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India ranked fourth in the world in 2015--after Syria, Nigeria and Iraq--as having the highest social hostilities involving religion, according to research by Pew. India's ranking worsened sharply since 2014, but was better than in previous years.
A court in the western Indian state of Goa has instructed police to register the death of an activist and former priest as murder and investigate the crime, more than a year after he was found drowned.Former Blessed Sacrament Father Bismarque Dias' body was fished out of the Mandovi River Nov. 7, 2015, two days after he was reported missing. He left the priesthood three years before his death to contest state elections in Goa.
The Indian government have reportedly refused to give extension visas to Christian missionaries, forcing two Indian parliamentarians – Vincent H.Pala and Conrad K.Sangma – to take up the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Mumbai: Christians in the city are miffed with the Mumbai Police for refusing them permission to gather for the Holy Week religious services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the following Saturday, to call in the Easter celebrations. Many churches who organise the services in open grounds, which are attached to church-run schools, fall in silent zones, and have thus been denied permission as the services will involve use of loudspeakers.
“Several churches in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai have informed us that they have not been given the written permission to hold the services. Some police stations have said that they will not give anything in writing and will only act if someone complains,” said Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesperson of Archdiocese of Bombay, adding that the police have cited the noise pollution rules. “But it is unfair because the schools will be on holiday.”