Posts Tagged ‘India’

Brothel raiding nuns more effective with priests Comments 0

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Nuns in India want priests and bishops to join them raiding Kolkata’s brothels. The call comes from Sr Sharmi D’Souza, a member of the Sisters of Mary Immaculate, who says the nuns will be more effective supported by their pastors. As well as the lack of priests, the nuns are also disappointed that some Indian police refuse Read more

Sacramental wine ban on cards in Indian state Comments 0

Friday, August 29th, 2014

The Church in India is concerned that one of the effects of an alcohol clampdown in Kerala state will be a ban on wine at Mass. Over the next 10 years, hundreds of alcohol outlets in Kerala will be shut down and “alcohol free” days enforced. The General Secretary of the Hindu organisation SNDP Yogam, Read more

India’s quest to end world hunger Comments 0

Friday, June 20th, 2014
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It may not make his family wealthy, but Devran Mankar is still grateful for the pearl millet variety called Dhanshakti (meaning “prosperity and strength”) he has recently begun growing in his small field in the state of Maharashtra, in western India. “Since eating this pearl millet, the children are rarely ill,” raves Mankar, a slim man Read more

AIDs patients in India turn to Catholic care Comments 0

Friday, April 4th, 2014

In Andhra Pradesh state in India, patients with AIDs have suffered discrimination in state-run hospitals and have turned to Catholic health centres. “When government hospitals refuse to treat these patients, the poor ones turn to nongovernment organisations and religious charities like Karunalayam, a Roman Catholic mission in Warangal,” stated a New York Times report. Continue Read more

Communists back Catholics over Indian land issue Comments 0

Friday, March 14th, 2014
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Communists in a south Indian state have declared support for five Christian candidates in national elections. The Left Democratic Front, an alliance of communist parties in Kerala, has come out for the candidates because of a common position on a land issue. Christian groups, led by a number of Catholic bishops, have been campaigning against Read more

Uphill struggle against misogyny in India Comments 0

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

My heart grieved after reading the story of the young American woman who was stabbed to death by her Indian husband of five months, who subsequently killed himself. It grieves for all the young girls who are forced to remain subdued because of the threat of rape or sexual violence – abuse explained by some Read more

Hindu politician calls for stop to religious conversions in India Comments 0

Friday, February 28th, 2014
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An extremist Indian political leader has called for a stop to religious conversions in his country, other those than to Hinduism. At a rally in Bhopal, Ashok Singhal of the fundamentalist Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), also called for Hindu families to have at least five children each. This is to stop them becoming outnumbered by Read more

Reformed killer gets invite from Pope Comments 0

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Eighteen years after Samundar Singh brutally stabbed a Catholic nun in Madhya Pradesh and flung her on the roadside to bleed to death, the former convict and reformed killer, has been invited to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican. The nun, Sister Rani Maria, was stabbed 54 times inside a packed Indore-bound bus passing through Read more

Daughters for sale: India’s child slavery scourge Comments 0

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

On the day that Durga Mala was rescued, she lay crying on the stone floor, where she was attempting to cool her back. She was 11 years old and her skin was covered with blisters, from her shoulder blades to her buttocks. A few days earlier, her owners had poured hot oil over her because Read more

It’s a girl: the deadliest words in the world Comments 1

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The United Nations estimates that as many as 200 million girls are missing today, the majority from India and China. What are the cultural patterns and individual stories behind this shocking statistic? Evan Grae Davis, an American who has extensive experience in the developing world, has produced a documentary film that answers this question through Read more