Who will be the new ‘Black Pope’?

Who will be the new ‘Black Pope’?

All the top Jesuit priests are heading to Rome for the 36th General Congregation. Its main business will be to elect a new Superior General. (A long time ago, the head of the Jesuits was also called the Black Pope,  perhaps because of the black robes they wore at the time, or because they seemed […]

Couples firm for Christ in Orissa

Couples firm for Christ in Orissa

Evangelization, renewal of families and care of the poor are part of the mission of a Filipino lay group called Couples for Christ (CFC) that visited Orissa, eastern India, in September. The Vatican-approved CFC lay movement began their unit in Orissa’s main Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Archdiocese in 2013. Hector Poppen, leader of the CFC in India,  along with […]

Liturgy to be ‘more meaningful’ in Catholic Churches

Liturgy to be ‘more meaningful’ in Catholic Churches

To make the liturgical celebrations more meaningful, active and participatory, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) has published “The Directives for the Celebration of the Liturgy”. The ‘Liturgical Directives’ was released by Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India and the President of the Federation of Asian […]

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for Us!

Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Pray for Us!

 “For the honour of the Blessed Trinity, the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many […]

Sushma Swaraj to lead Indian delegation for Mother’s Canonization

Sushma Swaraj to lead Indian delegation for Mother’s Canonization

New Delhi:  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead the official Indian delegation to the Vatican for Mother Teresa’s canonization. The official delegation heading to Vatican on Sep 4 to attend Mother Teresa’s canonization includes BJP and Cong leaders, a Supreme Court judge, an eminent lawyer and secretary general of Catholic Bishop Council of India. […]

Bengal CM says Mother Teresa is ‘Pride of Calcutta’

Bengal CM says Mother Teresa is ‘Pride of Calcutta’

In the run up to what will be a defining moment for the Catholic Church in Calcutta, when the city’s celebrated ‘Saint of the gutters’ will be elevated to an ‘official saint’ of the Church, the city at large is going sentimental. People in Calcutta celebrated the birthday of Blessed Mother Teresa days before she is […]

Mother Teresa was the Angel of My Call !

Mother Teresa was the Angel of My Call !

[Jesuit Father Kinley Tshering is the current provincial of Darjeeling in India, and, so far as anyone knows, the lone Bhutanese Catholic. A landlocked country in south Asia nestled between China and India, Bhutan has a population that’s two-thirds Buddhist and one-third Hindu, with everyone else accounting for less than one percent of the country’s […]

Archbishop’s death is loss for Kandhamal Martyrs

Archbishop’s death is loss for Kandhamal Martyrs

The Catholic Church in India lost one of its ‘truly remarkable  shepherds’ this week with the death of 81-year-old Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, who died August 14. As the senior metropolitan archbishop in the region, gave leadership to the Church in Odisha when the anti-Christian wave swept the eastern Indian state. His funeral […]

Bangladeshi Catholic Bishop denounces violence

Bangladeshi Catholic Bishop denounces violence

Bangladesh: People from all sections of Bangladeshi society should denounce the use of violence in the name of religion, said Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur in a recent seminar. Bangladeshi police organized the seminar, which drew some 8,000 people including leaders from Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian communities. Bangladesh is a multi-religious and multi-cultural nation, […]

Church wine banned in Bihar

Church wine banned in Bihar

State authorities in eastern Indian Bihar state have cancelled the church’s license to make sacramental wine saying it violates a law passed in April banning alcohol. Despite the law prohibiting the production and use of alcohol, the government had allowed Catholic churches to continue to use wine for Mass. “All kinds of alcohol are banned […]

Pope Francis may sack Bishops blind to child abuse

Pope Francis may sack Bishops blind to child abuse

The Pope wants bishops to be more diligent in confronting abuse cases.  Pope Francis has approved measures to sack bishops who mishandle child sexual abuse cases, a papal decree says. Bishops who are “negligent” in dealing with priests committing abuse will be removed under the new legal procedures. The decree comes in response to long-running […]