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Indian Christians Promote Law Against Religious Violence
Catholic News Service (14 December 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A group of Christians in India initiated a national prayer campaign urging lawmakers to address a pending bill that seeks to curb violence targeting religious minorities, reported Fides, the Vatican missionary news agency.

Religious Strife in India
Catholic News Service (24 August 2012)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — The government of Assam state has sought church support to help victims of the conflict between ethnic Bodos and Muslim migrants that has left at least 80 dead and more than 400,000 homeless.

Indian Lay Martyr Beatified
Catholic News Service (5 December 2012)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — The life of Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, an 18th-century Catholic layman who was martyred for refusing to refute his faith despite being brutally tortured, was held up as an example for all Christians to embrace.

Indian Bishop Resigns After Joining ‘Consecration’ of Megachurch Leader
Catholic News Service (1 February 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of an Indian bishop who participated in the “consecration” of the first bishop of a homegrown charismatic community that is independent of any church.

Priest Murdered, Nun Commits Suicide in Southern India
Catholic News Service (2 April 2013)
TRICHUR, India (CNS) — Catholics in southern India faced double tragedies at Easter time: the murder of the rector of a regional major seminary and the suicide of a young nun.

Indian Prime Minister Apologizes After Christian Marchers Beaten
Catholic News Service (13 December 2013)
NEW DELHI (CNS) — Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apologized to church leaders for the police beating of protesters — including priests and nuns — during a march to Parliament advocating for rights for low-caste Christians.

Catholic Principal Election Email Triggers Backlash in India
Catholic News Service (28 April 2014)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — An election email from the principal of St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai set off a national political storm and triggered a fresh debate on the development model India needs.

Bleak Winter Awaits Kashmir’s Flood Victims, Say Church Workers
Catholic News Service (23 September 2014)
THRISSUR, India (CNS) — The hundreds of thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by recent floods in northern Jammu and Kashmir state — the coldest region in the country — will have to face a very bleak winter, caution church aid workers.

Indian Cardinal Criticizes Forced ‘Reconversions’ to Hinduism
Catholic News Service (29 December 2014)
NEW DELHI (CNS) — The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India criticized forced conversions of Christians to Hinduism.

Indian Christians Arrested During Protest in New Delhi
Catholic News Service (6 February 2015)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — Church leaders criticized police manhandling of Christians who gathered 5 February at the gate of Sacred Heart Cathedral in New Delhi to protest recent attacks on churches.

Indian Government Apologizes for Denying Visas to Vatican Officials
Catholic News Service (6 February 2015)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — The Indian government has apologized to a senior church official for refusing visas to two Vatican officials traveling to address a meeting of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of India.

Former Indian Priests, Sisters Call on Church for Severance
Catholic News Service (2 April 2015)
KOCHI, India (CNS) — An expelled religious sister’s fight for compensation has led to calls from former priests and sisters in India for the introduction of severance similar to that offered to employees of private firms.

Church Supports Indians on Nationwide Strike
Catholic News Service (2 September 2015)
NEW DELHI (CNS) — The Catholic Church in India supported some 150 million workers on a nationwide strike that shut down factories, banks, traffic and government offices across India on 2 September.

Spiritual Practices Key to Keeping Family Strong, Indian Cardinal Says
Catholic News Service (16 October 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Spirituality is ”the backbone” of Christian family life, and it must be encouraged and nourished, especially when it is threatened by a culture focused on making money and having the latest modern conveniences, said Indian Cardinal Baselios Thottunkal.

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Picture of the Day: A Passage to India
The Syro-Malabar Church in Palayur, Kerala features the largest statue of St. Thomas in the world, and depicts the boat landing where he arrived in India. (photo: Sean Sprague)

In the Footsteps of St. Thomas: Welcome to India
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of the first two days of his pastoral visit to India.

In the Footsteps of St. Thomas: Daughters and Sisters
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of the third day of his pastoral visit to India.

In the Footsteps of St. Thomas: Riches Among the Poor
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of the fifth day of his pastoral visit to India.

Picture of the Day: Meet the Spice Girls
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Picture of the Day: Service in Dialogue With Truth and Love
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Picture of the Day: Pentecost Continues
Msgr. John Kozar, top center, shares a joyful moment with the Vincentian Fathers of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in southern India. (photo: CNEWA)

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Into the Deep: An Exhortation to the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
On Saturday, 17 November, CNEWA’s president, Msgr. John E. Kozar, addressed a missionary conference in Delhi, India.

Picture of the Day: Feast of Lights
The Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours in Thrissur, India, is decorated in colorful lights on 25 November for the annual feast marking the consecration of the church. (photo: CNS/Anto Akkara)

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Picture of the Day: The "Untouchables"
Father John Ariekal leads a congregation of Dalits in Pappala in prayer. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

Picture of the Day: Visiting His Flock
Father Edison visits with one of the parishioners in a nearby village. (photo: Cody Christopulos)

Picture of the Day: The Pope Reaches Out to India
Pope Benedict XVI presents a red hat to Syro-Malankara Cardinal Baselios Mar Cleemis of Trivandrum, India, during a consistory in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on 24 November. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

Picture of the Day: In India, Flames of Faith for Francis
Women hold candles and pictures of newly elected Pope Francis during a Mass of thanksgiving in his honor at a church in Kolkata, India, on 17 March. (photo: CNS /Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters)

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Picture of the Day: Young Pioneer
A child prays during liturgy in Santhithadam, India. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: India's Christians in the New World
Catechism and Bible study are priorities for Indian-American Christian communities. (photo: Maria Bastone)

Picture of the Day: The Charism of Bethany
Novices of the Bethany community pray in their chapel near Kottayam, India. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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Picture of the Day: “God Loves Everyone”
Msgr. Kozar visits with children at St. Anthony's Dayssadan, a home for children with physical disabilities run by the Preshitharam Sisters in India. (photo: CNEWA)

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Picture of the Day: Passing On the Faith in Palayur
Godmothers in Palayur, India, get ready for group baptism on the ‘First Sunday.’ (photo: Jose Jacob)

Picture of the Day: Hoping for a New Home in India
In this image from 2012, a mother and child in India who are Dalits, members of the so-called “untouchables,” look forward to moving into a new home. (photo: John E. Kozar)

Seeing Christianity in India Through a New Lens
Jose Jacob is a photographer based in India. He's covered several assignments for ONE, and wanted to share with our readers how that work has affected him.

Picture of the Day: Continuing Education
Students gather in front of St. John’s Lower Primary School, where Archbishop Joseph Kundukulam had his early education. (photo: Jose Jacob)

Meeting India’s Dalit Christians
Mahinder Singh sits with neighbors in their tiny village of Gangapar (photo: John Matthew)

Picture of the Day: Dry Wall
In Gangapar, in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a brick house protects the children of Jasvir Singh from floods. (photo: John Mathew)

Picture of the Day: A Watershed Parish
A girl collects water outside of the 300-square-foot open shed serving as St. Alphonsa Church, the newest parish in the Eparchy of Bijnor, in northern India. (photo: John Mathew)

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Picture of the Day: Remembrance and Redemption
Samundar Singh, left, pays tribute at a memorial ceremony for Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, whom he stabbed to death in 1995. (photo: M.L. Thomas)

Picture of the Day: Welcome to India
Catechumens greet CNEWA’s president Msgr. John Kozar on his recent pastoral visit to India. (photo: John E. Kozar)

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Spotlight on the Eastern Churches:
The Indian Orthodox Church

Referred to as Thomas Christians, Christians of India traced their faith to St. Thomas the Apostle, who evangelized the south of India after his arrival in the year 52...

Déjà Vu: Reporting on Violence Against Christians in India
Jose Kavi reflects on his experience of reporting on anti-Christian violence in India for more than 30 years.

Picture of the Day: Reviving a Church
A construction worker examines the remaining damage to St. Sebastian’s Church in Dilshad Garden, New Delhi. (photo: Jose Jacob)

Picture of the Day: Securing Sanctuary
Under police protection, workers rebuild St. Sebastian Church in Dilshad Garden, New Delhi. (photo: Jose Jacob)

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Picture of the Day: Starting Anew in India
Father Francis Eluvathingal performs a wedding ceremony at the Jyotis Care Center in Navi Mumbai. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

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Picture of the Day: Join Us!
Young sisters are seen joking and laughing as they walk near their convent in Bharanaganm, Kottayam, Kerala, India. India is facing new challenges in trying to attract young people to religious life. (photo: John Mathew)

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Picture of the Day: A Colorful Procession
ndian Christians line up for a procession to celebrate the feast of St. Sebastian in Marayoor, in the state of Kerala. (photo: Don Duncan)