Hindu fanatic groups have been accused of making videos of persecution of Christians across India and circulating them on social media. Shibu Thomas of Persecution Relief said most incidents are recorded in states run by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but the highest number has been rep
Jesuit Father Gaston Roberge, the French-Canadian founder of Chitrabani media training institute in Kolkata and film and media scholar par excellence, died at St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, on Aug. 26. He was 85. Both Chitrabani and the Xavier Institute of Communications, founded by Francis “Packy” MacFarland, were born within a year of each other, a […]
A pioneering Jesuit missionary who had worked for four decades in north-eastern India has died. Father Jayant Kumar Padival died around 10 pm on September 8 in Father Muller Hospital, Mangaluru, a port town in the southern Indian State of Karnataka. He was 71 and a Jesuit for 54 years. According to Karnataka Jesuit Provincial […]
Bishop Paul Chittilapilly, the first prelate of a Syro-Malabar diocese Pope Paul II created 33 years ago to resolve the rite rivalry in the Indian Church, died on Sept. 6. He was 86. Bishop Chittilapilly, who had served as the bishop of Kalyan in Maharashtra and Thamarassery in Kerala, died at 6:45 pm in Nirmala […]
Pope Francis on August 29 appointed Father George Kurisummoottil as the auxiliary bishop of Kottayam Syro-Malabar archdiocese to take care of its Knanaya faithful from Syro-Malankara Church. The new bishop is currently the vicar general for the Syro-Malankara faithful of the archdiocese. Father Kurisummoottil has chosen the name Gheevarghese Mar Aprem.
Apostolic Nuncio to Japan Archbishop Joseph Chennoth, an Indian, died September 7 in Tokyo following a heart attack. He was 76. The death occurred at 1:30 pm Japan time (8 am Indian time). The Syro-Malabar prelate from Kerala, southern India, was reportedly recuperating after a stroke some time back. His funeral details are yet announced. […]