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UK Report Calls for Police Checks on Catholic Clergy to Stem Sexual Abuse of Children in Parishes
Posted on 2001/4/17 23:47:02 ( 703 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, April 17, 2001: A report commissioned last year by the Roman Catholic Church and headed by Lord Nolan, a former appeals judge, said clergy, staff and volunteers at Catholic institutions should be subject to police checks to stamp out sexual abuse of children, and that the church must also not hush up allegations of abuse. "We believe that the Catholic Church in England and Wales should become an example of best practice in the prevention of child abuse and in responding to it," Nolan said. The report said the Church should set up a national child protection unit and that every parish should have a designated child protection representative. Anyone who refuses to consent to a records check should not be appointed. Any allegation of abuse should be investigated and the police, social services agencies and the child protection officer appointed by the diocese or religious order should be informed. Between 1995 and 1999, 21 of the 5,600 Catholic priests in England and Wales were convicted of offenses against children, and two archbishops have been embroiled in controversies about their handling of pedophile priests. "Our hope is that this report will help to bring about a culture of vigilance where every single adult member of the Catholic church takes responsibility for creating a safe environment for children and young people," the report said.




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Call For Articles
Posted on 2001/4/17 23:46:02 ( 836 reads )


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TRINIDAD, April 13, 2001: Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad marks the arrival of indentured immigrants from India to Trinidad. The May 30, 2001, celebration will be commemorated with a special magazine by the Indo-Caribbean Cultural Council. The theme of the magazine is "Navigating Space in the Ports of Power." For Hindus and Indians in Trinidad, this theme is taken to mean the attempt to establish a permanent, equal and safe space in the various power houses (parliament, media, military, etc.) in a multi-ethnic society that is dominated and controlled by Afro-Christians. Authors are invited to submit original articles not exceeding 1,200 words. Contact "source" above for further information.




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Clarification on Ramakrishna Mission Presence in Australiasia
Posted on 2001/4/17 23:45:02 ( 798 reads )


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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, April 18, 2001: An HPI reader in response to our April 5 piece on the opening of a new center in Sydney write, "This news item gives a misleading impression that the mentioned Centre is the only Centre spreading the message of Sri Ramakrishna in Australia. Your readers may be pleased to note that there is a Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society of NSW, not very far from the mentioned Centre, operating in Sydney since 1977 under the able guidance of Pravrajika Ajayaprana Mataji, who has been spreading the message of Sri Ramakrishna not only in Sydney but all over Australia."




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Australian Telegraph Mistakenly Insults Sikh Community
Posted on 2001/4/16 23:49:02 ( 799 reads )


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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, April 6,2001: Shocking the sizable Sikh community of New South Wales, the Daily Telegraph newspaper mistakenly published a fish curry recipe and pasted it over the dome-shaped structure of a local gurdwara, known as God's place. Giani Balbir Singh, the priest of the gurdwara in Turramurra, was disconcerted when the caption accompanying the picture featuring himself and his wife implied that they would be cooking the fish curry inside the gurdwara. Singh assured the Sikh community that, as an ordained priest, he does not cook or eat meat in the gurdwara or anywhere else. Publishing a retraction the next day, the newspaper apologized for their error and the subsequent embarrassment to Giani Singh and the Sikh community.




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World Hindi Convention in Fiji Promotes Peace
Posted on 2001/4/16 23:48:02 ( 749 reads )


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SUVA, FIJI, April 6, 2001: Hosting the World Millennium Hindi Convention for three days in June of 2001 on the island nation of Fiji, the Fiji Hindi Sahitya Samiti, which is organizing the grand event, hopes to bring harmony between indigenous Fijians and ethnic Indians. In the past, racial and political tensions between the two groups has led to three coups in the last fifteen years. Expecting at least 100 scholars from overseas, the convention will also showcase the many indigenous Fijians students who excel in Hindi as well as local ethnic Indian scholars. Across the island nation, thousands of indigenous Fijians attend Indian schools and take Hindi classes.




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Mahavir Jayanti Celebrated in Moscow
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA, Apr 14, 2001: A solemn gathering of Jains in the D.P. Dhar Hall here, on the 2,600 birth anniversary of Lord Mahavir, celebrated the life and teachings of the great Indian saint. Mahavir's principle of "ahimsa," non-violence, has retained its relevance in the contemporary world. Prayers were offered and schoolchildren described the teachings of Mahavir in relation to their own lives. Mariaetta Stepaniants, head of the Mahatma Gandhi Chair at Moscow's Institute of Philosophy, said, "The new age might have given us a whole lot of comforts, but we seem to have lost something more precious -- peace of mind. Mahavir has shown how we can attain freedom from the cycle of life and achieve the state of mental bliss."




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Tamil New Year Celebrated in South Africa
Posted on 2001/4/16 23:46:02 ( 403 reads )


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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, April 14, 2001: The South African Tamil community is celebrating its New Year's Day with great expectations. The Tamil community makes up the majority of the 1.2 million South African Indians descended from the first settlers who arrived in 1860 to work on the sugar cane plantations. South African Tamil Federation president, Mickey Chetty, said in his message to the community that the 5103th Tamil New Year, named Vrisha is a year of vigor. "The year is indicative of the Theebam, which is light, thus forecasting a lot of positive energy for the year, ensuring this prosperity," Chetty said. The Tamil Federation of Gauteng province will join the federation's program to mark the New Year with a special celebration at Laudium, near Pretoria, April 22, with dance, music and drama.




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Court Can't Solve Ayodhya Tangle, Says Advani
Posted on 2001/4/13 23:49:02 ( 819 reads )


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NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 10, 2001: Home Minister L K Advani told the Liberhan Inquiry Commission on Ayodhya today that the temple dispute could only be resolved through negotiations or legislation as a court verdict would not provide a solution to the problem. "The BJP has always been of the view that the issue could be resolved through a negotiated settlement or a legislation. Litigation is not the answer to the problem," Advani remarked in his maiden appearance before the eight-year-old Commission. His narrative of the events which led to the December 6, 1992, demolition of the disputed structure was an exercise in self explanation; aimed primarily at living down the hardline image that has haunted him all these years. Striking a personal note, Advani, who is an accused in the demolition case, described December 6, 1992, as the most depressing day in his life. "I had seldom felt as dejected and downcast as I had felt on that day. I couldn't share the feelings of those who were ecstatic," he remarked in reference to the post-Ayodhya jubilation among many Hindus.




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Stanford Hindu Students Council Celebrates Holifest
Posted on 2001/4/13 23:48:02 ( 810 reads )


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STANFORD UNIVERSITY, CALIFORNIA, April 8, 2001: Stanford University's Hindu Students Council (HSC) celebrated their first Holifest on April 8. About 50 students gathered on Wilbur Field and played Holi with colored powder, colored water and water balloons. Holi is a festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil. Sumir Meghani, HSC coordinator said, "HSC began activities at Stanford last year, with the goal of bringing Hindus from all walks of life, and people interested in the rich and diverse Hindu cultures, religions, and philosophies together." The Stanford HSC has also celebrated Diwali and sponsored fundraisers for earthquake relief.




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Correction on VHP Gujarat Earthquake Volunteer Program
Posted on 2001/4/13 23:47:02 ( 877 reads )


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HOUSTON, TEXAS, April 13, 2001: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America's Gujarat Program information is at the website at "source" above and not at the website given in yesterday's HPI.




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Jain Community Pulls Together After Earthquake
Posted on 2001/4/12 23:49:02 ( 814 reads )


Source: Abhiyaan Gujarati Weekly





AHMEDABAD, INDIA, February 24, 2001: Appealing for funds internationally to restore Jain temples in Gujarat after the devastating January 26th earthquake, the Jain community has made extensive efforts to preserve valuables at all locations.Thirteen villages suffered losses including the sacred pilgrimage place of Bhadreshwar. After locating 205 murthis in 65 damaged temples, a team of about 40 volunteers have toured all temple sites to assess the damage. The team relocated murthis, gold, jewelry and silver utensils as well as rare scriptures and Jain art to a safe location near Ahmedabad. Diamond merchants of Mumbai also participated in the clean-up by collecting temple properties to keep in safe custody. Daily inspired talks by Jain monks has encouraged the youth to participate in the humanitarian work. Broken murthis were ceremoniously decommissioned and ceremoniously placed in the ocean. It is estimated that US$7.3 million will be needed to return the temples to their original pristine glory.




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Tribal Community Targeted by Tiger Force
Posted on 2001/4/12 23:48:02 ( 751 reads )


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TRIPURA, INDIA, April 10, 2001: The Buddhist Chakma tribal community, living in the hill areas of Tripura, was exposed to insults by the Christian Tripura Tiger Force recently. Torching the Buddhist temple where the community worships as well as setting fire to 13 huts belonging to five families, the group has threatened any villagers who practice any other religion except Christianity. In December of 2000, a similar incident occurred in the southern Almara village of Tripura.




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Ramakrishna Mission Dedicates Final Orissa Relief Houses
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BELUR MATH, HOWRAH, INDIA, March 17, 2001: Swami Smaranananda, General Secretary of the Ramakrishna Mission, announced today that after giving extensive primary relief to the victims of the 1999 Super Cyclone in Orissa, the RK Mission undertook the construction of 330 houses and three school-cum-cyclone-shelter houses as a part of its rehabilitation project at Kanaguli village, of Ersama Block in Jagatsinghpur district. The work was started in April, 2000, and now most of the new houses have been given away to the beneficiaries. In the last phase, 71 houses will be handed over to the beneficiaries and the newly built school/shelter will be inaugurated by His Excellency Sri M. M. Rajendran, the Governor of Orissa on Tuesday, 17th April, 2001.




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Grants Announced for Science and Religion Projects
Posted on 2001/4/12 23:46:02 ( 898 reads )


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The Philadelphia Center for Science and Religion (PCRS) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for an exciting new grant program. The Local Societies Initiative provides three-year grants for $15,000 each available to academic and other organizations interested in developing new programs promoting the constructive engagement of science and religion. Each applicant must be able to match the grant with $15,000 of other funds over the three years. Supplemental grants of $10,000 each will be awarded annually to particularly creative, innovative and effective programs. For more information about this opportunity to further dialogue in the important field, go to "source" above.




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Dalai Lama Comments on Dalit Conversion
Posted on 2001/4/11 23:49:02 ( 769 reads )


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KOLKATA, INDIA, April 10, 2001: The Dalai Lama on Monday said the proposed mass conversion of one million Indian Dalits ("untouchables") to Buddhism on October 14 would give those embracing the religion an equal standing in society. "I am always expressing, telling and sharing with new Buddhists, particularly those from so-called lower castes, that taking to Buddhism should not result in resentment among other religions. If some people from India follow the dharma, it is good. After all, I describe Buddhism and Hinduism as twin brothers and sisters," he said.




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