Monday, May 31, 2010

Bishops meet Andhra chief minister

Some 20 bishops and Church leaders in Andhra Pradesh met state chief minister K. Rosaiah May 29, discussing several issues including increasing attacks on Christians.
The Andhra Pradesh Federation of Churches (APFC), an apex body of the major Christian denominations including Catholics, organized the meeting.
The Christian leaders discussed ways to revive of subsidy given to the pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The subsidy was suspended after petitions were filed against it in the Supreme Court.
The others issues taken up include the construction of churches pending because of cases in the High Court and increasing atrocities on the pastors and Christians.
The Church also sought stat’s permission to construct over 3,000 houses for the victims of the floods of last October and the cyclone of last week.
APFC secretary Bishop P. Anthony of Kurnool read out the memorandum seeking reservation for dalit Christians. It urged the chief minister to send a letters to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi urging them to introduce the bill in the coming session of parliament.
The Chief Minister briefed them on action taken on various issues and assured financial support to the Christian schools under the Minority Welfare scheme as the policy to discontinue the grant-in-aid still stands.

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