21/01/2017 - INDIA
The archbishop of Mumbai reveals the Vatican willingness to open up the cause of canonization. He spoke with Card. Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Christians "have chosen to embrace death rather than deny Christ." Keeping the memory of the martyrs alive "for future generations who face the challenges of religious fanaticism."
by Santosh Digal
20/01/2017 - INDIA
Msgr. Barwa: In Orissa Hindu pogroms have united Christians. Blood ecumenismby Nirmala Carvalho
In 2008, the extremists targeted everyone, regardless of denomination. "The cross of Christ was proof that united us, our faith was visible." In Bhubaneshwar a common burial ground. Catholic educational, health and social institutions must not discriminate against anybody, "even those who have persecuted us."
18/01/2017 - INDIA
Card Gracias calls for joint prayer in favour of Christian unityby Nirmala Carvalho
For the first time in Mumbai, Catholics and Pentecostals jointly organise the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The archbishop will lead at an ecumenical prayer on 20 January. For Christian leader, “existing divisions between Christian denominations are used by radical Hindus to undermine the Christian icons of charity, education, and care for the sick."
17/01/2017 - INDIA
For Catholic leaders, the Indian Church must speak out against inequalityby Santosh Digal
Oxfam releases its report on inequality. It shows India below China and Pakistan. Overall, 1 per cent of the population owns 58 per cent of the wealth. There is no welfare state, and no health insurance for the poor. Corporate debts have been forgone, but nothing has been done in education.
17/01/2017 - INDIA
Mangalore hosts tenth national meeting of young Catholicsby Nirmala Carvalho
The event will be held January 18 to 22. Over 3 thousand youth leaders are expected from all over India. The meeting will end with a march for peace. The "Youth Cross", a symbol of Christ's love, has traveled 2 thousand kilometers.
16/01/2017 - INDIA
Odisha soldier who converted is proud of his faith in Jesus Christby Santosh Digal
Naba Kishore Patra is a catechist in the diocese of Balasore. Born and raised in a Hindu family, he married a Catholic woman, who introduced him to the Christian faith. Vincentian priests and nuns nurtured the seed of his faith. Now he wants "to work hard for the mission".
12/01/2017 - INDIA – NEPAL
Bangalore Cares for Nepal: a year and a half of actual help to lepers and quake victims (photos)
An Indian priest, Fr George Kannanthanam, is behind the initiative. He left for Nepal the day after the earthquake. At first he used his own money, then found partner organisations and volunteers. After a month, he had reached 24,000 people. Later he provided temporary housing for 450 families and built homes for the 50 families of a leprosy colony.
12/01/2017 - INDIA
Priest falsely accused of raping a child is acquitted in Chhattisgarhby Nirmala Carvalho
Fr Joseph Dhanaswami was arrested in September 2015 along with a nun and a school employee. He heads the Jyoti Mission High School in the diocese of Ambikapur, which the alleged victim attended. According to a Christian leader, since nationalists came to power in 2003, "we have had an increased in attacks against Christians”.
11/01/2017 - INDIA
Kashmir, five months of revolt in 2016 "cost" 2.2 billion euro
Yesterday the first systematic study on the economic costs of the riots in July was presented. The human cost already known: about 100 deaths and 12 thousand wounded. The collapse of tourism, transport, crafts, small businesses. Students have completed only half of their curriculum.
10/01/2017 - INDIA
Online petition calls for more funding for India’s childrenby Santosh Digal
The campaign was launched on change.org. India has about 442 million children out of a population of 1.2 billion, but only 4 per cent of the Union budget is goes for them. “It is good, let us support it,” says Catholic activist.
10/01/2017 - PAKISTAN
Pakistan launches first cruise missile from a submarine
The launch took place in an unspecified area of the Indian Ocean. The Babur missile is capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The test could further disrupt the delicate balance with Delhi, with Islamabad leading the race in nuclear technology.
09/01/2017 - INDIA
Nun in Kandhamal: crucified Christ compelled her to serveby Santosh Digal
Sister Prabhati Sual Singh took her vows together with six other sisters, joining the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Annecy. The newly consecrated comes from Kandhamal district, scene of widespread persecution by Hindu radicals in 2008.
07/01/2017 - INDIA
Card. Gracias: acquittal of nun’s alleged rapists grave injusticeby Nirmala Carvalho
The two criminals accused of having drugged, bound and abused a nun in Chhattisgarh are released "for lack of evidence." Archbishop of Mumbai, "we will challenge the verdict on appeal." The limited percentage of convictions are a danger both for the victims and for society.
05/01/2017 - INDIA
Chhattisgarh, two criminals accused of the rape of a Catholic nun acquitted
The Kerala missionary was drugged and abused in June 2015. Christian leaders have denounced from the beginning the serious shortcomings in the conduct of investigations. The trial may have been compromised by the negligence of the investigators.
04/01/2017 - INDIA
Brother Paul, ready to become God’s instrumentby Santosh Digal
The Indian religious will be ordained next May. Meanwhile, the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament sent him to the Andaman Islands to serve the local population. “I pray to God every day so that he makes me able to break myself to feed others.”
03/01/2017 - INDIA
Manufacturing output drops following December’s demonetisation
The index measuring manufacturing’s “health” falls below 50 points. In November it was 52.3. However, the average level in the fourth quarter is the same as in the third. For most firms, cash-flow problems are blamed for drop in orders.
03/01/2017 - INDIA
Indian Supreme Court: No to use of religion for votes. Activists: Positive judgmentby Nirmala Carvalho
02/01/2017 - INDIA
Card Gracias speaks about Asia’s non-violent soul and the pope's Message for Peaceby card. Oswald Gracias*
The Indian prelate talks about the examples of Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi, two icons of non-violence. " Conflicts and difference of opinion will always be present, but it is important to realise that non-violence also implies the presence of justice which results in the presence of peace."
30/12/2016 - NEPAL - CHINA
China and Nepal announce first joint military exercises. To Delhi’s irritationby Christopher Sharma
The Nepalese army will be formed to address the theaters of war and terrorist attacks. China wants to expand its influence and restrain the movements for the liberation of Tibet.
28/12/2016 - INDIA
Caritas India to bring fraternal and human aid to cancer patientsby Santosh Digal
This is part of its 2017 Lent campaign. Each year, the social arm of the Catholic Church in India pursues programmes to improve people's living conditions. In over 50 years of activity, it has funded nearly 23,000 projects worth US$ 205 million.
22/12/2016 - INDIA
Mgr Barwa: in conflict-torn Odisha, may Christmas be peaceful and joyfulby mons. John Barwa*
The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar released his Christmas message. Although the memory of the 2008 anti-Christian persecutions is still alive, the faith has become stronger. Odisha Christians have been blessed with countless graces: 2016 has seen a growth in vocations.
22/12/2016 - INDIA
Curfew imposed in Manipur after two church attacks and threats against Christians to stop Christmas celebrations
The authorities want to create new districts in areas inhabited for centuries by mostly Christian tribal Nagas and Kukis. The tribal council blocked goods to the state. Majority Hindus reacted by attacking two Baptist churches. The local Catholic Church is working for dialogue and a well thought out solution.
21/12/2016 - INDIA
Mumbai: Card. Gracias celebrate a Christmas of mercy among tribal migrantsby card. Oswald Gracias*
In Mumbai there are about 80 thousand tribal. Their conditions are precarious. They are often victims of exploitation and marginalization. Even the holy family was refused at the inn, but found "refuge in a stable in Bethlehem, full of hospitality that radiated from the shepherds great heart."
20/12/2016 - INDIA
Chennai high court shuts down illegal Islamic courts
In Tamil Nadu numerous mosques function as veritable courts of sharia. improvised judges decide on marriage, divorce and personal property. The issue opens a hot debate on the marriage law and the harmonization of the civil code throughout the country.
19/12/2016 - INDIA
For Mgr Rodrigues, Christianity has changed the moral culture of the Indian peopleby Nirmala Carvalho
The former rector of the Basilica of Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount in Bandra is a noted educator. Since the 1960s, he has held numerous positions in Catholic schools. His contribution has also been decisive in health care, as a promoter of Bandra’s Catholic hospital, one of India’s top facilities.
15/12/2016 - INDIA
With 150,000 road accident deaths, Indian Supreme Court bans alcohol sales on highways
The ban comes into effect on 1 April. All existing licenses will not be renewed. Shops will have to remove signage and be at least 500 metres from highways. Every day, 1,374 accidents take place, with 17 deaths per hour.
15/12/2016 - INDIA
Rajasthan, 20 Carol singing Catholics beaten for "forced conversions"by Nirmala Carvalho
The faithful belong to Tikariya parish, which annually organizes carol services in private homes. Among them were women, children and sisters. The priest also attacked, admitted to hospital.
15/12/2016 - VATICAN
Pope: John the Baptist, the truth and the first step
During Mass at Santa Marta Pope Francis focused on the figure of John the Baptist. The strength of the preaching of the last of the prophets and his "dark moments". A great saint who could "had doubts" when a Messiah he did not expect arrived.
14/12/2016 - INDIA
Mgr Echevarría, Opus Dei prelate, remembered in India as a “father"by Nirmala Carvalho
Mgr Javier Echevarría died in Rome on Monday. Pope Francis said he gave “his life in a constant service of love to the Church and to souls." The second successor of St Josemaría Escrivá visited India three times.
14/12/2016 - INDIA
Odisha has a new priest, faith strengthened in the pogrom (photos)by Purushottam Nayak
Ordained on Monday, Fr Munib Pradhan celebrated his first Mass yesterday. In 2004 he saw the desecration of his parish; in 2008, he experienced the persecution of Christians in Kandhamal.
13/12/2016 - INDIA
Indian bishops approve action plan for Dalits
Caste discrimination is still evident, even in the Church. A country-wide policy recognises Dalits in their intrinsic human value. Twelve of India’s 19 million Catholics are Dalits. The State does not recognise them the same rights and privileges as other Dalits.
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