Blessed Devasahayam, an 18th-century lay convert soldier who was tortured and killed by a Hindu king because he refused to renounce his Catholic faith, will be canonized in May.
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The Hindu nationalist Indian prime minister extended the invitation during an Oct. 30 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican.
India has recently further liberalized its abortion law, and even among Christians, smaller families are increasingly the norm.
The Catholic Church in Kerala is alarmed by trending statistics.
‘The country has been too complacent and relaxed for too long,’ Archbishop Prakash Mallavarapu told the Register.
But the recent harassment of four Catholic nuns traveling on a train in northern India has undermined the BJP’s electoral efforts to portray itself as sympathetic to Christian concerns.
The inspiring life of Antony Akkaraparambil, an impoverished father of nine children, has focused attention on the need to support large Catholic families in the southern state of Kerala.
Indian Church Leaders Applaud National Government’s Confirmation of a ‘Coercion-Free’ Population Policy
The nation’s Catholic bishops pointed out there is no demographic justification to advocate for such a policy, given that India’s population is stabilizing without it. But pro-life efforts continue in the wake of anti-life efforts.
‘Forced conversion has become a major tool for the persecution of Christians and Hindus in Pakistan,’ said a representative from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan.
Devotion to Mary was always a central element of St. Teresa’s faith, as demonstrated by her choice to found her congregation on this date.