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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

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

Five Catholic priests in Indian diocese die of COVID-19 in 10 days

Apr 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

One bishop said: “I have seven priests in hospital right now, and those are the lucky ones who found a... Read more

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Indian priest suspended after alleged attack on bishop

Mar 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Catholic priest from a northern Indian diocese has been suspended after allegedly physically assaulting the diocese’s bishop.  Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight to South Korea, Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis prays for victims of glacier-caused flash flood in India

Feb 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis has voiced his prayers for the victims of a glacier-caused flash flood in India’s northern Uttarakhand state, as... Read more

A celebration of the Malankara Orthodox Church in Parumala, Kerala.

India's Supreme Court to hear complaint over mandatory confession in Oriental Orthodoxy

Dec 15, 2020

The Supreme Court of India agreed Monday to consider a petition that the requirement of annual confession in the Malankara... Read more

Indian bishop calls for investigation into report of attacks on Christians

Nov 2, 2020

An Indian activist and a local Catholic bishop are calling on a local government to investigate an alleged hate crime... Read more

Indian archbishop demands investigation into rotten rice

Sep 8, 2020

An Indian archbishop has demanded action over a government mistake which has led poor people of Madhya Pradesh to purchase... Read more

Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site in Kerala state Aug. 10, 2020.

Dozens killed, missing after landslide in India

Aug 12, 2020

A landslide in southern India has killed at least 52 people and destroyed dozens of buildings, including one Protestant church,... Read more

Flag of India.

Report finds hate crimes rising against Indian Christians despite lockdown

Jul 31, 2020

Hate crimes against Christians in India increased by 40% in the first half of 2020 despite a three-month nationwide lockdown,... Read more

Empty cradle. Stock image via Shutterstock.

Baby bust: New report predicts global population crash

Jul 15, 2020

A new study published in a leading British medical journal predicts that the total fertility rate worldwide will drop well... Read more

Flag of India.

India denies visa to US religious freedom investigators

Jun 11, 2020

India has barred U.S. representatives from investigating the county’s reported violations of religious freedom, continuing what critics call a trend... Read more

Residents survey damage left by Cyclone Amphan in Gobardanga, West Bengal, India, May 21, 2020.

Catholic aid groups provide relief to those affected by Cyclone Amphan

May 22, 2020

Catholic Relief Services is among the agencies providing aid to those impacted by Cyclone Amphan in Bangladesh and eastern India.... Read more

A cyclone over the Bay of Bengal.

Catholic groups prepare to give aid ahead of cyclone in South Asia

May 19, 2020

Numerous Catholics organizations have volunteered to help evacuate millions, as a cyclone prepares to hit Bangladesh and India this week.  Read more

Taj Mahal seen from Agra, India.

US commission faults Indian hospital's alleged religious segregation of coronavirus patients

Apr 17, 2020

Reports of an Indian hospital's segregated wards for Hindu and Muslim coronavirus patients drew concern from the U.S. Commission on... Read more

An Indian health worker sprays disinfectant on the luggage of migrant workers and labourers along with their families stuck in New Delhi, India, March 29.

Indian bishop condemns 'shocking' disinfectant spray of migrant workers

Mar 31, 2020

A bishop in India has condemned the spraying of migrant workers and their children with disinfectant, after a video posted... Read more

Fr. Deogratius Kiibi Kateregga. Public domain.

Priests arrested for public Mass celebrations during coronavirus shutdowns

Mar 30, 2020

Amid lockdowns responding to the coronavirus pandemic, at least three priests were arrested Sunday for celebrating Mass publicly, in alleged... Read more

Jan 5, 2020 Barricades of Delhi Police on Parliament Street.

US Religious Freedom Commission calls India riots 'brutal and unchecked violence'

Feb 27, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has called on the Indian government to halt ongoing anti-Muslim violence... Read more

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.

Indian bishops' conference reelects Cardinal Gracias

Feb 19, 2020

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has reelected Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the archbishop of Bombay, as president of the conference... Read more

India Catholics aim to build 100-foot Jesus statue, despite Hindu criticism

Jan 9, 2020

Catholics in India are seeking to erect the nation’s tallest statue of Jesus, over objections by Hindu groups who say... Read more