By Charles Wilson
September 08th, 2008
More than 3,000 people, mainly Christians, have fled from their homes to government-run relief camps or surrounding forests in India's Orissa State.
Hindu mobs are on the rampage against Christians in retaliation for the killing of a Hindu leader, despite the Indian government saying that Maoists are most likely responsible for the murders.
At least 13 people have been killed in the violence and hundreds of Christian churches and homes have been burned down. The exact death toll remains unconfirmed.
“I have never seen persecution so bad in my life,” said Gospel for Asia President K.P. Yohannan.
“In order to promote this dignity in an integral way, so-called 'Christianophobia' should be combated as decisively as 'Islamophobia' and anti-Semitism,” he said.
Hindu radicals in Orissa attacked Christians last Christmas. Orissa has a history of Hindu militant attacks on Christians.
The remains of the southern wall of Jerusalem that was built by the Hasmonean kings during the time of the Second Temple have been uncovered on Mount Zion, the Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday.
The 2,100-year-old wall, which was destroyed during the Great Revolt against the Romans in 66 AD, is located just outside the present-day walls of the Old City and abuts the Catholic cemetery built in the last century.