Fr Alphonse Aind was convicted along with five other people. He is accused of complicity in a gang rape case involving five women from an NGO. The local diocese is standing by him and will appeal the conviction.
The tropical storm has destroyed at least 10 thousand villages in India and 1,000 homes in Bangladesh. The churches of Bhubhaneswar and the archbishop's see are also damaged. The Catholic association is assisting the displaced.
The two religious leaders sign a joint declaration of solidarity with the victims in Sri Lanka. Those who sow death are "the incarnation of the most heinous forces on the earth." This is why “it is our duty [. . .] to banish them".
The Catholic Health Association of India is the largest health NGO in the country. Established 76 years ago, it has over 76,000 members, including a thousand nuns who are doctors. About 60,000 children are born each year from HIV-positive mothers. The association’s goal is to give these young lives a dignified future.
The Council of priests wants Fr Poothavelil charged. The later claimed that the former spokesman of the Syro-Malabar Church falsified documents against the cardinal in connection with the sale of some land owned by the local Church.
The authorities close the ports and suspend railway connections. The weather alert also covers Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in India; and the Cox’s Bazar district, where the Rohingya refugees are located in Bangladesh. In 1999, Cyclone Odisha caused more than 8,000 victims.
The head of the Syro-Malabar Church has been under investigation since March 2018. A member of the local church had accused him and three others of having sold off land in the archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. The Cardinal's defense team claims that the trials wanted to discredit him ahead of the last Synod.
The event was organized by the local branch of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. In Mangalore another Muslim group held a silent protest against attacks. Islamic leader: "We show solidarity with Christians, as they did following the attack on mosques in New Zealand".
Deva Thakur is vice president of the Hindu Mahasabha party. According to John Dayal, some Hindus are gripped by "paranoia" since their numbers fell below 80 per cent of the population.
Since the low point in the post-Cold War period (1998), spending worldwide has increased by 76 per cent. China alone accounts for 14 per cent of world military expenditures. Spending is up in Saudi Arabia, India, France, Pakistan, and Turkey. Tensions in Asia, as well as between China and the United States, are the greatest factor driving up military spending in the region.
April 28 was a special day of prayer for the victims of the Easter massacres. The faithful gave life to processions, vigils and Eucharistic adorations. Many Muslims and Hindus joined the Catholics.
One of the oldest Catholic institutions in Manipur was set on fire; another school was attacked by Hindu radicals in Maharashtra. Schools are open to the poor and tribal children.
Tibetan Buddhism’s Number 2, was seized by China’s communist authorities when he was only a child after he was recognised by the Dalai Lama. A peaceful march calls for his release, while Tibetan political leaders call on Beijing to explain what happened to him.
'United against Hate' organised a protest in Delhi. Asian Churches expressed their solidarity. For Muslim activist, "Christianity and Islam, can walk together" as Francis suggested.
Indian intelligence agencies had issued three terrorism alerts. The prime minister admits that the information was not transmitted. The Islamic State publishes the photo of the seven bombers. 40 people arrested.