Let Us Pray…. For, the Nation Wants It

By | May 25th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Does being a Christian forbid one to participate in the socio-political and secular affairs of the country? The height of being apolitical is when someone vehemently resists another’s political views for his religious belief. The Catholic archbishop of Delhi, Anil Couto was targeted by some hashtag groups and Modi media a couple of days ago [...]

Fake Profiles

By | February 4th, 2018|True Lies, Vallikatt|

While thousands of people who are separated by space and time come together in the arena of social media, it also is a place where fake ‘people’ make their presence. Many people in the social media are not ‘real’ at least in two ways. The fake ‘people’ include automated accounts whose feeds are generated entirely [...]

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The Age of True Lies

By | February 4th, 2018|In Depth, True Lies, Vallikatt|

World leaders would not be as threatened by the most advanced warhead of a hostile country today than a FAKE NEWS. No doubt, any fake news or information, which often goes viral, is a nightmare for celebrities or politicians. In our country even responsible people themselves increasingly circulate fake information to boost their foothold. One [...]

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Lord of the Lands…. Not Masters of Faith

By | January 5th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Balance sheet of a land deal: Moral integrity questioned, Clergy divided, Faithful alienated. With its notorious land deal, the pastors of the Eranakulam-Angamali Archdiocese of the Syro Malabar church in Kerala served a sourly feast for its faithful during the bygone Christmas season. Providing convincing explanations to the faithful may be relatively less challenging than [...]

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True and False Labourers: A Parable from Kerala

By | July 21st, 2017|In Depth, Vallikatt|

“I will give you whatever is right,” is what the protagonist of the great parable of The Labourers in the Vineyard offered to the hired workers (Mt. 20:1-15). But when those who worked more in the field grumbled about what they thought as unfair distribution of wages, the landowner intervenes: “Why are you envious about [...]

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Please, Don’t Close That Door

By | December 4th, 2016|In Depth, Resources, Vallikatt|

Now that Mercy Doors have been closed, what would happen to mercy? Would the Church and its members pack up mercy and set to relax of the ‘fatigue’ of the yearlong jubilee celebration? Pope Francis wants the wheels of mercy rolling forever, as expressed in his apostolic exhortation, Misericordia et Misera (MM), published at the [...]

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Preventing the Predators

By | November 6th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Open Letter to Cardinals, Bishops and Major Superiors to Stop Sex Abusers in Church Dear Cardinals, Bishops and Major Superiors, It is disheartening and scary to see news breaking out frequently about one or other Catholic priest abusing children, women or seminarians. In recent times some priests have been arrested for various levels of sexual [...]

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Illogical and Emotional Malayali

By | September 26th, 2016|SR News, Vallikatt|

Pretentious Malayalis are drenching the cultural sphere of Kerala with emotional rants on the pretext of justice for Soumya, a young woman brutally raped and allegedly murdered by a single-handed beggar Govindachami in a running train. Hundreds of Malayalis vent their spleen at the erudite Juries of the Supreme Court (SC) for an unquestionably rational [...]

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A Fishy Dish For Onam

By | September 20th, 2016|Vallikatt|

While travelling in Delhi Metro two days ago I came across two small children who were claiming for a newly purchased bag. “Yeh meri hain” (this is mine), said the little brother aged four or five, and “yeh meri hain,” repeated the elder sister who must be an year older, trying to snatch it from [...]

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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 [...]