Canonisation of First Indian Layperson
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Canonisation of First Indian Layperson

Indian Christians are delighted after the country’s first lay Catholic, Blessed Lazarus, popularly known as Devasahayam, was declared a saint at the Vatican. Pope Francis canonized Devasahayam along with nine others during a Canonization Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 15 as celebrations were held at several churches across India, especially in the southern Indian states…

India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway -Leadership. Part 2
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India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway -Leadership. Part 2

Barring a few exceptions, by and large, the quality of leadership went down and has now become bland and uninspiring. The criteria for the selection of bishops have changed considerably. During the period immediately after Vatican II, bishops were selected based on their ability to carry out the decisions and teachings of the council. Their…

India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway and its Implications. Part 1
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India: Theologian Reflects on Synodal Pathway and its Implications. Part 1

In the following two-part interview, Indian theologian Father Felix Wilfred explains the serious structural changes that should be effected in the Catholic Church to make it truly owned by the “people of God.” Father Wilfred, a former secretary of the theological advisory committee of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), advocates that the Church…

India: Apex Court Dismisses Plea to Monitor Missionaries
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India: Apex Court Dismisses Plea to Monitor Missionaries

A Jesuit rights champion in India has hailed the Supreme Court for dismissing a petition filed by a Hindu group seeking to monitor the activities of Christian missionaries. While declining to entertain the plea by Hindu Dharma Parishad on March 25, the apex court warned the organization it would face a fine if it came up with…

India: Christian Dalit Woman Becomes Mayor of Country’s Fourth Largest City
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India: Christian Dalit Woman Becomes Mayor of Country’s Fourth Largest City

A Dalit woman has been named mayor of Chennai in India’s Tamil Nadu state, the country’s fourth largest city with a population of nearly 10 million. Priya Rajan, 28, is also the youngest person and third woman to hold the position since the Greater Chennai Corporation was founded 334 years ago. The Greater Chennai Corporation…

India: Dalit Struggle for Proper Representation in Church
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India: Dalit Struggle for Proper Representation in Church

The policy of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) of empowering Dalits talks quite openly about traditional casteism in the Church and all aspects of discrimination existing, including in vocations and hierarchy. The nuncio says he is aware of the policy and supports and recommends its implementation. He quotes from the policy: “Caste with its…

India: Missionaries of Charity Refused Licence to Receive Funding from Abroad
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India: Missionaries of Charity Refused Licence to Receive Funding from Abroad

The Missionaries of Charity was founded in 1950 by the late Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who devoted most of her life to helping the poor in the eastern city of Kolkata. She won the Nobel Peace Prize and was later declared a saint. Her organization runs shelter homes across India. According to the Hindu…