Concern over religious freedom, US lawmakers write to Modi

Washington, Feb 27, 2016, PTI:
'We also urge you to take steps to control the activities of groups, such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and instruct Indian security forces to enforce the rule of law and protect religious minority communities from religiously- motivated harassment and violence,' the lawmakers said.
Expressing serious concern over violence against religious minorities in India, 34 top American lawmakers have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate steps to protect their fundamental rights and bring the perpetrators to justice."We urge your government to take immediate steps to ensure that the fundamental rights of religious minorities are protected and that the perpetrators of violence are held to account," the lawmakers, including eight Senators, said in a letter to the Prime Minister.


Indian Christians spurn Hindu attempt to 'reach out' to them

Move to incorporate religious minorities into hardline Hindu group is a political ploy, they reporter, New DelhiIndiaJanuary 5, 2016

Christian leaders in India are disputing claims made by a Hindu nationalist group that talks are underway to set up a Christian organization within its structure to forge closer ties between the two religious communities.Indresh Kumar, national executive member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS national volunteer corps) Hindu group told local media on Jan. 3 that a Dec. 17 meeting between Christian leaders and RSS functionaries in New Delhi was the first step toward setting up a Christian organization within the RSS


Religious Persecution in the Middle East Threatens Us All

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Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow Cato Institute [@Doug_Bandow]
As the latest terrorist atrocity in San Bernardino demonstrates, radical Islam can kill anywhere. However, the problem is far worse in the Middle East. The botched U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq dramatically accelerated the exodus of Christians. The chaotic outcome of the “Arab Spring” further spurred their exit. Today the Islamic State is attempting to complete a process of genocide/ethnic cleansing.


India, the Church distributes aid to the people affected by the flood in Chennai,-la-Chiesa-distribuisce-aiuti-al...
India, the Church distributes aid to the people affected by the flood in Chennai
The Bishops ' Conference of India has launched an appeal for solidarity to all Catholics. Caritas and a relay of the Global Council of Indian Christians were the first to take the field. Dioceses are being organised. The budget speaks of 269 victims, about 3,000 displaced families, 7700 houses damaged, 1000 huts swept away.