- Dec 13, 2019
Archbishop William D’Souza says Pope Francis’s “Church of the poor and for the poor is one hundred percent exemplified in the Archdiocese of Patna,” as it marks its 100th anniversary.
Five Christians in jail in India for the past 11 years after being accused of murdering a Hindu holy man have been released on bail, years after two police officers admitted the men were falsely accused. Two other Christians accused of the crime were released earlier this year.
About one fifth of the entire population are members of “scheduled castes” – known as Dalits, and formally known as the “untouchables” – and one priest says that despite laws meant to help them, they still face a “permanent stigma.”
Despite guidelines supporting Dalit Christians – from the class formerly known as “Untouchable” – not every Church leader is working in their defense, according to one Indian bishop.