Franciscan Provincial Superior: No Buddhist has ever attacked an Indian Christian *NC promises to uplift dalit Christians

May 30, 2012 by  
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Karnataka, May 28, 2012: False claims circulating web for months about a Buddhist extremists attack on 20 Catholic churches and death against threats missionaries. Fr. Babu Jose Pamplany, of the Franciscan Province of St. Thomas the Apostle (Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala), denies rumours categorically: “It is all false. And with the Buddhists we have always had a very good relationship”

“The news is completely false: no Buddhist in India has ever attacked any Catholic community”: Fr. Babu Jose Pamplany, provincial superior of the Franciscans for India, categorically denies a news story circulating on the internet, which has concerned about Catholic communities around the world. According to this false report, in some unspecified date “Buddhist extremists” would have set fire to 20 churches, threatened to destroy another 200 in the province of Olisabang; announced the massacre of 200 missionaries.

“I also received similar information by mail – says Fr. Pamplany to AsiaNews – but I can confirm that this is a hoax. First, there is no Olisabang province in India. Then, the mail names a supposed provincial superior: not me. I want to specify it, because in our country we Christians have always had excellent relations with the Buddhists. It is unfair that they are painted in this way. ”

The first Franciscans (Dutch) arrived in India in 1948 and founded the first house in Bangalore. From here, were then created three different regions: the Province of St. Thomas the Apostle, which includes Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, the Custody dedicated to Mary Mother of God, with the States of Goa, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Orissa, and the Foundation of St. Francis of Assisi, with the Assam and other north-eastern states.

– asianews.it

NC promises to uplift dalit Christians

 

Jammu and Kashmir, May 30, 2012: The dalit demands included extending to them Schedule Caste status, sanitation of their localities and identifying land for their shelters.

The National Conference, which leads the ruling coalition in Jammu and Kashmir, has assured Christian dalits in the state to look into their demands.

Provincial president of National Conference (NC) Rattan Lal Gupta yesterday said that the demands raised by Christian Dalit Association (CDA) would be discussed with the concerned authorities and whatever possible will be done.

The dalit demands included extending to them Schedule Caste status, sanitation of their localities and identifying land for their shelters.

Addressing the CDA meeting at Kot Bhalwal, Gupta said that “NC is a party of farmers, laborers, the poor and the down trodden and has an emotional relation with dali.s”

He said the coalition government headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is committed to uplift the down trodden and various schemes have been launched for the purpose.

Gupta added that pensions for widows, old age and physically challenged, scholarship to poor children and financial aid have been enhanced in view of price rise.

– statetimes

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