A letter from Sister Marie Gemma. The spirituality of Carmel and its mysterious origin: prayer and contemplation impact those who experience the convent. "Carmel is the sign that indicates the Infinite, the absolute proclamation of the whole loving presence of the Lord".
The data issued by World Bank. In 2017, India's gross domestic product reached 2,597 billion dollars, while France’s stopped at 2,582 billion. The country has reacted well to the negative repercussions of the rupee ban. In 2018, economic growth will be 7.4%.
The Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar led the inauguration of the new facility, which is run by the Servants of Mary. The school “must also be like a loving mother who gives life to future philosophers, scientists, illustrious thinkers”. Competitions, trips and extra-curricular activities will stimulate the pupils to challenge themselves in every situation.
The arrests took place in the District of Dumka. The detainees are part of a group of 25 "preachers" that the villagers held hostage for two days. The police say they seized religious material. For Christian leader, “powerful groups that support Hindutva use the so-called forced conversions to intimidate minorities".
The last chance for the four men is to appeal to the clemency of the Indian president. The case of the ferocious group rape of 2012 shone the spotlight on the issue of widespread violence against women. In India the mentality that treats women - and even girls – as an object of men's desire or possession is imbedded.
The event is promoted by the Conference of Catholic bishops. 25 prelates participated. Card. Oswald Gracias recites a prayer of consecration of the mission of the Church in India to the Virgin Mary. Like St. Thomas, "discovering Jesus touching his wounds: The poor, abandoned, elderly, dalit".
Sister Kaushalya, head of the Nirmal Hriday orphanage, is accused of buying and selling children as slaves. Another nun is under investigation. At least 16 girls were moved to a state facility. Missionaries of Charity react saying, “We will take all necessary precautions so that it never happens again."
The disappearance of a child who was sold has "nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity". The nuns are victims of "many myths [. . .] information distorted and false news” as well as “baseless innuendo". Sr Prema gives her version of events and defends her congregation. Only two weeks before, the authorities described the children’s home involved as an “excellent environment for the care of children”. Now they have been taken by social services.
Many Pakistanis are in Rome for the official celebration of his elevation. Political leaders, members of civil society groups and community leaders appreciate him. “He is a leader who has lived through the different and tormented phases of Pakistani history,” said one observer. He “is a strong voice for minorities in Pakistan,” said another.
On the solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Francis blessed the palliums for the metropolitan archbishops appointed during the year (including three from Asia). He prayed together with the delegate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople at the tomb of Peter. “We too have been brought back to life, healed, renewed and filled with hope by the anointing of the Holy One,” he said. “Like Peter, we [. . .] will always be tempted to hear those “whisperings” of the evil One, which will become a stumbling stone for the mission." He warned against "empty forms of triumphalism". Meanwhile, “millions of people continue to ask the question: “Are you he who is to come, or shall we look for another?