Rhythmic cheering echoed around the streets of Chechema village as hundreds of Naga people, most of them Christians, began pulling a huge rectangular stone. The traditional stone-pulling ceremony performed by the Angami Naga tribal people in Nagaland in northeast India was the highlight of the Dec. 1-10. Hornbill Festival sponsored by the Christian-majority state. The […]
More than 4,800 Salesian scouts and guides from around the country are scheduled to congregate at Nashik, a holy city in Maharashtra State, for their annual national gathering titled, Boscoree. Organized by the Mumbai Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco, the 13th Boscoree has chosen the theme, ‘Health, Harmony and Holiness.’ As many as […]
Unidentified miscreants have vandalized St Thomas Catholic Church and its grotto in Chapatoli village near Duliajan in Assam. The incident came to light on the morning of December 15 when villagers were going for their works through the church area. They noticed the church door opened and spotted the statue of Mother Mary dislodged from […]
Some members of the Madurai-Ramnad Church of South India diocese have asked bishops to discharge only religious duties and not involve in asset management. “Bishops, who receive salaries, must only discharge religious duties,” C. Joel Sam Asir, a member of the diocese told a press conference on December 24 in Madurai. The CSI Trust Association […]
Life term awarded to a top political leader in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case gives hope to victims of communal violence awaiting justice in India, say activists working among the survivors of the Odisha’s anti-Christian violence. The verdict against Sajjan Kumar is a big day in the history of minority rights struggle in India, Tehmina […]
Pope Francis has erected a new Syro-Malabar diocese in Canada – Mississauga – and appointed Monsignor Jose Kalluvelil as its first bishop. The inauguration of the diocese and installation of the bishop will be decided later, says a press release from the Syro-Malabar Church headquarters in Kochi, Kerala.
On Sunday 2 December, the day the Church celebrated the first Sunday of Advent, in Uttar Pradesh about 150 Hindu fanatics attacked a church and interrupted the prayer with the complicity of the local police. Then they launched an ultimatum to the faithful: either they close the place of Christian worship, or “they will suffer […]
India’s National Commission for Women has accused Catholic Church officials of failing to support and protect a nun who has accused a bishop of raping her. Chairwoman Rekha Sharma told media in Kochi city on Dec. 1 that the official church was “glorifying” Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar while failing to protect the alleged victim. […]