Cardinal urges more sensitivity in preaching on homosexuality

He’s one of the eight cardinals—the “Super 8″ or “Gang of 8″— advising Pope Francis, and evidently made his comments in response to a complaint about a sermon. From Hindustan Times:    The Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, assured the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ( LGBT) community that he would advise priests to [Read More...]

Catholic Nun Gang Raped in India: “This Wasn’t a Random Act of Barbarism”

Details: “I condemn this gang rape of this young nun in the strongest possible terms.  This is gang rape is physical and emotional terrorism against our woman” Card. Oswald Gracias, president of the Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) tells AsiaNews reacting to the attack on a nun in Orissa. The religious of the Franciscan Missionaries of St. Joseph, [Read More...]

Hindus Angered Over Depiction of Virgin Mary in Sari

Details:  The issue of Christian missionaries proselytizing in India has taken a bizarre turn after a church in the eastern state of Jharkhand installed a statue of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus depicted as “tribals,” the indigenous people of the state. With dark brown complexions and sporting traditional Indian tribal clothing (white sari with red [Read More...]

India produces a movie about Jesus: Passion of the (Hindu) Christ?

Now for something completely different. Details: Christaayan, the first Hindi production about Jesus, has been presented to the public. Situated in India, it is inspired by the country’s traditional culture. The six-hour epic was produced by Satprakashan Sanchar Kendra in Indore for the Divine Verb Society and will be broadcast nation-wide as a TV series. [Read More...]

Meeting His Beatitude

Another visitor from the East popped into our office today: Major Archbishop Baselios Mar Cleemis of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in India. Lovely man. Awesome beard, too. [Read more...]

India’s miracles: “Many cases of healing we cannot ignore”

On the day we remember the saint who doubted, a story from the Vatican notes that many in the mission country he visited are reportedly experiencing miraculous cures that are helping lead them to faith: Strange things are going on in the Indian diocese ofItangar and Mgr. John Kattrukudiyl spoke about them during a visit to Germany for [Read More...]

“St. Thomas definitely landed on this very spot…”

Today the Latin church marks the feast of the celebrated “Doubting Thomas,” the skeptic who became a saint. Tradition holds that after the resurrection, St. Thomas the Apostle traveled to India.   But what happened after that? Here’s a glimpse at the region he visited, from two years ago in the pages of ONE: “St. [Read More...]

People, look East: “The shape of the church worldwide now depends more on India than on Ireland”

From Fr. Raymond de Souza: On Monday night, I was honoured to host the senior Catholic prelate from India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, in Mississauga, Ont. On Tuesday morning, a new archbishop — Christian Lépine — was announced for Montreal. In the 21st century, what will be more important for global Christianity — Mumbai and Mississauga, [Read More...]

Diocese in India to get its first permanent deacon

This is exciting news — though I’m less excited about the way this article misrepresents the diaconate and seems to confuse deacons with lay people. Details: The Poona diocese will soon have a married deacon to conduct baptisms, marriages, funerals and even give sermons. Roy D’ Monte, 54 — an administrator at Loyola High School [Read More...]

Indian Catholics express solidarity with “untouchables”

Here’s an issue we in the West don’t hear about very much. Details: Parishes in India celebrated Dalit Liberation Sunday last weekend, with Christians renewing their commitment to those of Dalit origin who still suffer from the traditional practice of untouchability. The annual day is marked on the nearest Sunday to International Human Rights Day, [Read More...]


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