Pope Benedict slams Belgian police for raids investigating priestly sex abuse, pens letter to bishop

Sunday, June 27th 2010, 4:37 PM

Pope Benedict XVI issued a heated letter Sunday criticizing Belgian police for their handling of raids investigation sexual abuse by priests.
Pope Benedict XVI had harsh words for Belgian police Sunday, calling their raids investigating priestly sex abuse last week "surprising and deplorable."

Police conducted the June 24 raids during the monthly meeting of the Belgian Bishops Conference, detaining the nine members for hours and confiscating their cell phones.


Tamil Nadu: eight cars belonging to Protestant Church set on fire, Hindu extremists suspected

by Nirmala Carvalho
Hosur police arrested extremists in connection with violence during a Pentecostal convention. Police opens a file against person or persons unknown.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Last night someone set fire to eight cars parked near the New Grace Jesus with Us Pentecostal Church in Mathikere (Hosur, Tamil Nadu). Nothing is known yet of the reasons for the act or why it was done. Police has opened a file against person or persons unknown.
For Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), five Hindu activists are to blame; a few days ago, they tried to disrupt a convention organised by Pentecostal Christians.