by Nirmala Carvalho
Demonstrators gathered to protest against attacks on Catholic churches over the past two months. Police declared the rally "Illegal". For Card Gracias, treating "Christians like criminals" was "a shameful stain on secular and democratic India." The government denies visas to two Vatican officials without explanation. They were only supposed to take part in a conference.
The World Today By South Asia correspondent Stephanie March
Tue 3 Feb 2015, 12:23pm
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A series of attacks on Catholic churches in the Indian capital has minority groups warning about the rise of Hindu nationalism under the leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi.
The latest attack follows a series of government gaffes that have offended religious minorities, including an attempt to cancel Christmas.
On Monday the leaders of St Alphonsa Catholic Church found the South Delhi house of worship had been vandalised, the fifth attack on a Catholic church in the Indian capital in recent months.
Two people came on a scooter around 4.20 a.m. One of them entered the church's premises and smashed a glass window. He also threw the statue of Mother Mary on the floor," Assistant Father Balraj of Our Lady of Graces Church in Vikaspuri area .
The incident was captured on a CCTV camera installed inside the church. Police said they were collecting the footage and to identify the attackers.
New Delhi, Dec 8, 2014, (PTI):
The Government today said it is not in favour of bringing Dalits of Christian and Muslim communities under the ambit of reservation for the Scheduled Castes. The Modi Government today said it is not in favour of bringing Dalits of Christian and Muslim communities under the ambit of reservation for the Scheduled Castes.