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India's Gujarat Congress Chief, along with Gujarat Congress supporters, protest the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill in Ahmedabad, Dec. 11, 2019.

India's Citizenship Amendment Bill dismays US religious liberty commission

Dec 11, 2019

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is expressing concern about a controversial bill which passed India’s legislature Wednesday enshrining... Read more

Indian wedding.

Catholic Church in India launches website to help widows remarry

Nov 20, 2019

The Catholic Church in Kerala is hoping to help widows in India - who often suffer from social stigmas -... Read more

Bishop George Pallipparambil presents the New Testament in Wancho to a parishioner at the Chrism Mass, March 27, 2015.

As Amazon synod nears end, conversations will affect situations elsewhere

Oct 25, 2019

By Matt Hadro

As the Amazon Synod considers the evangelization—and exploitation—of indigenous Amazonian tribes, the conversation reflects as well on what is happening... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Trial of Indian bishop charged with rape to begin in November

Oct 24, 2019

The trial of Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, who was charged with rape in April, will begin Nov. 11 in... Read more

Indian archbishop, parish priest killed in California car accident

Oct 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Dominic Jala of Shillong, India and Fr. Mathew Vellankal died in a car crash Oct. 10 during a visit... Read more

Legal group warns about sex-selective abortion on Day of the Girl Child

Oct 11, 2019

On the International Day of the Girl Child, a legal advocacy group in India is drawing attention to the problem... Read more

After 15 months, Missionary of Charity accused of child trafficking granted bail

Sep 30, 2019

A religious sister with the Missionaries of Charity has been released on bail 25 months after her arrest. She is... Read more

Mother Teresa.

From inspiration to adoption: A story of working with Mother Teresa

Sep 5, 2019

More than 20 years ago, Ann Pollak traveled to Calcutta, hoping to volunteer alongside Mother Teresa. The experience would spark... Read more

Flooding along the Ganges River Aug 21, 2019.

Amid efforts to rebuild, residents of Karala face another round of floods

Aug 23, 2019

Just a year after devastating floods swept through Kerala, India, the state is again facing devastating flooding.  Read more

Our Lady of Vailankanni.

Suspected Hindu radicals arrested in India after attack on Catholic pilgrims 

Aug 22, 2019

Six suspected members of a radical Hindu group were arrested in India this week after dozens of Catholics were attacked... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Nun alleges evidence tampering in case of Indian bishop charged with rape

Aug 1, 2019

A nun representing a reported rape victim of Bishop Franco Mulakkal has accused the defense of evidence tampering in the... Read more

Missionaries of Charity home for children, Kolkata India.

For 3 months, no girls were born in 132 Indian villages

Jul 25, 2019

A northern Indian district has launched an investigation into a region in which the birth rate of baby girls is... Read more

Cardinal George Alencherry of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church at Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 12, 2014.

Priests protest Indian cardinal returned to diocese

Jul 24, 2019

Catholic priests are reportedly protesting Pope Francis’ reinstatement of a cardinal who is facing allegations of financial mismanagement, and has... Read more

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay speaks at a Vatican press conference, Oct. 22, 2015.

Indian police investigate claim against Cardinal Gracias of failure to report abuse

May 23, 2019

Police in India are investigating a claim that Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay and two auxiliary bishops covered up an... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal. CNA file photo.

Indian bishop formally charged with rape

Apr 9, 2019

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, India has been charged with raping a nun nine times over a two-year period and... Read more

India sees rise in public lynchings of Christians

Feb 27, 2019

Violent attacks including public lynchings against Christians in India are reportedly becoming increasingly common, with international NGOs and the country’s... Read more

Indian court denies bail to Missionary of Charity accused of child trafficking

Jan 31, 2019

A religious sister with the Missionaries of Charity accused of cooperating in the sale of a child from a home... Read more

Bishop George Pallipparambil of Miao presents a New Testament to a parishioner.

The bishop who reaped a hundred-fold

Nov 7, 2018

By Ed Condon

Officially, his diocese has only existed since 2005. But Bishop Pallipparambil has been tending a flock in rural northeastern India... Read more

Taj Mahal seen from Agra, India.

India blocks 800 websites, reviving 2015 porn ban

Nov 1, 2018

By Perry West

After Nepal banned thousands of pornographic websites last month, India has resurrected its internet pornography ban, blocking more than 800... Read more

Nuns protest, demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a nun, outside the High Court in Kochi, Sept. 13, 2018.

Indian bishop accused of rape steps aside, requests leave from Vatican

Sep 18, 2018

A Catholic bishop in India accused of raping a nun repeatedly over the course of two years has written to... Read more