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Christmas has Just Begun …

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Christmas has Just Begun …

Jingle bells, jingle bells Jingle all the way Oh, what fun it is to ride In a one horse open sleigh Oh!  you must be thinking that why am I still in the Christmas mood,  though we have ended with our December and have also entered in our New Year. Yes, you are partially right […]

13th day of Christmas: January 7

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13th day of Christmas: January 7

Russia celebrates Christmas on January 7 this year! Christmas Day in Russia marks the birth of Jesus Christ in the Christian Orthodox tradition. Although banned during the Soviet times, Christmas is now regaining its popularity and religious meaning in Russia. Due to a difference in calendars, Jan. 6 marks Christmas Eve for many Orthodox churches […]

Christmas rap makes Sri Lanka Catholics see red

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Christmas rap makes Sri Lanka Catholics see red

COLOMBO : “Holy Mother of G…!”, no doubt a similar expression ran through the minds of the organisers of the Catholic Church’s ‘Joy to the World’ festival.  In a Christmas debacle, Sri Lanka’s Catholic church withdrew hymn sheets after lyrics of “Hail Mary” were mixed up with an expletive-packed version by rapper Tupac Shakur, a […]

A Chotanagpur Christmas

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A Chotanagpur Christmas

India is a land of diversity with assorted cultures, creeds and beliefs. These diversities come to fore, when the feasts and festivals advance. The festivals and feasts add flavor and ingredients to the lives of people. Hence, the saying is substantiated “Life is a Celebration”. Indeed, our lives in India, is imbued with celebrations of […]

Prince Charles reflects on religious persecution: “Jesus fled from violence too”

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Prince Charles reflects on religious persecution: “Jesus fled from violence too”

In his Christmas message this year (December 22), Prince Charles reflected on the religious persecution that Christians and other religious minorities face throughout the world, calling it “beyond all belief” that it still continues even after the horrors of the Holocaust were exposed. “I was born in 1948, just after the end of World War […]

Mizoram Churches ask State Government not to dilute Christmas

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Mizoram Churches ask State Government not to dilute Christmas

Aizawl: The Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of leaders of 14 major churches in Mizoram, Thursday appealed to the state government not to observe ‘Good Governance Day’ on Christmas. The Centre’s decision to observe ‘Good Governance Day’ on December 25. Christmas is one of the most important religious days of Christians, according to […]

Christians ask for Police protection to celebrate Christmas in Orissa

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Christians ask for Police protection to celebrate Christmas in Orissa

Bhubaneswar: Catholic Priests of Kandhamal in Orissa (Odisha) state in eastern India have requested for police protection for churches across the district to ensure Christmas celebration. The request came just days before the world is preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. Kandhamal was the epicenter of the worst anti-Christian violence […]

Manipur: ‘If you celebrate Christmas, we’ll burn down your Church’

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Manipur: ‘If you celebrate Christmas, we’ll burn down your Church’

Manipur: Who is inflaming Hindu Manipuris against Christians under the guise of Naga-Manipuri clashes? How is it that Christians, who  have never been attacked in this northeastern state, are suddenly facing mobs trying to desecrate their churches? Christians in Manipur, north-east India, have been warned off celebrating Christmas, according to a report by  World Watch […]

Banning Christmas Trees is a communal, not environmental issue: NGT

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Banning Christmas Trees is a communal, not environmental issue: NGT

New Delhi, Dec 23: Communal issues cannot be raised in the garb of environmental concerns, the National Green Tribunal has said while junking a plea for banning the use of Christmas trees and prohibiting the making of Santa Claus costumes, reports PTI. Observers say that ever since 2014, ‘fringe’ rightwing groups have become emboldened and […]

North East CMs oppose replacing Christmas with Good Governance Day

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North East CMs oppose replacing Christmas with Good Governance Day

The Narendra Modi Government has once again disregarded the Christmas Holiday in favour of observing what it calls ‘Good Governance Day’ to mark the birthday of BJP stalwart Atal Behari Vajpayee. This year, the Christmas Holiday, one of the most significant festivals of the Christian community, falls on a Sunday. The Chief Minister of Nagaland […]

Is Mamata stirring up a Christian-Muslim divide in Gorkhaland?

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Is Mamata stirring up a Christian-Muslim divide in Gorkhaland?

Is Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee up to some ‘social engineering’ of her own? Is she sowing discord among the Muslim and Christian population of the Hills? Mamata, in a rally in Kalimpong on September 22, had said ‘minority communities’ had approached her and sought the formation of a ‘cultural’ board. She’s  plans to announce […]

Kerala Church allows poor to Help Themselves to Cash

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Kerala Church allows poor to Help Themselves to Cash

Kerala: Go ahead, take whatever amount of cash  you need. A rare display of Mercy by a Catholic Parish Priest. Story below: A catholic church in India made this public invitation on Sunday as it opened it donation boxes to needy people, Global Christian News reported. The surprising act of generosity has given hope and […]

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