- Dec 9, 2019
The Nov. 4 beatification of Sister Rani Maria Vattalil honors a woman who gave her life helping the poor and marginalized in India. Vattalil worked with the landless poor, urging them to insist they receive a living wage from their landlords, organized village women into self-help groups, and helped families establish savings accounts. This affected the profits of moneylenders, who hired an assassin to murder her.
Church leaders in India are complaining of continued harassment after the latest arrest by Railway Police accusing Christians of kidnapping children in an attempt to convert them. In the current case, the children came from Christian families, and were on their way to a prayer meeting with their parents’ permission. The two adults could face seven years in prison if convicted.
Not “isolation and separation,” but “respect and cooperation,” must dictate the future of the Church in India, Pope Francis wrote in a letter to Indian bishops. In it the pope established the creation of two new Eparchies to cater to the pastoral needs of the Syro-Malabar Catholics in India living in predominantly Latin-rite jurisdictions.