November 8, 1999 |
As Pope John Paul II sat down here Sunday to exchange views with leaders of 10 other religions, Indian security guards stopped a blue-turbaned Sikh trying to enter the assembly hall with a 4-foot sword. The armed man, it turned out, was Bhai Manjit Singh Sahib, a Sikh guru. His chair, three places to the left of the pope, remained vacant for 30 minutes before he could persuade organizers that the ornate silver saber was a symbol of his religious authority, not a security threat.
January 25, 1999 |
The charred bodies of a missionary and his two sons were laid out in wooden coffins Sunday amid a wave of outrage at their killings, the first deaths in a string of attacks on Christians in India. Police arrested 49 Hindu radicals suspected of burning to death Australian Graham Stewart Staines, 58, and his sons Philip, 10, and Timothy, 8, Saturday as they slept in their utility vehicle.
January 11, 1999 |
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee visited a violence-hit region in western India on Sunday and demanded severe punishment for anyone attacking houses of worship, after Hindu militants burned or demolished churches there. "Exemplary punishment should be awarded to perpetrators of such crimes," he said in Ahwa, a town in the western state of Gujarat, a region that has been marked by more than 100 acts of violence against Christians in the past year.
January 3, 1999 |
A mob of 50 people attacked and set afire two churches in a region of west India where anti-Christian attacks have destroyed dozens of churches, domestic news agencies reported. No one was injured in the attack in Dang district in the western state of Gujarat late Friday, the Press Trust of India reported in New Delhi. More than 120 people have been arrested for attacks on Christians and churches since Christmas Day.
May 7, 1998 |
Suspected Muslim militants killed 13 Hindus in remote villages in the restive northern state of Kashmir, police said. The killings came two weeks after guerrillas massacred 25 Hindus in a mountain village, prompting residents to demand better security in the area that borders Pakistan, India's hostile neighbor. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but police blamed guerrillas fighting for the independence of Jammu and Kashmir, India's only Muslim-majority state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1996 |
Just inside the entrance to the Jain Center in Buena Park, a spider edges down a silky strand of web on a cubbyhole where visitors place their shoes. Of all the places in the world to weave a web, this spider has chosen well. Adherents of the Jain religion revere even the tiniest of lives, down to the most microscopic of beings. It is a reverence that requires strict vegetarianism, what Dr.