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Cardinal addresses caste discrimination in Church and poverty issues faced by Christian Dalits

Cardinal Turkson

The Vatican is well aware of the caste discrimination that the Dalits face, especially the Christian Dalits; and the Vatican will take up the issue in a more proactive manner, supporting the struggle of Dalit Christians for equal rights and possibly even allotting a special fund for this as it has in the case of sub-Saharan Africa

This was the hope expressed by Cardinal Peter Turkson, Pre...

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London: Cardinal Turkson to address conference on Christian responsibility to Dalits

Cardinal Turkson

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery of Integrated Human Development at the Vatican will be the keynote speaker at a two-day conference on 'Christian Responsibility to Dalits and Caste Discrimination' at Amigo Hall by St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, which opens on Tuesday 9th May 2017. In 2013, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican and The Com...

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The Methodist art collection comes to town

The Dalit Madonna by Jyoti Sahi

When we were first married we worshipped in a village Methodist Church near Margate; an austere little chapel it was, whitewashed walls and uncomfortable benches. Thank God we did not have to sit under hour long nineteenth century non-conformist sermons, but were fed with wise words from Fr Martin Symonds, of Ramsgate Abbey. That was more than a few years ago, but the austere image of Methodism...

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India: Catholic bishops issue document on Dalits, condemn caste system

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) issued a policy document on Dalit empowerment on 13 December, in which it acknowledged that 'caste discrimination is a grave social sin' and committed to ensuring that the practise of 'untouchability' will not be tolerated within the church.

The document, entitled 'Policy of Dalit Empowerment in the Catholic Church in India: An Ethical Imp...

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Australian Jesuit looks back on 50 years working in India

Tony Herbert SJ

Tony Herbert had one week to decide to become a missionary. The Jesuit was in his early 20s when his provincial in Australia asked him whether he could imagine going to India.

"I had never thought of it," he says. "But I told the provincial I would work wherever I was sent." He took a week’s home leave, said goodbye to his parents and boarded the ship to India.

That was al...

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Text: David Alton at Make Caste History

David Alton - Professor the Lord Alton of Liverpool - gave the following lecture this morning at Make Caste History – International Conference on Dalits and Caste Discrimination.

On a visit to West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi I spoke about the plight of India’s untouchables, the Dalits, and the forms of exploitation and slavery which stem from the caste system. ...

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Southwark: Conference on Christian responsibility to Dalits

Dalit Madonna

A major two-day conference on Christian responsibility to Dalits and Caste discrimination will take place in Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road, London on 18 and 19 February.

The main speakers confirmed so far are: Lord Bishop Richard Harries (House of Lords) Lord David Alton (House of Lords) Bishop Patrick Lynch, (Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wal...

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India: Bishops attacked, arrested by police during peaceful protest

Archbishop Anil Couto

Police in Delhi baton-charged and fired water cannons at dozens of  Catholic bishops, priests and nuns before making several arrests on Wednesday during a peaceful protest calling for an end to Christian Dalit discrimination. Archbishop Anil Couto of Delhi was among those arrested.

At least 10 nuns and two lay leaders were injured in the crackdown, which resulted when Christians de...

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CARJ welcomes UK legislation banning caste discrimination

The Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) has welcomed new legislation which make making caste discrimination illegal in the UK.

In a statement CARJ said: "The passage of new legislation, making caste discrimination illegal in the UK, marks the end of a long struggle for justice. The new legislation requires the Secretary of State to bring forward regulations to include Caste a...

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Pilgrims plan walk to Rome in steps of 16th century Jesuit

pilgrim way

Pilgrims from across Europe will be retracing the steps of a 16th century Jesuit through Europe this April, as they prepare to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Christian Life Community (CLC).

In 1556 Jean Leunis made a pilgrimage from Liege in Belgium to Rome to meet Saint Ignatius and to join the Society of Jesus. Six years later in Rome, Leunis founded 'Prima Primaria', which wa...

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India: Christianity changes lives of Dalit community

Dalit Madonna by Jyoti Sahi

Christianity is bringing slow but lasting change to the lives of India’s Dalits or `untouchables,` especially for the community's women, who are often victims of prostitution and human trafficking - the Conference of Religious India (CRIB) report.

“The Dalits were told that they are less than animals and we tell them they are not, because they are made in the likeness of God...

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India: Muslim and Christian demonstrators demands justice for Dalit

image from an earlier demo - UCAN

A rally by Christians and Muslims demanding statutory benefits for their Dalit members blocked traffic today in the main streets of New Delhi. More than 10,000 people, including bishops, priests and nuns from across the country braved intense heat to march five kilometres to the Indian parliament. The march capped a four-day protest that began on Monday with a fast organized by sever...

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Priest working among the Dalit

‘This is a slum parish, just adjacent to skyscrapers in the city of Hyderabad. It consists of five areas and comprises all kinds of people, the lowest rung of society: painters, electricians, maidservants, lift operators, vegetable vendors, auto-rickshaw drivers, daily labourers and people doing all the menial jobs of society. Basically, it’s a small parish, populated by all the poo...

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London exhibition: Being Untouchable - portraits of the Dalit

Dalit boy by Marcus Perkins

Being Untouchable, a groundbreaking photography exhibition, sponsored by Christian Solidarity Worldwide,  presents a rare and intimate series of portraits of the lives of Indian Dalits. A moving and hard-hitting collection by documentary photographer Marcus Perkins, Being Untouchable exposes the present-day impact of centuries of oppression, exploitation and injustice against a ...

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