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How India's 'unreached' tribal areas are being evangelized

Dec 13, 2016

By Elise Harris

Every day in the remote villages of Northeast India courageous priests and nuns are braving the elements of the wild... Read more

Major Archbishop Baselios Cardinal Cleemis of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.

What Mother Teresa's canonization means to the people of India

Sep 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

On September 4, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was officially declared a saint by Pope Francis.   Read more

Mother Teresa prayer card for WYD pilgrims in Krakow, Poland on July 25, 2016.

India gears up for Mother Teresa canonization celebrations

Aug 22, 2016

Mother Teresa will be canonized on Sept. 4, and a global film festival aims to screen 23 movies to mark... Read more

Indian pilgrims attend the Angelus address in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 17, 2016.

Archbishop Cheenath, defender of India’s persecuted Christians, dies at 81

Aug 16, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath, who lived through one of the worst Christian persecutions in modern India and spent the remainder of... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight August 2014.

Pope sends condolences after deadly fire in India

Apr 10, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims and relatives of a fireworks accident on Sunday that killed at... Read more

Taj Mahal seen from nature trail in Agra, India.

India's refusal to grant religious freedom visas a 'missed opportunity'

Mar 20, 2016

India is making a mistake in refusing to issue visas to a U.S. international religious freedom organization, said religious liberty... Read more

Indian Women.

Soon to be saints? India's Christians killed in brutal 2008 massacre

Jan 5, 2016

By Elise Harris

The green light has officially been given to open the cause for sainthood of the nearly 100 Christians murdered in... Read more

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

Has much changed since India’s 2008 massacre of Christians?

Dec 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

Though it has been almost a decade since a spat of violence left nearly 100 Christians dead in the Indian... Read more

India draws praise for plan to end foreign surrogacy

Oct 29, 2015

Known as the surrogacy capital of the world, India has announced that it would like to end its practice of... Read more

Missionaries of Charity house, Kolkata India.

New policy forces Missionaries of Charity to end adoption services in India

Oct 14, 2015

Orphanages in India run by the Missionaries of Charity have decided to close their doors in light of new adoption... Read more

A Eucharistic procession held in Mumbai in 2014.

What adoring the Eucharist looks like – on a massive scale in India

Sep 15, 2015

The upcoming National Eucharistic Congress of India, being held in Mumbai in November, is meant to deepen the understanding, appreciation,... Read more

Boatmen in Guwahati Assam, India.

How Laudato Si is being put into practice in India

Jul 25, 2015

The diocese of Miao, India sits in rich, mountainous forest terrain on the edge of the Himalayas. Most of its... Read more

Holi, the festival of color, celebrated in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, in 2014.

Indian bishop encourages celebration of color festival in joy, freedom

Mar 6, 2015

With Indians and Hindus celebrating Holi, a spring festival of colors, today, Bishop Thomas Dabre of Poona has encouraged the... Read more

Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar (second from left) seen with his family after his release, February 2015.

Jesuit priest's cheerful disposition kept hope alive during Afghan captivity

Feb 27, 2015

By Elise Harris

A key player in working for the release of a Jesuit priest held by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan for... Read more

Bl. Teresa of Calcutta.

Indians rise up to defend Mother Teresa's legacy after attack by Hindu leader

Feb 26, 2015

Indians from all walks of life and religions have joined to condemn allegations made against Bl. Teresa of Calcutta by... Read more

Bishop George Pallipparambil (2R) with pilgrim students at the Light of the World Cathedral in Miao, India.

Inspired by St Don Bosco, Indian Church prepares youth to be tomorrow's leaders

Feb 4, 2015

In the north-easternmost reaches of India, the Diocese of Miao is celebrating the bicentennial of St. John Bosco's birth by... Read more

Vandals desecrated the tabernacle of St. Alphonsa's church, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Feb. 2, 2015.

Faith under siege: fifth Catholic church vandalized in New Delhi over two months

Feb 3, 2015

Unidentified persons broke into St. Alphonsa parish in the Indian capital New Delhi during the early hours of Monday morning,... Read more

Pope Francis greets the Indian community at a Thanksgiving Mass for the new Indian Saints on Nov. 24, 2014.

Pope greets Indian community at Mass for newest saints

Nov 24, 2014

By Ann Schneible

God's love is the “source” and “destination” of all holiness, said Pope Francis on Nov. 24, speaking of India's newly... Read more

Tapestry of Kuriakose Elias Chavara at Vatican City Nov. 21, 2014.

Indian Catholics find spiritual inspiration in two new saints

Nov 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

Two new Indian Catholic saints to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday were known for their deep spiritual life... Read more

 Beggar women on the street in Jaipur, India, March 2009.

The deadly cost of population control: India's targeted women

Nov 13, 2014

By Mary Farrow

India's population control policy is under fire after at least 14 women died following botched sterilizations due to negligent medical... Read more