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Locations: New Delhi, Rome

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Indian school ransacked

ARMED assailants broke into a Catholic school in the Agra Archdiocese at Kosikalan, south of New Delhi late last week and attacked the priest, nuns, and a maid with iron rods.

The maid received severe head injuries and broken arms, while Fr K K Thomas suffered head injuries and fractures. Both have been hospitalised.

"There is definitely something sinister behind it," said a

spokesman for the Indian bishops' conference. "It is the first time that Church schools and convents are being singled out."

Holy War in Indonesia

INDONESIAN Muslims in the violence-ridden Spice Islands have vowed to wage a Hot War against Christians in th region by the end of this month.

The promise was made at recent Muslim New Year celebrations when thousands of Muslims brandishing swords and knives packed into a Jakarta sports stadium.

Speaking to journalists,

Ayip Safruddin, leader of the Communication Forum rot Muslims, promised to raise an army of 10,000 individuals, which would attack the Spice Islands by the end of this month.

Safruddin also warned Indonesian President /steinsrahman that if the naval blockade currently protecting the Spice Islands against outside invaders was not lifted, he s'41euld wage Jihad against the island of Java.

Church must not relativise Christ,

says Biffi By Citra Sidhu THE Church must stress Christ's unique and universal role as the world's saviour "explicitly and without tiring," said a prominentilallan cardinal last week.

Speaking at a theological conference in Rome on Christo-centrism, Cardinal Giacomo Biffi of Bologna warned of attempts to softpedal Christ's centrality in the universe and human history.

He told participants that various attempts had been made to "dilute Christianity" Imo a catch-all religion and to strip the Gospel of any absolute value and to promote a "kind of theological by-pass" straight to God. He warned that this attempted to get around "the impervious rock of the Church and the 'stone which will make people stumble' the Redeemer crucified and resurrected".

The two-day theological conference was hosted by the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum (Queen of Apostles). Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, closed the conference with a Mass.

French flock into Church

OVER 9,500 French adults are currently preparing to be received into the Catholic Church, according to a Church statement last week, writes Aid to the Church in Need.

While 2,500 will be baptised this year, 7000 are still attending the two-year preparation program. French Church sources stated that a vast majority of the 9,500 future Catholics are children of the May 68-era and come from all strata of French society.

While 79 per cent s(sere nonbelievers before their conversion. 9 per cent were Muslims and 2 per cent, Jews.




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