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The president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India says that the widening gap between rich and poor is "a matter of serious concern for the church".
Church and secular groups are protesting against southern Karnataka state government for promoting Hindu scripture in state-run schools.
Churches in India have been asked to tackle "institutional casteism" at a meeting organised by the World Council of Churches and Indian Christian groups.
An Dalit-led international colloquium on Caste, Religion and Culture will be held in Cochin, Karala, India, from 1-4 May, it has been announced.
Churches in India have backed a social activist who launched a hunger fast on 5 April 2011 to call attention to the scandal of corruption in government.
Christians in Kandhamal, east India, face a continuing struggle since the anti-Christian violence that began in August 2008 killed more than 90 people.
Churches have welcomed an unprecedented step by the Supreme Court of India to withdraw remarks on religious conversions in a recent court case.
A prominent Indian Christian leader has said the churches must act decisively against the 'abominable sin' of caste discrimination.
Naming caste-based discrimination as "sin, apostasy and rebellion against God", Indian churches have committed to being "zero tolerance zones" for casteism.
Churches in India have joined other leaders in calling for calm after a court ruled that a disputed religious site should be split between two groups.