Christianity

Church instigating Dalit Christians against Modi Government: PCLM

With the announcement for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Church in India got busied in instigating the Dalit Christians against the Narendra Modi government. This was alleged by the Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) Chairman R L Francis...

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UN too had denounced Vatican for allowing priests to abuse children

The 2014 UN report denounced the Vatican for allowing priests to rape children and demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers...

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Intolerance will fizzle out shortly, says Pranab Mukherjee

Intolerance in India is a temporary phase. Mukherjee cites a 5,000 year history of peaceful coexistence and assimilation...

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Pope sacks Cuddapah Bishop for secretly marrying, having child

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of an Indian Bishop guilty of violating the celibacy vow and getting married and having a child also. Prasad Gallela, the Bishop of Cuddapah in Andhra Pradesh has fallen out of the grace of the Roman Catholic Pontiff for violating the celibacy vow...

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Pave way for human rights of Dalit, Tribal Christians: PCML tells Church

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day the Poor Christians Liberation Movement (PCLM) has asked the Church authorities to pave way for human rights of Christians of Dalit and tribal origin...

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NCW slams church for glorifying accused Bishop in Kerala nun rape case

The National Commission for Women (NCW) levelled accusation against the Catholic Church for ‘glorifying’ the accused bishop of Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mullakal in a Kerala nun rape case...

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Dalit Christians caught in the Church vortex

The Christians all over India observed November 11 as “Dalit Liberation Sunday” (DLS) with an avowed aim of bringing the Dalit Christians at par with the ‘Dalit Hindus’ in matters of economic and social equality...

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Christian organisation chief demands probe into death of Fr Kuriakose

President of Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) R L Francis has demanded an inquiry into the mysterious death of Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, a key witness in the rape case against Bishop Franco Mulakkal. Father Kuriakose was found dead in Punjab's Jalandhar today...

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The Sins of the Believers

The controversies that surround the church fraternity are often deliberately ignored and the recent Nun Rape case is a standing testimony for that. In the state of Kerala alone, dozens of such cases had been reported in the past where the church had in several instances tried to buy the silence of victims. ..

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Priests sex abuse scandals dent Pope Francis popularity in US

The sexual abuse scandal has undermined Pope Francis’ once-soaring popularity in the United States, with a poll released on Tuesday showing that support for the pontiff has dropped precipitously among Americans, according to New York Times...

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Frightening Franco Fiasco

The blitzkrieg that has hit the Catholic Church in India over the last couple of months could verily use another set of three Fs – the ‘Frightening Franco Fiasco’. It is frightening because of the incalculable harm, and in some cases, irreparable loss, to the otherwise “goody” image of the Catholic Church in India. It was a fiasco because of the fumbling, bumbling silence of the CBCI and the Papal Nuncio in India...

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Jharkhand Baby Farms-Flourishing brazen Industry of commercial baby rearing

PRIYA S dwells into the flourishing business of baby selling involving nuns of Missionaries of Charity in Jharkhand...

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Sins of Catholic clerics: Over 300 priests, bishops accused of child sex abuse; victims more than 1,000 throughout US

The sins of priests and Bishops are coming out one after the other. These priests and Bishops are committing serious crimes including sexual assault, blackmailing etc rather serving the message of ‘God’ to the people. The shocking exposition this time comes from Pennsylvania, United States where at least 300 priests are accused of child sex abuse by more than 1,000 victims throughout the country...

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Did the Church leaders unknowingly expose Karunanidhi’s active role in dissemination of Christianity ?

The Church leaders have unreservedly mourned the death of Karunanidhi. The Church and Christian leaders are not so univocal. On such sentimental issues, their responses are customarily very much formal or official. But in the case of expressing about the death of Kalaignar, their mourning is visible when they say: “Karunanidhi's death is a big loss to religious minorities and other oppressed groups like Dalits.”..

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Women’s panel calls for abolishing church confession; Bishops' body oppose

The National Commission of Women (NCW) has called for abolishing the ritualistic practice of confession in the churches in view of the growing incidents of molestation of women by the priests in the churches. The advise of the NCW has come under fire from the Church...

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Global Church body comes in support of Swami Agnivesh, condemns attack

Swami Agnivesh, who faced the people’s wrath for denigrating Hindu deities and insulting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has found a global sympathiser in World Council of Churches (WCC) that condemned the attack on this ‘renowned social activist’ in India...

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Leading Catholics urge CBCI, Vatican to sack rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal

s many as 168 leading Catholic figures and lay people have darted letters to the Vatican urging the Pope to sack the Indian Bishop accused of raping a nun even as Bishop Franco Mulakkal who is accused of raping a nun in Kerala, pleaded that he was being fabricated by the nun...

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Cops seek freezing bank funds of Mother Teresa nuns

Exposure of child trafficking activities following arrest of a nun from Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, the investigating cops and tax officials have sought to freeze the bank funds of the nuns associated with Missionaries of Charity...

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Rapist 'Father' who misused 'Confession', surrenders: Big questionmark of Confessions and its 'byproducts'

The whole episode has put a big questionmark on the system of Confessions and its relvance and trustworthyness. No one can deny that the 'Thiruvalla' incidance is a an isolated and rare one... this is the only which has got voice...there might be thousands buried under the suppression and threats by the Holy Priests!..

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It’s 'Nun' of Kerala Bishop’s ‘Business’

A Kerala Bishop has been accused of sexually exploiting a nun for years. In another case some priests were alleged to have 'blackmailed and sexually abused' a married woman in Kerala for years. And the Catholic Church is just sitting idle. There is no reaction from the progressive intellectuals and media. This silence is criminal...

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Church leaders misleading Christian community about BJP, RSS: PCLM

Senior columnist and President of PCML R L Francis alleged that the Protestant and Catholic Churches are spreading falsehood and canard against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and also against the Union Government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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Catholic schools to teach Constitution to students

Against the background of countrywide criticism over their letters for prayer to ‘save constitution’, ‘to elect a new government that would protect plurality of India’ and ‘to protect the human rights’ the Catholic Bishops have decided to teach constitution in their schools to educate the students...

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Global Church body sends Eid greetings to Muslim community

The World Council of Churches (WCC), a global Church conglomerate has extended its warm greetings to the Muslim community on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. WCC general Secretary Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered written greetings of peace...

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NCCI expresses concern over ‘violation of minority human rights’

The National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), an apex body of the protestant churches in India, has expressed serious concern over the “worsening situation of violation of human rights in the country”...

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Delhi Archbishop’s ‘prayer’ letter evokes nationwide criticism

The letter of Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto asking the church leaders and members of the Catholic community to pray and observe fast on every Friday till the 2019 elections are held to defeat the ‘nationalist groups’ has evoked nationwide criticism from various organisations, political parties and lay people...

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Christian groups repeatedly tamper democracy ; Why Election Commission silent, asks LRO

In a letter sent to the ECI, LRO Convener Vinay Joshi has slammed the body for its languorous approach to tackle the Christian groups which are tampering the very spirit of democracy by spreading nefracious propoganda. ..

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Catholic Church leaders raise objection to chanting ‘Jai Hind’

After the Delhi Archbishop’s letter to the ‘faithful’ in Christian community to pray and observe fast on every Friday in the churches to defeat the ‘nationalist forces and parties’ coming to power in 2019 general elections again, the Catholic Church leaders have taken objection to chanting of ‘Jai Hind’...

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Delhi Archbishop calls for nationwide prayers to influence 2019 elections

Archbishop of Delhi Anil JT Couto called on the faithful in every parish to recite the prayer and fast for a year starting May 13, 2018 and perform the Eucharistic adoration every Friday until the 2019 elections...

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Dalit Christians in Tamil Nadu diocese allege caste discrimination

Contrary to the general belief and perception that there is no discrimination in Christian faith and that all are treated with equal respect, the Dalit Christians of Sivagangai Diocese in South Tamil Nadu have alleged widespread caste-based discrimination...

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PCML wants Pope Francis to reform Catholic Church in India

The Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM) on the occasion of Good Friday demanded form the Pope Francis to bring reforms in the Catholic Church in India...

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NBCC does a ‘Father Macwan’ in Nagaland, asks faithfuls to choose between ‘trishul’ & ‘cross’

Repeating what Archbishop Thomas Macwan did in Gujarat assembly elections, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) went a step ahead asking the Nagaland voters to choose between the ‘Trishul’ and ‘Cross’...

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Ban on conversion notwithstanding, Christianity spreads in Nepal

Despite strict laws that ban religious conversion, Christianity has spread rapidly over the last two decades in Nepal, where many see it as an escape from the deeply entrenched caste system...

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An open letter to Cardinal Baselios Cleemis President of CBCI

The author asks some very pertinent and disturbing questions to the President of Catholic Bishop's Conference of India, the top body of Indian Catholics...

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Assam Christian Forum supports Gujarat Archbishop Macwan

The Assam Christian Forum (ACF) has come out openly in support of the Archbishop of Gandhinagar Archdiocese Thomas Macwan and appealed to all the people to pray for the defeat of “nationalist forces” in Gujarat elections...

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The ‘unholy’ game plan of the ‘holy’ father

The Archbishop of Gandhinagar Thomas Macwan had issued a letter to voters directing them to vote against the ‘nationalist forces’ and ensure victory of those who ‘remain faithful to Indian Constitution and respect every human being without any sort of discrimination’...

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Kerala Archbishop rules out support to BJP

KCBC president Archbishop Soosa Pakiam of Thiruvananthapuram said the bishops’ meeting with Shah last week was cordial...

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Masked gunmen kill 23 in gun attack on Christians in Egypt

A group of masked gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians when they were driving to a monastery located south of Cairo on Friday and killed 26 of them while injuring 26 others, Reuters reported quoting the Governor of Egypt’s Minya Province Essam al-Bedaiwy...

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Pope on a visit to Egypt to accelerate peace initiatives

Pope Francis, the highest spiritual mentor of Catholics worldwide, will be arriving today in Egypt by a special Alitalia plane on a peace mission and to boost the peace initiatives in that strife-torn Islamic country...

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Honour each other's religions, Indresh Kumar exhorts Christian leaders

Senior RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar interacted with the participants on various national and social issues...

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Honour each other's religions, Indresh Kumar exhorts Christian leaders

Senior RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar interacted with the participants on various national and social issues...

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 WCC condemns terror attacks on Egypt churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned the vicious attacks on innocent worshippers in St George (Mar Girgis) Coptic Church in Tanta and in front of St Mark´s church in Alexandria, Egypt, an official release said...

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"Yoga good for body and mind, not necessary for experiencing the divine"

The Indian Catholic Church believes that yoga is not needed to experience the supreme bliss or divine spirit. It is only a way to keep your body in perfect health condition, the Church believes...

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Brazil’s ex-president Dilma Rousseff visits Ecumenical Center

Former President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff was given a warm reception and welcome at the Ecumenical Centre of the World Council of Churches (WCC), on Friday...

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‘It’s better to be an atheist’ than a hypocritical Catholic!

Pope Francis..

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Three prominent Christian Cardinals meet PM

A three-member delegation of Catholic Cardinals called on the Prime Minister on Wednesday to discuss regarding the visit of the Pope to India and kidnapping of Father Tom...

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Catholic Bishop’s report on Dalit Christians “eyewash”: PCLM

The report on Dalit Christians recently promulgated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) is far from reality and merely public relations exercise, alleged the Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM)...

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Nagaland church seeks repeal of good governance day on Dec 25

Church organisations in Northeast India opposed NDA government’s decision of holding good governance day on December 25...

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Company Law Tribunal dismantles CSI Board of Directors for corruption

The National Company Law Tribunal has removed all the directors and office-bearers managing the country’s largest protestant group – The Church of South India (CSI) -and installed retired judge K Sampath ..

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Catholic Church's ban on female priests will stay forever says Pope

As a response to a journalist asking whether the church might see female priests in the coming decade, the Pope Francis recited an apostolic letter written in 1994 by Saint Pope John Paul II, saying that ordaining women was not possible because Jesus chose only men as his apostles. The Pope also said that Catholic Church's ban on female priests will remain forever. The remarks came in during Pope’s travel from Sweden to Rome. Pope said, "St. Pope John Paul II had the last clear word on this and ..

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Pope Francis likely to visit India, Bangladesh next year

Pope Francis is planning to visit India, Bangladesh and Portugal in 2017 much to the excitement and delight of the Catholic Christians in these countries...

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1500-yr-old Bible found, blasts Jesus' crucifixion theory, Vatican surprised

Much to the dismay of the Vatican, an approx. 1500-2000-year-old bible was found in Turkey, in the Ethnography Museum of Ankara...

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Petition drive to restrain govt representation at Mother Teresa’s canonization 

A group of ideologically like-minded social activists has initiated a petition signing drive to appeal to the Government of India not to send their representative at Mother Teresa’s Canonisation as scheduled on September 4 this year. ..

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Eight Christians face trial for alleged conversion bid in Nepal school

This is the first trial related to religious freedom since the country’s secular Constitution came into effect in 2015. The defendants are out on bail. Trial set to start on 23 July...

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Doubts raised on screening of film on Kandhamal violence

The documentary titled “Voice from the ruins - Kandhamal in search of justice”, will be screened July 17 to 19 in theatres of Kerala. Fr. Ajaya Kumar who made this film traces the origins of the violence against Christians in Orissa...

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WCC grants membership to NE India church body

The Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI) has been included as new member of the World Council of Churches in its just concluded Central Committee meeting in Norway...

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NCCI renews quota demand for converted Dalits

Given the reality of caste-based discrimination in the Church organisations, how far the NCCI’s demand of quota for converted Dalits is justified?..

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Christians overtake Muslims in Tamil Nadu

The share of Christians in the Tamil Nadu population has been growing since 1951 when it was at 4.7 percent...

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Christians have a mission to convert all Muslims, says Pope’s aide

Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting held by Cambridge University’s Woolf Institute...

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East Germany’s “secular reality” a new challenge to reformation tradition

Eastern Germany is the heartland of the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther, but today is one of the most secularized parts of the world, says German sociologist Monika Wohlrab-Sahr...

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East Germany’s “secular reality” a new challenge to reformation tradition

Eastern Germany is the heartland of the Protestant Reformation of Martin Luther, but today is one of the most secularized parts of the world, says German sociologist Monika Wohlrab-Sahr...

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MP police detain three Christians for forceful conversions

Rev V A Anthony V, his wife Prabha and another woman were arrested after police; acting on the complaints made by Hindu activists took them into custody for involving in forceful conversions. The Christian world sees this incident as an attack on the religious freedom of the Christians in India...

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Global meeting seeks inspiration from Reformation to transform world 

More than 120 people from throughout the world have gathered in the eastern German city of Halle to reflect on how insights from the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago can contribute to transforming the world today...

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Catholic Church leaders urge PM Modi to invite Pope Francis to India

The leaders of the Indian Catholic Church asked the prime minister to lead a government delegation to Rome for the canonization of Mother Teresa. The bishops praised the government's involvement in trying to get the release of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted in Yemen. Modi pledged support for Ranchi hospital for the poor and Tribals, an initiative of local Catholics...

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The hidden agenda of USCIRF

SCIRF's principal responsibilities include reviewing, through the lens of international human rights law, the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and making policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress...

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Church challenge: Welcoming "strangers" in a climate of fear

In the midst of a mounting climate of fear of refugees and immigrants, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is calling on Christians to be true to the Biblical imperative to “welcome the stranger”...

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Global Christian consultation expresses concern over growing persecution

An historic consultation of church leaders, drawn from 56 nations, to focus on intensifying "discrimination, persecution and violence" against Christian communities around the world has called on churches globally to pray, support and be in solidarity with those suffering persecution due to their faith...

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European solidarity must be strengthened: Church leaders

At the one-day consultation, the church leaders talked about how Christians in the different churches in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the people in the receiving countries can appropriately deal with the challenges facing the refugees...

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Indonesian Islamists demonstrate against churches after rioting

Not content with riots last week that attacked three churches, the Islamic Defenders Front is demanding the speedy closure of ten churches...

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Govt mulls de-recognizing Mother Teresa’s 13 orphanages

Government mulling derecognising 13 orphanages run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity due to its non-compliance with adoption guidelines...

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Engage in social work not for conversion, Justice Kurian tells Christians

Justice Kurian Joseph says communalism can be dealt with only through humanism...

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European churches urged to work together to address refugee crisis

In the wake of the current refugee crisis, European churches are being encouraged to deepen their efforts in receiving, supporting and protecting refugees who arrive in the region...

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WCC holds seminar on indigenous ecological spiritualities and Christian faith

The event brought together thirty participants including church leaders, theologians, activists and staff of Christian organizations coming from different parts of Indonesia (Java, Bali, Papua), the Philippines and India and representatives from the host organizations...

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Kerala Bishop calls for vigilance against 'love jihad'

Idukki Bishop Mar Mathew Anikuzhikattil on Saturdya said that ‘Love Jihad’ and ulterior motives of SNDP are spoiling the young girls from Christian families. ..

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WCC calls on churches to pray for peace and reunification of Korea

The World Council of Churches (WCC) invited its member churches to join in prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula on Sunday, August 9...

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300,000 babies stolen from their parents - and sold for adoption

Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic Church in Spain..

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Missionaries of Charity under govt scanner for foreign funds

The crackdown of the Indian government on the foreign funded non-governmental organisations has involved at least three major organisations, including Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, Bharat Sevasram Sangha and ISKCON, based in West Bengal...

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New Government report predicts doom of British Christianity by 2067

A new Government aReport in the UK has predicted doom of Christianity by 2067 in Great Britain. ..

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Global Christian body expresses concern over migrant issue

Deeply concerned for migrants in many regions, especially those “driven to undertake journeys of desperate risk and danger”, the executive committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has declared: “All members of the international community have a moral and legal duty to save the lives of those in jeopardy at sea or in transit, regardless of their origin and status.”..

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Christians need ‘spirituality of resistance’: WCC

Christians need a “spirituality of resistance” to face oppression, violence and experiences of defeat, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, said in an address at Germany’s biggest Protestant gathering...

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WCC, Church leaders urge South Sudan government to stop war

As the tragic situation of conflict in South Sudan moves into its 18th month, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) continue calling for an end to the senseless conflict...

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Why Christianity poses a clear threat to India

Christianity has not – yet – failed in India. With powerful backers in the West, it is preparing for another big harvest...

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Recent Pew research finds Christianity on speedy decline in USA

Christianity is sharply speeding downwards in the United States of America (USA), according to new research from the Pew Research Centre, making it for a significantly less Christian country than that of just seven years ago...

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Churches promote just financial systems at 14th World Social Forum

The increasingly influential role of the financial sector, its impact on communities and their struggles toward a just financial system remained the focus of discussions in the workshops organized by the churches at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Tunis, Tunisia...

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Christian protests: A well-planned Catholic conspiracy to malign #ModiSarkar

The Catholic Christian lobby in India and abroad has opened a front against the Narendra Modi government, BJP, RSS and VHP under a well thought off conspiracy. ..

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Christian protests: A well-planned Catholic conspiracy to malign #ModiSarkar

The Catholic Christian lobby in India and abroad has opened a front against the Narendra Modi government, BJP, RSS and VHP under a well thought off conspiracy. ..

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Are Christians truly under attack in India?

Indians never hesitated to accept those who were in trouble and who wanted to preserve their faith because they did not distinguish between human beings on religious lines. Their attitude was that all belong to one big human family and all have the same divine essence in them. For them “religion” was not an identity but a natural, ideal way of life. So what happened that nowadays there is a lot of talk that Christians are under attack in India? Have Hindus become intolerant?..

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Navi- Mumbai church attacked by bikers, hauling stones on the holy monument

Navi- Mumbai saw yet another attack on Christianity when some bikers in a mischief act hit St George church in Panvel on Friday night..

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The story of two rapes and government response in West Bengal

The democratic, secular and Christian lobby has launched a tirade against the Modi Government under a definite conspiracy. ..

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Golbal church body stands by Indian churches amidst acts of violence

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of World Council of Churches (WCC) in a statement expressed support to the churches in India amidst the acts of viuolence and vandalism...

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Haryana police arrests 14 for vandalising church

Haryana police has arrests 14 people on charges of vandalising ..

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Christian body working for responsible elections in Nigeria

Contrary to their consistent claim that they do not indulge in political activities and confine them to social and service activities in inaccessible areas, the members of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) are engaged in making a ‘positive contribution’ to electoral process...

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World Christian body condemns alleged ISIS atrocities in Syria

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has strongly condemned the latest attacks and atrocities reported to have been committed by the so-called “Islamic State” against Assyrian Christians in Syria...

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How foreign media reacted to Bhagwat’s remarks on Mother Teresa

The foreign media too followed their Indian secular counterparts in deploring the RSS Chief for his attributing ‘motives to service of Mother Theresa...

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How Bhagwat’s comments on Nobel laureate missionary handpicked and made controversial

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) SarSanghachalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat’s comments on conversion in the guise of social service and especially about Mother Theresa were expected to raise many en eyebrows and incite counter-offensive. Moreover, it did so; that too, on the expected lines...

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WCC Commission addresses issues related to religion and violence

Violence perpetrated in the name of religion was highlighted as “a defining issue of our generation” by Canon David Porter when he spoke to members of the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA) of the World Council of Churches (WCC)...

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Will the religious leaders take PM’s advice in right earnest?

Though the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one of his excellent speeches Tuesday called for harmony amongst religions to accomplish his “Sab ka Saath, Sab ka Vikaas” mission, the million dollar question is : “Will the religious leaders, particularly those representing Semitic faiths, take the PM’s advice in the right earnest?”..

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Is Delhi Archbishop pushing communal agenda over facts?

The Archbishop said that the result of Delhi elections was a ‘vote for change’. He also saw a message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this result...

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Church leaders misleading Christian community: PCLM Chief

A prominent Christian organization has accused the Church leaders of ‘misleading’ the Christian community vis-a-vis Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

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Pope Francis needs a counter punch

Pope Francis, the most progressive Pope the Catholic world has so far, on Friday defended the freedom of expression but with a rider. Talking to newsmen on a papal plane en route Philippines from Sri Lanka the pontiff said: “Freedom of speech is a fundamental right but every religion has its dignity”...

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Indian Dalits defend decision to abandon Christianity

Reconverted 'untouchables' say Church does little to improve their status in India..

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