Posts Tagged ‘Kerala’

Catholic priest arrested in Kerala for conducting Holy Mass despite Covid19 advisory Comments 0

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

A Catholic priest in Kerala has been arrested for violating the Covid-19 advisory against conducting Holy Mass in which more than 100 people attended. Fr. Pauly Padayatti, vicar of Nithya Sahaya Matha (Mother of Perpetual Help) church at Koodapuzha near Chalakudy in Thrissur district has been arrested by the police. Despite the strict restrictions of Read more

Priest and nuns face defamation charges Comments 0

Monday, August 26th, 2019

A priest and five nuns are facing defamation charges after releasing defamatory videos of Sister Lucy Kalappura, who was expelled from her congregation early this month. Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) nun, Kalappura complained the accused used social media to falsely portray her interactions with journalists as a salacious affair. The police had registered the case Read more

Priests want pope to stop cardinal’s reinstatement Comments 0

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Over 250 priests say they do not want Cardinal George Alencherry to be reinstated as their archbishop. Alencherry was removed from his administrative responsibilities last year after priests made public allegations that he sold off land and incurred a loss of US$10 million for the archdiocese. Now a spokesperson for the priests says the Oriental Read more

Pope Francis reinstates falsely accused Indian cardinal to diocese Comments 0

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Pope Francis has restored full administrative powers of the archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, in Kerala to Cardinal George Alencherry. The Cardinal was temporarily suspended following the start of a judicial proceeding that saw him involved in an alleged illegal sale of land belonging to the local Church. The Cardinal has been definitively acquitted of all charges. Read more

350 strong Kerala Catholic community in Palmerston North Comments 0

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Newly-appointed JP Saju Cherian is the founder of the Kerala Catholic community in Palmerston North. It has 350 members. “There are two Kerala priests at St Mary’s Church on Ruahine St who support our people with their cultural and spiritual needs.” The two priests were employed after the Kerala Catholic organisation approached Bishop Charles. “People Read more

The surprisingly early history of Christianity in India Comments 0

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The first that I ever saw was worn by Father Lawrence, an elderly priest who said Mass for the rubber-plantation workers in the Kerala village where I spent a Catholic childhood. When he came to our house for coffee, he lifted the curiously rounded hat and bowed with grave courtesy, a gesture I remember vividly 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

Church leaders back total liquor sales ban in India state Comments 0

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Church leaders have welcomed a move by authorities in India’s Kerala state to phase out liquor sales completely in 10 years. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said liquor outlets will be reduced by 10 per cent each year, eliminating sales completely within a decade. Beginning next year, bar licenses will be issued only to five-star Read more

500 sets of twins attend twin saints feast in India Comments 0

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

More than 500 sets of twins have gathered in India for the celebration of the feast of twin saints, in a tradition that is growing each year. Celebrations were held in Kerala last month in a Syro-Malabar parish named for Sts Gervasis and Prothasis. The saints were twin brothers who were scourged and beheaded for Read more

Communists back Catholics over Indian land issue Comments 0

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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