Lurgi, India: A Young Missionary’s Passion for Mission
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Lurgi, India: A Young Missionary’s Passion for Mission

A Church that is not a Missionary Church is contradicting itself and extinguishing the Spirit. St. Joseph Catholic Ashram, Lurgi, was inaugurated by Rt. Rev. Patras Minj SJ on the 26th November, 2021. Kodati Chanikya and I had arrived in Lurgi in the month of August 2021, but it took some time for the inauguration…

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Challenging Memory
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Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Challenging Memory

If I may gloat, I am a member of the Mother Teresa Parish in India’s Delhi Archdiocese. I knew the Saint of Calcutta as a journalist in her lifetime, even argued with her on her position on abortion, and defended her in print when the editor of the country’s biggest English language newspaper sought to…

Mill Hill Missionaries in India Take Stock of Chapter Resolutions
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Mill Hill Missionaries in India Take Stock of Chapter Resolutions

“Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18. The visitation of Fr. Bernie Luna, the General Councillor for Asia has provided an opportunity for the members in India to come together to reflection on the proceedings of 19th Chapter of…

India – Passionate Call for Justice
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India – Passionate Call for Justice

If the Church in India is committed to following the liberative and prophetic vision of Jesus Christ, it is meant to be counter-cultural. This implies saying ‘No’ repeatedly to the unjust and discriminatory cultural practices of our society that are marked by caste, class, religion and gender hierarchies. The task of prophetic ministry is to…

‘Missionary of Compassion’- Dalit Cardinal Poola
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‘Missionary of Compassion’- Dalit Cardinal Poola

Cardinal-elect Anthony Poola of Hyderabad, India’s first cardinal from the marginalized Dalit community, has said he wants to be a “missionary of compassion” for his people, especially young people and the poor. Speaking to Crux during a sit-down interview in Rome, Poola said “Pope Francis, as soon as he took office when he was elected, he said,…

Pune, India – Satyendra Kumar Takes Perpetual Oath
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Pune, India – Satyendra Kumar Takes Perpetual Oath

We’ve had a wonderful celebration of the Perpetual Oath (P.O.) ceremony of Satyendra Kumar. Fr. Bernie Luna, the General Councillor of our Society for Asia was the presider and the homilist for the event of P.O. ceremony. Fr. Sleevaraj, the Society Representative – India, Fr. Ravi, Fr. Paulson Pasala joined us the staff and the…

India: First Dalit Cardinal at August 27 Consistory
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India: First Dalit Cardinal at August 27 Consistory

On a positive note, Saturday 27th of August, will be a day of joy for Dalits around the world as they see one of their own, be made a cardinal. Yet this shift has not been without its struggles. For many years, Dalit organisations and supporters have been championing this cause including the UK based…

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India: Future of Jesuits

Inspired by their charismatic leader, Pedro Arrupe, the Jesuit General Assembly of 1975 gave a clarion call for “a faith that does justice”. It marked a decisive change in the ministries and ethos of the Society. It asked Jesuits at every level not just to work for individual conversion through prayer, devotions and the catechism,…

India’s First Adivasi/Tribal Woman President – Breakthrough?
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India’s First Adivasi/Tribal Woman President – Breakthrough?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Thursday to congratulate Draupadi Murmu, India’s first indigenous woman to be elected president, saying her “record victory augurs well for our democracy.” But not many, especially tribal rights activists, appear to be convinced. It is not as if they don’t feel good about her elevation. But they haven’t heard…

India: Fr Stan Swamy SJ Prophetic Voice
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India: Fr Stan Swamy SJ Prophetic Voice

Father Stan questioned why the Adivasis (tribal people) were being denied their legitimate constitutional rights. His consistent question was: “how long will the Adivasis be victims of systemic oppression?” Just before his arrest, he said, “Over the last two decades, I have identified myself with the Adivasi people and their struggle for a life of…