Modi may invite Pope Francis to India, after all!

Modi may invite Pope Francis to India, after all!

Prime Minister Modi has reassured the members of the Catholic Community that his first priority is the ‘welfare of the people’,  and the eradication of poverty. And that he will ‘look into’ issues of intimidation and harassment of  Christians , if brought to his notice. Mr. Modi is understood to have ‘reacted positively’ to the […]

Filipino Catholic school students affirm LGBT rights

Filipino Catholic school students affirm LGBT rights

Students from Catholic schools in the Philippines marched with LGBT groups this week to press for the passage of a bill designed to end discrimination on the basis of gender and sexuality. They  attended nationwide rallies with gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in major cities across the country on March 17 to show support for […]

Catholic Priest stabbed by Assistant

Catholic Priest stabbed by Assistant

A 52-year old Catholic priest and rector of a Christian pilgrim Centre in Kerala was reportedlyy stabbed to death near here today by an assistant, whom he had recently suspended for “misconduct”, police said. Fr Xavier Thelakkatt of the St Thomas International hill shrine ‘Kurisumudi’ in Malayattoor was attacked by the sacristan (one who assists […]

New Catholic Archbishop of Rawalpindi

New Catholic Archbishop of Rawalpindi

Archbishop Joseph Arshad was installed as Bishop of Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese in Pakistan’s Northern Province on Sunday, Feb. 10. He replaces Bishop Rufin Anthony who died in October 2016. Archbishop Arshad had previously been bishop of Faisalabad and was conferred by the pope with the personal title “archbishop” when he was transferred to Islamabad-Rawalpindi Diocese on […]

Patna Catholics give thanks for this Diamond

Patna Catholics give thanks for this Diamond

A 21 year old Anglo-Indian officer of the Calcutta Police in was sent to Dacca. This was during the Dacca communal riot of 1941. The story is that there were shoot-at-sight orders as the town was under heavy curfew. The young officer, on patrol, saw a fellow sneaking around, and drew his gun to shoot. […]

Tribal Santals’ plight in Bangladesh

Tribal Santals’ plight in Bangladesh

UCA news has been covering several incidents of violence against tribal communities by some elements from the majority Muslim community. The reasons are more about land grabbing.  Finally after two months, news comes of one arrest. Police in northern Bangladesh have arrested one of the alleged masterminds of arson attacks on the indigenous Santal community […]

Hate drive against Christians in Satna

Hate drive against Christians in Satna

Bhopal:In what appears to be a concerted effort by anti-constitutional forces to intimidate and humiliate Christians in the run up to Christmas, the police have detained six Christians on the charge of trying to “forcibly” convert a Hindu man at Bhoomkhar village in Satna district, shortly after suspected Bajrang Dal activists attacked a carol-singing session […]

Vice President praises Christian contribution to nation building

Vice President praises Christian contribution to nation building

New Delhi: Indian Vice President Venkiah Naidu on December 12 commended Christians for their service to those on the periphery and acknowledged their 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) […]

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 […]