The government pledged to create ten million new jobs and build five million houses. With a 4 per cent growth rate, poverty will not be tackled, nor will per capita income increase by much. The government is negotiating a bailout with the International Monetary Fund. Terrorism is driving investors away.
The 17 km walk lasted four hours. Catholic youth organised the event via social media whose aim was individual penance and group prayer for India.
The court has ordered the Indian territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Dnh) and Daman and Diu to restore the festivity, which this year is celebrated on 19 April. The bishops' secretary thanks the many Hindus - starting with the lawyer - who supported the Catholic petition.
Persecution and martyrdom are signs of today's Christians. In Holy Week, we should remember our commitment to evangelization. Even as a minority.
The victim, Prakash Lakra, was lynched to death by a group of 25 "cow protectors". Bishops General Secretary: "In Jharkhand politics fuels hatred". The list of harassment of Christians.
84 million first time voters. The next election date is April 18 (Holy Thursday). Episodes of violence at the polling stations; Maoists cause two attacks. The radical "secret" faction of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh launches door to door search for votes.
The young woman lives in Mumbai where she studied in a Catholic college. Here she learned to pray while living with other baptized children. Her employer gave her a day off a week to attend a Christian course for adults. “[N]ow I do not only pray when I need something but I pray to come closer to” God.
The polls will remain open from 7am to 6pm. The final results will be announced on May 23rd. There are long queues and malfunctions of the electronic voting system. The Telegu Federation of Churches invites to vote for candidates who work in favor of adivasis, tribals and Dalits.
The Maldivian Democratic Party, led by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, won 65 seats out of a total of 87. The agreements signed with China are under careful scrutiny.
The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism will remain in care at the Max Super Specialty Hospital in South Delhi for a few days. His personal doctor reassures that "there is no reason to worry". Beijing has always considered him a "wolf in sheep's clothing", even though the Dalai Lama has renounced his political office.
The suspended bishop of Jalandhar is also accused of abusing his dominant position. He could get life in prison. This is the first for the Indian Church that a prelate's name appears in formal charge sheet.
Shaukat Ali was made to kneel in the mud and punished with the consumption of pig meat, which his religion considers impure. The district goes to the vote on April 11th. In Assam the sale of beef is legal. President of the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party: "The lynching of an innocent elder is illegal all over India".
The ruling of the local High Court clears the path for eugenics and is causing a stir. The court will allow abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy if the life of the mother is at risk or if the fetus has malformations. The sisters of Mother Teresa welcome children rejected by their families because of their disabilities.
The manual waste collector association launches its first political manifesto. Traditionally, sewer cleaning has been reserved to Dalits. In the past ten years, at least 1,800 workers have drowned in excrement.
The nuns suffered injuries in an attack against the Little Flower Higher Secondary School in Chinnasalem. Hindu extremists tried to strangle them with Rosary beads. Bishop Mascarenhas asks "What is this country coming to?"