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Priest in Rajasthan’s Karauli who was set ablaze had bought petrol an hour earlier, say police

In his dying declaration on October 8, the priest, Babulal Vaishnav, had told the police that five people poured petrol on him before setting him on fire.
Babulal Vaishnav died on October 8, a day after he was allegedly set on fire by five men.(HT PHOTO)
Babulal Vaishnav died on October 8, a day after he was allegedly set on fire by five men.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 15, 2020 07:35 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByJaykishan Sharma

Priest held for alleged sexual assault on woman in Kerala

Reji Palakkadan was running an Ayurveda clinic as part of the church and he allegedly assaulted the woman when she visited the facility for treatment on Monday.
The priest who is also an Ayurveda practitioner, was held following a complaint filed by the woman’s parents.(Representative Photo/Getty Images)
The priest who is also an Ayurveda practitioner, was held following a complaint filed by the woman’s parents.(Representative Photo/Getty Images)
Published on Oct 13, 2020 03:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram | ByHT Correspondent

BJP leader Satish Poonia slams Rajasthan police after priest’s death

Police have arrested the main accused in connection with the incident, in which a temple priest succumbed to his injuries on Thursday night after he was allegedly burnt alive by few people over a row on land at Bukna village in Sapotra, Karauli district.
The BJP leader further condemned the incident, terming it “inhuman” and “horrifying.”(PTI)
The BJP leader further condemned the incident, terming it “inhuman” and “horrifying.”(PTI)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 04:35 PM IST
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Jodhpur | ByAsian News International| Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi

Annual Manimahesh Yatra comes to symbolic end with priests performing rituals, taking holy dip

Last year, more than 3 lakh people had visited the holy lake in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district, but this time the number was not more than 100 amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Manimahesh Lake with Mount Kailash in the backdrop. Manimahesh Yatra, which began on August 12, was held symbolically this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Pilgrims trek to the oval-shaped lake at a height of 13,500ft to catch a glimpse of Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, and offer prayers.(Ht file photo)
Manimahesh Lake with Mount Kailash in the backdrop. Manimahesh Yatra, which began on August 12, was held symbolically this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Pilgrims trek to the oval-shaped lake at a height of 13,500ft to catch a glimpse of Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, and offer prayers.(Ht file photo)
Published on Aug 26, 2020 04:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | ByHT Correspondent, Dharamshala

Priest sues to stop federal execution over coronavirus risk

Dale Hartkemeyer, who goes by the religious name Seigen, argues that he would be putting his life at risk if the federal government proceeds to execute Wesley Ira Purkey, as scheduled on July 15, because of his prior medical conditions including respiratory issues.
A Zen Buddhist priest, who is a spiritual adviser to one of three federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed this month, filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the Bureau of Prisons is putting him at risk for the coronavirus by moving forward with executions during a nationwide pandemic.(File photo for representation)
A Zen Buddhist priest, who is a spiritual adviser to one of three federal death row inmates scheduled to be executed this month, filed a lawsuit Thursday arguing the Bureau of Prisons is putting him at risk for the coronavirus by moving forward with executions during a nationwide pandemic.(File photo for representation)
Updated on Jul 02, 2020 11:22 PM IST
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Washington | ByAssociated Press | Posted by Niyati Singh

Two priests killed in UP’s Bulandshahr

Village head Dinesh Kumar said the police’s version is unreliable as the bodies bore cut wounds, which appeared to have been inflicted by some sharp-edged weapon.
The incident comes more than a week after two sadhus and their driver were lynched by a mob outside Gadhchinchale village, 110 kilometre from Palghar in Maharashtra.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The incident comes more than a week after two sadhus and their driver were lynched by a mob outside Gadhchinchale village, 110 kilometre from Palghar in Maharashtra.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Apr 29, 2020 01:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Meerut | ByS Raju

Priest kills self after learning about lockdown extension

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extension of the Covid-19 lockdown till May 3 during a video address to the nation on Tuesday.
Covid-19 lockdown has been extended till May 3.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Covid-19 lockdown has been extended till May 3.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 15, 2020 06:11 AM IST
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Mumbai | ByPress Trust of India

Pope tells priests to ‘have the courage’ to go out and meet coronavirus sick

St Peter’s Square in the Vatican -- in the centre of the Italian capital Rome -- was almost empty on Tuesday with only a few dozen people walking around, most of them without masks.
Pope Francis urged Catholic priests on Tuesday to “have the courage” to go out and help those sickened by the novel coronavirus(REUTERS)
Pope Francis urged Catholic priests on Tuesday to “have the courage” to go out and help those sickened by the novel coronavirus(REUTERS)
Published on Mar 10, 2020 04:44 PM IST
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Vatican City | ByAgence France-Presse

Kerala woman who filed rape case against priest, alleges sabotage

The woman alleged that some of the policemen indirectly told her it was not good to pursue such cases against “powerful people.”
In her complaint on December 4 last year, the woman said the priest assaulted her on June 15, 2017.(Representative image/HT Photo)
In her complaint on December 4 last year, the woman said the priest assaulted her on June 15, 2017.(Representative image/HT Photo)
Published on Feb 17, 2020 04:03 PM IST
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Now, MP temples to get ‘qualified’ priests

According to the rules, head of a math and priest should be of a good character and have knowledge of all the traditions of the sanatan dharma and would be tested by religious gurus.
Temples in Madhya Pradesh to get ‘qualified’ priests(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
Temples in Madhya Pradesh to get ‘qualified’ priests(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 09, 2019 06:42 AM IST
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God heard our prayers, says chief priest after Supreme Court’s Sabarimala ruling

The five-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was hearing 65 petitions seeking review of its September 2018 order that triggered widespread protests in the state after menstruating women were allowed to enter the shrine of Lord Ayyappa.
A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex(Vivek R Nair / HT photo)
A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex(Vivek R Nair / HT photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2019 11:50 AM IST
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Priest killed for being a ‘child lifter’ in UP

The police was looking for any footage of the assault that some locals may have filmed on their mobile phones, he said.
Bharosey was taken to local hospital that referred him to the district hospital in Karvi, but he died before he could be shifted, the SHO said, adding that the police is trying to identify the people involved in the attack and will soon will make arrests.(HT image)
Bharosey was taken to local hospital that referred him to the district hospital in Karvi, but he died before he could be shifted, the SHO said, adding that the police is trying to identify the people involved in the attack and will soon will make arrests.(HT image)
Updated on Sep 13, 2019 02:41 AM IST
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A priest, a car crash and bags full of stolen money

The Diocese of Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco, said in a statement on Monday that $18,000 in church collections were found in Father Oscar Diaz’s car at the time of the accident on June 17.
Investigation revealed “a prolonged history of theft,” with more than $95,000 stolen from parishes where the 56-year-old priest had served over the past 15 years.(Representational Image)
Investigation revealed “a prolonged history of theft,” with more than $95,000 stolen from parishes where the 56-year-old priest had served over the past 15 years.(Representational Image)
Updated on Jul 24, 2019 01:40 PM IST
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Los Angeles | ByAgence France-Presse

Eight suspects, including 2 tribal priests, arrested in Jharkhand lynching case

A total of 16 people have been booked in the case. Police believe the two tribal priests were the main conspirators of the crime.
The Jharkhand Police on Monday arrested eight suspects, including two tribal priests, in connection with the alleged lynching of four senior citizens in Gumla district.(HT File)
The Jharkhand Police on Monday arrested eight suspects, including two tribal priests, in connection with the alleged lynching of four senior citizens in Gumla district.(HT File)
Updated on Jul 23, 2019 01:12 AM IST
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Hindu priest attacked near New York temple days after Trump’s ‘go back’ tweet

Swami Harish Chander Puri said that around 11 a.m. (local time) Thursday, near the Shiv Shakti Peeth in Glen Oaks, while he was walking down the street in his religious garb, a man came up from behind and started hitting him, repeatedly, PIX 11 news channel reported.
Swami Harish Chander Puri (seen in the picture) was beaten so badly, he had to be rushed to the hospital.(Photo: Facebook)
Swami Harish Chander Puri (seen in the picture) was beaten so badly, he had to be rushed to the hospital.(Photo: Facebook)
Updated on Jul 21, 2019 01:01 PM IST
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New York | ByPress Trust of India

Crisis grips Syro-Malabar church as over 150 priests oppose Cardinal’s reinstatement

Over 150 priests have decided not to co-operate with Cardinal Mar George Alancherry who was reinstated as the head of the diocese by Vatican on Thursday as he faces allegations of corruption.
Cardinal Mar George Alancherry was removed from the post last year after a section of believers and priests alleged that he had sold a prime land owned by the church in Kochi.(Wikipedia/ Emmanuel Parekkattu)
Cardinal Mar George Alancherry was removed from the post last year after a section of believers and priests alleged that he had sold a prime land owned by the church in Kochi.(Wikipedia/ Emmanuel Parekkattu)
Published on Jun 29, 2019 11:59 AM IST
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14 days after marriage, bride elopes with priest who performed wedding rituals

Reena Bai, 21, hailing from Tori Bagrod village in Vidisha district, was married on May 7 and the rituals were performed by a priest, Vinod Maharaj.
Reena Bai is missing since May 23 and has taken away cash and jewellery with her, relatives say.(AFP File Photo)
Reena Bai is missing since May 23 and has taken away cash and jewellery with her, relatives say.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2019 07:51 PM IST
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Vidisha (Madhya Pradesh) | ByIndo Asian News Service

Sexually abused as minors, five US men sue Vatican to release names of priests

Three brothers and two other men claimed in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in St. Paul that the Church has kept secret the identities and records of more than 3,400 clergy accused of sexual abuse, including some top church officials.
Five U.S. men who say they were sexually abused as minors by Roman Catholic priests filed a federal lawsuit in Minnesota on Tuesday against the Vatican, accusing the church of concealing the identities of thousands of predator clergy members.(AFP (Representative Image))
Five U.S. men who say they were sexually abused as minors by Roman Catholic priests filed a federal lawsuit in Minnesota on Tuesday against the Vatican, accusing the church of concealing the identities of thousands of predator clergy members.(AFP (Representative Image))
Updated on May 15, 2019 11:10 AM IST
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Ex-bishop accused of Kerala nun rape arrives in court with priests

The case against Mullakkal surfaced in last June when a 43-year-old nun had complained to the police that he had raped her 13 times between 2014 and 2016.
A day after Pope Francis issued an edict to check sexual abuses involving the clergy, former bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mullakkal appeared before a court in Kottayam on Friday to hear charges against him in a sexual assault case.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
A day after Pope Francis issued an edict to check sexual abuses involving the clergy, former bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mullakkal appeared before a court in Kottayam on Friday to hear charges against him in a sexual assault case.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Published on May 10, 2019 05:29 PM IST
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Priest, 5 others convicted in gang rape case

The incident hit the national headlines on June 19, 2018, when five anti-human trafficking activists, working with an NGO supported by the Christian missionary, were abducted by armed men from RC Mission School in Khunti’s Kochang block, taken to a nearby forested area and raped.
A court in Khunti on Tuesday convicted Father Alphonse Aind, who ran a missionary school, and five others in the 2018 Kochang gang rape incident.(AP)
A court in Khunti on Tuesday convicted Father Alphonse Aind, who ran a missionary school, and five others in the 2018 Kochang gang rape incident.(AP)
Published on May 08, 2019 05:53 AM IST
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Priest accused of stealing agiary money acquitted

The accused, Homiyar Sidhwa, who was the head priest at the Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Deolali, was arrested in September 2016, 10 days after the money was reported stolen.
(Sidhwa said that after his duty with Deolali agiary was terminated, he tried to find a job and make ends meet while dealing with the death of his father.)
(Sidhwa said that after his duty with Deolali agiary was terminated, he tried to find a job and make ends meet while dealing with the death of his father.)
Updated on Apr 20, 2019 06:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByYesha Kotak

Indian priest sentenced to six years in prison for child sex abuse in US

John Praveen, 38, pleaded guilty in February to sexually touching a 13-year-old girl in the Rapid City church, South Dakota over her clothes last year, Rapid City Journal newspaper reported.
Indian priest sentenced to six years in prison for child sex abuse in US (Representative Image)(HT File)
Indian priest sentenced to six years in prison for child sex abuse in US (Representative Image)(HT File)
Published on Mar 31, 2019 06:37 AM IST
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New York | ByPress Trust of India

Pope admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

The papal admission followed a rare outcry last week from the Vatican’s women’s magazine over the sexual abuse of nuns, leaving them feeling forced to have abortions or raise children not recognised by their priest fathers.
The papal admission followed a rare outcry last week from the Vatican’s women’s magazine over the sexual abuse of nuns, leaving them feeling forced to have abortions or raise children not recognised by their priest fathers(REUTERS)
The papal admission followed a rare outcry last week from the Vatican’s women’s magazine over the sexual abuse of nuns, leaving them feeling forced to have abortions or raise children not recognised by their priest fathers(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 06, 2019 09:39 PM IST
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ABOARD PAPAL PLANE | ByAgence France-Presse

Seeking ‘divine help’ to de-seal shops in Delhi’s Amar Colony, priest sits on 9-day chant

Narayan — a priest who arrived in the city from Mehandipur Balaji in Rajasthan just days ago — has taken upon himself the task of ensuring that the shops are reopened soon, by conducting a nine-day religious ritual and chanting mantras.
Pandit Lakshmi Narayan seen performing puja to stop sealing drive, at Amar Colony, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, January 11, 2019.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Pandit Lakshmi Narayan seen performing puja to stop sealing drive, at Amar Colony, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, January 11, 2019.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 12, 2019 09:12 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRicha Banka

Poisonous substance, handwritten note give twist to priest’s death in Rae Bareli

A senior police officer said a poisonous substance and piece of paper purportedly undersigned by the deceased priest have been recovered from his room. He said the note was placed in a way to make it appear that it was written by the priest before he ended his life.
Dispute over temple trust land is believed to be motive behind the murder(HT Photo)
Dispute over temple trust land is believed to be motive behind the murder(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 04, 2019 08:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Rae Bareli | ByHT Correspondent

Priest found hanging in temple in Uttar Pradesh, locals allege murder by land mafia

The body of a 60-year-old priest was found hanging in the Ram Janki temple premises in Unchahar town of Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday
Locals claimed that the priest had also written to the district magistrate of Rae Bareli citing threat to his life(Image for representation.)
Locals claimed that the priest had also written to the district magistrate of Rae Bareli citing threat to his life(Image for representation.)
Updated on Jan 02, 2019 05:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByRohit K Singh

Puri’s Jagannath Temple shut over tussle between priest and police

Officials have alleged that temple priest Bhawani Shankar Mohapatra was trying to take three devotees inside the temple on Thursday evening when police at the main gate stopped them as they suspected they were not Hindus. Only Hindus can enter the temple.
A view of the Jagannath Temple in Puri.(HT File Photo/Raj K Raj)
A view of the Jagannath Temple in Puri.(HT File Photo/Raj K Raj)
Updated on Dec 28, 2018 04:19 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | ByDebabrata Mohanty

Nirupam Sen, the quiet priest of the CPI(M)’s industry drive in Bengal, dies in Kolkata

After he served as the industry minister of the state for 10 years, the combined assets of Sen and his school teacher wife barely amounted to 2.3 million.
Nirupam Sen focussed on the party organisation especially in his home turf of Burdwan district before he took on administrative responsibilities as a minister in 2001.(HT Correspondent)
Nirupam Sen focussed on the party organisation especially in his home turf of Burdwan district before he took on administrative responsibilities as a minister in 2001.(HT Correspondent)
Updated on Dec 24, 2018 01:20 PM IST
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Orthodox priest taken into police custody during face-off with Jacobites over control of Kerala church

The stand-off between Orthodox and Jacobite factions over control of Kothamangalam Mar Thoma Cheriya Palli Church entered its second day. Police took into custody Orthodox priest Father Thomas Paul Ramban, who armed with a high court order, waited outside the church to gain entry.
On Thursday, when Orthodox priest Father Thomas Paul Ramban reached the church, he was prevented by hundreds of Jacobite parishioners from entering the Kothamangalam church.(AFP/Picture for representation)
On Thursday, when Orthodox priest Father Thomas Paul Ramban reached the church, he was prevented by hundreds of Jacobite parishioners from entering the Kothamangalam church.(AFP/Picture for representation)
Published on Dec 21, 2018 07:20 PM IST
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Kothamangalam (Kerala) | ByIndo Asian News Service

Rahul Gandhi’s gotra is ‘Dattatreya’, he is Kashmiri Brahmin, says priest

Dinanath Kaul, the priest, told reporters,“His gotra is ‘Dattatreya’ and he is a Kashmiri Brahmin. Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have come and offered prayers at the ghat and it is recorded with us.”
A priest at the Pushkar lake in Rajasthan, who presided over the puja offered by Rahul Gandhi on Monday, claimed that the Congress president’s gotra was ‘Dattatreya’ and he is a Kashmiri Brahmin.(HT Photo)
A priest at the Pushkar lake in Rajasthan, who presided over the puja offered by Rahul Gandhi on Monday, claimed that the Congress president’s gotra was ‘Dattatreya’ and he is a Kashmiri Brahmin.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 27, 2018 10:35 AM IST
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