Kandhamal riots: After 10 years, Innocents still imprisoned

Kandhamal riots: After 10 years, Innocents still imprisoned

In line with our editorial policy to support initiatives for justice everywhere, Newsnet carries this piece written by Anto Akkara, first publshed in UCA News It was pure journalistic instinct that made me travel to the remote Kandhamal jungles in India’s Odisha state after an arson attack destroyed over 100 churches and Christian institutions in […]

Kandhamal : Justice miscarried? Questions raised!

Kandhamal : Justice miscarried? Questions raised!

Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa (Odisha): Two of seven Indian Christians who have spent nearly a decade in prison – convicted of murdering a Hindu leader whose death sparked the worst case of anti-Christian violence in India’s history – were granted temporary parole over the Christmas period to spend time with their families. Evidence seems to be mounting […]

Bay of Bengal hit with 500 cyclones in 125 years

Bay of Bengal hit with 500 cyclones in 125 years

 The Bay of Bengal has witnessed around 500 cyclones in 125 years (since 1891) of which 107 had targeted Odisha (Orissa) causing immense devastation, a professor said.(December 17). “However, compared to hurricanes in the west pacific, cyclones originating in the Bay of Bengal are less intense and much weaker but ironically cause more death and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Death stalks tribal kids

Death stalks tribal kids

Malnutrition is killing the tribal children of Orissa (Odisha). In Nagada village area, in Jajpur district, where five children have died in the past 20 days. While the government says 15 children have died since January, the local Sarpanch puts the number at 17. “Five children have died in 20 days at Nagada. Two of […]