ROME, Italy – A three hour convention is scheduled to take place in the City Hall Rome (P.za del Campidoglio, 1) on the topic entitled: Christians in the World Today (Cristiani nel mondo oggi), Tuesday, 3rd February 2009, 4 – 7 pm. Among the speakers are: Fr Guiseppe Caramazza (Joint-director of MISNA – Missionary News Agency); Prof. Scaria Thuruthiyil former dean of the Philosophy Faculty (Salesian University Rome) expert on problems confronting Christians in India; Fr Livio Tagliaferi, Comboni Missionary expert on Sudan; and Salesian Fr Ferdinando Colombo (Founder-Director of International Volunteers for Development) is expert on Congo, Ruanda and Burundi.
Each speaker will brief on their topic of expertise for about 25 minutes. Prof Scaria’s presentation will open with a five minute video on the recent anti-Christian violence in India, particularly in Orissa with a commentary in Italian language. It will be followed up with power point presentation on Christianity in India, rise of Hindu revivalism with fundamentalist tendencies.
“I will attempt to answer the question: how is it that Hinduism which has preached and practiced ‘tolerance’ for millennia (in fact the most tolerant of all religions) suddenly became so intolerant?” says Dr Thuruthiyil.
“The scope of the convention is not only to give information but also to take decisions and propose concrete action against such violence and ensure basic human rights are upheld,” Dr Thurutiyil adds.
The convention is held under the patronage of Rome Corporation Councilor Honourable Antonio Stampete and Collector of the Lazio region Honorable Marco Di Stefano.
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