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posted Mar 13, 2019, 9:58 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 13, 2019, 9:58 AM ]

Chinese pilgrims pray at the tomb of Mother Teresa

A group of pilgrims from mainland China visited Archbishop's House in Kolkata. They are part of a "third order" inspired by Mother Teresa. The group of 30 people, accompanied by two priests, was welcomed by Archbishop Thomas D'Souza, who told AsiaNews that "their joy was infectious."


Burglars lock up priests, steal Rs 4 lakh

A church in Kottayam witnessed a burglary in the early hours of Friday, March 8, after unknown persons broke in and took Rs 4 lakh. The incident took place in St Xavier's Forane Church in Thrikkodithanam.

"At around 4 am, the Vicar of the church woke up to get ready for Saturday Mass; he realised that he had been locked in. When he alerted the other priests, all of them realised that they too had been locked up," an officer from the Thrikkodithanam police station told TNM. When the priests phoned the security guards on night duty in the church to come and unlock their doors, the guards discovered that all the doors had been latched.


Rape accused absconder arrested after two decades

More than two decades after four nuns were gang-raped by 26 men in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, one of the two absconding accused was nabbed from the same West MP district by cops posing as staff of the Panchayati Raj department.

According to Jhabua district police superintendent Vineet Jain, the absconding accused Kalu was arrested from Amba village under Kalidevi police station on Monday, March 4 evening. Sources privy to the development told The New Indian Express that after coming to know that Kalu Limji had come recently from Gujarat to Amba village, a police team in plain clothes, posing as staff of Panchayati Raj department, was sent to the concerned village.


Arunachal women pray for jailed Mother Teresa nun

Women in a remote village in Arunachal Pradesh marked International Women's Day by praying for the release of jailed Missionaries of Charity nun in Jharkhand state. "We know that Sr Concelia (Baxla)is innocent. She is in jail (in a) false case by people with vested interests to show the Church in poor light," said Likro Mossang, president of the Catholic Women of East Arunachal Pradesh.

"We join with her and scores of other women who languish in jail, because of false cases. This is the best way to celebrate Women's Day this year," she told the gathering.

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Catholic Forum suggests Jerusalem model to resolve Ayodhya dispute

The Indian Catholic Forum has urged the mediators appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve the Ayodhya imbroglio to take a cue from the Jerusalem status quo. Welcoming the apex court's decision to refer the Ayodhya dispute to a panel of three mediators, the forum said they could draw inspiration from the international precedent of Jerusalem that is sacred to Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

A Constitution Bench, led by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, on March 8 referred the decades-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute to the mediation panel. The bench said the panel would submit its first progress report on the mediation effort within four weeks.

The Catholic Forum said the court has rightly observed that the matter before it is a title suit, regarding the ownership of the land in question. "But that is only a part of the problem. This is because minds and hearts have been affected, and there is need for a healing process. These observations are pregnant with meaning, and should not be lost on the parties to the dispute, as also the public at large."


ICPA elects new office-bearers

Veteran journalist Ignatius Gonsalves has been elected to head the Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA), the country's premier organisation of Catholic Journalists. Ignatius is the first lay person from Kerala to head the ICPA in its six-decade-long history. He was unanimously elected as the President at the Association's annual general body meeting held at Jharsuguda in Odisha. Mr Gonsalves was the Assistant Editor of Malayala Manorama, a widely circulated Malayalam daily. He is currently the chief News Editor of 'Shekinah', a Christian News channel based in Kerala.