Pope meets Meriam, thanks her for her courageous witness of faith

Today at Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis received the Sudanese woman, jailed in recent months for her faith, together with her husband and two sons. "Francis wanted to express his closeness, concern and prayers for all those who suffer for their faith," said Father Lombardi.  read more »

Miraculous cross” church robbed in Goa

Published: 2:09 pm, July 26, 2014

Bambolim: Thieves have robbed a shrine of a “miraculous cross” built on a national highway decades ago to prevent accidents and robberies.

The Herald Newspaper reported the thieves broke into the Holy Cross Bambolim shrine early morning on Thursday and took away valuables.

According to shrine in charge Fr Albano Fernandes, the thieves took away 12 gold chains from the statue of Blessed Mother, two rings and 60,000 rupees.  read more »

Ministers dreaming of Hindu nation have no place in India'

Panaji, July 26, 2014, IANS:
The comments like those by Co-operation Minister Deepak Dhavalikar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza about India in the context of a 'Hindu Nation', only exposed their ignorance and that they had no place in India.
Ministers dreaming about a "Hindu nation" should be taken to task by the government and have no place in India, according to Fr. Maverick Fernandes, head of the Goa Church's charitable wing.  read more »

Thousands rally in Bangladesh against attack on nuns

Muslim and Hindu groups join Christians in protest.
Posted on July 22, 2014, 5:15 PM

Nuns form a human chain during Christian protests in Dhaka on Monday. Dhaka:
Thousands of Christians protested across Bangladesh on Monday following an attack on nuns in the north of the country earlier this month.  read more »

Racial slurs, discrimination - Indian Northeasterners suffer

Delhi
More than 10,000 people from the northeast come to Delhi every year for education and jobs because of poor opportunities in the region.
Posted on July 22, 2014, 9:20 PM

From being overcharged to racial abuse, people from the northeastern states have to fight it out in their daily life in the capital and
with the killing of a Manipuri youth Monday, their grievances and anxieties have again come to the fore.

"Delhi is becoming unsafe for everyone, especially for people from the northeastern region. We are cheated everywhere, with local shopkeepers quoting increased prices just looking at us. Even autowallahs fleece us by overcharging and refusing to go by the meter rates," Taba Doni, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, told IANS.
Doni, a student, added that he and his friends end up paying high rents "as compared to other people" living in the same building.  read more »

GCIC lauds gracious intervention of Pope Francis saving Sudanes couple

A smiling and visibly relieved Meriam arrived safely in Rome this morning, along with her husband and their two children. They were escorted by the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister who helped negotiate her departure from Sudan. Meriam accompanied by her husband Daniel Wani and their two children later met with Pope Francis in Rome,who has graciously used his office to negotiate for the release of this couple.Global council of Indian Christians(GCIC) lauds the the visionary pope for his involvement in the affairs of persecuted Christians across the world.We also hope and pray that Papal intervention will save lives of Christians in Nigeria and middle east Christians are persecute for faith in Christ  read more »

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