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Indian cardinal: Proposed confession ban is 'absurd,' unconstitutional

Aug 1, 2018

A proposed ban on the sacrament of confession suggested by a government body in India was slammed by Catholic leaders... Read more

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

Audio recording suggests Cardinal Alencherry knew of nun's rape allegation

Jul 23, 2018

An audio recording broadcast last week by an Indian television station appears to indicate that Cardinal George Alencherry may have... Read more

Sr. Mary Prema Pierick, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, speaks at the Vatican, Sept. 2, 2016.

Missionaries of Charity express sorrow over scandal, openness to just inquiry

Jul 18, 2018

By CNA Staff

The superior general of the Missionaries of Charity said Tuesday the congregation is “deeply saddened and grieved” by the alleged... Read more

A Missionary of Charity in Rome, Sept. 16, 2017.

Three children rescued amid baby-selling investigation involving MC sister

Jul 13, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Three children who were allegedly sold by an employee of the Missionaries of Charity have been rescued, and a politician... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

In India, nun accuses bishop of rape

Jul 12, 2018

Authorities are investigating Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar after a Kerala nun accused him of raping her in 2014 and... Read more

Christian families displaced by violence in India in 2008.

In eastern India, radicals expel ten Christian families

Jul 5, 2018

Several Christian families have been assaulted and expelled from their village by local extremists for refusing to renounce their faith,... Read more

Fr. Varghese Payyappilly. Public Domain.

Syro-Malabar priest among sainthood causes advanced by pope

Apr 16, 2018

Pope Francis has approved the advancement of the causes of eight Servants of God, all priests and religious, including Fr.... Read more

Priests concelebrate at the Miao diocese Chrism Mass on March 27, 2015.

What Holy Week looks like in a remote Indian diocese

Mar 31, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

In the Diocese of Miao, located in India's northeasternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George Pallipparambil does not stay quietly... Read more

Christian families displaced by violence in India's Odisha state in 2008.

Attacks against India's Christians doubled in 2017

Feb 21, 2018

Compared to 2016, attacks against Christians in India by Hindu extremists more than doubled in 2017 amid efforts to label... Read more

Cyclone Ockhi intensifying on December 1, 2017.

Devastating cyclone kills 32 Catholic fishermen off India's coast

Dec 6, 2017

At least 32 Catholic fishermen were killed when a tropical cyclone hit the southern coast of India over the weekend.  Read more

In India, schoolkids say Virgin Mary appeared amid scent of jasmine

Oct 14, 2017

Both Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India claim to have witnessed an apparition of Christ and several appearances of the... Read more

Cardinal George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, at a Mass said in St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 12, 2014.

Pope praises 'beautiful, complex' diversity of Catholic Churches in India

Oct 10, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Tuesday said the variety of Catholic Churches and rites in India is a richness for the country... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil has been released, is headed to India

Sep 12, 2017

By Elise Harris

After more than 18 months of questions and uncertainty regarding the fate of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil following his abduction by... Read more

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis presents a bouquet to Indian president Ram Nath Kovind at their Aug. 24, 2017 meeting.

India's president praises Church for assistance to the poor

Aug 25, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

A group of bishops from across India met with the country's new president and vice-president on Thursday, with both leaders... Read more

An Indian woman became a nun...because of elephants?

Aug 16, 2017

Nine years ago, Christians in the Kandhamal district of Odisha, India suffered the worst attacks against Christians in modern times... Read more

Pope Francis gives the homily at Mass for the Solemnity of All Saints in Rome's Verano cemetery, Nov. 1, 2014.

Pope shakes up Syro-Malankara Church with several new appointments

Aug 5, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Saturday, Pope Francis made several changes in the Syro-Malankara Church, found predominantly in India, establishing a new eparchy and... Read more

Ram Nath Kovind (L), who was elected President of India July 20, meets with Bruce Bucknell, Jan. 25 2017.

India's bishops pray new president will defend rule of law

Jul 22, 2017

By Elise Harris

The bishops of India have offered their congratulations to the country's newly elected president, Ram Nath Kovind, urging him to... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.

Indian politician suggests ransom fund for kidnapped priest

May 31, 2017

A member of India’s Legislative Assembly is encouraging the Church to raise money for the release of kidnapped priest Father... Read more

Demolished cross in India sparks outrage among Catholics

May 3, 2017

Despite being located on private property, a 122 year-old cross was demolished late last month in a suburb of Mumbai,... Read more

India bishops slam 'brutal' disruption of Good Friday service

Apr 21, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

India's Catholic bishops have strongly condemned a violent police disruption of a Good Friday service at a small parish in... Read more