Posts Tagged ‘India’

Indian police probe death threat against cardinal Comments 0

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Police in India are probing a death threat allegedly made by a Maoist group against a Catholic cardinal. Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, the archbishop of Ranchi, received a threatening letter purportedly from the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) The PLFI is a breakaway faction of the Communist Party of India. The letter demanded a payment Read more

Raped nun forgives her attackers Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

An Indian bishop has said a 71-year-old nun who was the victim of a gang rape has forgiven her attackers. Bishop Joseph Gomes of Krishnagar, who visited the nun in hospital on Monday, added: “She told me that ‘justice should be done’.” “This should be never be repeated or happen to anyone else.” The attack Read more

Gang rape of nun, 74, sparks outrage in India Comments 0

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
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The gang rape of an elderly nun in West Bengal has intensified anger over sexual violence in India. A 74-year-old nun was attacked by six men during a burglary at the Convent of Jesus and Mary, which was attached to a school in eastern West Bengal. The woman is in a stable condition in a Read more

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