Tag: India

Security at synagogues tightened for Jewish festivals this month

| September 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

With Jews in the city expected to attend synagogues in large numbers on September 26 and 27 to mark Simchat Torah (change of cycle of public readings of their holy book Torah), the city police has tightened the security infrastructure around synagogues. Mumbai Police has improved on the security measures in all Jewish centres after […]

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Indian Kashmir, “unknown arsonists” set fire to a Catholic church

| May 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

Srinagar (AsiaNews) – An "planned" attack, with the clear goal of "scaring to death the Christian community. The chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir must act to ensure security for the faithful and places of worship", says Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), reacting to AsiaNews to the arson attack […]

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Iranian student deported from India for spying on synagogue, Chabad

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

(JTA) — Police in Pune, India, deported an Iranian doctoral candidate for "undesirable activities," which reportedly included spying on a local synagogue and the Chabad house. It was discovered through intercepted e-mails that Hamid Kashkouli, who was studying for his doctorate at the University of Pune, was an undercover agent for the Iranian government, the […]

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Tourist from Portugal prays, loses handbag at church

| February 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

NEW DELHI: Adilia Martins Afonso came from Portugal to India for a holiday but little did she know that shutting her eyes for prayers at a church in the capital will give miscreants enough time to decamp with not only her valuables but also glasses. Afonso from Lisbon went to Sacred Heart Cathedral near Gol […]

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Church Leaders Kidnapped in India

| February 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

A staff-member and two church leaders from a California-based church planting ministry have been captured in western India. Over this past weekend an Empart Church Planter and two church leaders (names withheld for security reasons) were taken by force on their way to an evangelistic outreach event. Empart transforms communities by training local people to […]

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Youth vandalizes Church

| November 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

In the third attack in 10 days on Christian institutions in Karnataka, a drunken youth vandalized a Catholic Church in Mangalore Thursday night, destroying religious articles, Church sources said. Fr Shibi Puthiyara, an assistant priest at St Alphonsa’s Church, said he was having dinner with some people from a hostel when the man identified as […]

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Man kills pastor, locals beat accused to death

| October 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

In a tragic incident, pastor of a local church at Badaraxi under K. Balang police station in Sundergarh district on Sunday was allegedly killed by a person. Police claim that the accused was “mentally” deranged. When the incident came to light on Sunday, the local villagers, in a fit of rage, attacked the culprit and […]

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Church in India suffers arson attack

| September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

An attack on a church in India has prompted the parish priest, Father John Felix, to make an official complaint to state authorities. In the latest incident at the end of August, attackers targeting Mother Mary Church in Hyderabad, central India, set fire to the main altar, Bibles, missals, hymnals, crucifixes and liturgical vestments. In […]

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Catholic church attacked in Andhra Pradesh, Bibles and religious objects burned

| August 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Delhi (AsiaNews) – Another Malankara Catholic church has been targeted by extremists in India, who set fire to the altar and burned copies of the Bible contained within. The attack was reported by activists of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) and comes only days after another attack on a Malankara Church, in Pune, […]

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Holy Spirit Church robbed

| July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

MARGAO: Cash between 2,000 and 5,000 was stolen from the money box inside Holy Spirit Church, Margao, on Wednesday night. Margao police have registered a theft case against unknown culprits. Parish priest, Fr Francisco Avinash Rebello, told TOI, "The sacristan went to the chapel at 5.45am and saw that the main altar and the tabernacle […]

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Activists demand justice for Church bombing

| June 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists joined Christians in demanding capital punishment for culprits of a heinous Church bombing ten years ago. Some 100 people joined discussions and a candle-lit procession organized by Bangladesh Christian Association (BCA) on June 3 at the Language Martyrs’ Memorial in Dhaka to mark the anniversary. In 2001, a fundamentalist group blew […]

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Upset, man attempts suicide in church

| May 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Man tries to set himself on fire in an Amboli church because his five-year-old daughter was being denied admission in a school Upset at his daughter being denied admission in a school because of late payment of fees, the father of a five-year-old attempted to immolate himself in the middle of a prayer service in […]

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Asian church leaders warn of possible backlash after bin Laden’s death

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

LAHORE, Pakistan – A retired archbishop said Pakistani Christians could suffer a backlash after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, but it also might return balance to the nation. In India and Philippines, Catholic leaders also warned of backlash. “We are a soft target as they cannot attack America,” said retired Archbishop Lawrence […]

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Pastor in India Traumatized after Attack

| February 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

NEW DELHI – A pastor in India’s Rajasthan state who was stripped, beaten and wounded by Hindu extremists earlier this month is still traumatized, while police have yet to investigate due to family fears of further violence, security and hospital officials said. Pastor Hari Shankar Ninama, 65, was praying in a home in Ambarunda, Peepal […]

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First cross metal detectors, then enter Goa churches

| January 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Panaji, Jan 23 (IANS) The next time you want to walk down the solemn church pews in Goa, you might just have to duck under door frame metal detectors first. And frisking points and handbag scanners may just come in next. Faced with increasing instances of desecration and break-ins, authorities in the Archdiocese of Goa […]

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