Amid the horrific massacre, Father Bernard Digal was an inspiring shepherd to his people.
While he finally condemned the continuing bloodshed, more than two months after Christians were targeted by deadly ethnic strife, critics say his muted response refutes claims his Hindu nationalist party will protect Christians’ security.
With the state crippled by the bloody ethnic conflict since May 3, extended curfews and internet shutdowns have paralyzed normal day-to-day life.
An estimated 160 people have died since the violence erupted in the northeastern Indian state on May 3.
While not critical of Modi’s visit, they question the sincerity of his outreach to the nation’s persecuted Christian minority.
Responding to petitions filed by homosexual activists with India’s Supreme Court, the federal government told the court ‘the legal recognition of marriage is for heterosexual relationships’ only.
That’s how Pope St. John Paul II described Asia’s biggest Marian shrine, dedicated to Our Lady of Health, which remains distinct in many ways.
The 84-year-old Jesuit priest died in 2021 in a Mumbai jail where he was awaiting trial on terrorism charges triggered by files that were planted by hackers on his computer, according to a digital forensic analysis of the computer.
Reaching Out to Those Behind Bars: Prison Ministry Becomes ‘Vibrant Movement’ Across India’s Catholic Church
Initiated by a pair of seminarians more than 40 years ago, Prison Ministry India is now a nationwide effort, with more than 8,000 volunteers serving inmates in 1,300 jails.
According to Church leaders, the commission is another stalling tactic to avoid meeting the demand for equal benefits for members of the discriminated Dalit caste who convert to Christianity or Islam.