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14 Bishops Grace North East India Easter Meet In Rome

Share By C.M. Paul, SAR NEWS ROME (SAR NEWS) – Fourteen bishops of North East India on their ad limina (five yearly) visit to meet the Pope, graced the Easter gathering of the North East India people studying or working in Rome, May 8. The participants joined the bishops in extending their heartfelt Easter greetings to the people [...]

Lucknow Diocese Celebrates Beatification of Pope John Paul II

 Share By SAR NEWS LUCKNOW, Uttar Pradesh (SAR NEWS) – The minuscule Christian community in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, organised various programmes to celebrate the beatification of Pope John Paul II, May 1.             The Diocese of Lucknow, headed by Bishop Gerald J. Mathias, conducted programmes that aimed at disseminating the message of the late [...]

Gujarat Jesuits’ Meet Underlines Need To Be Spiritual

Share By SAR NEWS AHMEDABAD, Gujarat (SAR NEWS) – “It has been a heart-felt, mystical and spiritual experience for us during the last three days of our meeting,” said Father Jose Changanacherry, the Provincial of the Society of Jesus in Gujarat. In the concluding Eucharistic celebration led by him and the two newly ordained Jesuit priests — Father [...]

Easter Means No More Death

Share By Cyril Desbruslais sj, SAR NEWS By SAR NEWS In early Christian times, there was baptism by total immersion. This was able to bring out better our “being buried” with Jesus through the sacrament (the waters that engulfed one symbolising Jesus’ being buried in the earth), to rise with him to [...]

Church Backs Legislation To Curb Corruption, Says Archbishop

  Share By SAR NEWS BANGALORE, Karnataka (SAR NEWS) — The Catholic Bishops of Karnataka have strongly backed the proposed Jan Lok Pal Bill against corruption and expressed hope that the legislation would cover all sections of the people, including politicians. Addressing a press meet April 20, on the eve of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, President of the [...]

Indians To Join Pope John Paul II Beatification Ceremony In Rome

Share By SAR NEWS BANGALORE, Karnataka (SAR NEWS) – A team of Christians from India, including bishops and priests, will participate in the beatification ceremony of the late Pope John Paul II, in the Vatican City in Rome, May 1.             Addressing reporters here April 20, Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore said Pope Benedict XVI would preside over [...]

AICC Welcomes Appointment Of Christian To Manipur Minorities Panel

 Share By SAR NEWS IMPHAL, Manipur (SAR NEWS) – The All India Christian Council (AICC) has welcomed the Manipur government’s decision to appoint a Christian member representative to the State Minorities Commission.             “This appointment of Rev. N. Debendra Singh as the Christian representative in the State Commission for minorities, April 1, 2011, for a three year term [...]

Pilgrims throng the ‘Miraculous Cross’

Share   By SAR NEWS BELGAUM, Karnataka (SAR NEWS) – While the Lenten season is at its peak, thousands of pilgrims from far and wide thronged the Nandgad Hill, the seat of the Miraculous Cross, about 12 km from Khanapur.             Pilgrims from Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra comprising Christians and people of other faiths alike, thronged the sanctified place [...]

The Resurrection. Was It For Real?

Share By Fr Cyril Desbruslais sj, SAR NEWS This is the kind of question one can expect to hear nowadays. In this scientific age, where proofs and empirical data count so much, young (and not so young) Christians could perhaps be pardoned for voicing such a radical doubt.             Even some (non-Catholic) biblical scholars seem to give in [...]

A Lenten Alleluia

  Share By Cyril Desbruslais sj, SAR NEWS “You are an Alleluia people!” So said Augustine, the saintly bishop of Hippo, to his congregation over 1,500 years ago. And he was right. All Christians are an Alleluia people. Always. Even during Lent.             We may have suppressed the Alleluia during the Lenten liturgy, but that is only so that [...]