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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay.

Interreligious marriage: a look at the synod from India's perspective

Oct 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

While some countries face family issues such as divorce and polygamy, the synod’s Indian participants have voiced concern for interreligious... Read more

Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, who was appointed July 9 as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, speaks with CNA in Rome July 10, 2014.

Indian bishop-elect aims to show God's love to new flock

Jul 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, who was appointed Wednesday to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi in India's eastern... Read more

Cardinal George Alencherry speaks during an Oasis conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia June 17, 2014.

Violence stems from evil in society, cardinal observes

Jun 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

During a recent conference discussing interreligious violence Cardinal George Alencherry of India explained that although motivations driving violent acts are... Read more