For the second year in a row Nigeria has been left off of the U.S. State Department’s list of countries that engage in or tolerate the world’s worst religious freedom violations, despite regular reports of kidnappings and killings of Christians, sparking outcry from members of a bipartisan government watchdog group.
The Missionaries of Charity have been cleared to receive and use foreign funding in India, after the religious order founded by Mother Teresa was unexpectedly ruled ineligible to receive donations from abroad late last year.
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.
The Secretary for Relations with States of the Holy See, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, has maintained the support of the Vatican entity of a call to waive barriers in the production of COVID-19 vaccines as proposed by South Africa and India.
The Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Diocese of Palai in Kerala state said it will pay 1,500 rupees (about US$21) monthly to the families and will provide free education to the fourth and the subsequent children.
The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Port Louis in Mauritius has, in a statement, reacted to the allegations of sexual assault of a minor by a Missionary Cleric, pledging to fully support the investigations.