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An Indian Christian prays in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh.

Catholic priest in India will face trial for alleged hate speech

Jan 10, 2022

By Kate Olivera

A Catholic priest in India will face trial for allegations of hate speech during an interreligious meeting last year.  Read more

Missionaries of Charity house, Kolkata India.

In reversal, Missionaries of Charity in India again permitted to receive foreign donations

Jan 8, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Missionaries of Charity have been cleared to receive and use foreign funding in India, after the religious order founded... Read more

Missionaries of Charity house, Calcutta, India.

Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity seek swift fix after Indian government blocks foreign donations

Dec 28, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Supporters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity reacted with surprise and concern to the Indian government’s ruling that the organization... Read more

An Indian Christian prays in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh, on Dec. 9, 2018.

Report finds rising anti-Christian violence in India

Dec 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Christians were the targets of 305 violent incidents in nine months. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vatican, Oct. 30, 2021.

Narendra Modi invites Pope Francis to visit India at 'very warm' Vatican meeting

Oct 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Modi is the first Indian prime minister to visit the pope since June 2000. Read more

St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, mother church of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

India's Christians see dangers in Karnataka survey, anti-conversion push

Oct 29, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic archbishop in India’s Karnataka state has again called on the state government to withdraw its orders to survey... Read more

Lights for the celebration of the Hindu festival Diwali.

Vatican highlights challenge of ‘hyper-nationalism’ in Diwali message

Oct 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to meet Pope Francis on Oct. 30. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured Oct. 15, 2014. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis to meet leaders of the US, India and South Korea in the next 24 hours

Oct 29, 2021

By Courtney Mares

All three leaders are in Rome this week for the G20 summit. Read more

St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, mother church of the Archdiocese of Bangalore.

Indian Catholic archbishop criticizes Christian missionary survey plan

Oct 25, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘There is no good that will come out of it,’ said Archbishop Peter Machado. Read more

A liturgy at St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, Arakuzha, India.

India’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church to adopt ‘uniform’ liturgy

Aug 30, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The new liturgy being introduced within India's Syro-Malabar Church will require the celebrant to face the congregation and the tabernacle... Read more

Orphaned children in India.

Catholic diocese in India offers cash incentives, scholarships for couples with more children

Aug 6, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Diocese of Palai in Kerala state said it will pay 1,500 rupees (about US$21) monthly to the... Read more

Flag of India at the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square on January 17, 2016.

In India, Catholic priest jailed for alleged hate speech after political remarks stir controversy

Jul 28, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic priest in southern India who made political remarks, including criticism of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, has been... Read more

Fr. Stan Swamy, S.J.

Asian bishops honor Indian Jesuit priest Stan Swamy as ‘martyr of the marginalized’

Jul 6, 2021

By Jose Torres, Jr.

The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) on Tuesday mourned the death of Jesuit priest Stanislaus Lourduswamy, and called him... Read more

A liturgy at St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, Arakuzha, India.

Pope Francis urges Indian Catholics to commit to uniform Syro-Malabar liturgy

Jul 6, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Syro-Malabar Church is one of the 23 Eastern Catholic Churches. Read more

Food packages are distributed in the Archidiocese of Bhopal in central India.

Catholic archdiocese delivers food to families hit by India’s 2nd COVID-19 wave

Jul 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bhopal archdiocese is also helping the poor to pay medical bills. Read more

Fr. Stan Swamy, S.J., pictured in 2010.

Jailed Indian Jesuit Fr. Stan Swamy dies at age 84

Jul 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He spent his final months jailed for his activism on behalf of Indian society’s lowest castes. Read more

The canonization Mass for Saint Teresa of Calcutta, celebrated by Pope Francis on Sept. 4, 2016 in St. Peter's Square.

Mother Teresa's lawyer blasts new podcast likening her order to a cult

May 28, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

A new podcast that likens St. Teresa of Calcutta to a cult leader is full of “untruths and false accusations,”... Read more

A worker refills medical oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 patients in New Delhi, India.

Catholic university in India opens COVID-19 care centers

May 14, 2021

By Courtney Mares

St. Xavier’s University has opened care centers for people with no place to isolate at home. Read more

Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil at the Vatican, Oct. 3, 2015.

Pope Francis prays for pandemic-stricken India

May 6, 2021

The pope said: “I am writing to convey my heartfelt solidarity and spiritual closeness to all the Indian people.” Read more

June 25, 2020: Health workers arrive at a check-up camp in Malad

‘We are alarmed’: Catholic aid groups respond to India’s COVID crisis

May 5, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic aid groups are mobilizing relief efforts in India, as the country is gripped by a worsening outbreak of the... Read more