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India: Priest Finally Acquitted for the Charge of Singing Christmas Carols

Indian priest charged with singing Christmas carols finally acquitted after a four-year legal battle Father George Mangalapilly, an Indian priest, was recently acquitted of an alleged crime of “forcible religious conversion.” On December 14, 2017, he was attacked, along with 32 seminarians, by a group of radical Hindu extremists while singing Christmas carols in the […]

Project of the Week: A Success Story from India thanks to ACN Benefactors

PPE now available for the Sisters of Mercy in West Bengal The Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross in the Indian state of West Bengal are working on the front lines against time and the pandemic with a second wave that has hit India, in particular, very hard.  Our generous benefactors heard their cry […]

India: The Death of a ‘Fearless Advocate of the Poor’

“His fate should be a wake-up call for the international community” According to several international media reports, an elderly Indian Jesuit priest by the name of Father Stan Lourduswamy, imprisoned for several months by the Indian authorities, died on Monday 5 July 2021 in a Catholic hospital in Mumbai at the age of 84. Widely […]

India: Fighting to Survive Together

Archbishop of Bhopal sees encouraging signs in spite of the crisis India is currently experiencing a devastating surge of COVID-19 cases. On June 10, the death toll of a 24-hour period rose to over 6,000. These numbers are based on figures added to the national death toll by the state of Bihar on the previous […]

Emergency Aid Campaign for India

Aid to the Church in Need Canada (ACN) is launching an appeal for urgent support for its project partners in India. “In a plea for help sent out last week, Sister Christin, a religious Sister from the Holy Cross congregation I was fortunate enough to meet on a trip in 2016, implores us to help. In a video, she says the health system has flat out collapsed,” says Marie-Claude Lalonde, national director of ACN.

India in the Grip of Covid

India in the Grip of Covid: “It is only our faith that keeps us going.”  India is all over the news these days. The pandemic, which is a threat to people worldwide, has delivered a particularly hard blow to the country. ACN is actively supporting the local Church. The charity has funded around 27 projects (worth over $555,000) to support priests […]

North-India: Christians in Peril due to Hate Campaign

Church leaders urge government to protect Christians against attacks triggered by anti-conversion campaign With major Hindu nationalist networks announcing plans to launch a campaign against religious conversions—especially in the tribal areas of India—Catholic Church leaders say such a campaign has been going on for a long time and that the move is aimed at dividing […]

ACN Feature – Colours and consolation in India during Covid19

  India COLOUR AND CONSOLATION IN THE TIME OF COVID 19 By Maria Lozano, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published on the web April 9, 2020   India is currently under a total lockdown as a result of COVID-19. Millions of low-paid migrant workers have suddenly found themselves unemployed as a […]

ACN News – India – Christian released on bail after 11 years in jail

  India Christian released on bail after 11 years in jail Accusations were false by Anto Akkara, for ACN USA Adapted by ACN Canada Published online March 2, 2020   BHASKAR SUNAMAJHI (43) is one of seven Christians falsely accused and convicted of the August 2008 murder of a Hindu leader in the Kandhamal district […]

ACN Feature: Stopping India becoming a confessional state

India The battle to stop the country becoming a confessional state by Doreen Abi Raad, for ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada Published on the web February 7, 2020   Millions of demonstrators all over India have been protesting the country’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which essentially fast-tracks citizenship for non-Muslim refugees. Critics charge that […]