Mgr Franco Mulakkal requested he be relieved of his duties. The pontiff appointed Mgr Agnelo Rufino Gracias as apostolic administrator. Yesterday the bishop was interrogated for seven hours by Kerala police.
An initiative of South India Church, which includes 4.3 million faithful. The program proposes practical solutions to counter global warming. The idea arises as a response to the environmental disaster caused by floods in Kerala.
Dadarao Bilhore, 48, sells fruit and vegetables. His 16-year-old son died in 2015 because he was not wearing a helmet. Study reports 27,000 potholes in Mumbai. More than 3,000 people die every year on Indian roads; that is almost 10 a day.
The nuns belong to the Missionaries of Jesus. The abuses blamed on Mgr Franco Mulakkal, bishop of Jalandar (in Punjab), date back to 2014-2016. The Indian Church is divided between the nun’s supporters and her opponents. The accused bishop points the finger at anti-Church groups who want tarnish his name.
Rev. Indrapal Bharati was questioned along with his wife and an assistant. Right wing extremists accuse him of having extorted the conversion of a young Hindu with the offer of money. Sajan K George: "The anti-conversion law is used as an instrument of intimidation and harassment".
About 3,000 Catholics gathered to remember the violence of 2004 and 2008. For Fr Singh, Mary intercedes for us above all in times of fear. In the wake of the 2008 violence, Catholics may be materially poor but are strong in their Christian faith”.
The clergyman died at the age of 86. His work led him to travel all over India. He was an inspiration for everyone. His Muslim friends held him in high esteem and called him "Jim Khan".
A priest in charge of a Henan parish complains about the ban on displaying sacred images and attempts by the faithful to accommodate government authorities. The faith cannot be abandoned or betrayed, nor can it be negotiated. What cannot be asserted or defended in public is not faith.
In Shanghai the "basic values of socialism" are exalted on the pediment of the church. A painting of the Last Supper removed in Henan. Communities forced to sing patriotic hymns. Shaolin Monastery in Shaoshan must hold a flag-raising ceremony every morning. "The churches seem more and more like government offices".
Those with "strong religious beliefs" must be re-educated or expelled. Spreading "political rumours" and distorting the country’s history are banned.
At the end of the trip to Ireland, Francis renews his appeal for forgiveness for the abuses committed by people in the Church. But a dossier by the former nuncio in the US accuses him of covering the misdeeds of former Cardinal McCarrick and calls for him to resign.