The bishops cite official police reports that several converted Christians have joined ISIS. The police must "treat the issue as a problem of public order and not religious".
The Social Welfare Council is examining a new political strategy in foreign policy on balancing relations with neighboring powers. On the border with India there are several Islamic madrassas funded by Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. China fears the movements of the Tibetans.
The prelate brought "joy and renewed energy" to Raigad's mission. Meetings with young people, religious, lay people, the elderly; the inauguration of a new farm, for an "integral ecology" of the faithful. Local Sister: "The cardinal's visit was similar to that of the Three Kings to the Child Jesus, full of blessings and spiritual gifts".
An ecumenical forum wants applicants to be judged on the merit of their cases, not on the basis of their religious affiliation. India’s amended citizenship law has sparked widespread protests across the country because Muslim migrants are excluded. Giving citizenship to all illegal migrants could bring justice and promote equality.
Christians want Scheduled Caste status to be granted regardless of religious affiliation. Changing religion does not end the discrimination imposed on the Dalit community. For years, the Church has asked for the revision of a 1950 presidential order that excludes converts to Christianity from quotas in public administration.
The president of the Episcopal Conference inaugurates a new office for the Latin rite bishops in Goa. He returns to invoke peace and harmony in the face of the tensions that are tearing the country apart over the citizenship law. The city chosen for the new office is Benaulim, the birthplace of Saint Giuseppe Vaz, an example of "peace and reconciliation".
The couple could not pay for their wedding, which will now take place on 19 January at the Cheruvally Muslim Jamaat Mosque in Kayamkulam with a vegetarian banquet for a thousand guests paid by the mosque committee. Kerala is a symbol of interfaith harmony.
The national unrest is organized by 10 trade unions. The manufacturing sector protests against the privatizations of public companies and policies that do not support employment. In 2020 India will grow "only 5%". Among the requests: minimum wage, pension reform, labor reform.
The congregation was among the first in India to include Tribals in the religious order. The nuns live simple lives with simple people, among the poor, like the poor. They teach the catechism, serve the poor and the sick, and educate young people. They are a gift of the Church of Odisha to the Church in India and the Universal Church.
Over 30 injured students are hospitalized with cuts, lacerations and burns. The university is among the most prestigious in the world. Pupils are on strike against rising fees. For experts, the attack is a revenge for protests against the citizenship law started by universities.
The Salesian College of Sonada di Gorabari and the Rimpocha Tea company enter into an agreement for the technical training of teenagers. In the region there are 83 plantations of the delicious drink, famous all over the world. Every year at least 400 girls are trafficked from rural areas.
Worldwide more than 390 thousand births. The second country is China, with over 46 thousand babies. In Delhi, several pregnant women have scheduled the birth for January 1, as a sign of "good luck". Still too many premature deaths: in 2018 at least 2.5 million children have not reached one year of life.
The accused were charged with protesting against laws that expropriated their lands. Hemant Soren defeated the incumbent administration led by the Bharatiya Janata Party in recent elections. For local Catholic sources, his victory hails a new dawn for the Indian state.
The Archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India stands against the anti-Muslim law, but also urges non-violence and dialogue. Polarisation along confessional lines is a danger to the country.
Francis meets the members of the Roman Curia for the traditional Christmas greetings and warns: "We need a radical change in the way we think about the mission, let's look at the peripheries of the big cities". The change of the apparatus "is not done in the name of the change itself". "What we are experiencing is not simply an era of change, rather a change of era."