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by Biju Veticad

The dwellers of Kolkata’s slums knew the clergyman as Dr A.C. Originally from Kerala, southern India, Fr. Joseph had been in Kolkata for 30 years. He was a pioneer in education for slum dwellers who had not attended school for years. Through his hard work, he not only provided access to an education, but also gave food to the hungry.

 

| 27/07/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Syro-Malankara Church protests against the Turkish government’s decision. Conversion destroys the very message of tolerance that Hagia Sophia represented. The sacred place should continue to be a symbol of peace and coexistence.

| 25/07/2020
| INDIA – TURKEY
by Nirmala Carvalho

The Public Affairs Commission of the Syro-Malabar Church urgently calls on the government to intervene. In hilly areas, almost everything farmers grow is destroyed by wild boars, elephants and monkeys. The number of people killed in wild animal attacks is on the rise.

| 24/07/2020
| INDIA

The National Centre for Disease Control conducted testing between June 27 and July 10. yesterday, India's Health Ministry reported a total of 1.19 million coronavirus cases with nearly 29,000 deaths. The States of Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu are the most affected.

| 23/07/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

87 have died so far. Over 47 thousand inhabitants are welcomed in 649 refuge centers. Damage to national parks. Catholic authorities: About 2.2 million children, out of a total of 5 million, are suffering from the floods. Flooded villages lack clean water and sanitation. The rice fields are destroyed.

| 22/07/2020
| INDIA
by Biju Veticad

Card. Angelo De Donatis, vicar of Rome, has granted the community of Indian origin the use of Saint Anastasia on the Palatine. The faithful, almost 7 thousand throughout the Italian capital and the province, are celebrating: "It is a great gift from the diocese of Rome and the Vatican".

| 21/07/2020
| ITALY - VATICAN - INDIA

Only the United States and Brazil have a higher number of cases.  More than 25 thousand dead in the country.  Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu the most affected states.  Lockdown restored in several areas.  Red Cross: The Indian subcontinent is the new epicenter of the pandemic.  Economist mitigates the alarm: Per capita, the country has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.

 

| 17/07/2020
| INDIA
by Biju Veticad

The Congregation’s Indian province celebrates its first 50 years. Increasingly, its missionaries reach Europe. In India, they are active in youth ministry, social work, education, charity and health services for the poor. In Kerala they still follow the Syro-Malabar rite.

| 16/07/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Hundreds of Dalits live near the Marian shrine in Periyanayagi, in Konankuppam parish. Under quarantine for a long time to contain the coronavirus, “many are more afraid of famine than of the virus.” Unemployment is causing depression and increasing domestic violence. The Catholic Church and Legio Mariae are helping out respecting people’s dignity.

| 16/07/2020
| INDIA
by Biju Veticad

The Brahmaputra has overflowed. Landslides and floods have forced the authorities to move 1.3 million people to safer areas. At least 385,000 people have been displaced in the Barpeta district alone. About 2,100 residents found shelter in 118 rescue camps. The Archdiocese of Guwahati is providing help. Catholics in the Diocese of Tezpur are safe.

| 14/07/2020
| INDIA

The funeral celebrated today at the church of Tejgaon (Dhaka), presided over by Msgr. Paul Ponen Kubi. The messages of Card. Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai, and of Msgr. D’Souza, Archbishop of Kolkata. Abp. Costa was the architect of the meeting between Pope Francis and the Rohingya refugees in December 2017.

| 13/07/2020
| BANGLADESH-INDIA

India has the eighth highest death toll, but given the size of its population (1.3 billion) it has one of the lowest rates: 15 deaths per million inhabitants; by comparison, Great Britain has 670 and the US, 402. Existing epidemiological models are “not appropriate for the Indian setting".

| 10/07/2020
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

A mob ransacked a young clergyman’s home. They threatened his family and two other Christian families that if they did not leave the village, their women would be raped, the men murdered, and their homes burnt. Police was forced to release two detainees.

| 10/07/2020
| INDIA
by P. Christopher D. Jeyakumar

The media exaggerate the Covid-19 emergency in Asia's largest slum. Coronavirus has been contained despite the inability to respect social distancing. The slum is "periphery of the city’s consciousness". The help of the Catholic Church.

| 09/07/2020
| INDIA
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| 29/07/2020
| VATICAN – CHINA
 
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| 16/07/2020
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| 10/07/2020
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by Marian Demir
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| 10/07/2020
| TURKEY
 
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| 06/07/2020
| ASIA - HONG KONG
 
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| VATICAN
 
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