"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

Friday, March 11, 2011

ANTI-CHRISTIAN VIOLENCE ERUPTS AGAIN IN INDIA

Local Authorities Fail to Punish Perpetrators

Burned Church in Orissa (Photo Source: NJChristian)
BHUBANESHWAR, India, MARCH 9, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Christians in the Orissa state of India have been undergoing repeated violence since December, with a particular increase over the last month.

Fides reported more than ten episodes in which Christians, including pregnant women and children, were injured by attackers.

Evangelical Pastor Vijay Purusu reported that the Christians are being attacked and beaten in night raids.

Local sources told Fides that the perpetrators belong to the same militant fundamentalist Hindu movement, "Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh," that was responsible for a wave of attacks in 2007-2008, which resulted in the destruction of 6,600 Christian homes.


The sources reported that the perpetrators of those attacks have not yet been punished, and thus there is fear that this newest wave of violence will escalate again.

One Christian, who spoke anonymously to Fides, stated, "The attacks are motivated by the fact that the Hindus continue to despise and envy the good work done by Christians in the social, health and welfare sectors."

Fides also reported another incident where a Christian pastor in northwest India was captured by a group of Hindu extremists who stripped and beat him, and forced him to walk naked for several miles on a main city road. More than a month after the Feb. 1 was reported to the police, none of the perpetrators have been arrested.

The All India Christian Council (AICC) is calling for the foundation of a "National Investigation Agency" to hold the Hindu extremist group "Sangh Parivar" responsible for the 2008 anti-Christian violence.

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