The request comes from the Protestant Christian group Persecution Relief. The secretary general of the Catholic bishops condemns the desecration of the church in Assam. In India religious freedom is guaranteed by Article 25 of the Constitution.
Rev Sojan was accused of "forced conversions" by residents of Bakhtiyarpur. Similar charges against a catholic priest were dropped in Varanasi.
Elections were held in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram. Congress came in first in States that are key in the next Union general elections in 2019. Rural dissatisfaction played a crucial role.
Mgr Anil JT Couto released a video message for Catholics in his diocese. He calls on them to wait for the coming of Christ, to forgive "not only seven times, but seventy times seven", and recognise the Lord "in the poor, the downtrodden, the marginalised, the hungry, the naked, the prisoners".
Msgr. Prasad Gallela is accused of being married and having a child, also of appropriating funds destined for poor Dalit children in the diocese to allow his wife and son "live in luxury". For years the story was known to the Vatican, which had sent an apostolic visitor to investigate.
The clergymen were defended by an association that provides legal aid to persecuted Christians. The Allahbad High Court orders the State of Uttar Pradesh to stop arbitrary arrests. For activist, “It is the duty of the state to ensure that its citizens are not stopped from worshipping the faith they believe in.”
The incident occurred in the district of Bulandshahr. The victim was called Subodh Kumar Singh and had investigated Muslims lynched in the name of "sacred cows". According to a Muslim activist and lawyer, the dynamics of death suggests an execution. The inspector "was hated by sectarian forces".
According to government data, attacks against minorities have increased by 30 per cent in the last three years. In 2017 there were around a thousand incidents resulting in 111 deaths. Unfortunately, “unemployed youth" vie to show who is less tolerant.
The appointment was made official on 3 December. In Amravati, the new archbishop promoted social development, support for the marginalised, and transition to organic farming and agricultural reform.
The initiative proposed in the official newspaper of the Shiv Sena party. Nationalists fear the growth of the Muslim population on the border with Pakistan.