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posted May 9, 2018, 10:06 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 9, 2018, 10:06 AM ]

CCBI appoints new officials

The Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) has appointed the following priests - Fr Dr Francis Gonsalves sj (58), Fr Dr Irudaya Raj Santhanam (60) and Fr Anthony J Fernandes (52) as Executive Secretaries to the CCBI Commissions for Theology and Doctrine, Canon Law and Legislative Texts, and Laity respectively. The appointments were made by the 79th Executive Committee meeting held on May 1, 2018 at Bangalore.

Rev. Dr Francis Gonsalves, sj is currently Professor of Systematic Theology at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune and a member of the Society of Jesus, Gujarat Province. He taught at Vidyajyoti College, Delhi for 18 years, being the Principal for four years. He has lectured at the Sogang University, South Korea, the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, and other faculties. He has authored six books, edited six others, and publishes regularly in India and abroad.

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Christian college vandalised

A chapel at a Christian college was vandalised in India's capital on May 4, and the National Students' Union of India has said it is an attempt to "polarise" the community.

St Stephen's College in Delhi was established in 1881 by the Anglican Church, and has educated several members of the governing elite of South Asia, including Presidents of both India and Pakistan. It is now a constituent college of the University of Delhi.

On May 4, the door to the chapel had the words "Mandir yahi banega" [the temple will be built here] written on it, while a cross on the campus had the words "I am going to hell."


Maoists behead Protestant pastor

A Pentecostal clergyman was killed and beheaded last night just outside Ranchi, in the State of Jharkhand, said Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).

The victim, Rev Abraham Tigga Topno, lived in the village of Ubasaal, the GCIC president told AsiaNews. Maoist rebels active in various Indian states are behind his death.


Anti-conversion law approved

Uttarakhand has become the seventh state in India to have approved an "anti-conversion law" that penalises freedom of conscience and religious freedom. On April 18, Governor Krishna Kant Pal signed the bill "Freedom of Religion", previously approved by a majority in the State Legislative Assembly.

Uttarakhand joins the states of Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand, where similar laws are in force, which Hindu extremists usually use to accuse Christians of "forced or fraudulent conversion."

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Sr Dr Doris D'Souza, AC new Provincial Superior

The Northern Province of the Apostolic Carmel, with its headquarters at Patna, Bihar, elected Rev. Sr Dr Doris D'Souza as its new Provincial Superior on April 15, 2018. The Apostolic Carmel's main ministry is education and social work in the States of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andaman Island, Jharkhand and North Eastern States.


Altarservers Leadership Camp

To have an animating platform for the altar servers of the Salesian parishes of Chennai Province, DBYES (Don Bosco Youth Empowerment Services) organised an enriching camp with 150 Savio Altarservers. This Annual Camp 2018 was held at Don Bosco Boys' Home, Jeevanandapuram, Pondicherry from April 24-28, with the theme 'BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY'.

To enable the young altarservers to know and to learn the proper altar service, to communicate the methodology and the profound meaning found in the gestures, to expose the richness of the basic prayers, to accompany them in their vocational choices and to instill in them the desire to be members of various Youth groups and to promote leadership qualities and an attitude of service were some of the aims of this camp.