New Cultures and Mission Ad Gentes

By | May 3rd, 2016|Vallikatt|

We live in a world which is constantly being updated. There was a time - the print era - in which we had to wait till next day morning to get an update of news or to reach a personal message across to a friend. Whereas in the electronic era of Television people waited a [...]

Communicating Mercy (Book)

By | May 3rd, 2016|News, Vallikatt|

Communicating Mercy, the forthcoming edited book by Dr Jose Vallikatt, deals with various aspects of Christian life in relation to mercy. Communicating Mercy approaches mercy from a cultural perspective with a special emphasis on how Pope Francis tries to present the Church as communicating mercy to the modern world. The first part of the book [...]

The Francis Age and Catholic Communications

By | May 3rd, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Pope Francis has just released his third World Communications Day Message on 24th January. The theme of the day - Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter obviously, has been chosen to locate the significance of communication within the larger gamut of the celebration of the Year of Mercy. Pope Francis has positively geared the global [...]

Communicating mercy

By | May 3rd, 2016|Vallikatt|

On 17 December 2014 the world woke up to quite unexpected glad news. Cuba and the US amicably resolved one of the world’s thorniest Cold War conflicts existed between them. However, the highlight of the news was Pope Francis who brokered the diplomatic talks between the countries. He played a crucial role in smoothing the [...]

Solidarity: A Vital Virtue

By | May 3rd, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Not many Catholics have thought ‘solidarity’ in relation to their faith. Many do understand solidarity as a political force in the society and not as connected with their spiritual practices and devotions. Ignorance about the Catholic Social Doctrine may be a possible reason for this. In one of his recent speeches Pope Francis was urging [...]

Kaanunnavar Jeevikkum

By | March 26th, 2016|Vallikatt|

Limping and Lagging… A Church March

By | January 13th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

I was thrilled rather than stunned to see Pope Francis posing for a ‘selfie’ photo with a youth at an Asian youth meeting in South Korea a couple of weeks ago. The readiness of the Pope to pose with cheerful smile on his face proves that Pope Francis wants to image the Church as being [...]

Declaration of Internet Independence

By | March 31st, 2015|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Until 24th of March, the digital generation of India was reined by a draconian law deterring free speech through Internet. On that day the Supreme Court entirely struck down the Section 66A of the Indian Information Technology Act on grounds of vagueness, overreach, and the chilling effects it has on online speech. The Netizens and [...]