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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

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