A 43-year-old Catholic nurse in India died on Christmas Day from breast cancer, two years after she refused her doctor’s advice to get an abortion, so she could begin chemotherapy. Sapna Tracy, who already had seven children, refused to sacrifice the life of her child, giving birth to her daughter Philomena in December 2015. “I […]
Indian Vice President Venkiah Naidu on December 12 commended Christians for their service to those on the periphery and share in building a new India. “The Catholic community is peace-loving and it contributes immensely to nation building,” the vice president told a gathering that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) organized to launch Christmas […]
Dalit Christians, under the aegis of the Council of Dalit Chri-stians, held a march to the Secretariat on Dec. 12 demanding prote-ction of re-servation for Dalit Christians. The rally, organised by the Council of Dalit Christians (CDC), raised the demand of 5% reservation for Dalit Christians in Union government recruitments and 4% reservation in the […]
Forty-one young women from ethnic minority groups took vows to become Catholic nuns in a rare event of this scale in the eastern Indian State of Jharkhand. Church leaders welcomed what they described as a trend for more tribal people to choose a religious path in life. More than 1,000 Catholics, including families and parishi-oners […]
An Indian Catholic leader has slammed an inflammatory call by a radical Hindu group for the execution of people who slaughter cattle or transport beef. Bishop Vincent Barwa, who chairs the bishops’ office for ethnic minorities and lower caste people, said the demand by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council-VHP) sought to create violence […]
Pope Francis has appointed Fr James Raphael Anaparambil as the coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Alleppey in Kerala on Dec 7. Bishop-elect Anaparambil was born in Chellanam in Alleppey diocese on March 7, 1962. He was ordained priest for the same diocese on December 17, 1986.
Despite all Constitutional guarantees of India being a sovereign socialist, secular, democratic republic, the minority sections in India — Dalits, creative artists, writers, rationalists and sensitive, enlightened citizens — are all feeling suffocated, insecure and less-than-equal citizens of India since the communal ideology has come into power at the Centre and some big Indian states. […]
Mumbai: St Pius X College, the seminary of the archdiocese of Bombay, is all set to stage a play in Hindi on Blessed Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who was shot dead while celebrating Mass in 1980. “Oscar Romero and Jesus of Nazareth had many similarities,” says Father Nigel Barrett, spokesman for the archdiocese of […]