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The state of Jammu and Kashmir is facing its worst floods in 50 years. According to the latest reports, more than 150 lives have been lost and tens of thousands evacuated from their homes. Large areas of the State have ...

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Nun who founded order in Mangalore is declared Venerable

Nun who founded order in Mangalore is declared Venerable

Pope Francis declared Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion, who founded a Mangalore-based congregation, lived a life of heroic virtues making her a step closer to canonization.

The pope's July 9 decree opens the way for the search for ...

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Indian Church: Working in harmony for the good of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Indian Church: Working in harmony for the good of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh

Working for the common good, so that the division between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh takes place in complete harmony. This is the goal that the new president of the regional branch of the Conference of Religious India (CRI) has set ...

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Kolkata gets Syro-Malabar Catholic Church

Kolkata gets Syro-Malabar Catholic Church

The Church, which has Jesus with open arms and other visually appealing Indian and local facets, has been designed by Church Art.

Located in Behala, the Syro-Malabar Church is decorated in indigenous style, with the images of Jesus and the ...

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PASTORAL LETTER OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF INDIA

PASTORAL LETTER OF THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF INDIA

My dear Sisters and Brothers, 

Our country is once again preparing for the General Elections.  This is an important moment for us since the direction that our country takes, its progress and much of our everyday lives depend largely on ...

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Bishops organize prayer day for elections

Bishops organize prayer day for elections

The head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India has appealed Catholics across the nation to dedicate April 6 Sunday as a day of prayer to help the nation vote for the best of leaders in the upcoming general elections ...

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Nun empowers Northern India's women with education

Nun empowers Northern India's women with education

Sister Daphne Sequeira, who works with the Torpa Development Society for Women, has dedicated her life offering literacy and life skills classes to women and girls who have been denied an education in Northern India's remote villages.

The Sister ...

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New book explores models for lay catechesis in India

New book explores models for lay catechesis in India

“Called to be a Catechist,” a book recently released by the Indian Catechetical Association, discusses the role of the laity in faith education in the country.

The book collects the talks delivered at the association’s 17th annual conference, held ...

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Christian program brings a ray of hope for widows

Christian program brings a ray of hope for widows

A church-based program is helping Indian widows to get out of poverty and isolation by teaching them income-generating skills.

"Widows in India suffer. It is the culture here," said Esther, who lost her husband four years ago.

The program teaches ...

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Bangalore archdiocese to observe Year of Reconciliation

Bangalore archdiocese to observe Year of Reconciliation

The Bangalore Archdiocese will observe the Year of Reconciliation till February next year which would coincide with the Platinum Jubilee of the diocese. The Year was launched yesterday and would continue till Feb. 13, 2015.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers” is ...

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Hindi publication launched for faith formation

Hindi publication launched for faith formation

The Agra Regional Bible Institute has launched a quarterly Hindi magazine for Catholics in northern India, which publishers said fills a long-felt need of the Church in the region.

Bishop Anthony Fernandez of Bareilly, chairman of the Agra Regional Bible ...

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Salesians in India take a Giant step for Child Protection

Salesians in India take a Giant step for Child Protection

In a colourful function held at Don Bosco School, Alaknanda, New Delhi during the feast of Don Bosco, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Anil Couto, Archbishop of New Delhi, released the two policies. The first copies of these policies were ...

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Activists remember nun murdered for tribal rights

Activists remember nun murdered for tribal rights

Human right activists in the national capital paid rich tributes to a Catholic nun, who was hacked to death two years ago after she campaigned against coal miners to secure the tribal rights in Jharkhand.

At a meeting over the ...

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Ranchi gears up for Jesuit martyr's golden jubilee

Ranchi gears up for Jesuit martyr's golden jubilee

Hectic preparations are going on in Kutungia parish of Ranchi Archdiocese as it gears up for the golden jubilee celebration of the Jesuit martyr, Fr Herman Rasschaert. Jesuits have undertaken the task of making a documentary film on the martyrdom ...

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Be Church of poor: Catholic bishops

Be Church of poor: Catholic bishops

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) has urged their people to become an example of simplicity, transparency, justice and mercy in a society polluted by corruption and violence. A statement issued at the end of their 31st assembly Feb ...

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Cardinal Gracias' Pastoral Letter on India's General Elections

Cardinal Gracias' Pastoral Letter on India's General Elections

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the outgoing president of India's conference of bishops (CBCI), has issued the following pastoral letter on behalf of the country's Catholic bishops. The letter addresses India's general elections which will take place in April ...

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31st CBCI Plenary Assembly Study and Discuss Renewal of Church and Society

31st CBCI Plenary Assembly Study and Discuss Renewal of Church and Society

The 31st Plenary assembly of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) opened here, February 4, with a concelebrated Eucharist presided over by Archbishop Salvatore Pennachio, Apostolic Nuncio to India, and concelebrated by CBCI President Cardinal Oswald Gracias, vice presidents ...

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Catholic Bishops' meet calls for inter-faith dialogue

Catholic Bishops' meet calls for inter-faith dialogue

The Catholic Church in India today called for strengthening inter-faith and inter-church dialogues and emphasised the need to ensure that all sections of the society benefited from its ministry.

Inaugurating the 31st biennial plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of ...

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World Day of Consecrated Life Observed

World Day of Consecrated Life Observed

Over 150 religious, both men and women   gathered, February 2, at Nirmala High School grounds to celebrate the World Day of Consecrated Life, (WDCL). The programme was led by   Fr. Benny, SVD, the Director of Muttangi Divine Word Centre. Speaking ...

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Archbishop Menamparampil Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Jowai

Archbishop Menamparampil Appointed Apostolic Administrator of Jowai

Pope Francis has appointed Most Rev. Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati, as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Jowai in the Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. This Ecclesiastical Provision was made public in Rome on Monday, 3rd February ...

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New Bishop Appointed for Kannur

New Bishop Appointed for Kannur

Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Fr. Alex Vadakumthala, of the Clergy of Verapoly, till now Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Verapoly, as Bishop of Kannur. This Ecclesiastical Provision was made public in Rome on Saturday, 1st February, 2014.

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Spanish missioner is Kerala's new Servant of God

Spanish missioner is Kerala's new Servant of God

The sainthood case of Spanish Carmelite Fr. Zechariah of St. Teresa, who taught at St. Joseph Pontifical seminary in Alwaye for four decades, has been moved a step further.

At the meeting with the head of the Vatican’s Congregation ...

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Bishops welcome Kerala aiding special schools

Bishops welcome Kerala aiding special schools

Catholic Bishops in Kerala have welcomed a state decision to fund special schools meant for children with disabilities, saying the move shows the government's social commitment.

State Finance Minister K M Mani during his latest budget proposal said special ...

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Catholic bishops to deliberate on elections

Catholic bishops to deliberate on elections

Some 235 bishops, members of the Catholic Bishop Conference of India (CBCI), will come together in Palai, Kerala, for their biennial meeting February 5-12, few months ahead of the national elections.

The bishops are to discuss the political stand the ...

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Georgian Queen's remains in Goa can promote spiritual tourism

Georgian Queen's remains in Goa can promote spiritual tourism

The research into the remains of Queen Ketevan of Georgia has implications at the international level and can help build a bridge between India and Georgia, N Taher, superintending archaeologist of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), said.

The DNA ...

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Kerala Bishops' center wins green awards

Kerala Bishops' center wins green awards

The headquarters of Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC) has bagged first prize for both flower garden and horticulture sections in the Cochin Flower Show this year, successfully implementing the Church's green policy.

The Ernakulum District Agri-horticultre Society at Jawaharlal ...

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Evangelization Intention - Christian Unity

Evangelization Intention - Christian Unity

That Christians of diverse denominations may walk toward the unity desired by Christ.

Because there are obvious divisions among Christians, the world has trouble believing in Jesus. Thus, part of evangelization—spreading the Gospel—is work and prayer for unity ...

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UK researchers study Kollam Christians' copper plates

UK researchers study Kollam Christians' copper plates

History of pre-European Christianity in India may get new depths when researchers next year publish their findings on ancient copper plates given to Kollam Christians.

The research project was led by De Montfort University in collaboration with the British Museum ...

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Sandesha confers 10 Social Communication Awards

Sandesha confers 10 Social Communication Awards

Ten eminent achievers in various fields from Karnataka were conferred the Sandesha Awards 2014 at a function held at Town Hall on January 15, here.

Cyril G Sequeira, was honoured with the Sandesha Konkani literature award for his contribution to ...

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Christian women launch national movement

Christian women launch national movement

A national conference of women religious and others on the impact of the Second Vatican Council has led to the establishment of a national Christian women's forum.

The Indian Christian Women's Movement was launched Jan. 11, the final ...

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Latin Catholics press for fishing ministry

Latin Catholics press for fishing ministry

The Kerala Region Latin Catholic Council (KRLC), the policy-making body of the Latin Catholic community, most of whose members live in the coastal region, has urged the government to set up an exclusive ministry for fishing.

Shaji George, KLRC secretary ...

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Indian Church conference leads to national Christian women’s movement

Indian Church conference leads to national Christian women’s movement

A conference in India of women religious and others on the impact of the Second Vatican Council has led to the establishment of a national Christian women’s forum.

The Indian Christian Women’s Movement was launched on January 11 ...

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50 Golden Quotes on Human Dignity

50 Golden Quotes on Human Dignity

The CBCI Office for Justice Peace and Development has complied by me and released "50 Golden Quotes on Human Dignity”. The quotes can be viewed here. The Message of Pope Francis for the World Day of Peace, for 2014 can ...

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Kannada movie on St Lawrence to hit screen this week

Kannada movie on St Lawrence to hit screen this week

A Kannada movie based on the life history of Saint Lawrence will be released across the state on Friday this week.

The film, Karkalada Pavada Purusha Santha Lawrence, is being dubbed in Kannada, English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam and ...

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Andhra to revive Holy Land pilgrimage next month

Andhra to revive Holy Land pilgrimage next month

The Andhra Pradesh state-sponsored pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Jerusalem and other Biblical places will most probably take off in February 2014.

The scheme that YSR government initiated in 2009 calls for the state government to provide financial assistance ...

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New Syro Malabar Diocese in Australia Established

New Syro Malabar Diocese in Australia Established

Pope Francis has established the new Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle of Melbourne of the Syro-Malabars (Australia), and has appointed as its first Eparchial Bishop His Lordship Msgr. Bosco Puthur, until now Titular Bishop of Foraziana and Curia Bishop ...

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Displacement for development will submerge culture, lifestyle: D'Souza

Displacement for development will submerge culture, lifestyle: D'Souza

Na. D’Souza, president of the 80th Akhila Bharata Kannada Sahitya Sammelan, who is known for his literary works on the issue of submergence, on Wednesday urged the government to “think twice before submerging areas for development and displacing people ...

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St Agnes Convent centenary celebrations on Jan 12

St Agnes Convent centenary celebrations on Jan 12

St Agnes Convent, Bendore is all set to celebrate the centenary of its Foundation Day (1914-2014) with a public function on Sunday, January 12. The Convent was started in 1914 in order to reach out for the education of girls ...

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Goa State Museum to get facelift

Goa State Museum to get facelift

The dilapidated building of Goa State Museum, which houses over 10,000 antiques and other valuables, will undergo extensive renovation on a war footing, to make it a world class museum.

“Plans are underway to have a world class building ...

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Mother Teresa musical to tour India

Mother Teresa musical to tour India

Organizers of a mammoth Telugu play on the life of Mother Teresa, which was first staged last month in Hyderabad, plan some 100 shows across Indian cities this year.

Amruthavani Communication Center brought in Telugu movie celebrities to create a ...

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Capuchin priest gets Honesty Award

Capuchin priest gets Honesty Award

A Capuchin priest has been awarded the Honesty Award for the year 2013 for Journalism.

Fr. Jacob Kani, editor-in-chief of Indian Currents weekly, was conferred the ‘Honesty Award 2013 for Journalism’ at Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Dec 30, 2013 ...

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Kolkata's Armenians celebrate Christmas

Kolkata's Armenians celebrate Christmas

Armenian families in the West Bengal capital ushered in Christmas celebrations here on Monday, with prayers and family gatherings.

The Armenian Church of Kolkata (known as the the Holy Church of Nazareth), which dates back to the early 18th century ...

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Two Nuns Receive Missionary Mandate

Two Nuns Receive Missionary Mandate

Two religious women belonging to the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate, PIME received the missionary mandate to the Church of South Brazil on January 04 from the Apostolic Administrator Bishop Govindu Joji   at St. Paul’s Cathedral ...

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South India green policy shelved after church-led protests

South India green policy shelved after church-led protests

The Federal Environment Ministry has suspended the implementation of a plan that would have led to the eviction of up to two million families from an area of dense forest following protests led by the powerful Church in southern Kerala ...

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5,000 Santas, 2,000 angels in biggest Xmas pageant

5,000 Santas, 2,000 angels in biggest Xmas pageant

Kerala's cultural capital, Thrissur on Friday evening witnessed what's been billed as the biggest Christmas pageant in the country with 5,000 Santas, 2,000 angels and much more.

The event, organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Thrissur ...

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New Diocese Erected, Bishop Appointed

New Diocese Erected, Bishop Appointed

Pope Francis has erected the Diocese of Sultanpet with territory taken from the Dioceses of Coimbatore and Calicut, making it a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Verapoly. The Pope has appointed Rev. Fr. Peter Abir Antonysamy of the Archdiocese of ...

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Delhi celebrates Christmas with carols and candles

Delhi celebrates Christmas with carols and candles

The festive spirit gripped the national capital on the occasion of Christmas as people flocked to churches to light candles and pray for peace and harmony.

The decorated cathedrals saw people irrespective of faith and religions - bundled in woollens with ...

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President greets nation on Christmas eve

President greets nation on Christmas eve

President Pranab Mukherjee greeted the citizens on the eve of Christmas.

In his message, the president said: "On the joyous occasion of Christmas, I extend my heartiest greetings and best wishes to all my fellow countrymen and wish everyone a ...

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Peace rally marks Christmas season in Udaipur

Peace rally marks Christmas season in Udaipur

Some 3,000 people including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Christians and Muslims marched through the streets of Udaipur city on Wednesday in an interreligious peace program marking the Christmas season. Divine Word Father Norbert Herman, Director of Interreligious Group Sarvdharm Maitri ...

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Udupi: St Mary's English School switches to CBSE

Udupi: St Mary's English School switches to CBSE

St Mary’s English Medium School, which has been functioning under the state board for 29 years, has switched over to CBSE syllabus. The formal ceremony to mark this milestone was inaugurated recently by Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of ...

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India, a missionary among the Mundari tribals to bring the spirit of Advent.

India, a missionary among the Mundari tribals to bring the spirit of Advent.

This is a journey through jungles and dirty roads traversable only on foot, to bring the Gospel and the spirit of Advent to remote villages in Jharkhand, which have neither electricity nor running water. This was the goal of Fr ...

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Prime Minister apologizes after Christians beaten up

Prime Minister apologizes after Christians beaten up

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apologized to church leaders for the police beating of protesters -- including priests and nuns -- during a march to Parliament advocating for rights for low-caste Christians.

Singh apologized on Dec. 12 when a 10-member delegation, led ...

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New Delhi: archbishop, priests and nuns arrested during peaceful demonstration

New Delhi: archbishop, priests and nuns arrested during peaceful demonstration

Police in New Delhi arrested Archbishop Anil JT Couto, as well as priests and nuns from his diocese, during a peaceful march for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims.

According to eyewitnesses, police agents beat vested priests and nuns ...

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Balasore gets new bishop

Balasore gets new bishop

Pope Francis on Monday appointed a new bishop to the Diocese of Balasore in eastern India’s Odisha state. Bishop elect Simon Kaipuram is a member of the Congregation of the Mission, popularly known as Vincentians.

The 59-year old rector ...

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Message of Condolence from Cardinal Oswald Gracias

Message of Condolence from Cardinal Oswald Gracias

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India deeply mourns the passing away of Mr. Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In Nelson Mandela’s death the world has lost one of the ...

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Caritas India joins work to end scandal of hunger

Caritas India joins work to end scandal of hunger

Caritas India joined a global campaign that the Catholic Church launched on Dec. 10 with a papal call to end the "scandal of hunger."

“We are in front of a global scandal of around one billion people who still suffer ...

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For Bangalore archbishop, Evangelii Gaudium spurs India to a new evangelisation

For Bangalore archbishop, Evangelii Gaudium spurs India to a new evangelisation

Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium "calls on parishes, dioceses and the Bishops' Conference of India to experience the new evangelisation in an even stronger way, because our Church, together with the universal Church, has the duty and task to proclaim the ...

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Community faith is the key to Catholicism: Bishop Derek

Community faith is the key to Catholicism: Bishop Derek

For celebrating the feast of St Francis Xavier, we assemble as a community to proclaim communion of faith in love and to build the body of Christ, Karwar Bishop Derek Fernandes said.

Delivering the homily at the solemn pontifical high ...

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Mangalore: Konkani to be taught in colleges at degree level

Mangalore: Konkani to be taught in colleges at degree level

Six years since its introduction in schools, Konkani is now all set to be offered as an optional subject at the degree level in some of the colleges in Mangalore city.

The government had permitted to choose Konkani as an ...

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Poona diocese gets its prison ministry

Poona diocese gets its prison ministry

Poona diocese has got its own prison ministry to provide some solace to prisoners living in acute loneliness and grief. The move to create prison ministry for the diocese was initiated by Fr. Wilfred Fernandes, Rector of St. Patrick's ...

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St. Mary Church dedicated in Anatongre village

St. Mary Church dedicated in Anatongre village

With the inauguration of St Mary Church at Anatongre village yesterday by John Tsulise ADC Aboi the Catholic community in Kiphire has added one more parish under its fold.

Blessing the Church in the presence of hundreds of well wishers ...

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Vatican representative visits Kandhamal

Vatican representative visits Kandhamal

Vatican Representative, Salvatore Pennacchio, who will attend the 75th anniversary of a restored Roman Catholic church damaged in riots in Kandhamal, visited the district today. "I feel joy to visit Kandhamal," Pennacchio, the Apostolic Nuncio, or diplomatic representative of the ...

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Fr Luigi Pezzoni, the leper doctor, and the fruits of his mission

Fr Luigi Pezzoni, the leper doctor, and the fruits of his mission

Fr Luigi Pezzoni died on 12 November in Hyderabad, the state capital of Andhra Pradesh. Born in 1931, he spent 47 years as a missionary in India, where he founded the first parish in Nalgonda (now a diocese) and the ...

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Catholics take out Eucharistic procession

Catholics take out Eucharistic procession

Devotional hymns and prayers reverberated in the air as thousands of Catholics professed their faith at the annual Eucharistic procession here on Sunday reaffirming their faith in Christ the King. The march commenced from Loyola High School (LHS) after a ...

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SCCs can transform society: Cardinal Gracias

SCCs can transform society: Cardinal Gracias

Cardinal Oswald Gracias has said that living a life of love is an authentic living of Christian faith and small Christian communities leading a genuine life can bring about society's transformation. "The SCCs have the power to transform the ...

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Blessed Vaz’s canonization reaches crucial stage

Blessed Vaz’s canonization reaches crucial stage

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa, Daman and Diu has said that the process for canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz has reached a crucial stage as one of the miracles submitted for his cause has been accepted as worthy of ...

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Karnataka, thousands of young people 'walk with Christ ' to celebrate the Year of Faith

Karnataka, thousands of young people 'walk with Christ ' to celebrate the Year of Faith

"Let yourselves be gripped by the spirit of faith, to continue to spread the message of Jesus in everyday life” is the invitation launched by Mgr. Aloysius Paul D' Souza , Bishop of Mangalore (Karnataka) , to more than 5 thousand young ...

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Over 7k Catholics to attend Eucharistic procession

Over 7k Catholics to attend Eucharistic procession

Over 7,000 Catholics from different areas of the state capital would participate in the annual Eucharistic procession on Sunday to reaffirm their faith in Christ the King. The procession would commence at Loyola High School (LHS), Kurji, on Sunday ...

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Honorary doctorate for former Guwahati Archbishop

Honorary doctorate for former Guwahati Archbishop

The Chancellor of Urban University Rome, Cardinal Fernando Filoni conferred honorary doctoral degree on Archbishop emeritus Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati, 14 November. It is a recognition of Archbishop Menamparampil’s outstanding contribution for promotion of cross cultural thought, inter-cultural relationships ...

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Mangalore: Rachana awards conferred on five eminent achievers

Mangalore: Rachana awards conferred on five eminent achievers

Rachana, a forum of Catholic Chamber of Commerce and Industry conferred its annual awards on five eminent personalities from different fields at a glittering ceremony held at Milagres Jubilee hall here on Sunday November 17. Oscar Fernandes, union cabinet minister ...

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Cardinal Gracias inaugurates CCI meet on Vatican II

Cardinal Gracias inaugurates CCI meet on Vatican II

Cardinal Oswald Gracias inaugurated the 12th general body meeting of the Catholic Council of India (CCI) to discuss the Second Vatican Council.“Second Vatican Council had a clear direction for the church in India. In the council, the church made ...

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Theologian Father Puthanangady is no more

Theologian Father Puthanangady is no more

Renowned theologian Father Paul Puthanangady, who was suffering from cancer, passed away today at his Salesain house in Aluva, Kerala. He was 79. The funeral services will be conducted in Bangalore, where he worked long time, on Saturday morning, according ...

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B'lore: First national consultation held at Apostolic Carmel Generalate

B'lore: First national consultation held at Apostolic Carmel Generalate

On November 9, the CCBI National Youth Commission began its historic first national consultation at  Apostolic Carmel Generalate, Bangalore. The regional secretaries, and the diocesan secretaries of Youth Commissions and the national coordinators of five major youth movements in India ...

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Goan Catholic families to open homes, hearts to 2,000 delegates

Goan Catholic families to open homes, hearts to 2,000 delegates

For three days, over 2,000 delegates from across the country will break bread and share a roof with Goan Catholic families in a unique intercultural bonding, aimed at sharing the faith and strengthening small Christian communities (SCCs).  The occasion ...

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Latin, Syrian dioceses ink agreement for coexistence

Latin, Syrian dioceses ink agreement for coexistence

The dioceses of Latin and Syro-Malabar rites in Delhi area have come up with a set of mutually agreed guidelines for peaceful ecclesial coexistence, following the norms established by the Second Vatican Council some five decades ago. The agreement between ...

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Year of Faith in India: protect the environment to stop humanity's degradation

Year of Faith in India: protect the environment to stop humanity's degradation

Economic and industrial development bring wellbeing, but also degrade nature. This also impacts on the human community, which is part of God's creation. The following is the fifth and final issue addressed at last October's national symposium by ...

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CRI set to begin golden jubilee celebrations

CRI set to begin golden jubilee celebrations

Some 500 religious from across the country are expected to take part in the the golden jubilee celebrations of the Conference of Religious India (CRI) that are all set to begin from today in Guwahati, Assam. The three-day program will ...

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Over 600 priests, nuns attend faith convention

Over 600 priests, nuns attend faith convention

Over 600 priests and nuns of Mangalore diocese gathered to celebrate their faith experience during the Year of Faith, which was inaugurated in Oct. 2012 on the occasion of golden jubilee of second Vatican Council. While around 500 were the ...

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Year of Faith Procession Attracts Thousands

Year of Faith Procession Attracts Thousands

Holding  burning candles in their hands thousands of Catholics  walked the  streets  of Vijayawada city for two long hours  carrying the  Blessed Sacrament as a  public proclamation of the Year of Faith Celebration on  Sunday , October 27  in Vijayawada.

Organized ...

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CBCI labour office demands justice for workers

CBCI labour office demands justice for workers

The labor office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has demanded the Delhi government to do justice to the laborers in the unorganized sectors in the city. In a joint statement, Bishop Oswald Lewis and Archbishop Kuriakose Bhranikulankara of ...

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Indian diocese goes 'green' at intercultural festival

Indian diocese goes 'green' at intercultural festival

The Diocese of Miao, located in far north-east India, is promoting stewardship of the environment by choosing to give saplings to guests at its events rather than the customary floral arrangements. “We have decided to offer a sapling to the ...

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Mysore Priests Conferred Award by Newspapers Association of India

Mysore Priests Conferred Award by Newspapers Association of India

On October 30, Fr. Joseph was honored with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for social work by the Newspapers Association of India, October 30, at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. Union Minister Oscar Fernandes conferred the award.

Fr. Joseph ...

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Christian philosophers debate developmental issues

Christian philosophers debate developmental issues

Development that is conceived and practiced today is equivocal, complex, ambiguous and paradoxical process having deep-rooted political bases and consequences, says a group of Christian philosophers. The member of the Association of Christian Philosophers of India (ACPI) deliberated on the ...

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Catholic Council meets to discuss Vatican II

Catholic Council meets to discuss Vatican II

Catholic Council of India, the representative body laity, clergy and bishops in India, will discuss the renewal of the Church in the background of 50 years of Second Vatican Council when its members meet in a fortnight.  Council president Cardinal ...

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Cedric Prakash Conferred ‘Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice

Cedric Prakash Conferred ‘Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice

Jesuit Father Cedric Prakash was conferred Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice. While receiving the Award, Fr. Prakash said:

“This award is in fact about Mother Teresa and about the rich legacy she has left to each one of ...

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Priest Publishes English Novel - Kenosis – Story of A Bleeding Heart

Priest Publishes English Novel - Kenosis – Story of A Bleeding Heart

The  novel ‘Kenosis’ portrays a priest, Fr. Xavier who empties himself for the cause of his Young Friend (Jesus Christ) who called him. He lives the word of our Lord “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat ...

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Celebrating 50 Years of Vatican II: Our Journey of Faith in the Year of Faith October 25 – 27, 2013 St. Pius X College, Goregaon

Celebrating 50 Years of Vatican II: Our Journey of Faith in the Year of Faith October 25 – 27, 2013 St. Pius X College, Goregaon

“The Church is not an archaeological museum, but the ancient fountain which satisfies the thirst of the generation of today as she did that of the generations of the past.” These were the words of Pope John XXIII at the ...

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Caritas holds consultation on land, food bills

Caritas holds consultation on land, food bills

Around 60 people, including Catholic bishops and priests, today deliberated on the pros and cons of recently passed bills on Land Acquisition and Food Security. The program was organized by the Caritas India, the social arm of the Catholic Bishops ...

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Christians and Hindus: fostering human relations through friendship and solidarity

Christians and Hindus: fostering human relations through friendship and solidarity

At a time of growing materialism, when the deepest spiritual and religious values are despised, Christians and Hindus can "work individually and collectively, with all religious traditions and people of good will, to foster and strengthen the human family through ...

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Catholics Save Lives, Aid Recovery from India's Devastating Cyclone

Catholics Save Lives, Aid Recovery from India's Devastating Cyclone

After successfully helping to evacuate 1 million people from the onslaught of India’s worst cyclone in more than a decade, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and local Church agencies are still coping with supporting thousands of survivors who saved their ...

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias uncovers the book, ‘The Naked Liberal’

Cardinal Oswald Gracias uncovers the book, ‘The Naked Liberal’

The Naked Liberal was uncovered at the hands of Maj Gen (Retd) Ian Cardozo, AVSM, SM, Anita Lobo, voluntary traffic warden, and His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias. We are talking about the release of George Menezes’ fifth book, an anthology ...

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Cardinal Oswald Gracias calls on Smt. Sonia Gandhi

Cardinal Oswald Gracias calls on Smt. Sonia Gandhi

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), Cardinal Oswald Gracias called on UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi,  October 16 and  discussed with her certain issues of concern for the Catholic Church in India. Cardinal Oswald Gracias is ...

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Cardinal from Universal Catholic Church on first visit to state today

Cardinal from Universal Catholic Church on first visit to state today

More than 1,200 delegates are expected to come together as Major Archbishop Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, a Cardinal from the Universal Catholic Church, is visiting Gujarat for the first time on October 19. Major Archbishop, who has been holding ...

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Media speculate on Pope's visit next year

Media speculate on Pope's visit next year

Speculation is rife in Indian media over a possible visit of Pope Francis to India by the end of next year. The Jesuit pope "might visit India" in November 2014 and is expected to attend the exposition of St Francis ...

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Allahabad gets new bishop

Allahabad gets new bishop

Pope Francis on Thursday transferred Bishop Raphy Manjaly of Varanasi as the bishop of Allahabad diocese, which was vacant after its bishop resigned early this year. Bishop Raphy Manjaly, 55, has served the Varanasi diocese as bishop since April 2007 ...

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Music band, ‘Milestone’to hold live concert on Oct 20

Music band, ‘Milestone’to hold live concert on Oct 20

The Misquith musical show is all set to return to stage with a live concert to be held at Bantwal deanery. The nite is being organized by the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM)  Bantwal deanery. The show by the young ...

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Cardinal’s concern over the escalating attacks on the Christian community

Cardinal’s concern over the escalating attacks on the Christian community

The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, today expressed concern over alleged escalating attacks on the Christian community in parts of the country and accused state governments of failing to protect the minority communities

“The ...

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Dates of St. Xavier exposition announced

Dates of St. Xavier exposition announced

Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa Daman and Diu announced the dates of the decennial exposition of the sacred relics of Goa's patron saint, St Francis Xavier. The exposition at Old Goa will be held next year from November ...

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Indian Religious join together make a short film to mark their Golden Jubilee

Indian Religious join together make a short film to mark their Golden Jubilee

A group of religious has made a short film to mark the golden jubilee of the Conference of Religious India (CRI), the national association of Catholic religious in the country. The celebrations are scheduled to be held at two venues ...

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Dog squads deployed to find Delhi church burglars

Dog squads deployed to find Delhi church burglars

Police have pressed in dog squads and finger print experts to find those responsible for the theft and desecration in a south Delhi church. “Police is trying to find the culprits though they have not made any headway in the ...

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National Catholic Youth Convention underway

National Catholic Youth Convention underway

A huge number of Catholic youths from across India are making their presence felt in the city of Jalandhar, Punjab for the ongoing IX National Youth Convention from October 8-12, 2013. Seven Catholic youth leaders from Nagaland, led by Nagaland ...

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Small Christian Communities to Celebrate Year of Faith Conclusion

Small Christian Communities to Celebrate Year of Faith Conclusion

The Small Christian Communities movement is holding a national convention in Goa, November 18-21, to mark the conclusion of the Year of Faith. Bishop Thomas Dabre of Pune, writes on the significance of the event and the importance of Small ...

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Mass in Memory of Thomas Aquino d’ Sequeira Held

Mass in Memory of Thomas Aquino d’ Sequeira Held

Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio presided over a concelebrated Eucharist at the Sacred Heart Cathedral,  here, October 7, to pay homage and pray for Fr Thomas Aquino d’ Sequeira, former Deputy Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India ...

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Catholic Higher Education Society Stress Values in Higher Education

Catholic Higher Education Society Stress Values in Higher Education

The Catholic Church in India has a great dream to offer quality higher education and to reinforce values  that are so characteristic to our community and people, said Archbishop Albert D’Souza, Secretary General of the CBCI and President of ...

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National Seminar on Communications for Theology Students Held

National Seminar on Communications for Theology Students Held

Formation in social communication is indispensible for the formation of pastoral personnel who have to deal with a society that is so deeply influenced by media today, said Archbishop Anil J.T. Couto of Delhi, inaugurating the 3-day national seminar ...

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Kerala chapel gets ‘biggest’ painting

Kerala chapel gets ‘biggest’ painting

A six feet tall St. George’s painting, claimed to be the biggest in Kerala, was today installed in a chapel near Kochi. The nine feet wide painting, which occupies about 54 square feet, was unveiled at St George Chapel ...

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Caritas' 50 million project to help flood-affected Uttarakhand

Caritas' 50 million project to help flood-affected Uttarakhand

Caritas India, the social arm of the top body of the Indian bishops, is planning to launch a 50 million rupee rehabilitation project for the victims of the flash floods in Uttarakhand. “While the 50 million-project will objectively restore livelihood ...

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Theologian-author sets Limca record

Theologian-author sets Limca record

Catholic theologian and author Doctor Felix Podimattam created history when Limca Book of Records accepted him on Oct. 4 as the person who has authored most number of books on moral theology in the world. Podimattam has written 135 books ...

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Holy Family Hospital celebrates diamond jubilee

Holy Family Hospital celebrates diamond jubilee

Holy Family hospital in New Delhi today celebrated its diamond jubilee with Indian vice president Hamid Ansari lauding the services of the Delhi archdiocese-run hospital. Ansari said a lot of foresight must have gone into selecting the place to start ...

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CBCI-JPD Office calls for Social Activism in Andhra Pradesh

CBCI-JPD Office calls for Social Activism in Andhra Pradesh

The CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development organized a two-day workshop on Catholic Social Teaching at Satyodayam, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, September 26- 27. Fr. Bala, Regional Secretary, Justice and Peace Commission and Director of AP Forum, was the local ...

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Mangalore: Different churches converge to pray for India on Gandhi Jayanti

Mangalore: Different churches converge to pray for India on Gandhi Jayanti

Nearly 2,000 leaders and members of different mainline as well as denominational Churches joined together in prayer for the unity and good of the country on Wednesday October 2 at Loyola Hall of St Aloysius College here on the ...

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India's tallest Jesus statue installed in Sagar

India's tallest Jesus statue installed in Sagar

Cardinal George Alencherry, the head of the Syro Malabar Catholic Church, blessed and installed India’s tallest statue of Jesus in Sagar yesterday in the presence of 18 bishops, and pilgrims coming from all over India and overseas. The 43-feet ...

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Goa Church body to hold festival on Gandhian ideas

Goa Church body to hold festival on Gandhian ideas

The social arm of the Goa Church will organize a festival of Gandhian ideas for the whole of this month. In a joint press release, the Council for Social Justice and Peace and the peaceful society said they have decided ...

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Mangalore: Associations led by ICYM raise voice against Niddodi project

Mangalore: Associations led by ICYM raise voice against Niddodi project

“Teaching is a noble profession. My parent was a teacher and if I get an opportunity I would become a teacher. A teacher is a like potter who moulds the students into a beautiful vessel. Therefore the responsibility of the ...

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Arunachal remembers 50 years of first baptisms

Arunachal remembers 50 years of first baptisms

When all the Catholics from an entire tribe turns up for the celebration of the golden Jubilee of the baptism of three school boys, that makes everyone sit up and take note. That is what happened on September 19, 2013 ...

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Christian community in India protests Peshawar Massacre

Christian community in India protests Peshawar Massacre

Christians in India’s national capital New Delhi held demonstration at Pakistan High Commission. Prayer meetings have been held in New Delhi and several other places in India Held as an expression of solidarity with the Christians in Pakistan which ...

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National Catechetical Conference Held

National Catechetical Conference Held

The Conference of Catholic Bishops’ of India (CCBI) - Commission for Catechetics organized its 6th National Catechetical Conference, 18-20 September at Navinta, Delhi Archdiocesan Retreat Centre, New Delhi. Ninety four participants from 66 dioceses, mainly Regional Secretaries, Diocesan Directors and their ...

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Indian Protestant leader: In aftermath of Peshawar attack protect minorities

Indian Protestant leader: In aftermath of Peshawar attack protect minorities

Condemnation of a "barbaric and inhuman" and an appeal "to ask for protection for all minorities and places of worship in Pakistan". This is the contents of the letter sent by Sajan George , president of the Global Council of Indian ...

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CBCI - Office for Laity conduct Seminar for North East Region

CBCI - Office for Laity conduct Seminar for North East Region

The CBCI - Office for Laity conducted a two-day Seminar on " Lay Leadership in Public Life " for the North East Regional Catholic Council ( NERCC ) on 14th and 15th, September 2013, at North East Diocesean Social Forum at Guwahati, Assam. All the ...

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Church blasts: CNI to send delegation to Pakistan

Church blasts: CNI to send delegation to Pakistan

The Church of North India is planning to send a delegation to Pakistan to express solidarity withthe Christians of that country following twin blasts in a church that left over 80 dead. P K Samantaroy, deputy moderator of Church of ...

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CBCI Condemns the Bomb Blast at All Saints Church, Peshawar

CBCI Condemns the Bomb Blast at All Saints Church, Peshawar

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India is deeply distressed at the bomb blast at the All Saints Church, Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 78 and wounding hundreds of innocent Christians, who were assembled in the Church for the Sunday worship. While condemning ...

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Former CBCI deputy secretary general passes away

Former CBCI deputy secretary general passes away

Fr. Thomas Sequeira, who last year retired as the deputy secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), passed away in California early today. He breathed his last at 1.50 am in a hospital in California. The ...

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Udupi: Catholic Sabha awards scholarship to 53 students

Udupi: Catholic Sabha awards scholarship to 53 students

John D’Silva Foundation, Mumbai, John Farm, Kuntalpady, Karkala and Catholic Sabha Udupi Pradesh on Monday September 9 jointly organized a scholarship distribution programme at Don Bosco Hall. George Pinto, deputy commissioner for excise, Udupi district inaugurated the programme by ...

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Mission among tribal Munda in the footsteps of Mother Teresa

Mission among tribal Munda in the footsteps of Mother Teresa

Fr Lino Fernandes runs the mission in Siadih (Jharkhand), which includes mostly tribal Munda. He does so following in the footsteps of Mother Teresa, "an inspiring example of strong faith and passionate charity, an extraordinary witness of the path of ...

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Kolkata churches pay homage to Mother Teresa

Kolkata churches pay homage to Mother Teresa

Holding aloft candles, thousands of people from all walks of life Thursday prayed at special evening masses across this eastern metropolis to pay homage to Mother Teresa on her 16th death anniversary. Throughout the day, elaborate prayers and masses were ...

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Cardinal Cleemis dialogues with Hindu leader

Cardinal Cleemis dialogues with Hindu leader

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Catholicos, head of worldwide Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and youngest Roman Catholic Cardinal, and distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed met in Reno (Nevada, USA) on September 1. The meeting was held at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church ...

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Mary's Nativity draws tens of thousands to Indian basilica

Mary's Nativity draws tens of thousands to Indian basilica

Huge crowds started gathering in Bangalore, India, last week, as the city's novena leading up to the Nativity of Mary began with the city's archbishop raising a Marian flag in prayer. “The Virgin Mary is the Mother of ...

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Salesian asks civil servants "to be the change”

Salesian asks civil servants "to be the change”

Salesian provincial of Guwahati told a group of civil servants that they are best positioned to bring about social change and village development. Some 60 members of the Assam Civil Service, undergoing induction program at Assam Administrative Staff College Guwahati ...

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Fr Joseph Chinnayyan appointed CBCI Spokesperson and PRO

Fr Joseph Chinnayyan appointed CBCI Spokesperson and PRO

The CBCI Standing Committee has appointed Fr Joseph Chinnayyan, Deputy Secretary General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) as the Spokesperson and PRO of the CBCI.  The CBCI is the apex body of the Catholic Church in India ...

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Syro-Malabar Church to simplify liturgy

Syro-Malabar Church to simplify liturgy

The Syro-Malabar Church has resolved to take steps to simplify the liturgy of the church. During its 12-day Episcopal Synod that concluded in Kochi on Saturday, the church called on the laity to practise simplicity in word and deed. In ...

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Salesian university to help poor farmers

Salesian university to help poor farmers

The Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) is planning to open a research unit for medicinal and aromatic plants (MAP) at its campus to help in the income generation of poor farmers. The move comes at a time when medicinal and ...

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Ancient Kolkata church to be renovated

Ancient Kolkata church to be renovated

One of the oldest churches in Kolkata and a national monument, St. John’s Church is set to get a facelift through restoration.

According to Reverend Pradeep Kumar Nanda, Presbyter in-charge of the church, plans are also afoot to renovate ...

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Manipur tribe sets world record for mass Bible reading

Manipur tribe sets world record for mass Bible reading

The Gangte tribe in Manipur has set the world record for the largest mass bible reading. This was approved by record bodies such as the Limca Book of Records, Asia Book of Records and India Book of Records. Gangte leaders ...

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Hollywood biopic on Mother Teresa

Hollywood biopic on Mother Teresa

A Hollywood biopic on Mother Teresa will hit the international screens in March next year. The Letters is an independently produced feature film based on the real-life letters Mother Teresa wrote to a longtime spiritual director over the years. Written ...

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MC nuns celebrate Mother Teresa’s birth anniversary

MC nuns celebrate Mother Teresa’s birth anniversary

The nuns of the Missionaries of Charity celebrated the 103rd birth anniversary of Mother Teresa, who formed the Catholic order to serve the needy and the ailing. Special prayers were held at the congregation’s global headquarters Mother House in ...

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Old restored paintings unveiled in Kolkata church

Old restored paintings unveiled in Kolkata church

Around 30 restored art relics mirroring the history of the iconic St. John's Church in Kolkata have been unveiled here. Eighteenth century German-born painter Johann Zoffany's version of Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' occupies the pride ...

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Catholic priest trains govt. school principals

Catholic priest trains govt. school principals

Fr. V.M. Thomas, a professional trainer of not only Indian administrators and police officers but also of school principals found time to take up his old job. The Salesian provincial of Guwahati was this time talking to 151 government ...

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Mangalore bishop chosen as outstanding community leader

Mangalore bishop chosen as outstanding community leader

Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza has been chosen as the Outstanding Community Leader of Mangalore for the year 2012-2013 by the International Institute for Public Policy, a family-sponsored non-profit organisation. A Crystal Award in commemoration of Outstanding Community Leadership will ...

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Appointment of Rev. Fr. Jose Puthenveettil as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly

Appointment of Rev. Fr. Jose Puthenveettil as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly

The Synod of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, gathered at Mount St. Thomas, Kerala, having received prior Papal Assent according to CCEO can. 184, canonically elected to the office of Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly  Rev. Fr. Jose ...

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Church accuses Goa government of bypassing village assemblies

Church accuses Goa government of bypassing village assemblies

The social arm of the Catholic Church in Goa has said that the state government is muddled as far as grassroots democratic concepts are concerned. The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP), which functions as a grassroots social organization ...

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CRI official Sister Karuna dies

CRI official Sister Karuna dies

Holy Spirit Sister Karuna Maniyattu, who coordinated Conference of Religious India's social work activities, passed away today in Mumbai after a brief illness. She was 51. Her funeral will be conducted on Aug 25 at Jharsugda in Odisha, where ...

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M'lore: Foundation stone laid for new Snehalaya rehab centre

M'lore: Foundation stone laid for new Snehalaya rehab centre

The foundation stone for Snehalaya's Old Age Home and Rehabilitation Centre was laid for for the new Old Age Home and Rehabilitation Centre at Pavoor, Manjeshwar. The ceremony led by Fr Andrew Leo D'Souza,  parish priest, Pakshikere and ...

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Social work students trained to be citizen journalists

Social work students trained to be citizen journalists

Students of Social Work in the Don Bosco University in Guwahati were imparted training to be good citizen journalists to raise social issues through social media. The students were given training at the five day “Social Media Applications for Social ...

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Mangalorean priest Fr. Paschal Serrao (68) passes away

Mangalorean priest Fr. Paschal Serrao (68) passes away

Fr Paschal Serrao, a priest of the Diocese of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, passed away on Tuesday, August 20 due to a massive heart attack. He was 68. He is survived by seven brothers and three sisters. He was one ...

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Roman Catholic Church gets land for projects after 5 years

Roman Catholic Church gets land for projects after 5 years

The 5-year long struggle by the Roman Catholic Church of Ranchi for locating lands for a composite university project including a medical college and a 500-bed super speciality hospital in Ranchi district has been succeeded without depending upon the state ...

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Catholic union wants hierarchy to follow pope

Catholic union wants hierarchy to follow pope

The All India Catholic Union (AICU) has urged the Church leaders in India to follow Pope Francis’ views of an enlarged role that the pontiff has called for men, women and youth in the Church. While congratulating Pope Francis for ...

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Justice Sunday observed with special liturgy

Justice Sunday observed with special liturgy

Justice Sunday was observed yesterday across the country, with special liturgy and sermons reflecting on the need for peace and justice in the country as well as in the world. Through appropriate homilies, the bishops and priests of the in ...

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Priests, nuns attacked in Jharkhand village

Priests, nuns attacked in Jharkhand village

A mob attacked some priests and nuns of a Jesuit mission in Jharkhand on Sunday demanding a compensation of 1 million rupees for the death of a schoolboy. The 7-year-old boy of St. Xavier’s School in Karon district died ...

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Goan Church seeks justice for poor

Goan Church seeks justice for poor

The Church in Goa has demanded that the poor, marginalized and vulnerable should be the primary beneficiaries of all government facilities for potable water, sanitation, food, maintenance of good health and integral education. The demand came in a press release ...

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Re-conversion leader Judeo is no more

Re-conversion leader Judeo is no more

Dilip Sigh Judeo, who shot into political prominence with his 'Ghar Vapsi' campaigns for re-conversion of Christians into Hindu fold, died in a private hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday after a protracted illness. He was 64. Chhattisgarh BJP government ...

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Catholic priest honored for working for missing children

Catholic priest honored for working for missing children

A Catholic priest has been nominated for the IMAAN INDIA SAMMAN award for working for missing children and their families. The director of BoscoNet Fr. M.C. George Menamparampil would be conferred with the award on Aug. 17 in New ...

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Goa church objects to development plan of Panaji

Goa church objects to development plan of Panaji

The social arm of the Goa church has objected to the Goa state infrastructure development corporation (GSIDC) drawing up the master plan for the development of Panaji. The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) claimed that it is an ...

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Goa govt. forms committee to review security of religious places

Goa govt. forms committee to review security of religious places

The Goa government has constituted a state-level security committee to review the security plan of all religious places and other places of importance. The move comes following a direction from the Ministry of Home Affairs. The committee would be headed ...

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Syrian Church to rebuild Uttarakhand village

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church has decided to rebuild a village affected during the flash floods in Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. The Church Episcopal Synod which was held last week, accepted the suggestion in this regard mooted by the Church ...

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Holy tabernacle stolen from church

Holy tabernacle stolen from church

Unidentified men stole the tabernacle of St John the Baptist Church at Benaulim in Goa, police sources said. The incident, which happened on the night of Aug 5, came to light Tuesday when the church was opened for the morning ...

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Palai Diocese to host CBCI Plenary Assembly

Palai Diocese to host CBCI Plenary Assembly

The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) will hold its plenary assembly in February next year in Palai diocese in Kerala. The week-long bi-annual assembly would start from Feb. 19. This was announced in a statement at its official website- ...

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