Catholic Church in India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosts a Christmas gathering with Christian leaders, including Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai and Delhi Archbishop Anil Couto, at his residence in New Delhi on Dec. 25, 2023. | Credit: Prime Minister of India’s office

India’s Prime Minister Hosts Christian Leaders for Christmas amid Rising Persecution

Dec 29, 2023

“Christmas is an occasion to remember Jesus Christ’s life’s message and values,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, addressing Christian leaders.

More than 4,000 faithful attended the celebration of the Christmas Mass at the St. George Parish in the suburb of Edappally, India. | Credit: Anto Akkara

Papal Christmas Deadline Over Syro-Malabar Rift is Met, but Indian Archdiocese Simmers

Dec 28, 2023

Protests and disruptions to “unified” Masses mandated by the pope were observed around the archdiocese, but it remains if there will be consequences from the Vatican.

A liturgy at St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church, Arakuzha, India. | Achayan via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Dissenting Priests in Syro-Malabar Church Protest Pope Francis’ Christmas Deadline 

Dec 20, 2023

Tensions have risen in the Eastern Catholic Church in the Indian state of Kerala as the deadline approaches to implement a universal liturgy.

Photos of martyred Christians at a public event in Bhubaneswar in 2010. | Credit: Anto Akkara

Vatican Puts 35 Catholic "martyrs of Kandhamal" in India on Road to Sainthood

Oct 26, 2023

The Christians were killed in the 2008 Christian persecution that took place in the remote jungle district of the eastern Odisha state.

Bishop Franco Mulakkal. | file photo.

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Indian Bishop Cleared of Rape Charge in Civil Trial

Jun 1, 2023

Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of an Indian bishop cleared in early 2022 of charges of raping a religious sister in his diocese.

Missionaries of Charity house, Calcutta, India.

Mother Teresa Missionaries Seek Swift Fix after Indian Government Blocks Foreign Donations

Dec 29, 2021

Supporters of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity reacted with surprise and concern to the Indian government’s ruling that the organization is now ineligible for foreign donations, but a spokeswoman for the Calcutta-based branch of the organization believes the situation will be remedied without much effect on the missionaries’ work.