India: Catholics say BJP doctored letter to garner votes ahead of Karnataka elections

India: Catholics say BJP doctored letter to garner votes ahead of Karnataka elections
The Catholic Church in India has deplored a “fake” letter widely circulated in social and mainstream media alleging a Catholic conspiracy ahead of tomorrow’s elections in southern Karnataka state. “This is totally unacceptable. This is a blatant attempt to spread lies,” Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ . . . Read More

Mother Superior, 71, gang-raped in India

A 71-year-old Mother Superior was gang-raped at a convent in eastern India on Saturday (14 March), after she confronted a group of armed robbers. The robbers were caught on CCTV and eight men questioned by police following the incident at the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Ranaghat, near Kolkata. . . . Read More

India’s Modi breaks silence on protecting minorities, but urged to ‘walk the talk’

India’s Modi breaks silence on protecting minorities, but urged to ‘walk the talk’
Critics of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were ‘pleasantly surprised’ by his unequivocal assertion of the right to freedom of religion while addressing a major church event in New Delhi on February 17, ending his silence on a recent spate of anti-Christian violence and propaganda. However, while hailing Modi’s stand, . . . Read More

India’s PM urged to investigate Delhi church fire

Investigations are currently underway after St. Sebastian’s church, among the largest in East Delhi, went up in flames on the morning of 1 December. According to Daijiworld, Delhi Archbishop Dr. Anil Couto has called on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urgently order a judicial enquiry into the fire in . . . Read More

Bishops arrested at Dalit protest

Bishops were arrested by police in India during a protest against the discrimination of the Christian Dalit minority. Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi was among those arrested during the protest on 11 December. He and several other bishops were taken to a local police station and later released, reports UCA. . . . Read More

Briefs: recent incidents of persecution

Briefs: recent incidents of persecution
Police arrested five Christians on March 25 in Dhanegaon, Chhinwara, after Hindu extremists from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh attacked them and accused them of forceful conversion. A source told World Watch Monitor the extremists barged into the Sunday worship service of Bharatiya Pratna Bhawan (India Prayer Hall), beat pastor Harichand . . . Read More