"The Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth it is this, and Protestantism has ever felt it so; to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant." (-John Henry Newman, An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine).

"Where the bishop is, there let the people gather; just as where ever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church". -St. Ignatius of Antioch (ca 110 AD)a martyr later thrown to the lions, wrote to a church in Asia Minor. Antioch was also where the term "Christian" was first used.

“But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15

"This is the sole Church of Christ, which in the Creed we profess to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic." -CCC 811

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fresh Violence in Orissa India Against Christians

It seems there's no more end to the violence hurled at Indian Christians living in the State of Orissa. A report from Zenit.org has the story what's really happening.

Extremist Hindus are responsible to these horrifying threat and the Indian Government is doing very little to ease the tension.

BHUBANESWAR, India (Zenit) - "The slaying of another Christian in the Eastern Indian state of Orissa has rekindled fears among a population driven from their homes by a wave of persecution at the hands of Hindu extremists.

Hrudyananda Nayak, 45, was found dead last Thursday, showing signs of a violent end to his life, Aid to the Church in Need reported.

Ongoing Hindu-Christian tensions in India flared into a wave of violence at the end of last August, after extremists blamed the slaying of a Hindu leader on Christians. Dozens of Christians, including a priest, were killed and thousands fled their homes.

More than 10,000 of those same Christians are still living in displacement camps. According to Father Madan Singh, spokesman for Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, "People from relief camps have been slowly returning to their villages. But after this incident, the fear has been doubled, movement has been controlled, suspicion has increased."
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On the other news, Christians (Catholics in particular) relationship with Moderate Muslims has remarkably improved in the past century healing the past wound that haunted these two great faiths from the Crusades. Hopes for a more tolerant Muslim States in the Middle East is one of the most important issues the Church is having dialogue with our Muslim brethren. In 2007, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Highness King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia paid visit to the Vatican and meeting the Pope (read here).

Frequent visitors are His Highness King Abdullah of Jordan and his wife Her Royal Highness Queen Rania (read here). Other Islamic States' head had paid visit to the Vatican in particular the State of Bahrain has invited the Pope to visit them (read here). Thanks to the effort of the Holy See through the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's (and to John Paul the Great) desire to have a meaningful dialogue with our Muslim brethren.

"VATICAN CITY (Zenit) - Benedict XVI is affirming that Christians add a richness to Muslim-majority countries.

The Pope said this in a message written on his behalf by his secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, and sent to a conference Monday sponsored by the Community of Sant'Egidio. The conference was on "The Value of the Churches in the Middle East: Christians and Muslims Discuss Together."

In the message, the Holy Father expressed the hope that the Middle East will be "a land of dialogue and fraternal collaboration, mutual respect and peace, thanks to the responsible contribution of all believers who live in it."

The letter, published Monday by L'Osservatore Romano, stated that the issue discussed in the meeting has a "clear religious and social significance."

The meeting, the papal statement said, "is one more step in the patient and beneficial journey of dialogue between Christians and Muslims on [topics] of mutual interest." In particular, it affirmed, the congress confronts the "crucial" issue "of the presence of Christian communities in regions of strong Islamic supremacy."
(Read here for more)

As I always say, nothing is impossible with good intention prayers. Let us all ask God to heal our differences and bring peace in our land starting from the three Great Monotheistic Religions flowing to those who have faiths different from us, not to proselytize but to do good works working through our faith in One God.

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