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Sep 13, 2017

Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations is pleased to learn about the release of a Salesian Missionary Fr. Thomas Uzhunnalil.

FIACONA has taken note of the Indian government’s lukewarm interest on this matter from the beginning.

The Hindu nationalist government led by Mr. Modi showed little to no interest in securing the Indian humanitarian worker from the kidnappers while they kept saying that they were taking all steps to secure the release. It all turned out to be just promises and they had not done anything ........

Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been released, is headed to India

Sep 13, Catholic News Agency

Just one day after being released from 18 months of captivity, Indian priest Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil shared an emotional meeting with Pope Francis, saying that throughout his time as a prisoner, he offered his suffering for the Pope and the Church.

According to a Sept. 13 article published in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, the encounter took place at the Pope's residence in the Vatican's St Martha guesthouse immediately after the general audience on Wed.......

The RSS Chief, Mohan Bhagwat’s argument for law based on ‘ethos of society’ is unconstitutional His thinly veiled reference to the rule of a Hindu majority goes against the grain of the democratic Republic of India..

Sep 12, Opinion by Sayak Dasgupta

Most of us tend not to think about the Constitution too much unless we have to. We like the fact that it is there like a benign, protective presence, and we are quick to call on it whenever we feel that we have been wronged.

One could say we take it for granted, and that is a pity, because it is, ..

36 violent incidents and legilative assault reported to us in the month of August..

Sept 6, 2017

More than 36 violent incidents are reported besides the legilative initiative by a state government ruled by the Hindu nationalist BJP, Party against Christians. Prime Minister Modi's Hindu party is on a rampage across India causing irrepairable damage to the body of Christ. It is estimated that more than 90% of the attacks against Christians in remote areas never gets reported outside of their immediate communities. .......

Brutally Beaten Indian Pastor Vows to Continue Sharing Gospel, Requests Prayer

Sep 6, 2017 Indian Christian Today

A pastor who was severely hit with metal poles and thick wooden sticks during a gospel outreach in Dabli Rathan, a village in Hanumangarh District, Rajasthan, has promised to continue to preach the Gospel and has requested Christians across the globe to pray for a restoration of peace in India. "As a Christian, I will not take the defeat; my Lord is an ever-victorious King. His gospel will be preached among them," ......

Christian medical college is leaving 99 of its 100 medical seats vacant this year in protest of government initiatives seriously stifling constitutional rights of Christian institutions.

Sep 7, 2017 Matters India

Chennai: The premier Christian Medical College in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore has decided to leave 99 of its 100 MBBS (Bachelor of Medical Science) seats vacant this year. The century old minority institution is seeking rights to select NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) qualified students through its own counselling. Currently, committees set up ....

Compassion Int'l Among Thousands Forced Out of India: We Must Speak Up for Religious Liberty ....

Aug 18, Sen John Kennedy in Christian Post

...the Indian government is using a broad provision of law to force organizations such as Compassion International out of India. After nearly 50 years, this humanitarian aid organization has been forced to leave.

 

The Indian government, under Modi's leadership, has made it difficult......

To stay a Union, India Must Keep Hateful Ideologies at Bay

Aug 25, India Abroad

The question we must ask, is Union of India sliding towards that splinter driven by a hateful ideology? Will the idea that brought people of different races and religious traditions speaking different languages, together into what the Mahatma called the Union of India, survive the dark impulse of a few who are determined to take India into the middle ages?
There is a silver lining... 

Pastors in India Put Trust in God amid Persecution Jailed, beaten church leaders keep their sights upward...

Aug 16 Morningstar News

As two Hindu extremists gripped his hands while others beat him last week in northern India, Pastor Amar Stephen was asking God to forgive them.

“Some attackers were holding both my hands so I couldn’t move, while others in the mob beat me,” he told Morning Star News. “At that time, I did not feel the pain of a single blow........

Police Disingenuous in Hindu Extremist Assault on Pastors in Tamil Nadu, India..

Aug 6, 2017 Morningstar

Officers arrest non-Hindu to hide religious motive for attack, sources say.

Hard-line Hindus used steel rods and a butcher’s knife to attack a father-son pastoral team in Tamil Nadu state, India, injuring the brain tissue of the elder clergyman, sources said.

In Thyagaraja Nagar, in the Sirkali area of Nagapattinam District, 28-year-old pastor Daniel

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Hate speeches made by Hindu groups, crosses desecrated: Goa on fanaticism alert

Aug 5, Hindustan Times

It was a Saturday morning in July. Agnelo Fernandes, a retired seaman and resident of Goa’s Curchorem village was dressed to go out, but decided to call a staff member of the local church before doing so, to check with him the schedule for a Mass to celebrate the local MLA’s birthday. The committee member told him about  .......

More than 17 incidents of violence against Christians are reported in the month of July

July 2017

July 4

Christians were beaten by Hindu mobs at Ketulnar Village, Bjiapur, Chattisgarh.

The attackers charged the Christians of defiling the whole village and converting their relatives. The attackers forcefully took all the Bibles and other Christian books from Christian homes in a big basket and brought

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STATEMENT..

Aug 2, 2017

Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations (FIACONA) is very pleased at President Trump's  nomination of Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas to be the next Ambassador At-Large for the office of International Religious Freedom at the US State Department.

FIACONA has a long and constructive relationship with Senator Brownback from the days he was a Member of US House of Representatives .......

The cabinet committee of State of Jharkhand clears a bill to block conversion to Christianity

Aug 2, 2017 Matters India

Jharkhand’s BJP-led government headed by chief minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday cleared the draft of an anti-conversion bill with provisions of jail term up to four years and fine up to 100,000 rupees for those converting anyone’s religion through force or allurement. With the government planning to introduce the bill in the Assembly’s .......

Militarising students:  Phase two of Hindu nationalist agenda. by S Nihal Singh

July 29, 2017

The first phase of the ruling dispensation was to “catch’em young”, as the old adage would have it. It began with the indoctrination of young schoolchildren by revising textbooks, banning foreign language instruction. The second phase of the BJP’s programme is the militarisation of Indian society. The Parivar has always been jingoistic in its nationalism .......

Bishops welcome India's new president with caution...

July 21, UCAN

Echoing the views of the Catholic bishops, Samuel Jaykumar of the National Council of Churches in India

Some leaders have called for amendments in the constitution to alter the secular character of the nation.

Kovind had been earlier embroiled in a controversy when, as a BJP leader in 2010, he said "Islam and Christianity are alien to India........

Indian bishop welcomes extra judicial killings probe

July 20, 2017

Seven states heavily militarized because of 'war-like' situation across northeast India


India's top court July 14 directed the government to engage the country's Central Bureau of Investigation agency to probe allegations that army, paramilitary forces and police killed without trial 1,528 people in the state between 2000 and 2012.......

Indian priest arrested for child abuse Christians discount the charge as an attempt to tarnish the image of the community in the pro-Hindu ruled state.

July 13, 2017

Police arrested the priest even without a preliminary investigation. It was an attempt to tarnish the image of Christians that run the school ranked among the three best in the district. hard-line Hindu groups had earlier tried to create trouble for Christians accusing them of converting tribal people to Christianity....

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