Prayer launched for Kandhamal Martyrs

The Prayer for the Martyrs was officially distributed in all the dioceses of Odisha.“It has been ten years since the biggest anti-Christian violence in modern India in 300 years. It is our responsibility to speed up the process,” the team members said in a meeting held on Jan. 11 in Divya Jyoti Pastoral Centre, Kandhamal.

ASIA/INDIA - More compensation for Christians, victims of the massacres

Wednesday, 3 August 2016
IBhubaneswar (Agenzia Fides) - Legal victory for the victims of anti-Christian massacres in Orissa: as Fides learns, the Supreme Court of India, that believe the compensation paid so far is "inadequate", ordered the government in the state of Orissa to arrange an additional compensation for Christian families who in 2008 were victims of a real "ethnic cleansing", which took place in Kandhamal district, carried out on a religious basis to free the territory from citizens of Christian faith.The verdict pronounced by the Court came after a complaint filed by Archbishop Raphel Cheenath. The local Church welcomed this provision.Speaking to Fides, Sajan K. George, president of the "Global Council of Indian Christians" (GCIC) said: "It is a step forward in justice for the victims of Kandhamal. It is a positive sign that the Supreme Court of India recognized as unjust compensation paid. The justice procedure is slow and inadequate but this is a sign of hope".