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‘Garden of Eden’ named world heritage site

By | July 22nd, 2016|HG&C News, News|

A site thought by some to be the location of the Garden of Eden described in the biblical book of Genesis has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Iraq's southern marshlands, the Ahwar of Southern Iraq, are "unique, as one of the world's largest inland delta systems, in an extremely hot and arid environment", [...]

Film festival on Mother Teresa

By | July 22nd, 2016|A&C News, News|

To mark the canonisation of Mother Teresa this September, a film festival focusing on her life and teachings will be held at over 100 locations in India and around 50 other countries. Organised by the World Catholic Association for Communication's India chapter, the Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) will be kicked off from Kolkata [...]

Pope Francis blesses marriage of young deaf couple

By | July 20th, 2016|News, Pope-Culture News|

In a rare move, Pope Francis has blessed the marriage of a young deaf couple in the chapel of his private residence at the Vatican. Teodoro Pisciottani and Paulina Szczepanska, the daughter of a Vatican employee, were married on July 9 in the only wedding service conducted by Pope Francis at the Vatican's Domus Sanctae [...]

Church appraises India’s new child labour law

By | July 20th, 2016|News, SR News|

India’s Upper House on July 19 passed the Child Labor (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill. It now completely bans the employment of children under 14 in all fields, except in family business.  The bill is expected to sail through the Lower House and be signed into law by the president. Church leaders and activists in [...]

Three Christians severely beaten by suspected religious extremists

By | July 18th, 2016|CP News, News|

Suspected religious extremists attacked three Christians in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh on July 17. More than 50 suspected extremists attacked college student Umesh Patel, his father Sudhama Patel and their family friend Kiran Vishwakarma for practicing Christianity, according to sources. The attack occurred in Kamarud village, Damtari district after the student was questioned [...]

Church leaders condemn ‘cow vigilantes’ beating of Dalit youth

By | July 14th, 2016|News, SR News|

Church leaders have condemned the stripping and beating of four Dalit youths by Hindu vigilantes in India's western Gujarat state and have expressed concern over diminishing law and order in the country, reports UCANEWS. For details read UCANEWS Image Courtesy: A Hindu priest prayers near his cows that he brought to the site of a [...]

Pope appoints ex-Fox News correspondent as Vatican spokesman

By | July 11th, 2016|News, SR News|

The Vatican has named a former Fox News journalist and member of the controversial Opus Dei group as its chief spokesman, while a Spanish female reporter will serve as his deputy. The appointment of Greg Burke, 56, was announced following the resignation of Federico Lombardi, a Jesuit priest who has served as spokesman for Pope [...]

New Media Literacy

By | June 14th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Keralites claim to have high rate of literacy. However, it is ironic that many do not even know what they mean by 'high rate' and 'literacy.' It is all the more shocking that the Catholics, the leader in education have only a superficial understanding about the meaning and significance of 'literacy' albeit their claim of [...]

Eco-Theology for seminarians, inspired by Pope Francis

By | May 31st, 2016|Ecology, News|

Pope Francis' Laudato Si is making impact not only on ecology, but on the seminary curriculum as well. The report on “Catholic Ecology Courses in Catholic Seminaries”, conducted by Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem (ICDF) reveals the range of their efforts to incorporate environmental issues into seminary coursework. Rabbi Neril who is founder [...]

MST Priests plant tree saplings in Laudato Si Seminar

By | May 21st, 2016|News|

Priests of Missionary Society of St Thomas the Apostle (MST) have delved a day reflecting and discussing Laudato Si, the papal encyclical on care of our common home. Laudato Si includes among the other papal documents MST priests have chosen for their personal and collective reflection during their Inter Regional Meetings of all member priests [...]