Category: SM Church

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A Sensible Solution to a Long Withheld Church Problem!

Endogamy, on which the knanaya community is divided these days, is a matter of hot debate within the Syro Malabar circles.  Alex J. Mapleton (Las Vegas) suggests a solution and CCV invites our esteemed readers to review his ideas. Here is...

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Congrats to Amaravathi Bishop

Bishop’s  Vicar writes to CCV Editor dr. james  kottoor                 The following is a letter from Fr. Mario D’Souza, Episcopal Vicar of Amaravathi dated  June 26/15 to Church Citizens’ Voice (CCV) editor. Please read it “Dear Sir,          I saw a report in Matters India...

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Who is more right: Kerala Catholic Bishops divided?

Report – CCV: Syro Malabar Catholic Bishops in Kerala seem to have opened a ‘Who is more right’ controversy over a statement delivered by Bishop of Idukki recently, on which Kerala Catholic Bishops Council officially expressed its’ regret last day.   According...

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Bishops’ council regrets statement on Love Jihad

The statement said the Catholic girls who marry outside their religion were abandoning the Christian faith. Thiruvananthapuram (UCAN):  The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) on Sunday expressed regrets over the statement of Bishop Anikushikattil on love jihad if it had...

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Cardinal asks Kerala to end injustice to paddy farmers

He said the farmers are already reeling under crop failures, and government not paying for the produce makes it even more painful.   Kochi (Story – UCAN):  Cardinal George Alencherry has asked Kerala government to end injustice to paddy farmers...

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Indian bishops’ first women commission secretary dies

Trichur (Matters India): Sister Cleopatra, a renowned educationist who was instrumental in setting up a commission for women under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), died in Trichur, Kerala, on Wednesday. She was 81. She was a member of...

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“Under the guidance of the Nuncio?”

Aattached is a copy of a fax/email we sent to the Nuncio a few weeks back.  I think you may find it interesting to publish, as the Joint Pastoral Letter of Delhi, instigated by the SM church, was supposedly issued...

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Come Let Us Break Our families….

Laity all over India is up in arms (see Almayasabdam blog, Church Citizens' Voice, and memorandums sent to CBCI and Pope, against Indian Bishops, especially Syro Malabar, for turning a blind eye to the rotten practice of pure blood promotion in Kottayam, Chicago...

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Indian cardinal does a Pope Francis at church blessing

Kochi (Matters India): The head of the Syro-Malabar Church, one of India’s Oriental rites, did a Pope Francis while consecrating what is claimed to be India’s largest church. Cardinal George Alencherry minced no words in criticizing what he saw were...

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Should Church compensate former priests, nuns?

T K Devasia (Matters India) A few months ago, Pope Francis appointed a British victim of sex abuse by Catholic priests to a special commission established to advise the Vatican on child protection policies. He warned that the Church would face “big...

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New Bishop named for Bagdogra

He was ordained a priest on April 30, 1984 for Jalpaiguri diocese. UCAN News: Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Vincent Aind of Jalpaiguri diocese as the new Bishop of Bagdogra. The appointment was announced Tuesday at 3.30 in India. Father...

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Church set to check interfaith weddings

The action plan is being formulated after the Catholic authorities found that there is a significant fall in the number of members in the community. Thrissur: Stung by the rising interfaith marriages, the Thrissur Archdiocese is set to bring in an...

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Terror in name of religion should be defeated: Cleemis

Story By: mattersindia.com.  Pathanamthitta – The Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) has condemned ‘terrorism in the name of religion’ in various parts of the world. A pastoral letter issued by KCBC president Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Catholicos recently and read in churches...

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Kerala court stays move to tax nuns, priests

The Income Tax Department had stated that the members of religious congregations were receiving the income in return for services rendered by them. Kochi:  The Kerala High Court on Monday stayed the direction of Income Tax Department to treasury officers...