The overturning of the Catholic mother’s conviction for blasphemy triggered violent national protests by Islamist groups.
‘It is a sad moment for all of us,’ said Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, referring to the Sept. 21 arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
Amid the Christian victims’ lingering suffering, Church leaders seek reconciliation.
The religious congregation founded by St. Teresa of Calcutta was targeted after a lay employee and a nun were arrested over an alleged ‘baby sale.’
Speaking to the Register from his office in Karachi, Archbishop Joseph Coutts said, ‘I feel I have been called to be a stronger voice for the Christians and marginalized, given the situation here.’
The sale of Church lands, authorized by Cardinal George Alencherry, had generated media controversy and public protests by his own priests.
A local bishop told the Register, ‘This is a terrible case. Our innocent priest and hostel assistant had to spend 16 months in jail.’
COMMENTARY: Ground zero of one of the worst Christian persecutions in India, Kandhamal proves the Gospel assurance of Luke 12:2.
In the letter marking the Dec. 14 election in the state of Gujarat, Archbishop Thomas Macwan warned against the threat posed by Hindu ‘nationalist forces.’
Clarist Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, whose family subsequently forgave the Hindu man who brutally murdered her, was beatified Nov. 4 in Indore, India.
Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil came home Oct. 1 after 18 months in captivity.
Church leaders call Alphons Kannanthanam’s appointment a ‘positive step,’ but there are also concerns it is a political ploy.
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The medical doctor and member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, ministered to leprosy victims for decades. She died Aug. 19.
Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil’s relatives and friends are heartened by last week’s disclosure by Yemen’s deputy prime minister.
Samandar Singh abandoned hatred and now cherishes local Christians.
There were incidents of intimidation in five states in the days leading up to and on Palm Sunday.
Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted last March in Yemen, asked Pope Francis to ‘please take care of my life.’
The Missionaries of Charity’s motherhouse in Kolkata was thronged with pilgrims well into the night after the Sept. 4 ceremonies.
NEWS ANALYSIS: Archbishop Raphael Cheenath died only days after India’s Supreme Court ordered new investigations of the 2008 violence against Kandhamal’s Christians and additional compensation to victims.
Ahead of her canonization, Hindu fundamentalists claim she had a political motive to her actions.
Veteran Catholic journalist Anto Akkara’s latest book, about the 2008 killing of a Hindu leader that resulted in a wave of anti-Christian persecution, has attracted national attention in India.
Bishop Jacob Muricken donated his kidney June 1, as an ‘act of mercy in the Year of Mercy.’
Church leaders in India have deplored the unconfirmed rumors about Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, while his eldest brother told the Register March 28 that ‘nothing will happen’ without God’s consent.
The capital of southern Tamil Nadu state and surrounding districts were deluged this month, following torrential rains.
Voters in Bihar sharply rebuked the Bharatiya Janata Party, accused of fostering a climate of religious intolerance and violence since winning India’s national elections last year.
Mother Teresa’s order has decided to discontinue participation in India’s federal adoption program, because of new rules granting adoption rights to single-parent homes.
Christian persecution continues today in the Kandhamal area, seven years after the worst anti-Christian violence in India’s history.
The chairman of the Indian bishops’ Commission for Social Communications decries the government’s reversal of a ban on pornographic websites.
A particularly troubling clause bans proselytizing or conversion by clerics, sating 'those activities are punishable according to law.'