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Catholic bishops mourn Kerala temple fire deaths 

Published on: 8:36 am, April 10, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com New Delhi: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) Sunday joined national and social leaders to express shock and grief over a temple fire that killed more than 100 people and wounded 350...

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Christian priests join new year procession in Maharastra 

Published on: 12:07 am, April 9, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com Thane: A large number of members from the Christian Community Friday participated in the Nava Varsha Swagath yatra, which was taken out in Thane, under the banner of the Sri Koupineshwar Nyas. The procession started from...

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Mumbai Catholics call off hunger strike against corruption 

Published on: 2:10 am, April 9, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com Mumbai: The two Catholic laymen undertook a six-day hunger strike to protest what they alleged was corruption in the Church. Rupesh Gomes and George Miranda on Friday drank juice and ate some food...

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Mass wine exempted from prohibition in Bihar

Use of Sacramental wine has been permitted, state official Kunwar Jang Bahadur explained. Posted on April 7, 2016, 3:03 PM. Patna: (UCAN) The blanket ban on alcohol in Bihar will not affect the Church, officials have explained on Wednesday saying Christians...

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Priest dies while trying to save drowning student 

Published on: 6:26 pm, April 6, 2016 Story By: Matter India reporter Kochi: A Catholic priest lost his life on Wednesday while trying to save a drowning boy in Kerala. Fr Augustine Vairamon and the student, Joyal Joy, were part of a picnic team...

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Intrusion during a Christian assembly in Chhattisgarh

The incident took place on April 3 in Kawardha district in Chhattisgarh. New Delhi (UCAN): Posted on April 6, 2016, 6:18 PM A group of about 40 Hindu extremists interrupted the Sunday service of a Pentecostal Christian Assembly in Chhattisgarh, reports...

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Government’s squeeze on Muslim university upsets Christians

Muslims in India are politically, socially and economically worse than dalits, says church official. New Delhi: Posted on April 6, 2016, 6:21 PM (UCAN) Christians in India are concerned that federal government not granting special status to a prominent Muslim university...

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Child sex abuse less rampant in Indian Catholic Church 

Published on: 11:49 am, April 5, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com Panaji: A couple of cases pertaining to sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church have been identified in India after the Vatican approved four month ago the guidelines submitted by the Indian...

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Power By Hook Or Crook: Editorial – Indian Currents

Dr Suresh Mathew  “A vast and diverse country such as ours cannot survive without a vibrant and functional federal structure… It is, however, a matter of great concern that the federal structure of our Republic has come under increasing strain, contrary...

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Indians sternly warned to stay away from Yemen 

Published on: 1:09 pm, April 2, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com New Delhi: The Indian government has asked its nationals to avoid traveling to Yemen in “any circumstances, by any means, for any purpose.” The April 1 stern advisory from the External Affairs Ministry...

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Government rules out rumors about abducted priest

The government did not give details of the negotiations as it would endanger the process. UCAN-Posted on April 2, 2016, 9:17 PM The Indian government has ruled out crucifixion rumors about a Catholic priest abducted in Yemen early March and...

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One Christian convict in Kandhamal case granted bail

  Gornath Chalanseth; Photo courtesy: Anto Akkara, Cry of the Oppressed. The court's decision contrasts dramatically with a court judgment in September 2014 denying bail to all the defendants. Posted on April 1, 2016, 4:01 PM Kandhamal: (UCAN) One of the...

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Reactions to Ache/Bure Din?

Isaac Gomes wrote: One must understand the background of Namo (Narendra Modi) before dissecting his economic policies. Let us not forget Namo hails from Gujarat, a state which is known worldwide for its simple living and high thinking (money-making – in...

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Church holds the key in Ernakulam Assembly seat

The BJP has not been a major force to reckon with in the constituency. Posted on March 30, 2016, 5:24 PM (UCAN) Ernakulam: Ernakulam has long been a Congress citadel where inner party bickering and not political rivals defeated the party...

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A happy Good Friday? BJP leaders tweet and delete 

Published on: 12:40 am, March 28, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com New Delhi: On Good Friday, four senior Ministers of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet took to Twitter to wish their followers a Happy Good Friday, turning the day normally set aside for reflection,...

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Christians call for protection and security for Easter

Published on: 9:41 pm, March 21, 2016 Story By: mattersindia.com. New Delhi – Christians in India are asking the government for the protection of churches and safety, in view of the Easter celebrations. As reported, in a statement sent to Fides,...