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Recognition for Indian youth movement

Kochi (UCAN): The Vatican has recognised Jesus Youth, a Catholic movement that began some 30 years ago in southern India, as an international private association of Catholics with canonical standing, allowing it to function autonomously as a lay movement.

The group began in the 1980s as an offshoot of the Catholic charismatic movement in Kerala. It holds prayer meetings and retreats and other spiritually oriented programmes for young people with the aim of faith and character formation.

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India’s bishops reflect

BENGALURU (UCAN): Around 180 of the bishops of India met for a biennial plenary assembly on March 2 in the city of Bengaluru.

The president of the conference, Baselios Cardinal Cleemis, described the first challenge as coming from within the Church and the second as one facing a Church in a secular society.

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Bishops can learn from Women’s Day too

MUMBAI (UCAN): The bishops of India “could have also seized this opportunity to celebrate Women’s Day by having more women address them on their experience of expressing mercy at their biennial plenary meeting in Bangalore,” the former secretary to the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, Virginia Saldanha, says in an occasional piece penned for Women’s Day published on March 8.

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Indian domestic workers take plight to streets

NEW DELHI (UCAN): Church organisations in the Indian capital city of New Delhi helped organise women domestic workers, recognised as the most oppressed work sectors in the country, in a demand for minimum wages and job security, which they say are necessary to lead a dignified life.

“We have been suffering for so long. There should be a law for us so that the employers do not pay us according to their wish and remove us from the job whenever they want,” Sunita Yadav, a domestic worker, said.

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Priests charged with murder of rector

KOCHI (UCAN) : Police in southern India have accused four priests of being involved in the murder of the rector of a major seminary, Father K.J. Thomas, whose body was found in his room at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary on 1 April 2013.

Police filed additional charges on November 27 in a Bangalore court naming seven people, including Father I. Anthappa, Father A. Thomas, Father Anbu John and Father Chowrappa Selvaraj, the police officer coordinating the investigation, Victor D’Souza, said.

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Tomb of last Persian rite bishop in India found

Thiruvananthapuram (UCAN): The recent discovery of the tomb of Chaldean Metropolitan Mar Abraham, the last Persian rite bishop to serve the Christian community in southern India, could help the country’s different Churches work more closely together.

“Bishop Abraham, who governed a unified Church, is a landmark find in Church history,” George Cardinal Alencherry, who heads the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, said. 

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India’s bishops call for new laws to ensure safety of women

 

THRISSUR (Agencies): In the wake of the national outcry over the gang rape and death of a medical student and reports of rapes from across the country, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India called for “comprehensive laws and effective measures to ensure the security and safety of women,” according to Catholic News Service. 

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Indian prime minister insults the nation

 

HONG KONG (SE): “The mindless atmosphere of negativity and pessimism that is sought to be created over the issue of corruption can do us no good,” said the prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, on October 10, in condemning a widespread protest movement running under the theme of India Against Corruption.

Singh’s outburst has prompted people to question exactly what good he expects corruption will do for the nation.

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There is no honour in the death penalty

 

HONG KONG (SE): The death sentence was handed down in New Delhi, India, on October 6 to five people convicted of the murder of a couple who had made a decision to marry outside of their own caste or religious group.

What is referred to in India as honour killing has been dealt with severely by India’s highest courts in recent years.

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