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Millions kept as slaves at India’s brick kilns, report says

September 22: Millions of people are being subjected to "appalling" levels of slavery in India’s brick kiln industry, including endemic presence of debt-bondage and child slavery, a rights group says in a report released Sept. 20.

Reunion meet of Syro-Malankara Catholic Church held

September 22:The 87th anniversary of reunion of Syro-Malankara Church with Catholic Church was celebrated from Sept 19 to 21 at Mar Ivanios Nagar in Adoor in Pathanamthitta district.

Jharkhand farmers resist move to take over their lands

September 22: Unrest continues in India’s eastern Jharkhand state over a law that farmers say would help government acquire their lands without consent.

Government seals off Catholic mission in central India

September 22:Government officials in a remote area of central Indian Madhya Pradesh state have impounded the property of a Catholic mission and forced its priest out of the premises, allegedly under pressure from right-wing Hindu activists.

No floor test, no elections in 18 seats: Madras HC

September 21: Declining a stay on the disqualification of 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs, the Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered that no floor test should be held .

Lawyers forum launched for clerics, Religious in Kerala

September 21: A forum was launched to bring together legal professionals among the Catholic clergy and Religious in Kerala with an aim to build solidarity and coordinate their work for better efficiency.

Forcing patriotic slogan on Indian schools criticized

September 21: A pro-Hindu politician in central India has asked school students to register their presence in classes by saying Jai Hind (hail India), a slogan Christians says is a move to exclude religious minorities and foster Hindu nationalism.

Catholics threatened in Sagar village

September 21: Some 30 Catholics in a remote mission area of Sagar dioceses live under fear after right-wing Hindu activists have asked them to flee the village or face dire consequences.

India third among countries that faced most natural disasters: Guterres

September 20:India ranked third among the countries that have faced the most natural disasters in the last half century, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday pleading for unwavering international action on climate change.

Indian Salesian priest recounts tale of capture, liberation

September 20: Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location -- one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment -- when he received some unexpected news.

Mumbai priest conducts ancient Biblical Hebrew, Greek courses

September 20:A Catholic priest in Mumbai is offering the community a chance to learn ancient Biblical Hebrew and Greek, the languages in which the Old Testament and the New Testament were originally written in.

Meeting Fr. Uzhunnalil special experience: Cardinal Gracias

September 20:Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay has described his meeting with Fr. Thomas Uzhunnalil in Rome as “a special experience”.

Some Rohingyas are linked to ISI, Pakistani terrorists: Centre to SC

September 19: The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court not to interfere in the Rohingya issue as the move to deport .

Singer Yesudas to worship at Padmanabha temple

September 19: Legendary singer K J Yesudas, a Christian by birth, has declared himself a Hindu devotee and gained permission to visit the centuries-old Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple here and offer worship.

Bishops issue guidelines to deal with sexual harassment

September 19: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has released a set of guidelines to prevent sexual harassment at the workplace, including a code of conduct to be signed by employees in all institutions under its control.

Fr Uzhunnalil hopes to return to Kerala in 10 days

September 19: Keralite Catholic priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, who is here after being released from the captivity of terrorists in Yemen, hopes to return to his homeland soon.

Church thanks Sushma for Father Tom’s rescue

September 19:The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has lauded the role of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in securing the release of Father Tom Uzhannalil, the Kerala priest abducted by the Islamic State in Yemen in March 2016.

Burning of cardinal’s effigy upsets Indian bishops

September 19:Indian bishops have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stem hate attacks on Christians in eastern Jharkhand State after a Hindu group burned an effigy of Cardinal Telesphore Toppo.

Freed Indian priest in Rome for treatment

September 18:The Sept. 12 release of an Indian Salesian priest after 18 months of captivity by his Islamic abductors in Yemen has brought much joy and relief to church officials and relatives in his native Kerala state in southern India.

Indian Muslims should embrace triple talaq verdict

September 18: On August 22, the Supreme Court ruled that triple talaq -- the practice which allows a man to divorce his wife instantly by saying the word talaq thrice -- is unconstitutional.

Freed Indian priest in Rome for treatment

September 16:The Sept. 12 release of an Indian Salesian priest after 18 months of captivity by his Islamic abductors in Yemen has brought much joy and relief to church officials and relatives in his native Kerala state in southern India.

Muslims in Kashmir protest violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar

September 15: People in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state, are protesting violent attacks on Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar.

Kidnappers provided medicine, never mistreated: Father Uzhunnalil

September 15:Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, who was released from his kidnappers Tuesday, says his Islamic abductors who spoke Arabic did not mistreat him but provided him with medicine for his severe diabetic condition.

Parassala diocese to be inaugurated on Sept 23

September 15:The newly-formed Parassala diocese of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church will be inaugurated on the Nazareth Home School campus, Balaramapuram, at 2 pm on September 23.

Indian Muslims express solidarity with Rohingya people

Septemeber 15:Hundreds of people shouted slogans and waved placards on the streets of New Delhi as Muslim groups intensified protests in support of Rohingya refugees facing deportation from India amid a fresh wave of violence in Myanmar.

Church calls for Jharkhand CM’s ouster

September 15:The apex body of Catholics in India has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to "curb the spread of hatred by CM Raghubar Das" a month after the Jharkhand government passed a bill restricting religious conversions on August 12.

Pope Francis meets freed Indian Salesian priest

September 15:One day after his release from captivity, Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil met with Pope Francis.

Kidnappers provided medicine, never mistreated: Father Uzhunnalil

September 14:Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, who was released from his kidnappers Tuesday, says his Islamic abductors who spoke Arabic did not mistreat him but provided him with medicine for his severe diabetic condition.

Notice to 1,200 NGOs for violating foreign funding norms

September 14:The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued notice to over 1,200 NGOs across the country asking them to submit expenditure details of the last four or more years, suspecting them for violating foreign funding norms that may lead to cancellation.

Population explosion hampering sustainable development: Naqvi

September 14: Growing world population was the biggest hurdle in sustainable development, and leaders and social activists need to join hands to create awareness on the issue, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Wednesday.