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“Initially, other (Hindu) prisoners treated us as murderers and they were hostile to us. It was a hopeless situation. When the mind was so distressed, prayer was the only solace for us. Besides our common prayers, I would start every day in prayer and end with prayer.”
“These are extremely bad times for Christians in India. We have had consistent attacks on pastors, priests and lay Christians. Church property is targeted. And there is intimidation, harassment and denigration of Christians by Hindu nationalist groups.”
India: a sister who suffered sexual assault in the course of massacre of Christians, has rebounded to ‘bring her people hope’
“I am grateful for my life, my strength, and my sense of purpose, all of which were given to me by God. He is my strength, even as my trial drags on. And He has empowered me to serve others.”
Serving the poor and downtrodden, Sister Christine of the Merciful Sisters of the Cross has to cover considerable distances in the course of her work – frequently on poor roads and in inaccessible regions of India. Her old car had served her well for eight long years, but unfortunately, owing to the harsh conditions, it had become increasingly unreliable, repeatedly leaving her stranded in mid-route and becoming ever more expensive in repair costs.
In keeping with the promise of Saint Padre Pio—“When one million children pray the rosary, the world will change”—the campaign is intended to strengthen the faith through the power of children’s prayers.
The state of Assam in India is well known for its vast tea plantations. Millions of people live and work here, a large proportion of whom belong to the various ethnic communities that have been traditionally at the very bottom of India‘s social structure.
“We are not going to give up the fight for equality, justice and fraternity. We hope that Hindus and Christians will soon become more tolerant of each other and that the readiness to use violence will decline throughout the country.”