» 12/16/2011, 00.00
A catechist killed in Orissa: Hindu radicals are playing with terror
Rabindra Parichaa, a well-known Christian activist in Kandhamal region, scene of violent attacks in the recent past, was found dead under mysterious circumstances. He is the third Christian leader killed this year. The police, who, conniving with the radicals, try to pass the killings off as accidents, unmasked in court.
Banjanagar (AsiaNews) - Another Christian has been killed in mysterious circumstances in Kandhamal. Rabindra Parichaa, a Catholic activist, who in the past has worked as a catechist touring, touring villages and towns in the area, and had as his basis the parish of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Mondasoro in Kandhamal, was murdered this morning, in circumstances yet to be clarified. Earlier in the year, two other Christian activists, Saul Pradhan and Michael Navak were killed in the area, in Raikia Block. But local authorities, in connivance with Hindu radicals have tried to pass off their deaths as accidental. In both cases the police version of the incidents were rejected once they arrived in court. (29/07/Hindu radical kills Christian who had testified in court in a Kandhamal pogrom-related case
It is no coincidence that this crime occurred on the eve of Christmas. In fact the celebration of Christmas 2007 gave rise to the first attacks against Christian churches and homes in the district of Kandhamal. Unfortunately it was just a prologue: after the killing of Hindu leader Saraswati Laxmanananda August 23, 2008 - a new terrible wave of persecution was unleashed that lasted two and a half months, with serious consequences that last to this day.
Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has condemned in the strongest terms the killing of Rabindra Parichaa, a well known figure among the Christians of Kandhamal. "Rabindra Parichaa was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Kandhamal in Banjanagar. Earlier this year two Christian activists, Saul Pradhan and Michael Nayak were killed in the Raikia Block and authorities, in complicity with the Hindu radicals, have passed the deaths off as accidents. But both police versions were dismissed in court, "he said, and added:" The murder, so close to Christmas, is a strategic move by extremists to create a climate of fear among Christians in Kandhamal. The first wave of anti-Christian violence broke out at Christmas. The killing of Rabindra Parichaa evokes memories of Black Christmas of 2007 when activists of the VHP (Vishva Hindu Parishad, a Hindu radical party, ed) set fire to churches and other Christian institutions and Christian homes. These acts were followed by an attempt at genocide, the attempt to exterminate Christians and tear apart the social fabric of the district. "
In Orissa, a peaceful Christmas, but "armored"
Under heavy security measures, Christmas celebrations were carried out with no incidents, after months of anti-Christian violence. In 2007, there was a true Christmas of martyrdom. But thousands of Christians have celebrated Christ in the refugee camps.
Christmas, Hindu radicals burn the car of a Christian leader in Kandhamal
Christians in Orissa, the scene of bloody pogroms in 2007 and 2008, celebrated the festive season in relative peace. Two episodes of tension: an attack on the local coordinator of the Council of Christians and the distribution of a blasphemous image.
Bishop of Orissa: Glory in heaven and peace on earth, including Kandhamal
The archbishop of Bhubaneshwar emphasizes that Christmas is an occasion of joy even in the refugee camps for persecuted Christians. Amid the sufferings and anguish of more than 50,000 victims, sharing and solidarity have shone from the entire world, the beginning of a new world, a new world order. The reflections of Archbishop Cheenath were gathered by Nirmala Carvalho.
Sister who was raped gives deposition to police, but will not return to Orissa
Sister Meena and Fr. Thomas Chellan have recounted the violence they suffered on the night they were assaulted by Hindu fundamentalists. This sister remains in Delhi, and will not participate in the "American-style" lineup scheduled today in Baliguda. Ministers of the central government are meeting with Christian families from Orissa living in refugee camps.
Still no justice for Kandhamal’s Christians seven years after pogroms
In August 2008, Hindu radicals unleashed anti-Christian violence.. The heartbreaking story of the widow of a man burned at the stake for his religious faith. The Global Council of Indian Christians provides legal and financial support to the families of victims.
EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'
A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.
15/01/2018 LEBANON - SYRIA
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.