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FAMILY SYNOD : Media missed synod’s testimonies of joy

In the days since the Synod on the Family ended, I have had some people tell me they are confused or worried about the results of thegathering. Many of them have listened to the secular media reports that openlyadvocate for the Church to change her teaching on marriage and human sexuality,but they did not read the actual documents.Outside of the media spotlight, the synod heard beautiful testimonies from couples and bishops around the world who had experienced thetruth of the Church’s teaching on marriage. But since those stories didn’t fitthe media narrative, they didn’t make it into the newspapers or nightlynewscasts..... Read more


Order of Malta Grand Chancellor

Baron Albrecht von Boeselager’s sad expression and world-weary tone hardly disguise his controlled anger at events in Syria and Iraq.The Grand Chancellor of the Sovereign Order of Malta is the organisation’s foreign and internal minister, and has a long experience of humanitarian crises provoked by man-made conflicts and natural disasters. But for him, what is happening in Syria and Iraq...... Read more


'Power of Sisterhood'

On Dec. 22, 2008, the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life announced an apostolic visitation to investigate the lives of sisters in the United States. This announcement begins the book Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation, a journey of sisters together across the United States. Because no report has been made public and the investigated lives and works of the sisters has been neither praised nor criticized, .... Read more


Syrian Bishops: 'If the world wants to help us, stop sending weapons'

The Catholic Bishops of Syria issued a severe reminder to the international community this week, calling it to end the arms trade fuelling the war that is destroying their country and forcing thousands of Christians to flee.The statement was issued at the end of their autumn Assembly held in Damascus on Tuesday and Wednesday (28-29 October). It was attended by the Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek-Melkite, Grégoire III, and 11 Catholic bishops of six different rites, along with the Apostolic Nuncio Mario Zenari and Mgr Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum..... Read more


ICPA concludes Golden Jubilee with award ceremony

Kanyakumari : Buland Prajatantra, a Hindi fortnightly published from New Delhi has won the Swami Devanand Chakkungal Award instituted by the Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA) for the best Hindi writer of the year 2014.Buland Prajatantra’s Editor Dr Lucy Gabriel received the award on behalf of the fortnightly from Bishop George Rajendran of Thuckalay at the 20th National Convention of Christian Journalists held in Kanyakumari on October 25.... Read more


All India Local CRI Presidents and Secretaries meet

A hundred and sixty-seven Local CRI Presidents and Secretaries from across India gathered at CRI House for a two-day meeting to update themselves on their roles and functions and to plan for the Year of Consecrated Life. ...... Read more

Thank You and Good-Bye!

My task this time is both pleasant and tinged with a sense of loss. Let me tell you why. This is the last issue edited by Sr Claudette Miranda DSP, who has been our editor for these past three-and-a-half years. Her term of three years ....... Read more

With a grateful heartful

There’s a time for everything. Every beginning has an end.I remember the day when Bro. Mani came to my community in Delhi to fetch me and I can still see the staff waiting to welcome me at CRI House. I was blest to live with Bro. Mani Mekkunnel SG and... Read more

Formators discussed Leadership and Formation

“Formation model needed today in the church,’ emphasized Prof. Michael Amaladoss, SJ, an Indian Theologian, ‘is collegial servant leadership where clergy and religious need to take a subordinate role so as to allow leadership of laity to emerge.”... Read more


“Poor and minorities must be priorities for new government”

"Poor, minorities, the marginalized and the elderly must be the priority, to establish an inclusive culture". This is the hope that Card. Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, puts in the new government of Maharashtra, formed by the Hindu ultra-nationalist ........ Read more

Indian theologians discuss culture, mission

Archbishop George Antonysamy of Madras-Mylapore has asked Indian theologians to suggest ways to put into pastoral practice the inculturisation initiatives made by Christian communities across the nation.The archbishop was opening the four-day ...... Read more

Indian Salesian leads battle against Ebola in Liberia

Monrovia: One of the hardest things for Father Sony Joseph Pottenplackal, an Indian Salesian living in the middle of an Ebola epidemic in Liberia, has been the fact that he is unable to do the things he normally would do as a priest....... Read more

Priest makes parish smell green

Panvel: You can smell green at this 25-year old church in Panvel, Goa. Fr. Felix Rebello, an environment-conscious priest, has turned even garbage into a bio-gas plant to fuel the church kitchen.In a recent interview with Fr. Adolf Washington of Matters India....Read more

Book Release

A new book, titled Church and Sustainable Development was released on 24 October 2014, during the 26th Annual Conference of Association of Moral Theologians of India, at DVK, Dharmaram, Bangalore. The book was introduced .... Read more


Pope advises global activists in the struggle against poverty

Pope Francis urged an international gathering of more than 150 grassroots social activists to struggle against the "structural causes" of poverty and inequality, with a "revolutionary" program drawn from the Gospels."The poor no longer wait, ...... Read more

Pope Francis to open conference on traditional marriage

Catholic News Service, VATICAN CITY (CNS via CNUA) A month after closing a Synod of Bishops on the family stirred by controversy over divorce, same-sex unions and other non marital relationships, Pope Francis will open an interreligious conference ...... Read more

The Holy See and the United Nations

While Pope Francis continues to draw the attention of the media worldwide, the Holy See’s activity in the United Nations goes largely unnoticed, in spite of the numerous interventions made in various meetings.In his address to the UN General Assembly....Read more

Ebola is a call to mission for Africa

Ebola is affecting the poorest people and the poorest continent. This is why there is a call for the mission to be present in Africa: to collaborate with the government, to work on the formation of the people and to aid the families affected by the disease," ....... Read more

UGANDA : Not just facts and figures - Accounting is empowerment

,Kampala, Uganda (Global Sisters Report via CNUA) The sisters are deep in concentration over their accounting tables, heads bent toward the paper and veils brushing the edge of the empty spreadsheets. They furrow their brows and chew ....... Read more

Grim Fate for Middle Eastern Christians

The Arab Spring, and to a lesser extent the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, were touted as the catalysts for a major historic shift in the region. From Egypt to Syria to Iraq, the Middle East’s dictatorships would be succeeded by liberal democratic .....Read more

In Bangladesh, the Sisters of Mother Teresa stand with single mothers against abortion

One of the most pressing pastoral activities for the Sisters of Mother Teresa in Bangladesh is to oppose abortion by supporting single mothers in the Asian country, as well as teaching them about the value of family and the culture of life...... Read more

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