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Nepal newest pariah on religious freedom

KATHMANDU (UCAN): Nepal has become the latest pariah state in the religious freedom field by making religious conversion illegal.
 
Seen as specifically aimed at the Christian faith, Kathmandu has now formed a bloc alongside its two neighbours, India and Pakistan, in which the small Christian minorities are facing increasing threats from the government against their faith.
 

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Nepal resilient a year after earthquake

Kathmandu (SE): A delegation from Caritas Internationalis visited Nepal at the end of April to take part in a symposium in Kathmandu and to mark the anniversary of the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck on 25 April 2015, leaving millions homeless, bringing aid and engendering a spirit of solidarity.

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Relief agencies told to finish up winter aid work in Nepal

Kathmandu (UCAN): The government of Nepal told international relief agencies to finish up their winter relief aid work by January 10, saying that support to affected areas had not met expectations.

Nepal was devastated by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that rocked the country on 25 April 2015.

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Nepal mourns its first bishop

Kathmandu (UCAN): The first bishop in Nepal, Bishop Anthony Francis Sharma, died on December 8 following a battle with brain cancer.

The Apostolic Vicariate of Nepal reported that he had been undergoing treatment at Neuro Hospital in Kathmandu. He was 78-years-old.

Bishop Sharma oversaw the growth of the Catholic Church through the nation’s recent tumultuous decades. 

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Last official Hindu state goes secular

Kathmandu  (UCAN): Nepal, which until 2007 was the only official Hindu state in the world, has voted to adopt permanently its temporary secular identity in its new constitution after years of contentious debate.

The 601-member Constituent Assembly has been voting on individual articles of a draft of a new constitution, which was promulgated on September 20. 

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Christmas celebrated in hope and fear

 

HONG KONG (SE): While Christians in Iraq faced the Christmas season of peace and joy in fear and trepidation, Catholics in Nepal reported that they were looking forward to their first Christmas in many years without threats of violence from Hindu fundamentalist groups.

Then, in normally peaceful Japan, people faced the festive season in a mood of crisis and worry, as Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami, from Nagasaki, put it, “It is not a time to celebrate in a consumerist society.”

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