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Kandhamal Day in Orissa

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Kandhamal Day in Orissa

August 25 is observed as Kandhamal Day , and Archbishop John Barwa leads the campaign that asks, even after nine long years, why haven’t the victims of the worst violence against Christians in India received justice? Kandhamal in Orissa (Odisha) witnessed the biggest communal violence in 2008. Over 395 churches and worship places which belonged […]

Catholics in Bihar bid farewell to ‘Jack of All Trades’

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Catholics in Bihar bid farewell to ‘Jack of All Trades’

The citizens in Patna are going to miss the sight of the big ‘gora American in chappals’ who was often seen on a striking vintage motorbike weaving through the lanes and bye-lanes. Fr John Joseph Kenealy, a “jack of all trades” American Jesuit missionary, who cared for Bihar’s girl children decades before the government focused […]

VHP affiliated trouble makers on the prowl in MP

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VHP affiliated trouble makers on the prowl in MP

The rise of so-called fringe groups whose sole agenda seems to harass the minorities is on the rise in Madhya Pradesh. Members of Matrushakti, a female wing of the VHP, and Bajrang Dal (responsible for the gruesome burning alive of the Australian national Graham Staines and his two small sons in Orissa(Odisha) a decade or […]

Pak Agriculture University to house Catholic Church

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Pak Agriculture University to house Catholic Church

A Pakistani University will be the first to house a Catholic church and has allotted one square kilometre for its construction, a brave move given the many reports of intolerance against religious minorities in that country. While most Pakistani universities host mosques, UAF will be the first to allow a Christian house of prayer on […]

Beware of Hypocrisy, says Pope

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Beware of Hypocrisy, says Pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The diabolical language of hypocrisy, which ensnares others through flattery, has the power to destroy Christian communities, Pope Francis said. Like the Pharisees who spoke to Jesus with soothing words of adulation, Christians who engage in hypocrisy speak gently yet “brutally judge a person,” the pope said June 6 at his […]

‘Save adivasis from losing their lands’: Catholic Bishops appeal to President

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‘Save adivasis from losing their lands’: Catholic Bishops appeal to President

Over the years, social scientists and tribal activists in India have observed what appears to be a systematic scheme to move tribal people off their lands. Human rights organisations and a broad segment of social workers have observed how in the past few years, tribal communities are being systematically alienated from their traditional land holdings, […]

Goa intrigued by Priest death mystery

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Goa intrigued by Priest death mystery

Panaji, (Panjim)  Friends of priest-turned-activist Fr Bismarque Dias, who was found dead in 2015, have demanded a proper investigation into the case by the Goa crime branch, including interrogation of the five witnesses. The priest stood up to many anti-social elements and other vested interests who wanted to ruin the ecology of Goa Fr Dias, […]

After 16 months, Goa activist’s body to be buried

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After 16 months, Goa activist’s body to be buried

Panaji: Sixteen months after former Catholic priest and activist Bismarque Dias was found dead under mysterious circumstances, the state Human Rights Commission on Monday directed that his remains be formally laid to rest. The direction from the Goa Human Rights Commission Chairperson A.D. Salkar followed a petition by a city lawyer, who had prayed that […]

Vatican Radio closes English SW transmission to Asia

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Vatican Radio closes English SW transmission to Asia

Vatican Radio’s English shortwave (SW) broadcast for Asia has come to an end, with its last transmission going out Friday evening, after nearly 60 years of service. However this does not mean it has disappeared altogether. What ultimately closed on March 24 as Vatican Radio’s English Service for Asia, is however very much alive online […]

Catholic Church promotes ‘Safe Migration’ for poor in India

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Catholic Church promotes ‘Safe Migration’ for poor in India

In answer to the scourge of unsafe human trafficking and unsafe migration, especially for the poor communities, the Catholic Church has hit upon a way to promote safe migration. According to the National Sample Survey Office, India has some 309 million internal migrants, the majority leaving home for economic reasons. For example, several thousand affluent […]

Catholic NGO rescues Trafficked Tribal  Women

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Catholic NGO rescues Trafficked Tribal Women

Women from Christian dominated rural areas are tricked and ‘sold’ to work in New Delhi, according to this UCA News Report: Muskan* dreamed of a happy married life with a man of her choice. At the age of 19, when married, she saw her dreams come true, only to realize within days that she was […]

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