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Third Indian Christian clergy suicides due to depression in 10 days

In the third such incident in India in 10 days, a Catholic priest was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his residence in Tuticorin Diocese in southern India's Tamil Nadu State...

Indians criticize London based Economist who dragged Hindu Gods into a debate about whiteness

Indian Economist and author Rupa Subramanya criticized by many people on Twitter after wading into a debate raging in Britain on whether statues of Jesus should be white by bringing Hindu gods into the melee...

High Court refuses to admit Bishop Franco’s plea to stay rape case

The Kerala High Court has not admitted the plea of Bishop Franco Mulakkal to stay the on-going rape case of the 44-year old nun...

Black Lives Matter: Britain oldest Cathedral installs a reimagined version of 'The Last Supper' with Jesus as a black man

One of Britain's oldest cathedrals has installed a reimagined version of The Last Supper where Jesus is portrayed as a Black man. The displayed work in St. Albans Cathedral in Hertfordshire has been created by fine art artist Lorna May Wadsworth...

Muslim groups demand to scarp decision to celebrate birth centenary celebrations of former PM P.V. Narasimha Rao

An umbrella group of various Muslim organizations in Telangana has appealed to the State Government to withdraw its decision to celebrate birth centenary celebrations of former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao, saying the move has hurt the sentiments of the Muslim community...

"Indian Church officials ignoring Pope Norms on Church leaders facing sex charges," says Christian body

Christian lay leaders in India have accused Church officials of ignoring Pope's instructions to deal with sex abuse by trying to shield a bishop facing allegations of murder, womanizing and corruption...

Forced Conversion: Around 102 Hindus convert to Islam, temple turns into a mosque

It has also been reported that all the idols of Hindu gods kept in a local temple were destroyed and the premises was converted into a mosque...

'Lalbaugcha Raja' Ganeshotsav Mandal decides to hold Blood & Plasma donation camps instead of Ganeshotsav this year

In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, Mumbai's famous 'Lalbaugcha Raja' Ganeshotsav Mandal decided to hold Blood & Plasma donation camps instead of Ganeshotsav this year...

Maharashtra CM to perform puja at Pandharpur Temple on the occasion of Ashadhi Ekadashi

The buses carrying 'Padukas' (holy footprints) of saint-poets Dnyaneshwar and Tukaram and Palkhis of other holy figures reached Wakhri, a village 5 kilometres from temple town Pandharpur, late Tuesday (June 30) night. As per tradition, all Palkhis meet at Wakhri before heading towards Pandharpur to celebrate Ashadhi Ekadashi falls on Wednesday (July 1)...

China Bribes Vatican: “China allocates 2 billion dollars to the Vatican to keep silence on Chinese atrocities”, says exiled Chinese billionaire

Pope Francis keeps silence also in connection with China's infiltration to Indian Territory. The move by China has created a war-like situation between the two countries. Many influential countries have declared their stand on Indo-China issue, but Pope Francis who prayed for peace during conflicts in Syria, the Middle East and African countries, so far keeps silence...

Israel orders Christian TV taken off the air, alleges that the channel hid its missionary agenda when applied for a license

Israeli regulators on Sunday announced they ordered a U.S.-based evangelical broadcaster taken off the air, saying the channel hid its missionary agenda when it applied for a license. In his decision, Asher Biton, the chairman of the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Council, said he had informed "GOD TV" on Thursday that it had seven days to stop broadcasting...

Racism: K- State athletes say they will not play unless school takes action after student's George Floyd tweet

US's Kansas State student-athletes says its members will not participate in "all athletic-related events" unless the university takes action in the wake of a tweet by a student mocking the death of George Floyd..

More than seven lakh Christians left the Church in Germany in 2019

According to official figures released on Friday (June 26), a record number of Christians left the Church in Germany in 2019...

Rajasthan Government allows opening of religious places in the rural areas from July 1

The Rajasthan Government on Sunday (June 28) allowed religious places in rural areas, where a limited number of devotees visit, to reopen from July 1...

"Sikhs & Hindus in Afghanistan face an existential threat from IS-K because of their religion," say US senators

Twenty US Senators have urged President Donald Trump''s administration to grant emergency refugee protections to Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan facing persecution as religious minorities...

VHP decides to arrange Kar Seva and initiate crowdfunding for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday (June 26, 2020) decided to involve people with the construction of the Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh Ayodhya by organizing Kar Seva and initiating crowdfunding..

TTD decides to start ads free Sri Venkateswara Bhakti (SVBC) channel

The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to start the Sri Venkateswara Bhakti (SVBC) channel at the request of the devotees. This will be an ad-free channel...

White supremacy: Church kicks out the pastor for supporting 'Black Lives Matter' movement

Another racial incidence took place in a Church of Columbus, Mississippi, which represents the 'White Supremacy'. The former Church kicked out Bishop Scott Volland for supporting protests and the idea that "black lives matter" after George Floyd's police-related death...

Racism in Christianity: Pastor apologies after faced criticism for calling slavery as 'white blessings'

Atlanta Evangelical Megachurch Pastor Louie Giglio came under fire days later for comments he made about slavery while speaking to Lecrae Moore, a Christian rapper who goes by Lecrae, and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, during a 70-minute discussion at Giglio's Passion City Church...

Pope Francis acts against Bishop for hiding sexual abuse cases of his diocese

Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his central diocese and let someone else run it while he is under investigation for covering up cases of sexual abuse that were featured in a second clergy abuse documentary that has rocked Poland's Catholic Church...

Ambala Central Jail releases Tablighi Jamaat members on conditional bail

The nine Tablighi Jamaat members arrested by the Haryana Police for violating the lockdown norms in May were released on conditional bail from the Ambala Central Jail on June 24...

Another Muslim denied burial space in cemetery at Hyderabad

A Muslim family was denied space to bury a deceased family member at the cemetery in Langar Houz on Wednesday (June 24). The incident comes nearly a month after a Muslim man was denied burial space at least five cemeteries in the city, which had caused a stir...

Demolish statues of Jesus Christ because it represents ‘white supremacy’, says activist of Black Lives Matter Movement

Activist of the movement Black Lives Matter former pastor Shaun king called for the demolition of the statues of Jesus Christ in the United States. The reason for the request of the collapse of the monuments is that the sculptors have depicted the Central figure of Christianity whites...

Another minor Hindu girl kidnapped in Pakistan forcibly converted to Islam

In another shocking incident, a minor Hindu girl has been abducted from Pakistan's Sindh province, converted to Islam and married off to her kidnapper...

Religious leaders urge to remove statues of Hindu & Jain deities from Casino

The religious leaders have urged the Las Vegas casino Mandalay Bay to remove statues of various Hindu and Jain deities from its Foundation Room night club, calling it highly inappropriate...

Rath Yatra begins in Odisha's Puri after Supreme Court's nod

The Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath began on June 23, 2020, in Odisha's Puri without the usual throng of devotees in view of the coronavirus pandemic after the Supreme Court modified its earlier order to give the nod to the annual ritual...

No Hajj pilgrimage for Indian Muslims this year due to Coronavirus pandemic

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs on Tuesday announced that Muslim devotees from India will not be allowed to travel to Saudi Arabia for the Haj pilgrimage this year in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic...

Muslim political leaders demand five per cent reservations for Muslims in Maharashtra

Muslim political leaders in Maharashtra have reiterated their demand for five per cent Muslim quota in jobs and education...

Some Muslims criticize cricketer Muhammad Kaif for celebrating International Yoga Day

On the occasion of International Yoga Day celebrated on June 21, 2020, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif took to social media to celebrate the day and shared pictures of him posing in various Yoga poses...

More than 3000 child victims of sex abuse in the Catholic Churches

At least 3,000 children have fallen victim to sex abuse in the French Catholic Church since 1950, the president of a commission set up to investigate the claims said. Jean-Marc Sauve said preliminary figures suggested some 1,500 clergy and other Church officials carried out the abuse...

After opposition from Muslims, J&K Govt says no plan to open liquor vends in Valley

Muslim organizations in Kashmir have opposed opening liquor vends in the Valley, prompting the State Government to clarify that it was not considering any such move...

Sharjeel Imam's 'anti-Hindu hate speech' resulted in the looting of temple donation boxes, says UP Police

The Uttar Pradesh (UP) has levelled serious charges against Sharjeel Imam saying his contentious speech resulted in the looting of temple donation boxes. The UP Government has told the Supreme Court that the FIR lodged by the UP Police against Imam should not be clubbed with ones lodged in Delhi, Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh...

Sikh abducted in Afghanistan, community seeks India's support

An Afghanistan Sikh was abducted from the Paktia province in Eastern Afghanistan four days ago, confirmed the Afghan Sikh community living in the United States. The Afghan Sikh community living in the United States (US) has again urged the Government of India to help in the resettlement of the Sikhs living in Afghanistan...

No Church priests to perform last rites of Coronavirus victims due to fear of infection

While the doctors and nurses risked their lives to save human life from the Coronavirus pandemic, some even dying with Coronavirus infections; priests of the Catholic Church in India, in particular Mumbai, prefer to derelict their duty in performing the last rites for a deceased...

Hyderabad mosques struggle to maintain sanitization amid Coronavirus pandemic

Many mosque committees in the Hyderabad city are finding it hard to afford the extensive sanitizations efforts that are required to take for making their premises safe for visitors in the Coronavirus pandemic..

Belur Math opens doors to devotees in West Bengal

Belur Math, the global headquarter of Ramakrishna Math and Mission, on Monday (June 15) opened its doors to devotees, after a gap of 82 days, with around 250 people turning up at its riverside temples to offer prayers...

Temple installs sensor bells to avoid touch amid Coronavirus pandemic

A famous Shiva temple in Madhya Pradesh's Mandsaur has installed a bell with the sensor, which can ring without the need for physically touching it..

Very few Muslims offer Namaz at mosques in Hyderabad, as Coronavirus cases spike in Telangana

Although a majority of mosques reopened in the city under strict regulations after more than two months of lockdown, most mosques saw fewer numbers of devotees, presumably due to fear of Coronavirus, as cases in the State are at an all-time high...

Durga Temple Administration successfully conducts trial run for the Darshan of devotees

After the lockdown of more than 70 days, under the guidelines provided by Central Government, the devotees will be allowed in to temple for the Darshan from June 10 in Vijayawada district of Andhra Pradesh. So the temple authorities started the trial run on Monday (June 8) with staff and local residents...

No 'Holy Communion' during mass to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, says Catholic Bishop Council of India

The Catholic Bishop Conference of India (CBCI) has issued guidelines on preventive measures to be followed by churches. Of these, the essential guideline is that there will be no distribution of 'Holy Communion', considered an essential sacrament for Christian devotees, during mass in Church...

Mysuru diocese Bishop William transfers 37 priests who wrote to Pope against him

Thirty-seven parish priests of the Mysore diocese are being transferred after they levelled severe allegations against Mysore diocese Bishop William. The charges range from financial frauds, kidnap harassment and even a sex scandal..

Two Christian brothers embrace Islam in Pakistan

Two Christian brothers, Sattar Yousaf Maseeh and Waris Yousaf Maseeh have converted to Islam in Bara sub-division of Khyber tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northeast Pakistan. After converting to Islam, the brothers have changed their names to Abdul Waris and Abdul Sattar..

Christian NGO provides food aid to Pakistani Muslim and Hindu Converts to Christianity

According to a report published by Pakistan Christian Post, the food distribution programme launched by British Asian Christian Association has been able to reach new converts to Christianity. So far around 6 ex-Muslim and ex-Hindu families that have only come to the Christian faith just a few months before the pandemic started, are now benefiting from British Asian Christian Association’s programme of food distribution. ..

Fearing Coronavirus spread, mosques and churches to remain shut till June 30

Mosques in Goa will continue to remain shut at least till June 30, and even churches in the coastal State will not reopen on June 8, even though Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had given the go-ahead for reopening of religious places as per Central Government guidelines..

Indian Gov express concern on vandalism of Buddhist heritage in POK, Pakistan rejects the allegation

India on Wednesday conveyed its strong concern to Pakistan over reports of “vandalism, defacement and destruction of invaluable Indian Buddhist heritage located in the so-called Gilgit-Baltistan area of the Indian Territory under illegal and forcible occupation of Pakistan.”..

Islamic State attacks on a mosque in Afghanistan, Kills Imam and others

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday (June 4, 2020) for a suicide bomb attack inside a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed two people, including the Imam, and wounded eight others...

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, no ringing of bells in UP temples

In Uttar Pradesh, in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, devotees will not be allowed to ring bells when they enter the temples, and there will be no community feasts either. People, however, can bring their own bells and ring it inside the temples..

Mysore Bishop demands setting up of Christian Development Corporation for the welfare of Christian community

Bishop of Mysore Rev. Fr. Dr K.A. William has demanded the Karnataka Government to establish a Christian Development Corporation for the overall welfare of the community..

Amid Coronavirus pandemic, only devotees from Uttarakhand to attend 'Char Dham Yatra' in the initial phase

After the permission from Central Government, Uttarakhand Government decided to start Char Dham Yatra for pilgrims from June 8, 2020..

Atrocities on Hindus: Armed men abduct two Hindu girls and forcefully convert to Islam

The persecution of minorities, especially Hindus, continues through Government and non-Government agencies in Pakistan. In Sindh province of Pakistan, two Hindu girls are abducted by armed men and forcefully converted to Islam..

Vaishno Devi Board comes up with new SoPs for devotees

The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has started drills of the standard operating procedure that will be followed once yatra to the cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district resumes..

Devotees find a shopkeeper selling Chicken Biryani inside the temple

Devotees found that a shopkeeper is selling Chicken Biryani inside the temple in Eragudi, Tamil Nadu. Eragudi is a small town in Thuraiyur taluk in Tiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu. The controversial photo is published on social media in which the devotee raised the question on HR&CE Department of Tamil Nadu...

Allahabad HC orders UP Gov to release Tablighi Jamaat members who completed quarantine period

The Allahabad High Court (HC) on Monday ordered the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government to immediately release members of the Tablighi Jamaat and others who have completed their period of quarantine...

Muslim Brotherhood exposed: Mujahir leader appeals to US Congress for the independence of Balochistan and Sindh

The people living in Balochistan and Sindh province of Pakistan are true followers of Islam. However, the founder and leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has appealed to the US Congress to table a bill for the independence of Balochistan and Sindh, the two provinces of Pakistan where people are facing worst human rights crisis..

Amid Coronavirus outbreak Christians come together for prayer

On Sunday (May 31, 2020), Churches across India offered prayers at Pentecost. The Christian holiday of Pentecost is celebrated on the 49th Day after Easter Sunday, and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit..

Muslim man vandalizes Gurudwara, Akal Takht demands action

The UK police have arrested a Muslim man believed to be a Pakistani, who vandalized Guru Arjan Dev Jee Gurdwara in Derby, UK, on Monday (May 26, 2020), a day before the martyrdom day of the Guru..

Autorickshaw driver arrested for killing his father

Tamil Nadu Police arrested an auto rickshaw driver for murdering his father. The victim S Krishnan want to donate his land to Christian missionary...

Ancient Hindu civilization: 1100-year-old Shivling discovered in Vietnam

During restoration work by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), a monolithic sandstone Shiva Linga has been discovered in Vietnam’s Cham Temple Complex which is part of the My Son sanctuary in the Quang Nam province. According to ASI, the Shiva Linga dates back to the 9th century...

Delhi Police to file charge sheets against 294 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members

In Saket Court, Delhi Police to file 15 charge sheets against 294 foreign nationals in connection with Tablighi Jamaat gathering was held at Markaz...

Church suspends priest after his intimate photos with married woman leaks online

The Kerala Church suspended its priest after his intimate photos with married woman leaks online. The woman is an employee with one of the institutions under the Parish. The woman is married and a mother of two. It is also alleged that the woman regularly visited the church to meet the vicar during the lockdown in the wake of Coronavirus...

Church priest performs baptism on baby with a toy gun

In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, following the advice of medical experts to maintain social distancing to break the chain of the virus, priests have, on several occasions, been photographed with toy guns squirting holy water on the disciples...

Bharat Mata statue reopens with dignity by local Hindus

In Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu (TN), local Hindu people gathered and removed the cover of Bharat Mata statue with dignity after permission from local authorities. Police had covered the statue of Bharat Mata after a complaint from Christians. ..

MGNREGS labors find an ancient idol of Lord Vishnu in Uttar Pradesh

An ancient idol of Lord Vishnu was recovered on Saturday at Rasoolpur Badagav village in Kaushambhi district during the digging of a pond by laborers engaged under MGNREGS..

Taliban announces three-day ceasefire with Afghan Government on the occasion of Eid

The Taliban, who refer to themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), is a Sunni Islamic fundamentalist political movement and military organization in Afghanistan currently waging jihad within Afghanistan...

Sadhu Killing: In Maharashtra, police find sadhu murdered inside his ashram

In a shocking incident, a sadhu was murdered inside his ashram in Nanded district of Maharashtra on Sunday (May 24, 2020). The incident was reported at around 3.30 am...

Mosques in J&K remain close on Eid amid lockdown

In Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), the mosques will remain closed amid lockdown due to Coronavirus..

UP Government gets control of Shia and Sunni Waqf Board

The Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government has got the control of Shia and Sunni Waqf Boards due to the term of the existing authorities is over. The elections of the boards have been postponed because of lockdown in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic...

Pastor faces jail for breaching Coronavirus control rules imposed by Myanmar Government

A Canadian-Burmese pastor is being held in judicial custody in Myanmar (Burma) after appearing in court in the city of Yangon accused of breaching coronavirus control rules...

It is very difficult for minorities to live in Pakistan, says Hindu migrant

Religious discrimination in Pakistan is a severe issue for the human rights situation in modern-day Pakistan. Persecution of Hindus continues to increase day by day. After experiencing the denial of constitutional rights committed under Pakistan's Constitution, the Hindu migrants decided to stay in India. ..

Christian cemeteries denied burying of Coronavirus victims body, says victim's kin

The family of a 61-year-old Christian woman from Mahim who had died of Coronavirus was forced to cremate her body because the cemetery refused to allow her burial..