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Domestic workers strike for rights in India

DEHLI (UCAN): Some 4,000 domestic workers in New Delhi went on strike on August 16 to demand that the federal government formulate a law to ensure fair wages and security for them.

The domestic workers, registered under the Domestic Workers’ Forum of Chetnalaya, the social service wing of the archdiocese of Delhi, took to the streets to observe No Rights, No Work Day.

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Church of the poor has become Church of institutions

COCHIN (CNS): “Today the Church is no more the Church of the poor, but one can even say it is the church of institutions,” said Presentation Sister Shalini Mulackal, president of Indian Theological Association on April 20.

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Priests charged for kidnapping bishop

NEW DELHI (Agencies): Two Catholic priests were among 14 people arrested on May 2 for allegedly kidnapping and assaulting Bishop Gallela Prasad, from Cuddapah in Andrah Pradesh, on April 25 according to a report from UCA News.

Following an investigation, police arrested 48-year-old Father Raja Reddy and 45-year-old Father Mohan Reddy along with the gang they organised to commit the crime.

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Appeal to abandon play due to clear skies

NEW DELHI (SE): “Play abandoned due to rain” is a common enough item to hear on cricket news flashes, but the Church in drought-hit western Maharashtra state of cricket-mad India has made what may be a first in the cricket world, an appeal to abandon play due to clear skies and fine weather.

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The challenges of interfaith marriages

NEW DELHI (UCAN): Theologians are saying that Pope Francis’ encouragement to local Churches to develop new approaches to interfaith marriage in is exhortation, The Joy of Life, is timely, as it challenges the Church to change its attitude and pastoral approach toward their increasing number in southern Asia, where Christians continue to be a tiny minority.

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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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