Posts Tagged ‘India’

Two men lynched for suspected cow slaughter in India

Monday, May 9th, 2022

Two indigenous men in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh were brutally killed over the suspicion of their involvement in cow slaughter. Police say there is no confirmation of the suspected cow slaughter, however the opposition Congress party is demanding a high-level inquiry and swift action in the matter. The victims, Sampat Batti and Read more

Court admits appeals against Indian bishop’s rape acquittal

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Save Our Sisters (SOS), a social forum formed to support nuns, has expressed renewed hope after a top court in the southern Indian state of Kerala admitted appeals against the acquittal of Bishop Franco Mulakkal in a nun rape case. “We are glad that the high court has finally admitted the appeals,” Shaiju Antony, joint Read more

Baseless case against Mother Teresa nuns falls apart

Monday, March 7th, 2022
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A court case prosecuting Missionaries of Charity – often called Mother Teresa nuns – has fallen apart for lack of evidence. After alleging charges of “religious conversion” the prosecution admitted in Court there was no serious basis to proceed against them. The case followed a police probe against the nuns in the Indian state of Read more

Religious officials seek legal action against media defamation

Monday, February 28th, 2022
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Catholic officials in India are taking legal action against media who seem to be following a rising trend in defaming the Church, particularly priests and nuns. Father Michael Pulickal of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council says the perceived increase in defamatory comments has seen priests and nuns lodge over 160 police complaints. All the complaints Read more

18 days in a COVID ICU unit in India

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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“Nothing prepared me to see so much widespread death, pain and suffering, and up so close,” says a former patient of COVID ICU unit in India. “I’m one of the very lucky ones. “Many are not as fortunate,” said Ivan Fernandes, La-Croix International managing editor. Fernandes was talking with CathNews on Saturday. Reflecting on his Read more

We need a place to serve: Faith groups step up in India

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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On Sunday night (April 25), with his 90-year-old father’s oxygen saturation levels dipping below 85, Kishor Kumar was frantic. Hospitals in India’s most populous city had been turning him away, saying they had no oxygen beds. Finally, at 9:30 p.m., following a lead, Kumar showed up at a Sikh gurdwara in Airoli, just outside Mumbai, Read more

India’s Police trace Catholic priest who disappeared in India

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

India’s Police have traced a Catholic priest a fortnight after he went missing from his southern Indian parish. Father Santhosh Joshi, the parish priest of St. Anthony’s Church in Mysore Diocese, was reunited with his family on Aug. 29. The disappearance of the 37-year-old priest came to light on Aug. 21 when he was unavailable Read more

Indian court pardons boy who stole to feed family

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

A court in Bihar’s Nalanda district has pardoned a 16-year-old boy, detained for snatching a woman’s purse, after it was found that the accused had stolen to feed his brother and mentally-challenged mother, who were hungry for several days due to the nationwide lockdown. Juvenile Justice Board Principal Magistrate Manavendra Mishra also directed the officials Read more

Spraying disinfectant on migrants sparks outrage

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Spraying disinfectant on migrants working as laborers has caused social media commentators to erupt with anger. Among those to express their anger is the Indian Christian Women’s Movement (ICWM). “Even as the whole country is battling an intense and grueling confrontation with the Corona (COVID-19) crisis, we … want to express our deep shock and Read more

I did whatever I could to make society better

Thursday, September 12th, 2019
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Franciscan Clarist Congregation, a 130-year-old indigenous congregation in India, a month ago dismissed Sr. Lucy Kalappura, a member, for violating the vows of poverty and obedience. It gave her 10 days to appeal to the Vatican against the order, which she did. Kalappura says she was being punished for using media outlets to obtain justice Read more