The National Council of Churches in India greeted the country on its 63rd Independence Day, calling for unity and greater efforts in condemning "perpetuation of depravity and all manifestations of violence."
Two pastors from the Assemblies of God Church denomination were attacked by a group of unknown people on Wednesday in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
Two women pastors have been arrested and sent to jail after false charges by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Karnataka, according to a Christian advocacy group there.
A group of atheist and agnostic "freethinkers" opposed to religion has criticized the United States Postal Service for honoring Mother Teresa with a stamp that it says goes against postal regulations.
There were no reports of violence in Kandhamal district, Orissa state, during Christmas. Christians peacefully celebrated the birth of Jesus with prayers and midnight services.
A group of U.S. lawmakers have written to the Chief Minister of India's eastern state of Orissa, calling for action against those who have carried out attacks against Christians.
Last year's violence on Christians in Kandhamal district in India was "one of the saddest moments in the history of India," said Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's decision to place India on its Watch List was slammed by Christian leaders in the state of Orissa.
During an interfaith dialogue in Mumbai, Hindu and Catholic leaders denounced religious conversions and recent anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal district in India.
Christians in Nepal on Sunday staged a protest rally against the bomb attack on a prominent church in Lalitpur last week.
The Government of India has agreed to keep its Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Kandhamal district, where it will continue to protect Christians taking refuge in relief camps there.
Starting next month, there will be no paramilitary forces guarding Christians who are living in relief camps in India's communally sensitive Kandhamal district.
In its 2009 report, Amnesty International has strongly criticized the Indian government for violence against Christians in the Indian states of Orissa and Karnataka. Amnesty's 400-page report comes just weeks after the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom announced its plans to visit India in June.
An organization that represents Christian religious broadcasters on television and radio in America plans to help raise money to rebuild the houses of victims of the Orissa, India violence.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India is confident that the Congress-led UPA government will keep the communal forces at bay and restore confidence among religious minorities.
"The situation here is very tense," says a pastor in the northern India state of Jammu and Kashmir, who claims that the highest police officials of Jammu arrested him and harassed him for conducting Bible classes for the locals.
A relief camp in Kandhamal, Orissa, India was attacked Monday night by Hindu radicals, reported a leading Christian advocacy group in the country.
Operation Mobilization has launched an initiative called "Help Feed a Child in India" to provide aid to over 15,000 children, mostly of whom are Dalits or "untouchables."
The second and final phase of elections in Orissa began on Thursday amid tight security in the backdrop of political and communal violence.
Speaking to a group of persecuted Christians, mostly widows of martyrs from the recent anti-Christian violence, former Archbishop Ignatius Pinto of Bangalore urged believers in India to look to the cross for comfort and inspiration.
The Supreme Court declined on Monday to give any direction to the Orissa, India, government regarding the alleged forceful closure of relief camps in violence-stricken Kandhamal district.
For a second time, no witnesses showed up on Wednesday to testify before a state government appointed commission about the 2007 attacks against Christians in the Indian state of Orissa.
Christian leaders and laymen have both joined in email campaigns, urging believers to wish the chief minister a happy birthday and to express "love" even after the pain and suffering the Christian community has been undergoing following violence on churches and clergies in the Indian state of Orissa.