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Inculturation: The Indian Face of Jesus I

The Gospels do not describe the physical appearance of Jesus. However, each culture has presented Jesus in their own cultural forms. Since ancient times, Christianity wore different clothes, spoke varied languages, and followed diverse customs. Indians of different cultural backgrounds responded to the Gospel narratives after learning them in their local languages, beginning with Tamil,…

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India: A Paragon of Interreligious Dialogue

Though his heart was very much with Hinduism’s ancient wisdom, he did not neglect other realities that had become part of the Indian Church. He clearly articulated it in 1996: “The earlier concern of Indian theology was focused on Vedanta, perceived as the most representative thing of India. Now the most representative reality in India…

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India’s Tribal Communities Rally for Recognition

Indigenous people today are arguably among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in the world. The international community now recognizes that special measures are required to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures and way of life. Although tribal communities are found everywhere in India, they have a significant presence in Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal,…

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Poem: We The Seeds

I think I found my way of Loving and Serving people. I have written a poem called ‘WE THE SEEDS’ mentioning the Mill Hill Missionaries are the seeds who love and serve people in our own ways possible. The poem has cross reference to the Parable of the Sower from Gospel of Matthew chapter 13….

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India: Heading for a Pandemic Explosion?

With some 287,000 cases and more than 8,100 deaths as of June 11, India has become the world’s fifth most infected country after the United States, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom. “There are a lot of difficulties and crises. Our villages, poor, laborers, farmers and industries are facing a crisis,” federal road transport minister Nitin…

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Laudato Si’ Week: An Indian Perspective

“This pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have also been a time to see and marvel and many ways that nature is healing. Beautiful snowcapped mountains can be seen from a distance, beautiful and rare birds are singing in the trees, dolphins are swimming close to our shores and deer and other animals are being sighted….

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India: Stranded Migrant Workers Given Permission to Move

Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers are stranded in shelter homes far away from their home states. Less developed states such as Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh are the main source states of migrants, who are mostly employed in construction, factories, domestic work, textiles, brick kilns, transport and agriculture, Father Vadassery said….