Bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful came together in large numbers for the high Mass at St. Joseph’s School ground in Bhubaneswar on August 25, recalling the day 10 years ago when violence erupted with untold brutality against the Christians of Kandhamal District, with Hindu extremists blaming them for the August 23 murder of their Hindu leader Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati and four of his disciples.
Even though Maoist rebels claimed the assassination, the anti-Christian violence continued unabated for days and months on end.
The violence, considered to be India’s worst against Christians in 300 years, displaced an estimated 56,000 Christians who were forced to flee to the forests where many perished because of hunger and snakebites. Church and social activists reported the destruction of almost 300 churches, convents, schools, hostels and welfare facilities. Women and young girls were raped.
At least 91 people died, 38 immediately, 41 from injuries sustained in the violence, and 12 in police action. However, according to government figures, 38 people were killed and two women raped. Scores of people were injured and permanently maimed.
Read full story: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2018-08/india-kandhamal-violence-10-anniversary-mass-barwa.html
A West Cork priest has described how he feared for his life, and those of his colleagues, when 2,000 rioters attacked the Sudanese refugee camp where he works. David Raleigh reports. A KILMICHAEL missionary priest is now one of just 50 in a compound in South Sudan which was recently attacked by a 2,000-strong mob.
Fr Tony O’Riordan, has given a chilling account of the moment when the mob attacked his compound in South Sudan where he is working with refugees.
Up to 500 humanitarian workers have been evacuated from the Maban region, but Fr Tony, who is leading the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), has remained on to oversee a school building project and a teacher training programme.
The attack by thousands of rioters on eight NGOs (non-governmental organisation’s representatives) has now forced JRS to ‘suspend all but critical activities’ in Maban, to safeguard their staff.
Read full story: https://www.southernstar.ie/news/roundup/articles/2018/08/24/4160611-kilmichael-priest-miraculously-escapes-baying-mob-in-sudan/
Forty-two Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God (SFIC) from the province of West Kalimantan took part in a workshop to become “witnesses to the spirit of anti-corruption within the Church”, organised by the Bhumiksara Foundation (BF).
Bhumiksara Foundation is not new at conferences and seminars dedicated to leadership, good governance and the promotion of ethical values in workplace, with special focus on the fight against corruption. Starting in 2016, it has worked with Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KBK).
“This workshop was not limited to the transfer of knowledge,” said Sister Kristine Natalia, a novice. “It contributed to the birth of a personal commitment to fight the seeds of bad habits within our soul. To do good and oppose evil practices must start from each of us.”