines Persecution Of Christians, Reveals Shocking Data

By Leah Marieann Klett ([email protected]) Aug 25, 2014 07:46 PM EDT
As the oppression of Christians rages rampant around the world, Christian History magazine examines the persecution of Christians over the past 300 years, revealing that the current, horrific crimes committed against a staggering number of believers are anything but unprecedented in the known world.  read more »

President pats Church for work among tribal people

Published: 12:46 pm, August 25, 2014 Story By:

The president unveils the plaque during inauguration
New Delhi: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday lauded the Catholic Church’s efforts to bring socioeconomic and cultural advancement to tribal communities in the country.
Mukherjee regretted that tribal communities, who account for 8.6 percent of India’s total population of 1.2 billion, lagged behind the general population in maternal and child mortality, besides being denied access to education and agricultural holdings.  read more »

Tortured to change religion, alleges woman national champion

Ranchi, Aug 24, 2014 (IANS):

A national rifle shooting woman gold medallist here has alleged that she was tortured to change her religion to Islam by a Muslim man who married her on the pretext of being a Hindu.  read more »

“Indian Orthodox brain” in US administration gets top post

Washington: A Christian priest from India, who played a crucial role in the construction of American embassies throughout the world, has been given a new top post in the US administration.

Fr Alexander James Kurien of the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church is expected to assume charge as the deputy administrator of the Office of the Government wide Policy (OGP) by August end. The office encourages various agencies in United States to make the best use of government policies.

The priest, nicknamed as the “Orthodox Church’s strategic brain” in the US, had earlier served as the director of the Office of Strategic Planning at the United States Department of State in Washington DC. He has also been trained at the Monastic Republic of Mount Athos, reported.

The General Services Administration of the United States created the OGP in 1995 to consolidate its policy functions into a single organization. Its policymaking authority covers the areas of personal and real property, travel and transportation, information technology, regulatory information and use of federal advisory committees.

It has been tasked to ensure that government-wide policies encourage agencies to develop and utilize the best, most cost effective management practices for the conduct of their specific programs.

“Fr. Kurien has been a vibrant presence in the spiritual and social lives of so many people in the Washington DC metro area for about two decades,” reports It hailed him as a visionary, an exceptionally talented organizer, an efficient motivator, and compassionate spiritual leader.
He came to the US after finishing 12th grade. He is the youngest son of Koshy Kurien and Pennamma Kurien of Kadackal House, Pallipad, Kerala.  read more »

India is Hindu and its people cannot be secular-RSS
For ultranationalists, India is Hindu and its people cannot be secular
by Nirmala Carvalho
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) officials issue new statements to that effect. The head of the paramilitary group says he wants "equality" for the people. For the leader of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), "it is ironic that the RSS should speak of equality, when it has always opposed the struggle for minority rights".  read more »

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