- Dec 10, 2019
When Francis and a group of Jains met Wednesday morning, it was about friends getting together, but it was also what master strategists do – leading by addition, not subtraction.
A priest and organ donation champion says, “It’s significant he’s doing it in the Year of Mercy, following the call by Pope Francis to love each other without the barrier of caste or creed.”
At a recent Congressional hearing on India convened by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. several top U.S. Senators voiced their concern over religious freedom in India, just ahead of a trip by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s to the United States. The hearing also came barely three months after thirty-four leading U.S.
Protesters in India complain of “silence” from Church leaders over the recent kidnapping and beating of a “Dalit” bishop, meaning an “untouchable,” by three high-caste priests.
In what could seem simply Vatican business as usual, Pope Francis last month created a new diocese in the Indian state of Odisha and named its first bishop. It’s anything but ordinary, however, because Odisha, formerly known as Orissa, was the setting for the worst anti-Christian pogrom in the early
The bishops are reacting to a real problem, which is that Dalit Christians suffer “gross discrimination” in the country.