Pope Francis: Apology for using an ‘F’ word!

Pope Francis:  Apology for using an ‘F’ word!

Earlier this week, on 28 May, Pope Francis apologized after being accused of using a highly offensive slur to refer to gay men during a private session with bishops. Unexpected Words from a Bridge-Builder The pope’s choice of words, reported by major Italian news outlets and confirmed to The Washington Post by a senior Vatican […]

Vatican issues New Guidelines on ‘Religious Phenomena’

Vatican issues New Guidelines on ‘Religious Phenomena’

ROME — Claims of weeping statues, apparitions of divine personages of all orders, and miraculous bread are less likely to be accepted as ‘miracles’ by the Catholic Church. The Vatican has introduced new guidelines on unexplained religious phenomena, significantly altering the way the Roman Catholic Church addresses claims of supernatural events, such as weeping statues […]

Indonesian Bishops shift Ash Wednesday for Elections

Indonesian Bishops shift Ash Wednesday for Elections

Suppose the Indian elections are scheduled for Ash Wednesday 14th October, what would the Church in India do? This story comes from Indonesia. In a unique move reflective of the diverse challenges faced by religious communities globally, Catholic bishops in Indonesia are making a temporary liturgical adjustment as the country prepares for its presidential election. […]

Chaldean Christians to Fast for Peace and Stability

Chaldean Christians to Fast for Peace and Stability

Ash Wednesday falls on February 14 this year. In preparation for the upcoming Lenten season, Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako, the Chaldean Patriarch, has called on Iraq’s Christians to observe the traditional Nineveh Fast with a special intention this year. The Nineveh Fast, a three-day discipline observed in the Syriac tradition, is a time for believers […]

What went wrong at the Modi Christmas party?

What went wrong at the Modi Christmas party?

As the Christmas season wraps the world in a spirit of joy, love, and hope, Christians in India reflect on their profound contributions to the nation while facing continuous challenges and attacks under the ruling regime. Amidst the festivities, it’s evident that the Christian community has played a significant role in India’s history. From the […]

The mere presence of a Religious image in a House doesn’t indicate conversion: Bombay HC

The mere presence of a Religious image in a House doesn’t indicate conversion: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court announced a recent and important decision that highlights the issues of caste-based policy in a diverse and multi-religious society. The issue focused on a denial of a scheduled caste certificate to a 17-year-old girl because of picture of Jesus in her house. Authorities refused her certificate because she had a portrait […]

‘Stop issuing Unconstitutional Diktats’: Tripura High Court landmark order!

‘Stop issuing Unconstitutional Diktats’: Tripura High Court landmark order!

In a landmark verdict, the High Court in Tripura state issued a significant order to cease the persecution of two tribal families who embraced Christianity, marking a critical moment for religious freedom in the region. The families of Purnomoy Chakma and Tarun Chakma from the Pashchim Andarcherra village under Unakoti district faced severe social embargoes […]

Of the Catholic Press and Comfort Zones

Of the Catholic Press and Comfort Zones

[Speak Truth to Power and Pay the Price! That’s the mission of a true journalist. This is what Jesuit social activist and social commentator Father Cedric Prakash seems to be saying in his latest epistle. Read on:] These are critical times in India’s history: in fact, whether we would like to accept it or not, […]

A Liberal and Inclusive Catholic Church: A Crucial Moment for the German Bishops

A Liberal and Inclusive Catholic Church: A Crucial Moment for the German Bishops

The German Bishops’ Conference has convened once again, and the world watches as this pivotal assembly grapples with the profound challenges facing the Catholic Church in Germany. Amidst the discussions on handling sexual abuse by clergymen and preparations for the Synod on Synodality in Rome, it is the divisive issue of blessing same-sex unions that […]

Embracing a More Inclusive Catholicism: The Case for Liberal Catholics

Embracing a More Inclusive Catholicism: The Case for Liberal Catholics

Dominican Sister Lucía Caram, who lives in Spain but is Argentinian, said during a recent television program that she is in favor of homosexual couples being able to “marry in the Church.” In recent years, the Catholic Church has found itself at a crossroads, facing complex questions about its stance on social issues, particularly regarding […]

The Church in India Prepares for 2025 Jubilee with a Message of Hope

The Church in India Prepares for 2025 Jubilee with a Message of Hope

Goa, India – The Catholic Church in India is gearing up to participate in the upcoming Jubilee of 2025 with joy and a profound sense of responsibility towards its evangelizing mission. The central theme for this significant event is “Pilgrims of Hope.” Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrao, the Archbishop of Goa-Daman and President of the Conference […]

The Holy Book of India, isn’t the Bible!

The Holy Book of India, isn’t the Bible!

Catholic students in a well known Jesuit College in Bihar may have been a bit surprised to see a Catholic Priest hold up the Constitution of India and say, “This is the most Sacred Book of the Citizen of India. Not the Bible, Not the Quran, Not the Bhagwad Gita.” The priest who was addressing […]

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