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Patriarch Aphrem II begins 11-day State visit from today

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Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church Ignatius Aphrem II is scheduled to arrive on Saturday on an 11-day visit to the State.

He will be received at the Cochin international airport by head of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church Catholicos Baselios Thomas I and other leaders of the Church.

State guest

The Patriarch is arriving here from Dubai, after 8 a.m., and will be in Kerala as State guest. Minister for Excise and Ports K. Babu and Minister for Civil Supplies Anoop Jacob are scheduled to receive him at the airport.

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Attack on Christians: NHRC notice to Kerala

KOCHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to five states, including Kerala, after taking suo motu cognizance of a media report alleging acts of violence and atrocity against Christians.

The other four states to which notices have been issued are Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

A press release from the NHRC said that as per the media report, churches had been vandalized in Madhya Pradesh. Incidents of arson, stone pelting, attack on pastors and forcible conversions were also reported to have happened at Devas, Satna, Katni, Indore, Bhopal, Alipur and Mandla districts.

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VHP converts 58 persons to Hinduism on Christmas Day VHP on Christmas Day

By: Press Trust of India | Kottayam | Pos25, 2014 4:01 pm
On Christmas Day, around 58 persons, most of them belonging to chirstian families, embrace Hinduism at two temples in Kottayam district under the initiative of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
According to VHP District President, Balachandran Pillai, at least 42 members belonging to 20 families embraced Hinduism at the Puthiyakavu Devi temple in Ponkunnam. 16 others were converted in another function at the Thirunakara Sri Krishna Swamy temple in Thirunakara.

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Pope Francis to confer sainthood on two beatified candidates from Kerala at Vatican


Two beatified candidates from Kerala, Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia, will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican on Sunday.
In a jubilant moment for the Christian community in India, two beatified candidates from Kerala, Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia, will be conferred sainthood by Pope Francis at Vatican on Sunday.

With their canonisation, as the finale of the long-drawn stage-by-stage process is known in Catholic parlance, the centuries-old Syro Malabar Church will have three Saints, the first being Sister Alphonsa, raised to the revered rank in 2008.

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