Pope in Burma preaches forgiveness, healing of old wounds

Pope in Burma preaches forgiveness, healing of old wounds

Yangon, Burma: Pope Francis urged Burma’s (Myanmar) long- suffering ethnic minorities to resist the temptation to exact revenge for the hurt they have endured, preaching a message of forgiveness today to a huge crowd in his first public Mass in the predominantly Buddhist nation. Local authorities estimated that about 150,000 people turned out at Yangon’s […]

Service of the poor is goal of Christian Education

Service of the poor is goal of Christian Education

Calcutta: Rights of Minorities guaranteed by the constitution are being systemically eroded, and those who manage the premier Christian educational institutions of the country are worried. However, the direction of Christian educational educations is clear: service of the poor, says Calcutta Archbishop Thomas D’Souza. A national colloquium of Catholic educationists in Calcutta (16 November)  heard […]

Campaign of lies and hate targets Christians in MP

Campaign of lies and hate targets Christians in MP

Madhya Pradesh: The peace and amity of the country is being systematically dismantled as ‘fringe groups’ of anti-socials claiming to be Hindu groups have let loose a campaign against Christians. In Sagar, the  Catholic diocese has appealed to the  government reign in radical these Hindu groups that are spreading  malicious campaigns against the Church. “Well […]

Good news for Indore Catholics

Good news for Indore Catholics

Martyred Indian Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, who was slain by an assassin 22 years ago in central India was proclaimed a ‘Blessed’ at a beatification ceremony at the start of a Holy Mass in Indore, Madhya Pradesh state on Saturday, Nov. 4. The nun belonging to the Franciscan Clarist Congregation was 41 when Samandar Singh, […]

Kandhamal Day in Orissa

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’

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

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

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

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 […]