Father T.C. George SDB invites People to recite Rosary for the Persecuted in Orissa, India

Father T.C. George invites People to join Rosary Campaign

Rosary Campaign for India

Join
the Rosary Campaign
for the persecuted Christians and
persecutors of Christians
in Orissa and
in other parts of India! Continue reading

Father Jiji Kalavanal SDB receives Award for His Best Short Film

ROME, Italy – Debut director Salesian Fr Jiji Kalavanal of Bangalore province doing masters in Cinema and Television in Kerala won the Signis Award for best short film at the Religion Today Film Festival held in Rome. Earlier this year, the film Seasons of Love had won a special mention in the feature film category, at the 23rd International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival Niepokalanow, Warsaw, 1 June 2008. The award consists of a golden rose and citation. Continue reading

Father Bernard Digal sheds His Blood for Christ in Orissa, India

CUTTACK, India – The church in Orissa under grief following the death of Fr. Bernard Digal, who was succumbed injuries during Orissa’s anti-Christian violence, died at St. Thomas Hospital, Chenai at about 8.45 p.m. on 28th October 2008. May his blood help Orissa to overcome the current trials. Continue reading

18 bomb blasts kill 64 people, leaving 300 people injured in Assam, India

Sister Meena Lalita Barwa writes to the People of India to safeguard the Dignity of Women

Orissa Police Failed to protect me from rapist and attackers. I lost my trust in Orissa Police” Sr. Meena

Civil societies disappointed at Supreme Court’s refusal (22 Oct) to order CBI Enquiry on nun’s rape case in Kandhamal, Orissa

On 24th August, around 4:30pm, hearing the shouting of a large crowd, at the gate of Divyajyoti Pastoral Centre, I ran out through the back door and escaped to the forest along with others. We saw our house going up in flames. Around 8:30 pm we came out of the forest and went to the house of a Hindu gentleman who gave us shelter. Continue reading

The Indian Social Action Forum leads a Four Member Fact Finding Team

The Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) led a four member fact finding team along with reps of four major media groups on a four day fact finding mission, 22-23 October. Here is their report.

24 October: Bhubaneswar – The attacks carried out on Christians living in the villages of Kandhamal district, Orissa were planned and executed by the Hindu fundamentalist groups VHP, RSS and Bajrang Dal. With the BJD-BJP combine in power, the state machinery did nothing to stop the criminals from having their way and the violence spread to other parts of the district, which are largely inaccessible. The murder of Laxmananda Saraswati was used as a trigger to instigate large scale violence. A visit by a team from Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF) in the affected areas on October 22-23, revealed the atrocities carried out on the people who have also been living in the same areas with their neighbours from other communities for the last few decades. Though Maoists have claimed responsibility for the killing of Laxmananda Saraswati, the state government so far has yet to make any breakthrough in the case. Nor has it been able to pinpoint who carried out the attacks. Continue reading