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posted Jul 18, 2018, 10:36 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 10:37 AM ]


On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the violence against Christians in Orissa, which will be commemorated with a solemn Mass on August 25, more than 50,000 signatures were collected in favour of the release of seven incarcerated Christians.

The seven, including a disabled person, have been languishing for years behind bars, charged without proof for the murder of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati. Organisers of the initiative say their hopes of gaining their freedom thanks to an online petition that can be signed at www.release7innocents.com is rekindled.


16 arrested for 'forced conversions'

Police in Jharkhand arrested 16 missionaries on July 15 on charges of converting tribal Adivasis by force to Christianity, the Press Trust of India reported. The arrests took place in the district of Dumka, after Ramesh Hembrom, village chief in Phoolpahari, filed a complaint. Seven women were among those taken into custody. Police Superintendent Kishore Kaushal said that those arrested were part of a group of 25 "preachers" held hostage "by an angry mob of tribals living in the village".


Holy relic of St Faustina

The first class holy Relic of St Faustina – a piece of her bone - was brought from Poland to Pune, and installed in Divine Mercy Church, Vadgaon Sheri on July 11, 2018 by Rt Rev. Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Poona.

The Holy Relic of St Faustina was welcomed in Lonavla by Fr Malcolm Sequeira - Vicar General, Fr Peter Rodrigues and Fr Vivek Salvi. Holy Mass was celebrated at St Joseph Church, Lonavla at 10 am, followed by veneration. Then it was taken in a procession to Divine Mercy Chapel in Dehu Road, followed by veneration at St Francis Xavier Church, Chinchwad. From there, it was taken to Sacred Heart Church, Yerwada for prayer and veneration. Finally, it was taken in a solemn procession from Brahma Sun City to Divine Mercy Church, Vadgaon Sheri, where it was installed by Bishop Thomas Dabre. Devotees of Divine Mercy thronged every place wherever the Sacred Relic was exposed.


India - sixth largest economy

India has bypassed France to become the sixth economic power in the world, says the World Bank (WB) report based on economic results for 2017. In this way, the international body confirms the growth trend in recent years, which sees the most populous country of the Asian subcontinent contend with the first places in the ranking of the best world economies.

According to the WB study, last year the gross domestic product (GDP) of India reached USD 2,597 billion, while that of Paris stopped at USD 2,582 billion. The leading sectors of growth are manufacturing and consumer spending, in a country that has about 1.34 billion people.