Patna Archdiocese enters Centenary Year

Patna Archdiocese enters Centenary Year

A day of prayer and adoration across churches in Patna Archdiocese marked the beginning of the Centenary celebrations of Patna Archdiocese. Earlier,  Most Reverend William D’Souza SJ, Archbishop of Patna  called for a Day of Prayer in all parishes across the state to mark the start of the Centenary year of Patna Archdiocese. In a […]

Petition against compulsory sacramental confession, dismissed by HC

Petition against compulsory sacramental confession, dismissed by HC

The sacrament of confession also called the sacrament of reconciliation is one of the fundamental practices and sacraments of the Catholic Faith, and no government that abides by the Constitution of India can interfere with this. In the midst of increasing interference and a sustained campaign by certain mischievous and vocal elements, this latest ‘petition’ […]

This was a life: Inigo Lopez de Loiola

This was a life: Inigo Lopez de Loiola

The man was a soldier, philanderer, some say as vain as a peacock, but he could read … and that one book set him on the path that has now brought excellence in education to the world! Born Inigo Lopez de Loyola in 1491, the man known as Ignatius of Loyola entered the world in […]

Catholics : a part of Bihar for over 300 years!

Catholics : a part of Bihar for over 300 years!

The 66,500 Catholics in 11 districts of  Bihar State are getting ready to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Diocese of Patna, but the history of the Catholic faith in Bihar can be traced some 398 years ago, when Jesuit Father Simon Figueredo SJ came to Patna in 1620 at the invitation of the Mughal […]

Gossip is War, says Pope Francis

Gossip is War, says Pope Francis

“Gossip is war,” Pope Francis told the faithful during his weekly general audience. Pope Francis urged Catholics to preach the Gospel with deeds and words “that edify and not with words of gossip that destroy.” “Poor Holy Spirit! (Imagine) the work he has with us with our habit of gossiping!” Peace is a gift that […]

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 […]