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India: Jailed Elderly Jesuit Priest -Finding Happiness in Listening to Stories of Inmates

Father Stan Swamy, 84, has been in Taloja Central Jail in Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra in western India, since Oct. 9 following his arrest on charges of sedition and links with outlawed Maoist rebels. The priest is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, a hernia and age-related ailments and is unable to eat and drink without help from…

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India’s Covid-19 Crisis

COVID-19 has sent India’s once red hot economy into a tailspin and left tens of millions of people jobless. Growth has plunged into the negative territory. But it’s the poor who’ve been hit the hardest by the pandemic and the economic disruption. Some had committed suicide due to their inability to get out of their…

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Varanasi, India: A Heart-Rending Story from Little Stars School/Shanti Niketan Girls Home

Fr Frans Baartmans mhm who was a transformative and compassionate presence in Varanasi for more than 30 years supplied this story. Here is sad news about a girl Rozi who was living in Shanti Niketan Girls Home.A police case girl Roji Khatoon, aged 17, was not recovering very well in the hospital. She was brought at the girl’s home by police…

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India: Marking Dalit Liberation Day

Christians in India observed Dalit Liberation Sunday to show solidarity with Christians of lowly origin who face discrimination. The theme of this year’s event on Nov. 8 was “Challenging Caste: Affirming the Dignity of Dalit Women.” The Office for Scheduled Castes-Backward Classes of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and the National Council of Churches…

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Nairobi, Kenya: Mill Hill Missionary Ordinations to Diaconate and Priesthood

Today, Sunday 25 October 2020, took place at the parish of St Joseph and Mary Shauri Moyo the ordination to the diaconate of six young Mill Hill Missionary members, And the priestly ordination of Herman Menjuan MHM The Rt Rev David Kamau, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Nairobi, was the ordaining bishop. To view…

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St. Joseph’s Formation House, Nairobi: Six Missionary Students Make Their Life Commitment

Today, Saturday 24th October, took place the Perpetual Oath ceremony of six students of the Mill Hill Missionary Formation Center in Nairobi, Kenya. They are:Subrata Nayak – IndiaNtein Peter Yong – CameroonNgi Malvin – CameroonMufua Chia Leonard – CameroonKalagura Nikhil – IndiaAgbasoa Guylain – DR Cong For the first time the entire celebration was live…

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Amaravathi, India: The Human Cost of Building a New Capital City

Amaravathi, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh is pictured as a Global City with amazing energy offering immense opportunities for its citizens. But there are thousands upon thousands of the landless labourers, craftsmen and agriculturalists who will lose their homes, livelihoods and identity with no idea of what the future holds for them. The Documentary…

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Hyderabad, India: Montfort Social Institute Extending Support to the Transgender Community

The 11-year-old Montfort Social Institute has been actively working among the transgender community for the past year. Its parent project Montfort Rainbows was launched in October 2019. “Montfort Social Institute is one of the very first organizations from the Catholic Church to come forward to extend support to the transgender community to lift them from…

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Jharkhand, India: Arrest of 83-year-old Jesuit Human Rights Activist Causes Concern

“It is very unfortunate and a very illegal way of doing things and cannot be tolerated. I think it is an arrest without a warrant and cannot be accepted,” Pattery told Crux. “He has dedicated his entire life for the Tribals and their cause.” India’s Tribal community are the country’s indigenous peoples, often traditionally living in…