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We have division: now find unity

True to its name, the synod of bishops in Rome has been extraordinary. By this weekend, the meeting of senior church leaders in Rome will be reaching its end, but whatever happens, things can never be the same. What has been said cannot be unsaid. There are broadly two possible outcomes. .... Read more

Final Synod document leaves controversial topics open

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, talks with Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, as they leave the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican on Saturday Vatican City: After several days of animated ..... Read more


Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue for the Hindu Feast of Diwali

The festival of Diwali is celebrated by all Hindus and is known as Deepavali or "row of oil lamps." Symbolically, based on ancient mythology, it represents the victory of truth over falsehood, of light over darkness, of life over death, of good over evil.The celebration lasts three days marking the beginning of a new year, family reconciliation, especially among brothers and sisters, and worship to God.This year the festival will be celebrated by many Hindus on October 23rd.For this occasion, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a message to Hindus on the theme: Christians and Hindus: Together in promoting the culture of '"inclusion". The message, signed by the President, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran..... Read more


HOLY FATHER : “Terrorism in Mideast has reached 'unimaginable proportions

The Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria, are experiencing "terrorism of previously unimaginable proportions" in which the perpetrators seem to have absolutely no regard for the value of human life, Pope Francis said. "It seems that the awareness of the value of human life has been lost; it seems that the person does not count and can be sacrificed to other interests. And all of this, unfortunately, with the indifference of many," he said during a special meeting at the Vatican on the Middle East .... Read more


How much influence does the Church have over Hong Kong politics?

Catholics may be a minority, but they remain a force to be reckoned with. Recent numbers indicate that there are about 374,000 Catholics among Hong Kong’s population of seven million. Insignificant as that looks, the Catholic Church has historically had quite a bit of political power in Hong Kong and continues to have that power today ...... Read more

Cardinals address the plight of Christians in the Middle East

Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic .......Read more

My missionary experience in Tonga

Fr Francis Subal from Kandhamal district of Odisha, India, belongs to the Congregation of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Presently he is working in Tongar ....... Read more

Annual retreat for Priests by a Nun

The Jamshedpur diocese organized the annual retreat for the priests between October 12 and 17, 2014 at Vikas Bharathi, Sunder Nagar, Jamshedpur. Sr. Inigo SSA, the former Superior General of the Congregation and a renowned writer and preacher...... Read more

Indian Franciscans Plan for the year of Consecrated life: 2015

The Religious Congregations that follow the life and rule of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi are totally 52 with 165 Provinces with membership of around 50000 Religious priests, brothers and sisters. They are both cloistered and apostolic....... Read more

Indian Franciscans to oppose violence against women

Members of the Franciscan Families in India have resolved to oppose violence against women and help girl children attain their full growth and potential.“We Franciscans, known for the charism of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi..... Read more

Kandhamal priest completes doctorate on anti-Christian persecution

The latest person to finish a doctorate on Christian persecution in Kandhamal is a priest from the same Odisha district.Fr. Udayanath Bishoyi of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar archdiocese defended his doctoral research at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth..... Read more

Bengal Church leaders discuss lay empowerment

Lay empowerment was the focus of the discussions and sharing when five bishops and about 60 leaders of religious congregations and diocesan priests from the different dioceses in Bengal and Sikkim gathered for the annual meeting ...... Read more

Evangelization through the media & its challenges today

As part of their centenary celebrations, the Daughters of Saint Paul hosted a symposium on the title theme on Saturday 11 October 2014 at their facility on Waterfield Road, Bandra West with cheerful and efficient Ladislaus D’Souza, Copy-editor ...... Read more


“Pillar of Indian Catholic Church” dies

Varanasi (Matters India via CNUA) Bishop Patrick Paul D’Souza, who revolutionized the Indian Church’s attitude to laity, media and inculturation, died Thursday after prolonged illness. He was 86. The death occurred at 9:45 am in Fatima Hospital, ........ Read more

“Interreligious Marriage”

While some countries face family issues such as divorce and polygamy, the synod’s Indian participants have voiced concern for interreligious marriages, which pose pastoral concerns across Asia. “We have got this whole thing of mixed marriages, ...... Read more

And The Oscar Goes To.....

To my mind more important than the Modi bandwagon’s huge US success the Oscar for courage, conviction and commitment goes to a man called John Michael D’Cunha....He is a judge in Bangalore and he is the first judicial official ....... Read more

Child sex trade 'worth $34 billion in India', shocking figures show

The trafficking of young girls from countries like Nepal and Bangladesh into India for forced prostitution shows no signs of abatement, even as three million women are estimated to be sucked up into flesh trade.This alarming figure comes via ....... Read more

Salesian University takes computer literacy to vernacular medium schools

A group of university faculty and students have taken up the mission to bring computer literacy to under privileged vernacular medium schools.An Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) team consisting of two faculty members and five third semester ....... Read more

Christian Philosophers discuss the World of Symbols

“People need to believe in myths, and you as philosophers and religious leaders need to create myths that people can live by,” said Fr. Paul Thelekat, the editor of Sathyadeepam, during his keynote address at the annual research ....... Read more

Pope’s visit in the balance: Cardinal writes to President

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, has sought President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s early advice whether the visit of Pope Francis should go ahead or be cancelled in the light of the upcoming presidential election. ....... Read more

Vaz to be proclaimed Saint Jan. 14‎

Pope Francis has announced Monday the canonization would take place during his visit to Sri Lanka Jan. 13-15‎. The Pope fixed the canonization date at the start of the consistory of cardinals in the Vatican convoked to update the prelates on the situation ...... Read more

Pope Francis beatifies Paul VI

(Vatican Radio via CNUA)Pope Francis on Sunday celebrated the Closing Mass for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. During the Mass in Saint Peter’s Square, the Holy Father beatified his predecessor, Pope Paul VI, whom he described....... Read more

'Huge gulf' between China and Catholic church, says US congressman

The state of religious freedom in China is moving from bad to worse, said US Rep Chris Smith (R-NJ), responding to a new report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.“There’s a huge gulf now” between China ....... Read more

Religious leaders offer to mediate HK protest talks

Religious leaders in Hong Kong say they are willing to mediate talks between pro-democracy protesters and the government following further reports of violence as police continued to try to disperse ....... Read more

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