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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

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

St. Mary's Cathedral in Madurai, the cathedral church of newly-appointed Archbishop Antony Pappusamy.

India's Archdiocese of Madurai given new bishop

Jul 28, 2014

Pope Francis appointed Bishop Antony Pappusamy of Dindigal, located in India's Tamil Nadu state, as Archbishop of Madurai on July... Read more

Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, S.J. Photo courtesy of Jesuit Refugee Service.

Jesuits working to free abducted priest in Afghanistan

Jul 16, 2014

More than a month after the kidnapping of Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, S.J. near the Afghan city of Herat, his... 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

Pope Francis administers last rites to Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy during his funeral Mass on June 5, 2014.

Late cardinal of India remembered for his serenity in suffering

Jun 5, 2014

By Elise Harris

During the funeral Mass for Cardinal Simon Lourdusamy, who passed away Monday, fellow cardinals gathered to commemorate his life of... Read more

Archbishop Filipe Neri (center) launches the suicide prevention helpline with director Fr. Mario Saturnino Dias (second from right).

India archdiocese launches suicide prevention helpline

May 28, 2014

The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Goa and Daman has launched a round-the-clock emergency suicide prevention helpline to proactively address the escalating... Read more

  Catholic Bishops Conference of India's 2014 Plenary Assembly in Kerala.

Catholic bishops voice hope for India's new government

May 19, 2014

Catholic bishops in India have said they have nothing to fear from the country's new government following the landside success... Read more

Young professional women walk along the street in Bangalore, India.

Nun empowers Northern India's women with education, hope

Mar 13, 2014

In a local culture prone to viewing women as property, Sister Daphne Sequeira has dedicated her life to offering education... Read more

Bishop Machado (L) and Papal Nuncio Arcbishop Salvatore Pennaccio (R) bless a new Church foundation stone.

Indian diocese celebrates 60th anniversary, focuses on catechesis

Nov 29, 2013

The Diocese of Belgaum, in southwestern India, celebrated its diamond jubilee this month, and intends to continue building on 60... Read more

Bishop George Pallipparambil (center), looks on as a government official is presented with a sapling.

Indian diocese goes 'green' at intercultural festival

Nov 5, 2013

The Diocese of Miao, located in far north-east India, is promoting stewardship of the environment by choosing to give saplings... Read more

Tallest Statue of the Divine Mercy of Jesus in Sagar, India.

Divine Mercy statue in India receives cardinal's blessing

Oct 2, 2013

On Sept. 30, Cardinal George Alencherry unveiled and blessed a shrine featuring a statue of the Divine Mercy of Jesus,... Read more

Basilica of St Mary in Bangalore (L) and a statue of the Virgin Mary inside the basilica traditionally dressed in an Indian Sari.

Mary's Nativity draws tens of thousands to Indian basilica

Sep 4, 2013

Huge crowds started gathering in Bangalore, India, last week, as the city's novena leading up to the Nativity of Mary... Read more


Laity Sunday in Mumbai encourages formation in faith

Jun 24, 2013

A June 23 seminar in Mumbai, India, sought to help Catholics, including families and young people, commit to living a... Read more

Jeevaline Kumar addresses Tarika graduates.

Christianity changing lives of India's 'untouchables'

Jul 12, 2012

A human rights group in India says Christianity has brought slow but lasting change to the country's Dalits or “untouchables,”... Read more