Posts Tagged ‘India’

Former sex slave and a Catholic nun awarded helping destitute women

Thursday, November 8th, 2018
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Six years ago, at the age of 26, Laila Talo Khuder Alali was sold as a sex slave eight times to men of different nationalities by militants of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Standing in a hotel auditorium in India’s commercial hub of Mumbai to receive an award in the name of St. Read more

Priest who testified against bishop accused of rape found dead

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

A Catholic priest who testified against an Indian bishop accused of rape has been found dead. His family suspect foul play. However, local medical staff said he had a series of health problems. Father Kuriakose Kattuthara, 67, was found dead inside his room a week after Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar was granted bail by Read more

Catholic bishop: embezzler, married man and father

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Catholics in a south Indian diocese want their bishop removed for allegedly misappropriating diocesan funds to lead a luxurious life with his wife and son. Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah, however, has denied the charges as baseless and aimed at tarnishing his image. Aggrieved Catholics have filed a criminal complaint in a trial court in Read more

India wants to ban confessions to protect women

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Church leaders are resisting India’s National Commission for Women’s call to ban confessions. The women’s group says it has proposed the ban because information disclosed in confessions is being used to blackmail the women who confessed it. There should be a federal inquiry into into complaints of rape and sexual assault involving priests, the group Read more

Missionaries of Charity childcare homes scrutinised after baby sale

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Childcare homes run by the Missionaries of Charity in India will be inspected after employees at one shelter were accused of selling babies for adoption. Sister Konsalia Balsa and social worker Anima Indwar were arrested after allegedly trying to sell a baby for UK£1,325 (about NZ$2,500). They have also been accused of having already sold Read more

Catholic hospital in India attacked by extremists

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Hindu extremists are suspected of being behind damage to a Catholic mission hospital in India. Besides demolishing a wall, the extremists manhandled staff, including nuns, in the latest incident in Madhya Pradesh state. Read more Related Posts:No room for COVID patients in India’s Catholic hospitalsIndian State outlaws ’love jihad’ marriagesFar-right extremists explode in anger at Read more

Eight priests beaten, vehicle burned

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Eight priests who were beaten by 100 Hindu extremists outside an Indian police station and had their vehicle burned say the police did nothing to help them. “They [the Hindu mob] set our vehicle on fire, forcing us to take shelter inside the police station,” Fr Anish Emmanuel says. He says he and his confreres Read more

Bishop Drennan in India “not as a traveller but as a volunteer and friend”

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

For over 25 years the bishop of Palmerston North, Charles Drennan, has volunteered for a month at the Raphael Ryder Cheshire Centre in Dehra Dun, India where he works with tuberculosis patients, special needs adults and children whose parents had leprosy. Drennan left for his most recent visit at the beginning of November. “Sometimes I’m asked Read more

Nun’s murderer going to her beatification ceremony

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

The murderer of an Indian nun is going to join in celebrations for her beatification on Saturday. Samandar Singh was 22 in 1995 when he murdered the Clarist Sister Rani Maria Vattalilon. He killed her on behalf of money lenders who were upset with her work which involved setting up self-help groups. He stabbed her Read more

Hindu and Catholic children see Jesus, Mary

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Several Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India say Christ and Our Lady appeared to them while they were praying. They also say when they saw Our Lady the smell of jasmine became very strong. Father Merton D’Silva, who is the assistant at the St Ambrose parish church next door to the children’s school, said archdiocesan Read more